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Athbhliain faoi mhaise, chairde! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to get back into the studio to dance your socks off!

I’ll be running two sean-nós dance classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The full schedule can be found over on https://sibealdavitt.com/dance-classes/.

If you’ve been curious about sean-nós dance for a while then this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try. It’s a New Years resolution that’s bound to last!

Here’s a clip of my performance at Electric Picnic last summer for a bit of a taster.

Myself and Mary Beth Taylor are hosting a special sean-nós dance event at Club Chonradh na Gaeilge on Thursday 11 December 2014.

Sean-nós dance extravaganzaThe evening will kick off at 7.45 with a free sean-nós dance workshop at open level followed by live music and dance. The floor is open to all dancers from beginners to improvers as well as other professional dancers.

Events of this kind are very rare in Dublin and we hope to have a full house of musicians, dancers and onlookers with a warm Christmassy vibe. It will be a perfect opportunity to learn a few new steps, share what you already know, meet other dancers based in Dublin or just to sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

Feel free to join the event on Facebook and spread the word https://www.facebook.com/events/372104376303249/. RSVP on Facebook or e-mail sibeal.davitt@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

I’m delighted to say that these past few months have been very busy with lots of exciting performances coming up before Christmas.

Myself and Kristyn Fontanella have been awarded Dance Ireland’s Mentored Residency in Traditional Dance under world-renowned dance artist and performer Colin Dunne.

Kristyn and I met on the MA Contemporary Dance program at UL this year and having had Colin as a tutor at different times throughout the year, we felt we would benefit from his experience in performance-making.

The aim of this residency is to explore the connections between the established styles in traditional dance (step dance and sean-nós dance) as well as finding a new language of material to traditional music. We are looking at sean-nós and step dancing from different perspectives and finding ways in which we can create new choreography which is unique to us as traditional/contemporary dancers. We are working closely with traditional music and using different choreographic methods such as text and improvisation. We aim to show our finding at the end of our residency at DancHouse on Friday 5 December. Stay tuned for details but in the meantime here’s a short clip of the exploration so far:

I received a second residency from Dance Ireland to develop new contemporary choreographic work with Olwyn Lyons. We have made a short work in progress which incorporates live dance and digital projection. Our initial stimulus for the project was ‘restriction’ and we have moved through several creative stages using props and choreographic tools such as Laban’s intrinsic strands. We performed the piece for the first time at Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement in Derry as part of an open call for short works. We were delighted with the response and we are continuing to create and develop with a short dance residency at The Axis Theatre in Ballymun during the month of November.

We will perform the piece next at Dance Theatre of Ireland’s ‘Creating Space‘ on Sunday 7 December at 3.30. Here are a few images from our stay in Derry:

Some photos taken by the very talented Natalia Petrova during a recent trip to Moscow. A big thanks to Alexey Popov for organising!

I’m running a summer sean-nós dance course for adults in Rathgar on Wednesday evenings. Click on the following link for details: Summer sean-nós leaflet

Oireachtas 2008

I’m just home from Seville, Spain where I had the wonderful opportunity of performing sean-nós in the stunning open air venue, CICUS Arts Center, for two nights.

On the first night I performed with ‘Stolen Notes’ a local Irish traditional music group, who I was amazed to hear had reached a level of virtuosity by learning tunes on the internet and at local sessions.

On the second night I performed with the extremely talented sean-nós singer, Lillis O Laoire, and musicians Fiachna O Mongáin from Co. Mayo and Tara Ní Chonacháin from Co. Donegal. Having never performed with these artists, I was surprised at how quickly we made a musical connection and how well everybody seemed to gel. There was certainly some sort of magic in the air that night and it’ll be a very difficult gig to top!

The people of Seville are so welcoming and friendly and we were very well looked after during our stay. I was captivated by the all the music in the streets and at the flamingo bars and I hope to make another trip soon.

Thanks to Antonio Rivero Taravillo for being a great host!

I have been collaborating with filmmaker, Gavin FitzGerald and Ciarán Gray, director of Company B on a dance film project since this time last year on a dance film project.

Company B is a youth contemporary dance company for boys, a group who take class and rehearse weekly at Dance House on Foley Street, Dublin 3. Last year we were awarded the 2013 Youth Ensembles Scheme grant by the Arts Council to make a dance film. We put together a short video as part of the application outlining our idea, which can be viewed below:

 

The film is now finished and is currently making the rounds at dance and film festivals in Ireland and abroad. Have a look at the trailer below and don’t forget to ‘like’ School Rush on Facebook.

 

For more information on screening School Rush as part of a dance or film festival, contact me at sibeal.davitt@gmail.com.

Here’s a video and a few photos of recent performances which were part of my Masters at University of Limerick. Enjoy!

Photos: © Maurice Gunning

Wow, it’s been pretty quiet around here for quite some time ay? Sorry about that! Here’s an update:

Over the next few months I’ll be working on my final semester project for my MA in Contemporary Dance. This will be a film project merging different elements I’ve studied over the course of the year. It has been an amazing experience studying in UL, I can’t believe it’s coming to an end!

I presented a program for TG4 on Siansa Gael-Linn a few weeks ago. It was a great experience and was delighted with the outcome – you can have a peek at the promo below:

I’ve now moved back to Dublin and am looking to start running some regular sean-nós classes (finally!) so let me know if you’re interested in signing up. Also, if you’re a fan of the aul social media go ahead and connect with me on Twitter (@sibealelena) and on Instagram (@sibealdavitt).

Here’s an oldie of me doing the ‘sean-nós crab’ a few summers ago at Electric Picnic. Hoping to throw a few shapes and hit a few trad festivals this summer too…yyeeoooww!

Here’s 5 mins of Aoife Moore gorgeousness. ‘The Docks’ is a short dance film I shot a few months back with a helping hand from Gavin FitzGerald. A kick start to 2014, getting the creative juices flowing for Ten Thirty Three. Go on av a gawwwkk!