HATCH is a Dance Ireland initiative which will provide an incubation opportunity for a dance maker to focus on seeding and developing a new work.

With HATCH, artists are valued and paid, and makers receive the support and resources they need in a creative process to experiment, explore a transition in style and work collaboratively.

This awards includes a variety of supports, including providing for artists’ fees, expenses, advice, administration and documentation.  The artist will also engage with the dance community and other segments of the non-dance community as relevant to their practice while they are in residence at DanceHouse.

This opportunity is aimed at experienced makers who are ready to work deeper and more ambitiously than they have to date. HATCH is an investment from Dance Ireland in risk and exploration. The inaugural recipient of the HATCH award in 2016 was Rob Heaslip.  The 2017 HATCH artist is under consideration following an open call earlier this year.

Rob Heaslip worked in our Creation Studio for the month of November 2016.  He used this opportunity to focus on a new approach to creating performance that is porous and adventurous. The process brought together elements of musical composition and vocal interaction with the moving body. This is an extension and progression of his recent movement studies that look towards visceral responses that can be manifested amongst individuals.