Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company

Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company
26 May 2022 to 4 November 2022

A multidisciplinary durational performance looking at the notion of things that are invisible but vital parts of an ecosystem: from benevolent microscopic organisms, to hidden disabilities, and the invisibility that a middle-aged lesbian couple experiences. 

Working with her partner, environmental abstract painter Stacey White, Tara Brandel will create a live performance installation layering video projection, Contemporary dance, sound, text, and painting to make the invisible, present and felt. The work will draw on research into plankton (a life giving microscopic organism that produces 50% of the world's oxygen and absorbs carbon) and the couple’s personal experiences of hidden disabilities (Dyslexia and Epilepsy) and their sexuality.

The work will be created during 3 weeks (2 weeks WCAC, 1 week An Sanctoir) followed by Production Residency at Clonmel Junction and premiere at the Festival in July 2022 with further performances at West Cork Arts Centre, Ballina Arts Centre and Dublin Fringe Festival. Stacey White’s art works will be exhibited alongside performances as will be an art book created by Adele Shaw that is based on images generated during the creative process. The project benefits form the support of The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork (UCC) and specifically the UCC laboratories at Lough Hyne Marine Nature Reserve.

Tara Brandel is a Contemporary dancer and choreographer originally from West Cork. She trained at the Laban Centre in London and has been choreographing extensively since 1990. She performed Gawky and Awkward at San Francisco International Arts Festival 2015; created Square One for D-CAF 2017 in Cairo, Egypt; her dance film CAR was Director's Choice at the CDIFF in Toronto 2017; and she performed in Jess Curtis/Gravity's Intercontinental Collaborations #7 in San Francisco 2018. Tara toured Cappaghglass, a one woman show about migration to Cork Midsummer Festival, D-CAF Cairo Egypt, Echo Echo Derry, San Francisco FRESH Festival, and Ponderosa, Germany. She is co-Artistic Director of Croí Glan. Tara holds a Masters in Interdisciplinary Performance from UCDavis, where she was awarded the Della Davidson Award 2019, the Mondavi Fellowship, and the Women's Research Center Fellowship for her show Circus, which toured to San Francisco International Arts Festival, Seattle International Dance Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival and FRESH San Francisco 2020. She is currently Arts Council Dance Artist in Residency at Ballina Arts Centre, and most recently has created TILT an integrated aerial dance show which has toured to Cork Midsummer, Tipperary Dance and Dancer from the Dance Festival.

Stacey White, a Northern California artist, graduated in 1989 with a BA in Art from the University of California, Davis. Later she did advanced studies at UC Davis’s advanced painting summer program. Influenced by the natural world, historical botanical prints and raw textured surfaces; her paintings present a dialogue between abstraction, botanical and microscopic imagery and construction materials on wood panels. Following graduation she has participated in six solo shows and numerous group shows in Davis and Sacramento California. Her work is in many private collections.

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