Tara Brandel

Tara Brandel
Solo dance research with Lea Miklody
Ten days between Jan 11 and 31 2024

Following on from their collaborative improvisational research as part of Tara Brandel's dance residency 2015-2016, Tara and Lea Miklody are back in the studio improvising together again.

Lea is playing with looped cello, and Tara is responding through improvised dance movement.

Both have discovered that they feel technically stretched in their own medium when they improvised together.

'It is fantastic to be back in the West Cork art centre studio with Lea playing with new movement pathways and ideas. I look forward to seeing how the movement vocabulary I develop in this month will influence my choreographic work in the future'.



Tara Brandel is an award-winning choreographer, contemporary dancer, aerial dancer and contact improviser originally from West Cork. She has been choreographing extensively since 1990, with 27 works to date including 13 integrated dance works. Her integrated work has been commissioned by the Unlimited Festival/Cultural Olympiad London Southbank 2012; D-CAF Cairo; David Teevan/Junction Festival; and Propeller Integrated Dance Company in Ottawa, Canada.

Tara holds a Masters in Interdisciplinary Performance from UC Davis, 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. Her dance film CAR was Director's Choice at the CDIFF in Toronto 2017.

Tara is also Artistic Director of Croí Glan Integrated Dance and for Croí Glan has most recently created TILT an integrated aerial dance show which has toured to Cork Midsummer, Tipperary Dance Festival and Dancer from the Dance Festival; In Place a site specific performance made at IMMA; and Unseen a multidisciplinary performance about plankton and enduring love.

Tara is currently developing an Environmental Dance training programme in conjunction with the Environmental Research Institute at UCC.

Lea Miklody is a Hungarian born musician living in West Cork, Ireland. Her music is rooted in improvisation and often inspired by nature and people. With her cello, voice and a loop station she creates experimental and ambient instrumental soundscapes that bring the listener to a quiet space of inner journey and connection.


Tara Brandel
23 August to 26 August & 6 & 7 September 2021






www.tarabrandel.com  www.croiglan.com

Image Credits:
Top: Image of CIRCUS by Jim Cole


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