New Commission - Dance Associate Newry
I created a new dance work for 16 young dance students of Dance Associate run by Nina Dibb in Newry. 'Chairs and Stairs' was choreographed over Zoom dancing on chairs, on stairs, and outside as well. Delighted to have worked on a new collaboration with composer Anselm McDonall who wrote a piece for marimba.
Seed Commission - Maiden Voyage's Resi-dance project
I recently researched a new idea as one of the artists selected by Maiden Voyage to work on a seed idea for their Resi-dance project. This was research on a trio of dancers, Raissa Makougang, Neil Hainsworth and Michael McEvoy, collaborating with composer Nick Boyle, exploring the notions of time and timing in dance, relating to one another and to the music.
New Commission - Echo Echo Festival of Movement & Dance
I am delighted to have been selected to create work for the 2021 festival curated by Echo Echo in Derry/Londerry in February. I am collaborating with Nick Boyle who I first worked with in 2018 for Terra Nova Productions 'Midsummer Night's Dream'. We are exploring the relationship between dance and music and enjoying how the art of listening affects movement. I will be performing myself while Nick plays piano live. It's so good to be moving again, and it's hard to beat live music! The performance has been postponed but a work-in-progress sharing takes place on 24th February via Zoom.
SIAP Awarded for research, choreography and filming
Thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for being able to support more artists than usual through the SIAP scheme (Support for the Individual Artist Programme). I got the award that I applied for which allowed me to continue my research into Craniosacral Therapy and its links to dance. Due to an ankle injury, I took my research into the water and REALLY enjoyed dancing in the sea!
New Award for professional development
Thanks to a Launchpad award from Dance Ireland, I was able to develop my skills as a movement coach for dancers, something I've been keen to do more for a while. I had some funding to offer three dancers some coaching in technique and performance. I drew on my training in movement analysis, experience as a technique tutor and rehearsal director. This award enabled me to work one-to-one with dancers exploring underlying movement connections through developmental patterns, links to Laban shaping work, and into improvisation. One-to-one coaching is something that professional dancers rarely get to do so I was happy to have the chance to work with them.