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Contemporary Dance

Attuning to Body-Mind As Environment

6 weeks, May 3 - June 7
Fee: €30 for the series
Facilitated by Mairead Vaughan, Dance Artist in Residence
Friday Mornings, 10.15am – 12.15pm
Meeting point - Dance Studio Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
"Attuning to Body-Mind As Environment" is a space for collective reflection, interaction and exploration of our relationship with our environment through arts practice. 
These explorations revolve around cultivating an awareness of the body-mind-environment as one living organising intelligence. Indoor studio-based practices that cultivate our sensory, kinaesthetic and energetic awareness will extend into simple outdoor practices of walking, sensing, witnessing, tracking and mapping. We will discuss the work other dance artists in the field of environmental and somatic dance practice to inspire new approaches to art as a tool to highlight our current environmental crises and the need for change. 'Attuning' is a gentle psycho-somatic movement based practice and is the result of Mairead’s four-year Arts Practice PhD research into the symbiotic relationship between the body-mind and environment.
Mairéad Vaughan (www.maireadvaughan.com), dance artist, choreographer, researcher and facilitator, graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) with a BA in Performing Arts, The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL, with an MA and an Arts Practice PhD in Contemporary Dance and Choreographic Practice. As artistic director of Shakram Dance Company (1999 – 2014), Mairéad created a body of fifteen original choreographic works, all supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, which toured nationally and internationally. Her work spans live theatre performance, music and dance collaboration, site-specific dance, experimental film, screendance and live performance installation.

Image Dara O Brien

Contemporary Dance Classes

with Mairéad Vaughan: West Cork Dance Artist in Residence 2019
28 March to 18 April
Thursdays, 5.00 pm to 6.15 pm
Fee: €10 per session 
Booking essential on 02822090 or info@westcorkartscentre.com

This class combines Release – Based Contemporary Dance technique, Energy-based Yoga and Improvisation. We focus on the relationship between movement and space through a series of sequences that cultivate our sensory, kinaesthetic and energetic awareness. Movement principles of alignment, breath, weight, gravity, momentum and energy are explored to release tension and move with ease, efficiency and fluidity. Experiential anatomical information, somatic imagery and energetic pathways assist in the integration of the movement principles, to enhance freedom and flow in movement and creative expression. 


Inclusive Dance
17 January 2019 to 11 April excluding 21 February
Thursdays, 10.15 am to 11.30 am
Fee: €5 per session.

Open to everybody from age 12 and up. People of all physicality’s and abilities, no experience is needed.
Facilitated by: Patricia O’Sullivan

Inclusive Dance is a weekly, facilitated workshop for people of all abilities to explore and enjoy dance. During the sessions, participants explore improvisation, movement, personal expression and choreography.
Patricia describes the process of inclusive dance as, 'a meeting of bodies in a conscious and sensitive way...if done consciously and sensitively with oneself or another, it has the potential to shift awareness, perspectives, priorities, emotions and much more.'
Developed through the partnership of COPE Foundation, Co-Action, Croí Glan Integrated Dance and West Cork Art Centre, Inclusive Dance is for people of all physicalities and abilities, and no experience is needed. 

Patricia began her training in Inclusive Dance with Croi Glan in 2015, having been a core member of West Cork Inclusive Dance (WCID) since 2012. She has performed with WCID in "Bridge" 2014, "Space" 2015, and co-choreographed "Wave" 2016. She has been a Contact Improvisation (CI) practitioner since 2007 and currently teaches and researches in CI with Tara Brandel. She also facilitates an ongoing movement improvisation class at An Sanctoir, Ballydehob, She was a movement collaborator in the "Into The Light" research with Tomasz Madajczak and The Happiness Ensemble (exploring aspects of suicide) which culminated in a multimedia performance at the launch of 'Lighting The Way West Cork'. Patricia originally trained in Okido Yoga and her journey through being a yoga practitioner has led her to her current focus on authenticity in movement.           


Image: Inclusive Dance Performing Wave on Bantry Square, Photograph by Eileen O'Leary


Uillinn Dance Season 

October/November 2018

Everything Alive is in Movement
Inma Pavon
Wednesday 10 October, 12.30 pm
No booking necessary
A short film, directed by Linda Curtin, about the power of the female spirit to transcend and transform the human body, following four women who have suffered an acquired brain injury. 

Helga Deasy
Friday 26 October, 8pm
Booking essential on Eventbrite
Stillness and movement, axis and arc, the eye of a storm
A point of departure, a point of return
Focus, relation connection

Helica is a colourful and vibrant dance performance which explores the cyclic nature of life, the coming and going of the seasons, the constant flux of growth and decay, awakening thriving and returning to rest. It highlights the needs to create centres, within ourselves, between each other and our surroundings to maintain balance and harmony.

Invisible Histories
Mary Wycherley
Wednesday 31 October, 2pm
Booking essential on Eventbrite
"Lines of time passing through, a porous imprint of weight and memory.
The sustained echoes distilling the silence whites”

Invisible Histories is an interdisciplinary live performance work made for the gallery that explores time and memory through dance, sculpture and sound art. Framing memories not as fixed narratives from the past but as transforming collisions with the present, the piece evokes an atmosphere rich with sensations, images and emotions. It allows us to consider the past re-written in the present. Created by choreographer Mary Wycherley, sculptor Rory Tangney and sound artist La Cosa Preziosa, the work opens a vivid and porous encounter between performer, sculpture, sound and space. A captivating work.

The Milkyboy Kid
Luke Murphy
Saturday 3 November, 8pm
Booking essential on Eventbrite
A new one man show on the chameleon nature of performers and performance and his own blurred lines of fiction and reality. The Milkyboy Kid is a stripped down exploration of character, archetype, expectation and fantasy and the portrayal or pursuit of one’s own identity both on and off stage.
Sometimes personal, sometimes profane Luke uses his own questions, experiences and battles to explore the search for truth amidst a life in fiction. Through a mixture of storytelling, film and his own virtuosic physicality Luke examines relationships between who you are, who you want to be and who you pretend to be and how nourishing one can obscure the other. 


Young Dancers Showcase
Students from Alan Foley Academy of Dance
Saturday 24 November, 3pm
Free, but booking essential on 02822090
Young dancers from the Alan Foley Academy of Dance senior ballet at Uillinn are invited to create and develop their own work in our studios. This showcase will be a sharing of the work they create through this project.

Up to the Elbow and Twisted​
Helga Deasy
Tuesday 27 November, 7pm
Free, no booking necessary
Dance Film Screening, residency interview and celebration to conclude Helga’s two year residency.




Dance Classes

Dynamic release-based Contemporary Dance
With Uillinn Dance Artist in Residence Helga Deasy

Mondays 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Block 1: 3 September - 1 October
Block 2: 29 October - 26 November
Fee €45 per block of 5 or €10 per session

Drawing from her background in Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Choreological Studies, Helga’s class focuses on finding clarity and presence in movement. It promotes dynamic alignment, developing connectivity within the body and into the ground and working with the breath as a movement source. A gentle warm-up focusing on sensory awareness is followed by dynamic phrases including jumps and floorwork, creative explorations and working on a piece of choreography. The class concludes with a cool-down and gentle stretches.

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.

Image: Contemporary Dance Technique, image by Kyle Stevenson



Dance Season Image Credits: 
Orla Shine, photograph by, Sylwia Migdal 2018
Helica (image features Sara Hernandez, Sarah Ryan and Alba Lorca), photograph by Kevin O'Farrell 2017
Invisible Histories (Mary Wycherley), photograph by Maurice Gunning 2018
Up to the Elbow, photograph by, Zenda Williams 2018
Luke Murphy, photograph by, Emily Terndrup



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