The rest of 2014 and early 2015, I'll be touring the brilliantly conceived LIPPY with theatre company DEAD CENTRE. We'll be hitting up Germany, Edinburgh, New York, London, Brighton, Manchester and Glasgow. Come see us somewhere. For now, rest assured we're busily working away on a new dance project coming up in 2016.
Great to be back in the studio here at DanceHouse working on HEAR ME SING YOUR SONG. We'll be rehearsing for next two weeks as part of a residency during the Dublin Dance Festival - which kicks off on Tuesday. Here's some shots of musician Caoimhin O Raghalligh and dancer Maria Nilsson Waller working on their duet!
During our final rehearsal period for Hear me sing your song, we are thrilled to be in residence at DanceHouse, as part of Dance Ireland's residency programme during the Dublin Dance Festival. On the 23rd and 29th May, we'll be opening our doors to the public to show extracts of work and to have a chat with you about what we've been up to in the studio in advance of our premiere at Project Arts Centre in July.
The showings are completely free, but there's limited capacity, so click here to book your place before it's too late!
Last week I was at the German Tanzplattform in Hamburg to continue working with my fellow Communicating Dance colleagues. The platform was held at Kampnagel, an incredible ex-crane factory which now serves as an infrastructure for dance including several theatre spaces, studios and workrooms. Kerstin Evert of K3 kindly hosted us. As well as discussions, seminars, and meetings, we also had the chance to catch a vast array of German (or German based) dance work, ranging from the Forsythe Company, to Meg Stuart, to Richard Siegal. The highlight for me however, was Raimund Hoghe's Cantatas, a truly sublime piece featuring none other than our very own Finola Cronin. To find out more about Communicating Dance, check out the website and blog: communicatingdance.eu
We've been in residence at the Firkin Crane in Cork for the past two weeks. While here we're working on finalising the production details for 'With raised arms' which will premiere on the 31st January.
Here's a couple of shots from Andy Ferreira who joined us for our tech rehearsals to document the process from behind the scenes.
Details for the show can be found here!
Earlier this month, myself, composer Tom Lane, and performer Bryan O'Connell, were in residence at DanceHouse in Dublin developing a new work, With Raised Arms. This was our final week together in Dublin before we pack up the set (and Tom's ukulele!) and head to Cork for a further two weeks in residence at the Firkin Crane where the work will premiere at the end of January.
I recently came across a programme note written by Tere O'Connor which I think really sums up why I do what I do!
'The intense complexity of living on earth right now finds a good friend in dance. Spending some time with an information system that does not hope to deliver messages but rather acts as a container for multiple individual responses might prove to be an antidote to the polarized dogma that holds our world in it's grip.'