Dance Production and Research Residency Archive 2019

Marion Cronin
Research Residency 'Body & Place' 7 & 8 January and 12 to 14 August

An investigation into the parallels between the body and place, which includes the built and natural environments from the dance studio, the building of Uillinn, to the streets of Skibbereen. The aim of this residency would be to examine different ways of integrating with the surrounding environments that would allow the audience to see familiar spaces from a new perspective. I will explore this by means of physical interaction and engagement with my surroundings by finding ways to subvert the use of space with using the body. She will also be working with Sound Artist, Susan Geaney and Mentor, Laura Murphy
Marion is a contemporary dance artist based in Dublin. She graduated from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance after training in Cunningham, Ballet and Release Techniques with experience and a strong passion for improvisation, choreography, physical theatre and singing. Marion has toured extensively across Ireland and most recently performed in Dance film, Five Letters: Directed by Oonagh Kearney, Choregraphed by Junk Ensemble. You and Me and You: Choreographed by Laura Murphy and Rob Heaslip, Don't be Looking: Choreographed by Mary Nugent in collaboration with Leonie McDonagh of Pony Dance and Sarah Ryan. Welcome The Stranger: Choreographed by Catherine Young, performed at Ramalla Contemporary Dance Festival, Palestine and On.Pulse: Choreographed by Lucia Kickham, performed at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, where she connected with arts venue.

Meta4 Dance Company (Charlie Dunne and Lily Horgan, UK) 
Research Residency 'Anonymous' 1 March 1 to 5 March
Project Residency 'Anonymous' 1 August to 10 August

This dance duo from London (UK) Charlie Dunne and Lily Horgan who have spent many summers in West Cork, intend to create a new community-based dance performance over the course of a week, involving a vast tapestry of performers, and welcoming all from the community to take part. Drawing from their own experience of gender difference, of being perceived as dancers, male and female, the piece ‘Anonymous’ would strip away identity to highlight everyone's ability to move, to dance and captivate audiences.
Meta4 Dance is a new vibrant dance and physical theatre company, who work to create transparent, provocative, captivating work.
If you are interested in taking part please register your interest by sending in an email or give us call 02822090

Helga Deasy, Kevin Hayes, Sara Hernandez
Research Residency ‘The Space In-between’ from 1 to 4 June and 8 to 11 June

During this residency choreographer Helga Deasy examines the notion of identity and otherness through the moving body. Directing the focus to the space between self and other, the meeting ground between people, its potential and authenticity, she questions how we construct identity and otherness in interpersonal relationships. ‘Proxemics’ – the human use of space in interaction and ‘touch’ as fundamental ways of how we relate to and express our attitudes and intentions to each other are explored. Fuelled by the questions of ‘how can we bridge the gap between self and other?' and 'how can we recognize the self in the other?' the work is driven by a search for equality, mutuality and belonging. Dancers Sara Hernandez and Kevin Hayes will be joining Helga in her research.
The investigation is informed by a choreological approach based on the contemporary developments of Rudolf Laban’s principles for the performing arts. Drawing from aspects of ‘relatedness in motion’ Helga will be working with Laban’s structured relationship categories as analytical and choreographic tools.
The research is supported by an Arts Council Dance Bursary.

Image: Helica Rehearsals in the Gallery at Uillinn, photograph by Kevin O'Farrell Photographer

Croi Glan
Production Residency ‘Too’ from 24 to 26 March and 26 August to 3 September

Croí Glan will be working on a new duet choreographed by Tara Brandel, to premier at Firkin Crane October 2018. Too is a duet for Croí Glan's Aristic co-Directors Linda Fearon and Tara Brandel, exploring the Me Too phenomena from a dancer's perspective, drawing on the dancers' personal experiences and interviews with other female dancers. How are we treated as female dancers? What are our experiences? How is difference navigated?
With this new work, Croí Glan wishes to tackle these meaty topic of gender experience, with the ambition to delve into deeper and more complex subjects as a maturing company. West Cork native Tara Brandel has been choreographing extensively since 1990. Veteran dance artist with a disability Linda Fearon from Armagh has been dancing with Croí Glan since 2015 (as well as CanDoCo, Jerome Bel and Claire Cunningham) and has been Artistic co-Director since 2018.

Attic Projects Luke Murphy
Production Residency 'Carnivore' 13 to 24 May with performances 24 & 25 May

A provocative new work emerging in the light of the research of the Renaissance Skin project from Kings University in London. With six hundred years behind us we still find ourselves caught between humanistic celebrations of the body and the discomfort of our underlying notions of udentity. Carnivore aims to study and discuss the fundamental period where notions of the body and the self-shifted and conflicted.

As in all choreographers or directors work Carnivore is not born or conceived in a vacuum but within the wider context of my work and creative experience to date. In this sense my creative sensibilities and ambitions for the work are characteristically linked through process and approach to how I have considered work in the past. Abstract imagery inside provocative context, the friction between the geometry the encased theatre space and the unbridled chaos of human nature and the use of non-denotative physical languages to provoke very direct social questions all remain central in my consideration for the piece.

Cork born Luke Murphy, is a choreographer and performer based between Brussels, Cork and New York.  He is an Associate Artist of Dance Ireland. Luke trained at Point Park University, Pennsylvania, where he earned his BFA in Dance and English in 2009 and University of Chichester where he earned an MA in Choreography in 2017. Luke has been supported by various commissions, awards and residencies including the Arts Council, Cork City Council, Culture Ireland, New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre, Pavilion Theatre, Dance Ireland, Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Irish Arts Centre NYC, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Dance Limerick, Dance Base Edinburgh, Tribeca Performing Arts Centre. He has created five evening length works: Drenched (2012), Icarus (2013), Your Own Man/Mad Notions (2015), On Triumph and Trauma (2016) and most recently The Dust We Raised, which was presented in Cork and Dublin earlier this year.

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