Associate Artist

A one year nuanced partnership of support and development for a dance artist with Dance Ireland.

The Associate Artist programme is a significant means for Dance Ireland to support the development of dance artists and choreography in Ireland.  

With each Associate, we offer a suite of supports, including administrative support, studio space, advice and networking, in support of their self-directed projects. During their year-long association with Dance Ireland, our Associate Artists also act as ambassadors for the organisation and for dance as a whole.

We maintain an open and responsive engagement with all our Associate Artists: Aoife McAtamney, Emma Martin, Liv O’Donoghue,Philip Connaughton, Maria Nilsson Waller, Catherine Young and Patricia Crosbie and Liam Scanlon.  Keep up to date with current Associate Artist, Liam Scanlon by checking out Dance Ireland's Blog.

2016-2017 – Liam Scanlon

Sean Nós dancer Liam Scanlon is our Associate Artist for 2016-2017. Mayo born Liam is an award winning and accomplished Sean Nós performer, collaborator and teacher, working nationally and internationally.

A recent graduate of the MA in Traditional Dance Performance at University of Limerick, Liam has performed extensively throughout Ireland, the UK, France, New Zealand and the United States, with among others Damhsa Dance Company, and on shows including Ragús, Avalon Celtic Dances, Atlantic Rhythm. Currently Liam is working on Sokalo Remix in collaboration with Zogma Danse Collectif, Montreal on Irish and Canadian tours. Liam has also performed alongside an eclectic range of traditional music artists, including Altan, Goitse, De Dannan, Kíla, We Banjo 3.

A winner of Corn TG4 at Oireachtas na Gaeilge (2008) and winner of senior Sean Nós dancing at the World Fleadh (2009), Liam frequently adjudicates at competitions including All Ireland Fleadh, An tOireachtas, Féile Pan Cheilteach and Féile na Mí. In addition his extensive teaching engagements, include Le Bono Winter School, Ballyshannon Folk Festival, Tokyo C.C.É and summer schools in Birmingham, Westport, and Irish Dance Festival, Carlingford. TV work includes TG4 An Jig Gig, Poball and Féilte.  

Liam was commissioned to choreograph Patrick by Westport Town Hall Theatre (2016) and has contributed choreography to shows including Legend of Grainne Mhaol, The Admiral and Wild Atlantic Show. This is an area of focus for Liam, who will use his time as Associate Artist to develop his choreographic ideas and creative collaborations.

Liam has identified Dance Ireland’s Associate Artist Programme as

‘…A key opportunity to develop my own dance practice further through strengthening links with dance artists in other genres as well as the traditional arts, and through time to explore, learn and reflect, and allow me valuable time to realise my vision as a choreographer at this critical stage of my career.’

2015-2016 – Patricia Crosbie

We worked in partnership with Cork based ballet mistress, teacher and choreographer Patricia Crosbie on the research and development phase of Journey Through The Mirror, an ensemble work focused on developing a personal narrative of relational values and identity negotiation, combining classical, contemporary and Irish traditional vocabularies. Journey Through The Mirror culminated in work-in-progress performances at DanceHouse in June.

Patricia was a member of Irish National Ballet, Vienna Festival Ballet, and London Ballet Theatre. She toured worldwide with the renowned rock band, The Kinks, choreographing and performing in their concerts. She was awarded an MA in Dance in 2011 at the University of Limerick where she now teaches ballet on the MA and BA Dance courses at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

2014-2015 – Catherine Young

At the time of her appointment as Associate Artist, Catherine Young identified Dance Ireland’s Associate Artist Programme as “a key opportunity to progress as an artist which will allow me to realise my vision as a choreographer at this critical stage of my career.”  Catherine’s year ended with a First Look studio showing at DanceHouse as part of Dublin Dance Festival of her new work ‘Ultima Thule’.  Her quote was accurate, as this work was fully realised in April 2016 and presented at Project Arts Centre and at other venues around the country.  Catherine continues to develop her choreographic career.

Catherine was Dancer/Choreographer in Residence at Siamsa Tíre Theatre (2006-2015) where she was artistic director of Catherine Young Dance, Kerry Youth Dance Theatre and founder/co-artistic director of Tocht International Dance Festival (2011-2015). Catherine holds an MA in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick where she is also a guest lecturer/choreographer.  She also holds a certificate in Theatre Directing from National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Catherine trained and performed for eight years in San Francisco and New York and has studied/worked with Printz Dance Project (USA), The American Conservatory Theatre (USA), Darell Jones (USA), Retina Dance Company (UK/Belgium), Lacina Coulibaly (Kongo Ba Teria Dance Company – Africa), Wendy Houstoun (UK) and Hofesh Schecter Company (UK). She has created work for the Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Shawbrook Touring Company and the University of Limerick among others.

Catherine served as a board member of Dance Research Forum Ireland 2008-2012 and is also a certified yoga teacher.  Catherine was a Dance Ireland Associate Artist in 2014/15.

“She is a choreographer that we will hear about for a long time” Jonathan Kelleher, Artistic Director, Siamsa Tíre – The National Folk Theatre of Ireland

“Catherine has an ability to inspire creative, technical and intelligent work in dance.” Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer, Kerry County Council

2013 – 2014 – Maria Nilsson Waller

During her year as Associate Artist, Maria Nilsson Waller focused on engaging with Dance Ireland’s national and international networks to network and present her current repertoire which includes solo and group work.  Maria continues to choreograph and is creating a new work for premiere in 2017 entitled merry.go.round which is a full length dance work for five dancers.  Maria also continues to create imaginative and other worldly solos.

Maria is a freelance dance artist and choreographer. She was elected "Hoffningsträgerin" (bearer of hope) 2015 by Tanzmagazine. With work described as idiosyncratic, mesmerizing, pure, quirkily humorous and as poetry from the lingonberry forest, she is a multidisciplinary artist who also composes the music for her pieces as well as designs light, video and costume.

Maria was born in 1984 in the Swedish town of Östersund, county Jämtland. Surrounded by music, she grew up playing various instruments and was strongly influenced by the traditional music of the region, as well as by classical and modern music. At the age of 15 she left home to pursue a career in dance, a passion she had already carried for many years. She graduated from the Royal Swedish Ballet School in 2004. Around this time, while working as a freelance dancer, her interest in choreography and composition started to grow. This led her to further studies at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, and from there to France. Between 2007 and 2009, Maria was part of Cannes Jeune Ballet where she choreographed several pieces for the company’s repertoire under the artistic direction of Monique Loudiéres.

Maria is based in Dublin where she continues to create as an independent artist, dividing her work between Ireland and Sweden, often in close collaboration with dancers, musicians, film artists and photographers.

Maria is a member of Jämtlands Kulturkompani and was a Dance Ireland Associate Artist 2013/2014.   She has been supported by the Irish Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Culture Ireland, Estrad Norr and Konstnärsnämnden, Sweden.

2013 – 2014 – Philip Connaughton

Philip Connaughton used his year as Associate Artist to develop his choreographic practice and is proposing to focus on the development of a trio; in addition he is also working on solo pieces and using his time as an associate artist to focus on the technical side of production.  The effect of this year was seen with his large scale ensemble work, Tardigrade, presented as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival in 2014, which won a Design Award.  Since that time, Philip has had success in nationally and internationally touring WHACK!! , a duet with collaborator Ashely Chen (FR). His latest work, Extraterrestrial Events, will be performed in Paris and Dublin in early 2017. Philip also continues to work with and perform the work of many other choreographers.

Philip is a choreographer/performer originally from Dublin. He began dancing locally and then went on to train at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. As a choreographer, his first solo, Embody, was created during a residency at Movement Research (NYC), and since then he has been performing his work internationally. Philip was Artist in Residence at Axis Ballymun [2012] where he created Mortuus Est Philippus for Dublin Dance Festival. His lecture-performance Dance Uncovered (sensational) was featured is Dublin Dance Festival 2015.  WHACK!! will be performed at MOMA NYC in September 2016 and continues to tour throughout France in 2016/17.
His latest work, Extraterrestrial Events, will be performed in Paris and Dublin in early 2017.
 
Also working in theatre and opera, his credits include Der Vampyr for Cork’s Midsummer Festival, The Gate Theatre’s production of The Threepenny Opera for Dublin Theatre Festival and Noel Coward’s The Vortex - also at The Gate. He was choreographer/ass. director on Faust at The Everyman and  The Bloody Irish for PBS TV, America. Most recently, he choreographed I'm Your Man for THISISPOPBABY for the Dublin Theatre Festival. 
 
As a teacher Philip has taught professional classes and workshops for Dance Ireland, Galway Dance Project, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Step Up, Dance Limerick. The University of Limerick, Penn. State University and Drexel University, Philadelphia.
 
Philip is a proud recipient of the 16 x 16: Next Generation Bursary Award. Philip was a Dance Ireland Associate Artist in 2013/14.

2012 – 2013 - Emma Martin

During her time as Associate Artist, Emma Martin focused on developing a dance work for six performers.  This period resulted in Dogs, which was premiered at Project Arts Centre in September 2012.

Emma Martin produces new work using dance, live music, song, text and any other means necessary to create work that is triggered by the world around us, the characters that inhabit it and the situations that stir it. For more information about her company visit www.emmamartindance.com.

Emma Martin graduated from John Cranko School, Stuttgart, Germany in 2000, subsequently performing with the Stuttgart Ballet and Tanztheater Trier (Germany), Ballet Ireland, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Ireland and Muse Dance Theatre (NYC). From 2007-09 she was artistic director of Drogheda Youth Dance Company.
 Her choreographic works include Lulu (Samuel Beckett Theatre, 2009), Packing Room, Drive (short film Dublin Dance Festival 2008), Listowel Syndrome (ABSOLUT Fringe 2010, Dublin Dance Festival 2011) and the multi- award winning Dogs (2012). Emma holds a BA degree in Russian and Drama Studies from Trinity College Dublin.

Her work has been supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Dance Ireland, Carlow County Council.  She was also a Modul-Dance artist, a multi-annual cooperation project funded by the European Commission through the Culture Programme.  Emma is currently Dance Artist in Residency at VISUAL Carlow.  Emma was a Dance Ireland Associate Artist in 2012/13.

2012 – 2013 - Aoife McAtamney

Aoife spent her year as Associate Artist working intensively in the studio on her own choreographic practice with the aim of generating material for three shows.  Aoife also aimed to increase her international connections and networks during this time through Dance Ireland’s European DanceHouse Network and other international projects we were involved with at the time such as modul-dance.  Her most recent work, Age of Transition, premiered as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe in September 2016.

‘McAtamney’s songs, performed excellently, include Happening, a tune so perfectly complete that you feel as if you’ve known it forever.’ Irish Times

‘‘Age of Transition’ is one of those truly captivating works, so good it restores the soul.’ TheArtsReview

Aoife has continued to choreograph and work regularly in other international contexts as a choreographer and performer.

Aoife McAtamney is a freelance dancer, choreographer, songwriter living in Dublin. Aoife studied at London Contemporary Dance School & the D.A.N.C.E II programme dancing with choreographers William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Frédéric Flamand, Angelin Preljocaj, Sara Rudner (NYC), Regina van Berkle (GER), Anneke Hansen (NYC), Emma Martin (IRE) and Dutch dance company T.R.A.S.H.

Aoife has been choreographing since 2009, with her first work Sweetheart that’s the interesting part… premiering in the Pavilon Noir, Aix en-Provence. She went on to create her first solo Softer Swells, which was an Aerowaves selection for 2014 touring to The Place London, La Briqueterie for Les Plateaux Paris with upcoming performances in RomaEuropa & Espaces Des Arts. In 2012 Aoife formed DISH Dance with long term collaborators and friends, Anna Kaszuba, Juan Corres Benito and Ilan Kav creating The Spinner & Empty Echo.

Other collaborations include Egg Charade with choreographer Nina Vallon of envy&p, premiering at the Dublin Dance Festival in 2013, A Room For All Our Tomorrows with Igor Urzelia and Moreno Solinas of Igor&Moreno, supported by The Place and Cambridge Junction and One One One! a duet with Ioannis Mandafounis. Aoife was a Dance Ireland Associate Artist in 2012/2013.

Aoife is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, DanceIreland, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre, and the Goethe Institute Dublin.

2012 – 2013 - Liv O’Donoghue

Liv O’Donoghue focused on engaging with Dance Ireland’s national and international networks with her current work Prompted Breathless and other pieces.  Liv has continued her work as a choreographer with works Hear Me Sing Your Song and With Raised Arms.  Dance Ireland achieved funding from the EU for a project entitled Communicating Dance along with five other European DanceHouses.  Liv was a participant in the professional development opportunity created by this project, and has resulted in the quarterly publication DRAFF since 2015.  Liv has also been involved with other European Projects such as Act Your Age.

Liv trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in the UK, graduating with the Outstanding Achievement award in 2007. As a choreographer, her work has been shown as part of the Dublin Dance Festival (Ireland), DancEUnion/Southbank Centre  (UK), Time to Dance (Latvia), Bealtaine Festival (Ireland), Immersia/LEAP (Germany), Autopilot (Sweden), The New Choreography Showcase (UK) and the DMJ International Video Dance Festival (Japan).

As a dancer, Liv has worked with companies and choreographers including Henri Oguike, Carol Brown, Darshan Singh Bhuller, John Scott’s irish modern dance theatre, junk ensemble, and Material Sequence Dance Company. Liv has been working with Liz Roche Company since 2009, working on five new creations with the company and touring widely throughout the USA and Europe.  Liv was a Dance Ireland Associate Artist in 2012/2013.

Liv’s work has been supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland and Dance Ireland.

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