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This year has been very eventful so far, to say the least! Just a few weeks ago I started my MA in Contemporary Dance Performance  in UL and there hasn’t been a dull moment since!

I’m coming to the course as both a traditional sean-nós and contemporary dancer and I’ve been faced with many interesting questions and challenges about my creative practice which I hope to have worked through by the end of the year when I hand in my final thesis!

Directed by renowned contemporary dance choreographer and performer, Mary Nunan, the course offers a refreshing look at dance performance today while also supporting creative development through journal writing, solo composition, choreography for camera, ensemble work etc.

So far I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with John Scott and Laura Macken on Scott’s reworked choreography, ‘Body Mosaic’ as well as working on my own solo work. Two weeks ago we rehearsed in the former Daghdha Dance space, which is now run by Dance Limerick. Here are some photos that were taken on the day which were used to Launch ‘Dance Limerick’ officially last night.

More updates on dance adventures in Limerick to come!

A short interview with Nicky Byrne about my new show ‘Trip-Nós’ as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival Highlights – check it out around 21.17!

St. Patrick’s Festival Hightlights

We were absolutely thrilled with the performance on the night. Have a look at some of the photos:

Here are some photos from the official launch of the 2013 St. Patrick’s Festival.

I’m kitted out in my funky attire representin’ Trip-Nós and joined by Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Susanna Lagan Director of St. Patrick’s Festival and cellist Kate Ellis. There were also some photos of me with a large python wrapped around me but I’m not sure they looked that great..

Pics: Robbie Reynolds.

Make sure to join us next Thursday, 14 March for Trip-Nós live at the Culture Box, Temple Bar, Dublin at 6.30. More info in the post below..

Attention Dublin-based dancers and movers: Where will you be next Thursday, 14 March at around 6.30pm? Oh yes, at the Culture Box in Temple Bar for a deadly disco session with a twist as part of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival!

Trip-nós – it’s disco but not as you know it. Experience a completely unique dance experiment mixing Ireland’s indigenous ‘sean-nós’ dance with contemporary disco-inspired moves. Trip-nós is a live performance / workshop mixing sean-nós and contemporary dance with electronic music.

Trip-nós invites you to kick loose and perform using a fusion of tradition and electronic art forms. 3 dancers bring you on a journey where two styles collide resulting in an outrageous 80’s themed dance-off! Dress to impress.

How does it work? It’s simple. First the Trip-Nós gang do their thaaang and then participants must choose which style of dance they would like to ‘represent’. They will then learn four steps or more in their preferred style which will be catagorised in numbers 1-4. Finally the two groups must battle it out in an 80’s themed dance-off and…hey presto…Trip-Nós is born! Expect some belters including the epic ‘Inspector Norse’..yeah, you know what I’m talkin bout!

There’s only room for 30 people so register here. See YOU there!

Oh and it’s free!

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Trip-nós (where two sessions collide) is a minute long dance film mixing sean-nós and contemporary dance with electronic and traditional Irish music.

The idea originated at Electric Picnic last year as a live show mixing sean-nós dance and trad music with a track entitled Inspector Norse by the acclaimed Norwegian DJ Todd Terje and was subsequently commissioned as part of Dance Ireland’s MINUTES IN MOTION series.

Directed by Patrick Timmons Ward and shot by Gavin FitzGerald, the film presents a cast of talented dancers and musicians based in Dublin and centers around an electronic track, composed by Galway-based DJ Dáithí ó Drónaí.

Trip-nós is all about letting go of inhibitions, enjoying dance, and merging styles you would never have imagined going together! The film has an 80’s feel and definitely needs to be taken with a pinch of salt! Enjoy!

I got together yesterday with an old school friend, Kyrstin Healy, who’s now working as a freelance photographer. It was a really lovely experience, catching up and collaborating with someone so creative and open to new ideas.

Scenes were shot mainly in the Iveagh Gardens and also at the back of the National Concert Hall. We wanted to mix industrial backgrounds with soft but at times unsettling movements.