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Sean-nós Spring:Summer 2017 flyer

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Photo by Maurice Gunning

I spent the month of August in Limerick working with UK choreographer, Lea Anderson, on a new piece entitled ‘Snapshot’. We performed in Dance Limerick; The Cube in NUIG Galway; Firkin Crane, Cork and Dance House Dublin.

The work was devised in Dance Limerick as part of Step Up: Dance Project 2016.

I’m currently dancing in Kristyn Fontanella‘s new work entitled IN LiMBO. This new piece explores traditional Irish dance in a contemporary context and asks “What is Irish dance… and the space between?”.

Come see us in Dance Limerick on Thursday 15 Sept 2016 at 8pm: http://www.dancelimerick.ie/event/limbo-kristyn-fontanella.

 

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Last night we showed 3 previews of Embodied at the GPO. All performance starting today are SOLD OUT! Crazy! Thanks to everyone for the support. Here I am having a little rave to myself in Fógraím / I Proclaim.

Fógraím Preview

Sean-nós in 2016 flyer

Sibéal ag léimptAthbhliain faoi mhaise a chairde, tá súil agam go raibh Nollaig mhór mhaith agaibh!

If you’ve made a resolution to learn sean-nós dance in 2016 then come along to my free taster class in DanceHouse on Wednesday, 6 January 2016 from 7-8 http://www.danceireland.ie/events/free-taster-classes.

Beginners and intermediate classes in DanceHouse, Foley St. and Raw Condition Gym, Portobello will commence the following week so why not get started early next week! Hope to see you there, here are the details:

Free beginners taster class, 7-8, DanceHouse, Foley St, Dublin 1 (located beside Talbot St).

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.

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

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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!