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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:

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!

For the past few weeks we have been working with French choreographer, Hélène Cathala, on some of her new work. The piece, an extract from ‘Slogans’, is performed in a circle and draws upon ritualistic movement, treating tension and a sense of unease among the dancers and the audience. The dance is accompanied by hypnotic electronic music, composed by Arnaud Bertrand.

The experience has been so inspiring for me and I was delighted to have the opportunity to perform the piece last night at Dance Limerick.  Here are a few stills:

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!