DANCER from the DANCE: Choreographers
An ONLINE Dance Celebration of 32 Irish Choreographers from Ireland and the USA who cross national borders, practices, ethnicities and generations, curated by John Scott
Incidental Music: 'Concrete Rain' composed by Michael Scott
Muirne Bloomer & Emma O'Kane
Muirne Bloomer is from Dublin and has had an extensive performance career in ballet, contemporary and dance theatre in Ireland and abroad. Muirne’s work has been commissioned by Dublin City Council, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Dublin City Arts Office as well as receiving Arts Council funding for her own original work.
Emma O’ Kane is a freelance dance artist, and choreographer, trained at the Perm State Choreographic Academy, Russia. Her work has strongly influenced the Irish contemporary dance and theatre landscape in the last 20 years. Emma’s work has been funded by the Arts Council and commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival.
David Bolger is the Artistic Director and co-founder of CoisCéim Dance Theatre. His work has been seen by millions of people worldwide and has received prestigious awards for its innovation, performance and choreography. David has directed and choreographed over 20 original productions for CoisCéim, including the highly lauded FRANCIS FOOTWORK, THE WOLF AND PETER, BODY LANGUAGE, and the major international co-production THESE ROOMS (Irish Times Theatre Award, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), TATE Liverpool).
Morgan Bullock is a 20 year old world ranked Irish Dancer from America who gained popularity for posting videos performing self-choreographed dances to popular songs. Recently, she made headlines when a video of her Irish Dancing to a popular contemporary song went viral on various social media platforms. Since then, she has been invited to perform with the cast of Riverdance.
Darrah Carr is the Artistic Director of Darrah Carr Dance - a Bessie-Award nominated professional Irish dance company that specializes in ModERIN – a unique blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance. Recent highlights include: Good Morning America, NBC’s The Today Show, a performance with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, The Duke Theater on 42nd Street, Celebrate Brooklyn, Victory Dance at the New Victory Theater.
Seán Curran is an award-winning choreographer, director and performer whose work in dance, opera and theatre spans 35 years. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Dance at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Artistic Director of his own contemporary dance ensemble, Seán Curran Company.
Sibéal Davitt is a dance artist and performer from Dublin. She has performed all over the world for over 10 years. Her style of dance is influenced by contemporary, classical and Irish traditional ‘sean-nós’ dance, having trained in all styles from a young age. Sibéal is Dance Ireland’s Associate Artist in 2020.
Oona Doherty is a dance artist and choreographer based in Northern Ireland. She has been performing dance theatre internationally since 2010 with companies such as TRASH (NL), Abbattoir Ferme (BE), Veronika Riz (IT), Emma Martin /United Fall (IE) and Enda Walsh (IE). Oona’s choreography has toured extensively to critical acclaim: Hope Hunt & the Ascension into Lazarus, Hard to be Soft - A Belfast Prayer and Lady Magma.
Junk Ensemble was founded in Dublin in 2004 by twin sisters Megan and Jessica Kennedy. The company is committed to engaging diverse audiences through the creation and presentation of brave, imaginative and accessible work that sheds light on human issues relevant to society today. Current Project Arts Centre Associate Artists & Dance Artists-in-Residence at Firkin Crane and previous Artists-in-Residence at The Tate.
Based in Dublin since 1997, Justine Doswell has had the pleasure to work with a myriad of Irish and international choreographers and directors. Her choreographic work has been supported by The Arts Council, Dance Ireland, THEATREClub, Project Arts Centre, Liz Roche Company, The Lir Academy, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Dance Limerick, Shawbrook and Dance Resource Base.
Jeanine Durning is an Alpert Award winning practice-based choreographer and performer from New York whose work has been described by The New Yorker as having both “the potential for philosophical revelation and theatrical disaster.” She uses everything she has to give everything she’s got.
Dancer and dance researcher Nic Gareiss reimagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Originally from Michigan, Gareiss engages many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, clog andstep dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration.
Deirdre Griffin is a dance artist and choreographer working across contemporary dance, aerial & acrobatics. She established her performance company, Headonbody, to create works characterised by wild absurdity and high physicality. Her recent show Soup, a collaboration with sound artist Craig Cox, was nominated for Best Performer award & Radical Spirit Award at Dublin Fringe Festival.
Lucia Kickham is a Dublin-based dance artist performing and collaborating internationally since 2011. Trained in The Netherlands, she has worked with artists such as TRASH (NL), Liz Roche Company, Philip Connaughton, junk ensemble, Maria Nilsson Waller and Jessie Keenan. She has been a recipient of awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Dance Ireland and Tyrone Guthrie Centre.
Laura Macken is an independent Irish dance artist who trained with Dublin City Ballet and was a founder member of Irish Modern Dance Theatre. In 2018/2019 she began creating her own works through Arts Council project funding which focus on the neoclassical style. Her own practice stems from classical but is influenced by a diverse range of styles.
Aoife McAtamney is a multidisciplinary artist living in Dublin working mainly in the field of contemporary dance and music. Before Covid 19, Aoife was touring ‘Lady Magma’ as a dancer and vocalist with Oona Doherty Dance. Future online performance projects include ‘Lucia’ and ‘Lullaby’.
Eileen McClory has received commissions from Quotidian At the Margins 2021, Maiden Voyage Dance Company BRINK 2020, The Playhouse, Derry TURF 2019 and Tinderbox Theatre Company CUCK 2017. Under Off the Rails Dance #OTR Eileen has choreographed and produced The Dutiful Wife 2016, and S(3)nsored 2011 and received an Artist Career Enhancement Award from Arts Council NI in 2018.
Laura Murphy is a dance artist based in Dublin. Her work generally de-emphasises narrative in favour of abstraction and celebrates the beauty in everyday things. She has presented her work nationally and internationally at festivals and in galleries
Ingrid Nachstern is a director, choreographer, screenwriter and dancer. In 2014 she moved into filmmaking and has directed 3 films, all of which have been screened internationally and won several awards (Shoe Horn/Office won Best Experimental Film at Los Angeles Movie Awards 2019). Nachstern has performed in New York at MoMA, Lincoln Center, Barcelona, Dublin and Buenos Aires. She founded Night Star Dance
Isabella Oberländer is a dance artist, who engages with cross-disciplinary settings and choreographic processes that embrace the advocacy of the dancing body. All the while working to explore a visceral articulation of physicality and thought. Oberländer’s practice is guided by on-going fascination with identity/intersectional feminist politics, performativity and spatial relationships.
Fearghus Ó Conchúir & Sarah Browne
Fearghus Ó Conchúir is a choreographer and dance artist. Frequently collaborating with experts from across and beyond the arts, he champions dance as a way to help us understand how we live in the world. He is Deputy Chair of the Arts Council of Ireland.
Sarah Browne is an artist concerned with non-spoken, bodily experiences of knowledge, labour and justice. Her practice involves sculpture, film, performance and public projects, as well as forms of writing and publishing in diverse contexts.
Ruairí Ó’Donnabháin has been making dances in Ireland since 2008. He is a recent Masters in Choreography Graduate from DAS Graduate School in Amsterdam. His choreographic practice is concerned with ‘aesthetic practices of care’. He lives and works on Oileán Chléire,
a remote island and Gaeltacht off the south west coast of Co. Cork. He has performed for Jennifer Walshe, Keith Hennessy and THEATREclub among others.
Tobi Omoseto is an internationally acclaimed B-boy (breakdancer) and Hip-Hop Freestyle dancer. Trained at Broadway Dance Centre New York, Tobi has been dancing for over 15 years and is dedicated to supporting the foundations of this dynamic and influential dance form. Tobi is curator and director of TOP 8 at Dublin Dance Festival. Now heading into its 6th year, the event continues to grow in size and popularity.
Alex O’Neill is a choreographer for the 80s, 90s and 00s. He participated in the European Arena Disco tour which included the likes of Ace Of Base, 2 Unlimited, five and Haddaway. Alex was lead actor/dancer in the Lifestyle Sports Christmas campaign. Alex has a passion for making short dance films for his YouTube channel which have been seen in over 190 countries.
Ryan O’Neill has a first-class honours dance degree from UU and MA Performance at Laban Trinity. Ryan has performed with Maiden Voyage Dance, Liz Roche Company, Oona Doherty, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Junk Ensemble, Gwyn Emberton and spent two years with Punchdrunk in Shanghai. He is based in Belfast.
Liam O'Scanláin is a former Oireachtas na Gaelige winner, Liam has an MA from the Irish World Academy at University of Limerick. Between 2015 and 2017, Liam was part of Irish-Quebecois collaboration of Sokalo Remix, with Montreal-based Zeugma Danse. In 2018, Liam joined forces with sean-nós singer Lorcan MacMathuna and musician Daire Bracken to choreograph Preab Meadar.
Fiona Quilligan, award-winning choreographer, born in Dublin, trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance and from 1982-86 performed with Dublin City Ballet. In 1986, she founded Rubato Ballet, and created original works which received high critical acclaim, the Nijinsky medal from Warsaw and AIB Better Ireland Award in Arts and Culture. In 2014 Fiona received an MA in performance from the University of Limerick.
John Scott is a Dublin-born choreographer, performer and singer. Works include Lear, Fall and Recover, Actions, Inventions performed at festivals in Ireland and internationally. Scott performed in Meredith Monk’s Quarry revival, 2003, and for Oona Doherty, Yoshiko Chuma, Sarah Rudner, Anna Sokolow and Thomas Lehmen. Scott was awarded Ireland’s African Refugee Network’s Culture Award for his work with refugees and survivors of torture.
Áine Stapleton works in dance, film, and music. She has been developing work about Lucia Joyce, daughter of Irish writer James Joyce, since 2014. She is currently creating a choreographed installation based on Lucia Joyce, and recently received funding to research her third feature film about Lucia in Northern Italy.
Mary Wycherley is an Irish dance artist whose work spans contemporary dance performance, moving image and curation. She has a strong track record of collaborating with a range of artists and creating works which cross disciplinary boundaries. Her work is seen on stage, in galleries and cinematic contexts. Mary’s body of work has toured and been exhibited in Ireland and internationally.
Nigeria-born Irish dancer Mufutau Yusuf joined Dublin Youth Dance Company at 16 and two years later performed with Irish Modern Dance Theatre in Fall and Recover, the first of many works with the company. He graduated from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) in 2016. Mufutau also develops his own work and is currently working with Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez.