Uillinn Dance Season 2021 - Deirdre Griffin


by Headonbody
Devised and created by Deirdre Griffin & Craig Cox

Tuesday 26 October |
In Person
8pm | 45 mins

Tickets €10 | Available on Eventbrite 

You can find the programme for Soup here.

Soup is a kinetic shrine to a lost parent and an absurd meditation on the process of grief. It exists inside a fey mirror world built out of vegetables, polystyrene heads, the kitchen table and inhabited by a sinuous doppelgänger.

Performed with a mutant physicality, it is simultaneously brutish, sensual, ridiculous and vulnerable. It see-saws between hilarious and harrowing as it reaches for a shared state of catharsis with the audience. Soup was created by performer and choreographer Deirdre Griffin in collaboration with sound designer Craig Cox.

Performed by Deirdre Griffin
Sound Design by Craig Cox
Directed by Alain Servant
Costume pieces by threadstories
Stage Management by Marella Boschi
Print design by Neil Hainsworth
Lighting Design by Matt Burke
Production Manager Craig Cox
Photography by Luca Truffarelli
Video by Michael Higgins
Produced by Deirdre Griffin with Michelle Cahill

Press Quotes:

A take down of the conventions of the dinner-party....a David Lynch scene of domesticity' - TN2 Magazine

'Soup is a genre-bending performance that rewrites familiar experiences in thrilling, intimate new ways' - Ruth McGowan, Dublin Fringe Director.

More about Headonbody: 

Deirdre Griffin established her performance company, Headonbody, to create works characterised by wild absurdity and high physicality. To date her company has presented shows in Ireland and Germany. SOUP is a collaboration with sound artist Craig Cox. Soup was nominated for Best Performer award Radical Spirit Award @Dublin Fringe Festival 2019.  www.headonbody.com

Creator and Performer – Deirdre Griffin
Deirdre Griffin is a Dublin based dance artist and choreographer working across Dance Theatre, aerial and acrobatics. As a performer, Deirdre has toured extensively with ponydance theatre throughout Ireland, UK and Internationally (Best Dance Award, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2012). She has also performed with Junk Ensemble, Brokentalkers, Theatre Lovett and the international hit show RIOT by THISISPOPBABY (Australian Tour 2018). She regularly performs and choreographs for the award-winning modern circus company Loosysmokes; winner of Best Ensemble Award, Dublin Fringe Festival 2015 and 2017 for Raven Eyed. On film & TV she has worked on Penny Dreadful, Republic of Telly and Dublin Old School.

Deirdre trained at the Duncan Conservatory Prague and graduated from Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg, Netherlands with a BA in Dance Theatre. She was awarded The Next Stage Dance Ireland Bursary for Dublin Theatre Festival 2017. Deirdre is the recipient of an Arts Council Dance Bursary Award 2019 and 2020; and was awarded an Agility award 2021. Deirdre was selected for a research project with In-Situ Europe and ISACS on depopulation in rural Catalonia, Her research was published in April 2020.

Sound Design - Craig Cox
His has worked extensively in inter-disciplinary projects, most frequently with the contemporary circus and dance company Loosysmokes.

He holds a BA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT and an MA in Contemporary Composition from UL. He was most recently awarded an Arts Council Music Bursary in late 2020 and an Agility Award in June of this year.

He is currently developing a number of ensemble works to be publicly presented later in 2021 and early 2022, specifically for string quartet and soprano duet.


Director - Alain Servant
Alain Servant is a French actor, director, musician and writer. He co-founded the Company ‘Tour de Babel’ in 1989, aged sixteen. The company worked for twenty- five years across disciplines and cultures, through a combination of visual arts, dance, theatre and music, and touring internationally with more than twenty shows, including in France, the Mediterranean (Tunisia, Lebanon) and Central America (Guatemala, Panama, Cuba). Alain specialized over this time in mask acting and the connection between acting, movements and music. He also has extensive experience working with different groups through theatre, including young people, people with disabilities and work in prisons. He is now an independent artist, based between France and Dublin, where he has been developing his work as a director in the areas of circus (Cikada) and dance, and songwriter and performer (duo with John Linnane). He is artistic director of the collective ‘The Underworld Orchestra’. He is also artistic director of ‘La Devignère’, an artist residency in south-west France.

Lighting Design - Matt Burke
Matt Burke is a lighting designer for theatre and dance.  He has graduated with an MFA in Stage Design (Lighting) from The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Art, Trinity College Dublin. 

In dance he has designed for Lucia Kickham, Cathy Coughlan, The Lords of Strut, Maria Nilsson Waller Dance, Jessie Keenan Dance, Ríonach Ní Néill Dance, Galway Dance Days Festival, 50% Male Dance, and more.In 2021 he was awarded the Arts Council Agility Award to support his research into lighting technologies. Upcoming work: Owé by Mufutau Junior Yusuf

Costume Design - Threadstories
Irish visual artist threadstories constructs wearable forms that obscure and transform the wearer. Her multi-disciplinary practise includes traditional craft making, photography and film. Her practise questions how the erosion of personal privacy in our digital age affects how we view and portray ourselves online. Threadstories has exhibited in Ireland and internationally, with work in public and private collections, most recently the National Museum of Scotland acquired her work. Threadstories was awarded the Progressive Vision Curtin O’Donoghue Emerging Photography Prize, Royal Hibernian Academy in 2020.

Stage Manager - Marella Boschi
After graduating in 1999 in the Inchicore VEC College Stagecraft course, Marella has been employed full time in theatre, mostly in stage management, with the opportunity to work in most theatres in Dublin, to tour Ireland many times, and also Australia and the UK; and to travel to New York, Edinburgh, Paris and Marseilles, Toronto, Belgium, and Poland, with different shows. Being freelance, she has had the pleasure to work for many companies, like the Abbey National Theatre, THISISPOPBABY, Company Philip Connaughton, Headonbody, Fishamble, Axis Productions, Gùna Nua, Calypso, Second Age, Common Currency; also Opera Ireland, Wexford Opera Festival, and Ulysses Opera Theatre. In 2001 she toured Ireland with a monologue she had translated from Italian into English, “1900 the Pianist on the Ocean”, produced by the Civic Theatre.

Producer - Michelle Cahill
Michelle Cahill is a producer and performer.

Originally from Galway and now based in Dublin, she studied dance-theatre and performance in Yorkshire, London and Limerick. Her performance work over the past 20 years spans theatre, dance and film, street-performance, puppetry, and community dance practice. Her full-length solo work Thirteen Steps to the Attic premiered at Firkin Crane, Cork 2018, and continues to tour throughout Ireland. Her artistic practice has been funded and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dance Ireland, Kildare Arts Office, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, LD Dance Shawbrook, Firkin Crane, The Laban Guild, and Tipperary Dance Residency.A freelance producer she works with independent artists presenting work at some of Ireland’s major theatres and arts festivals. Companies and artists include Junk Ensemble, Headonbody, Cathy Coughlan, visual artist Vanessa Daws, , Tipperary Dance Platform’s International Dance Festival and Rowan Tolley Company (UK).

Soup was created with support from: Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, Arts Council, Meath County Council, THISISPOPBABY, Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin Circus Project

Special thanks to : Luke Murphy, Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Dance Ireland. The Griffin Family


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




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