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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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I had the pleasure of performing as part of Centenary on RTÉ on Easter Monday. The show was beautifully choreographed by David Bolger, directed by John Comiskey and starring many talented singers, dancers and actors.

I danced some sean-nós steps with friends Emma O’Sullivan, Samantha Harvey and Eamonn Moloney with music by the fabulous Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, Michael McGoldrick and John Sheahan. Well worth the watch.. hard to hold back  the tears at times. Watch Centenary here: http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/centenary-30003958/10552342/.

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!

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!

Hurrrayyy!!! Myself and Gavin FitzGerald have launched our first open call for directors to take part in our new dance film project, Ten Thirty Three. Check out all the details and submit ideas here.

We can’t wait to get started! In the meantime, have a look at some of our previous collaborations.

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:

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!