Tyrone Guthrie Residential Residency

The Tyrone Guthrie Residential Residency allows an artist to undertake research away from their normal working life either alone or in collaboration.

Established in 2014, this award from Dance Ireland and Tyrone Guthrie Centre is an opportunity for a Dance Ireland member to spend time away from their normal working day to focus on the development of a new performance work, either alone or in collaboration.

In addition to full-board and accommodation for up to 3 people, the award covers access to the dance studio at Annaghmakerrig and a small fund to cover expenses. A produced work is not expected as a result of this time, instead, we expect the artist to have made a journey of discovery about themselves as a dance maker.

Submissions are made in response to an Open Call, which are reviewed by a panel comprising a representative from Dance Ireland and Tyrone Guthrie Centre. The 2017 call for applications is closed and the recipient for this year's opportunity is Emma O'Kane who will undertake the residency in October this year.

Past recipient, Emma Martin, had this to say about the opportunity:

‘The Tyrone Guthrie Centre operates on the highest of standards, as a place where artists can turn their full attention to the work and the partnership- residency with Dance Ireland is a gift. The dance studio overlooking Annaghmakerrig lake is one of the most inspiring places to dance in. The house is like a quiet 5 star hotel during the day, briefly bursting with banter with other artist residents over amazing dinners in the evenings, and the odd music session. The wonderful and personable team at TGC put so much care into their work, feeding the bright and creative energy the house exudes.’

2016 Recipient – Laura Sarah Dowdall

Laura began the first phase of development of a new dance work for 2017. Laura explored means for enhancing the experience of dance beyond the range of purely visual stimulus, exploring the intrinsic, verbal and experienced expressions dance can create in the body of both performer and viewer. This residency provided a period of research for Laura that investigated the texture of dance and how it can be further communicated through choreographic scores, audience interaction and the environment created within a performance.

Laura worked with visiting Egyptian-American artist and accessible rights activist Walei Sabry and fellow contemporary dancer Janie O’Doherty. Walei Sabry is a blind performance artist based in New York with whom Laura has been developing working concepts since January. Janie is an experienced contemporary dancer and physical theatre performer from Northern Ireland, currently working with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company. Learn more about her experience.

About Laura

Laura is a dance artist creating engaging performance that is experiential, immersive and permeable to audience interaction.

Laura is a contemporary dancer who incorporates instant composition, improvisation and durational performance into work that is site-specific, staged and on film. She feels inspired by this practice for the vitality of presence and powerful communication and connection it can create with audience. Laura's research and choreography centre on developing new avenues for audience engagement, breaking boundaries of hierarchy and expectation, and offering experiences of heightened awareness.

Running Blind, her recent show in March 2016, focused on the role of sensorial awareness in everyday life and in performance, with a focus on physical and metaphorical blindness. She was awarded the Artist in the Community Award managed by CREATE (Ireland) to work with the Anne Sullivan centre for DeafBlind in 2015.

She showed work at Echo Echo Festival, Derry (NI) and Dance Theatre of Ireland, Dublin (IRL) in 2015. She performed at the National Choreographic Showcase, Boston (USA) in February 2016 and staged the production Running Blind at Smock Alley Theatre in March 2016. From her practice and research she has developed a workshop known as "Practicing Presence" which she has facilitated in Ireland and the USA.

Laura works with choreographers, dance theatre companies, film directors and collaborators in Germany, Ireland, Greece, Holland and the UK. She works with a collective of international artists researching the performative body in its expanded, transformative, political and imaginative states.

2015 Recipient – Emma Martin

Emma worked intensively for one week in Autumn 2015 with composer Andrew Hamilton on the score for her work Dancehall. 
About this week, Emma said,
‘Having the chance to spend a whole week together meant that we could really delve into the work, and it enabled us to really reflect on what we had made up to then, revisit early inspirations for the piece, and edit parts of the score. It was an essential time for us in the making of Dancehall.’

In March 2016, Emma worked with her regular collaborator, Justine Cooper on movement material for a new work for 2017.  Of this time, Emma said,

‘We spent the week discussing ideas, dreaming, dancing, jogging, singing, writing (and eating). In contrast to the first week of the residency, this one was playful- unbound by the nerves of an imminent show. I came away with a richer and more detailed vision of what the show might become.’


About Emma

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.

2014 Recipient – Luke Murphy

The first year of this opportunity saw Cork born and New York based Dance Ireland member Luke Murphy work with three dancers and an historian on the research and development phase of a new work based around ideas of nationalism and national identity. Speaking in advance of the opportunity Murphy said,

‘my goals here are to gain the gift of time to investigate some new ideas, deepen my own artistic practice, work with an historian and a new group of Irish dancers and research the bones of what may become a provocative work for the centenary celebration of 1916.’

After producing a number of full-length, commission and chamber piece works over the past two years, Murphy acknowledges he is at a particular point in his artistic development;

‘I feel assessing practice is key. In both Drenched, and more recently Icarus I have been exploring the process of creating a play with a dance vocabulary, rather than making a dance work with some theatricality, and I believe, given the subject matter of this proposal, the 1916 Rising, and its historical scope and breadth, I also want to investigate the additional uses of documentary and film/video.’

About Luke

Originally from Cork City, Ireland, Luke is a performer and choreographer based between New York City and Ireland. Luke has been working with Punchdrunk since 2009 in productions of Sleep No More in Boston and New York and ‘The Drowned Man’ in London, in addition he currently dances with the Belgian company, Ultima Vez in ‘Booty Looting’. Past engagements include Martha Clarke’s 'Angel Reapers' ('10-'11), Kate Weare Company (’11-’13), Pavel Zustiak's Palissimo Company (‘11-‘13) Erik Hawkins Dance Company (‘09-‘11) as well as performing in special projects with Jonah Bokaer, John Kelly, Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Heidi Latsky, Sean Curran, John Scott's IMDT and many others.
 
His own work has been presented throughout New York, Ireland and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His first evening length work Drenched premiered at the Absolut Fringe Festival in 2012 and toured throughout the U.S. In June 2013 he premiered his second evening, Icarus at the Cork Midsummer Festival. His third evening Your Own Man/Mad Notions premiered at Dance Limerick in Feb 2015.
He has been supported through commissions and residencies from Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, Dance Ireland, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Duo Multicultural Arts Center, University of Limerick, Dance Limerick, The Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Bessie Schoenberg Residency at the Yard and The Dragon's Egg. In addition he has been commissioned to create works on numerous other companies, projects and university departments including Maiden Voyage Dance Company for which his work Fragile Ghosts represented Dance in Northern Ireland at British Dance Edition in 2014, Company 10HL in New York.

Luke continues to work extensively as a performer with Punchdrunk and others as well as touring his current choreographic works and working on new material.