Uillinn Dance Season 2020






Monday 7 December to Sunday 13 December

Uillinn Dance Season 2020 runs online over seven days from Monday 7 to Sunday 13 December, each day highlighting and celebrating the work of a particular dance artist or dance company - Ruairí Ó Donnabháin, Taylor Graham, Darragh McLoughlin, Tara Brandel, Mairéad Vaughan, Meta 4 Dance Company and Isabella Oberländer.

In partnership with Cork County Council and with support from the Arts Council, Uillinn supports a growing and ambitious contemporary dance programme which presents opportunities for dance research, classes and workshops, professional development, performance and project work with communities both onsite and off, to increase public participation in dance and to make accessible, high quality cultural experiences for our rural community.

Recognising the challenges facing the development of dance in regional areas, we are working with dance artists to seek new and innovative ways of creating and presenting work unique to our location. Uillinn Dance residencies  have given many artists the opportunity to use our studio to rehearse and create work. While our doors remain closed for live performance, our staff team and dance artists continue to work, and together, present a programme for audiences in West Cork and beyond that keeps contemporary dance accessible and visible.

Running concurrently with the online presentations is an exhibition at Uillinn (4 to 22 December) comprising the projection installation inSkin: Activating Space by West Cork Dance Artist in Residence, Mairéad Vaughan, marking the culmination of her two year residency at Uillinn and photographs from the project Mapping the Divide with Tomasz Madajczak.  
Mairéad Vaughan also invites everyone to participate in a once-off Attuning to Space Masterclass, a gentle, psycho-somatic, movement awareness session on Friday 11 December at 10:30am, fee €10, to book your place contact info@westcorkartscentre.com. Place are limited to 5 and will take place under Guidance of Sports Ireland issued as of 4.12.20


Ruairí Ó Donnabháin
EVENT: Aistear Riachtanach/Necessary Journey
A series of 9 videos released at 1:30pm

A choreographic gesture in dialogue with a coastline over one week.
Is comhartha córagrafach é Aistear Riachtanach / Necessary Journey in idirphlé le imeallbhord.


Taylor Graham
EVENT: Here and Gone
A short film (11.44min), released at 1:30pm

Documenting a work in progress by dance artist Taylor Graham (USA) in collaboration with Irish musicians and sound artists Brian Dillon and Joshua Sampson, Here & Gone explores a liminal space specific to stages of shock from past experiences held within the body. This work ponders; is remembering a present act, or does it respond to the past?


Darragh McLoughlin
EVENT: The Exhibition Project
A live discussion with Darragh McLoughlin and Andrea Salustri released at 1.30pm

Darragh McLoughlin is a performance and visual artist with roots in contemporary circus. His practice is based on the different ways bodies can manipulate objects and objects can manipulate bodies. The Exhibition Project continues Darragh's focus on object balancing and the role of audience within a performance context. 'Am I moving the object, or is it moving me?'


Tara Brandel
EVENT: Circus
Screening of the film documenting the award-winning live show, released at 1:30pm

Mixing street dance, twerking and contemporary dance with aerial pole and video projection, Circus looks at diverse experiences in contemporary Irish culture, weaving stories about masculinity, queerness, #MeToo and gender, in collaboration with Nigerian street dancer and immigrant to Ireland, Nicholas Nwosu.


Mairéad Vaughan
EVENT: inSkin: Activating Space
A short dance film, released at 1:30pm

inSkin: Activating Space is a dance film created by dance artist Mairéad Vaughan with visual artist Tomasz Madajczak, and is a choreographic re-configuration of Mairéad's live performance installation inSkin, developed as part of her 2019 - 2020 Dance Residency at Uillinn. A body of environmental video footage, created by Mairéad became the fulcrum for a subtle yet potent, ever-evolving interplay between movement, video, objects, space and sound. It was performed at Uillinn in 2019 with dance artists Charlie Dunne and Lily Horgan and performance artist Helle Kvamme.

Meta4 Dance Company, Charlie Dunne and Lily Horgan
EVENT: Configuration
A short dance film (6.31min), released at 1:30pm

Charlie Dunne and Lily Horgan of UK-based Meta4 Dance Company present Configuration, a short dance film made in collaboration with iDEA, who, over an 8 year period worked with construction and design partners to refurbish the Old Admiralty Building in the heart of Whitehall, London. Meta4 use movement and bodies in space to give perspective to this vast space.

Isabella Oberländer
EVENT: Glisten
A digital excerpt (6.45min), released at 1:30pm

Glisten is an inquiry into what is already felt but not yet visible. It is a performative exploration, deeply rooted in the dancing body. It strives to excavate how the experiences, reality and imagination of otherness manifest in the physical. Embracing the provocations of the Xenofeminist manifesto, it offers an invitation to imagine multiple visions of a non-binary speculative future.

All events are free and will be available to view until 3.00pm on Friday 18 December 2020

The Contemporary Dance Programme at Uillinn is in partnership with Cork County Council and supported by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. 

Image Credits: 
Ruairí Ó Donnabháin Image: Still from Day 1, Aistear Riachtanach/Necessary Journey
Taylor Graham Image: Still from Here and Gone
Darragh McLoughlin Image: The Exhibition Project photograph by Alex Dodgson
Tara Brandel Image: CIRCUS photograph by Jim Cole
Mairéad Vaughan Image: Dance artist Mairéad Vaughan, photograph by Tomasz Madajczak
Meta4 Image: Still from Configuration.
Isabella Oberländer Image: Still from Glisten

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