Last week was busy and intense as I settled back into my old haunt, London Town. A four day residency, in which we pondered and mused upon dance around Europe, was led by the choreographer and writer Jonathon Burrows. It was fantastic to be involved in the buzz around the Southbank Centre, the largest Arts Centre in the world, and to witness everything that was happening around us. I have to say, I did wonder what on earth I was doing there when I saw Annie Lennox and Grace Jones signed in ahead of me at the Artist's Entrance. The festival, DancEUnion, was a showcase of 21 choreographers from 21 European countries, so I was flying the flag for Ireland. It was a little bit like the Eurovision for dance, except without the cheesy songs and point-scoring (which are the best bits really!). It was great to meet the other artists from all over Europe and to learn about the different things happening elsewhere.
I'll admit, it was nerve-wracking to perform solo on such a prestigious stage to a packed-out audience, but I think it went really well and the feedback was very positive. Reviews will feature on the Press section of this website shortly.
Last night I had the honor to do a backing vocals comedy cameo, with the wonderfully quirky band You can call me Frances at the ATRL space in Dublin. The band is made up of four dancers who decided to form a band (and teach themselves to play instruments!) a little over a year ago. You should check them out here http://www.myspace.com/youcancallmefrances...
Tomorrow I'm off to Sligo for more audition/workshops to find my cast for the upcoming production for the Bealtaine Festival in May. More details here: http://www.hawkswell.com