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Contemporary Dance

Contemporary Dance Technique Class

with Helga Deasy, Uillinn Dance Artist in Residence

Tuesdays, 5.15pm to 6.15 pm 
23 January to 6 March  and 13 March to 24 April

Fee: €40 per 6 week block

Minimum age: 10 years 

A dynamic dance class aimed at improving posture and alignment, flexibility, strength and overall fitness. A gentle warm-up focused on developing bodily awareness is followed by fun and dynamic phrases including traveling, swings and floorwork. A piece of choreography will be taught and developed over the 6 weeks. Stretches and a flowing cool-down will round off the class.

The class offers a space to dance in a supportive, safe and non-judgemental environment and is aimed for people who wish to improve their posture, strength and flexibility and foster a bodily intelligence. Experience in dance or movement is welcome though not a prerequisite for this class. 

Creative Dance - exploring and devising

Tuesdays, 6.15 pm - 7.15 pm
23 January to 6 March  and 13 March to 24 April

Fee: Free to those who are participating in the Contemporary Technique Class, €15 (€2.50 per class) for all other participants for the first 6 week block.

This is a playful and supportive dance workshop that will take inspiration from poetry, sensations, music and imagery to create new dance choreography. We will explore the expressive qualities of movement, our relation to space and to each other. Through improvisation and creative tasks, we will discover movement possibilities and explore how to structure movement to make dance. This class is for people who are curious to explore their movement potential; it offers a safe and supportive space to become creative and expressive. Prior movement experience is not required.

‘Up to the Elbow’
a cross-generational performance project fusing dance, music and visual art

Uillinn Dance Artist in Residence Helga Deasy invites people of all ages and walks of life to participate and perform in ‘Up to the Elbow’. Helga, as dance artist in Residence at West Cork Arts Centre will collaborate with cellist and visual artist Tess Leak and a cross-generational community cast to create a performance fusing dance, music and visual art.

‘Up to the Elbow’ refers to the ‘uillinn’, or ‘elbow’ of the river Ilen, which marks the town centre of Skibbereen and gives its name to Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre located at its bend. Skibbereen – which translates to ‘little boat harbour’ – was founded when survivors of a pirate raid in Baltimore travelled up the river and found safety in the Ilen Valley in 1631. Participants are invited to work with the artists to create a performance in response to the river Ilen and its historic significance, which will be presented on the railway bridge in Skibbereen as part of the Bealtaine Festival. Please download this PDF for further information and an application form. 

Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and to bring a bottle of water. See here for more information about Helga Deasy and her residency here at Uillinn.

Top Image: Photo by Kyle Stevenson.
Image Below: Nelken Line, Helga, Deasy, Photo by Kevin-O'Farrell Photographer, Image courtesy of Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre. 

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