TARA BRANDEL is a dance artist originally from West Cork. She trained as a Contemporary dancer 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.
Most recently Tara has 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 Integrated Dance Company based in Cork
Award winning show CIRCUS (recipient of Della Davidson Award 2019), toured in 2019 to San Francisco International Arts Festival, Seattle International Dance Festival, Cork Midsummer and Dublin Fringe (where Nicholas Nwosu was nominated Best Performer) and to Fresh Festival San Francisco January 2020.
Who gets to dance? What does Irish look like? What kind of bodies get to be on stage? The aging pole dancer. The street dancer as new migrant. In a rapidly changing society, Circus looks at diverse experiences in contemporary Irish culture, through the lens of dance. Two performers, one live, one only in video projections.
Playful, intense, poignant, irreverent, choreographer and performer Tara Brandel mixes street dance, twerking and contemporary dance, with aerial pole, and video projection, weaving diverse stories about masculinity, queerness, #MeToo and gender, in collaboration with Nigerian street dancer Nicholas Nwosu who is currently a new immigrant in Ireland.
Circus was developed and created in California and initially toured in the US. Because at the time Nicholas was unable to travel, we decided to create a duet where Nicholas only appears in video projections. We felt that this heightened the sense of separateness that new immigrants experience.
EVENT Released Thursday 10 December at 1:30pm until Friday 18 December 2020
Performers:Tara Brandel, Nicholas Nwosu
Set Designer: Audrey Martel
Light Designer: Vivian Santana
Costume Design: Ysabella Wood
Video Projections and filming: Tara Brandel
Cello music: Lea Miklody
Nicholas Nwosu is a Street Dancer from Nigeria. His dance styles mix Hip Hop, Twerking and Hip-let in a unique blend, focusing on improvised and innovative movement. Since 2009 he has created dances for the Calabar Carnival, worked as a dancer at Casablanca Club in Lagos, and has been involved in numerous street dance competitions throughout Nigeria, including the International Calabar street dance competition. Since moving to Ireland Nicholas has been involved in various competitions and performances. He has taught and performed at WILD West Cork Contemporary Dance Festival, was winner of the Kristal Basement dance battle 2018, has performed at the Write Venue and Rage, and taught at Garter Lane, Waterford. In 2018 he had a Residential Residency at Dance Ireland with Tara Brandel, which led to the making of Circus.
Funded by Cork County Council, Mondavi Foundation, Feminist Research Institute, UC Davis Theatre and Dance Dept. and Culture Ireland. Supported by Dance Ireland Residential Residency, Firkin Crane Ceist Residency, and West Cork Arts Centre Residency Programme.
UILLINN RESEARCH RESIDENCY Tara received a research residency at Uillinn to work on a new interdisciplinary durational performance in collaboration with environmental abstract painter Stacey White ‘Unseen: The Plankton Project’. The residency was scheduled for 5 to 19 October 2020 postponed due to government closures, new dates will be rescheduled for 2021