2021-22 Associate Artist

We are delighted to announce our 2021/2022  Associate Artist, Zoë Ashe-Browne. 

The Associate Artist programme is a flagship programme for Dance Ireland. It offers valuable support and profile for early career artists that can help to establish their working practices and relationships locally, nationally, and internationally. The programme involves a suite of supports that are responsive to the artists need, their vision and their ambitions.

In the coming weeks we look forward to sharing Zoë's plans with you and public engagement opportunities. 

“I am delighted to be the next recipient of the Dance Ireland Associate Artist Award. The programme will afford me the opportunity to holistically evolve my choreographic practice at home, in Ireland. This consistency is invaluable and will afford me the time to further develop the foundation of my practice.

I am especially excited to engage with the various strands of opportunity within the programme which include periods of teaching, curating and networking. This year I will also be developing my practice with the support of the Markievicz Award from Arts Council Ireland; the additional development opportunities provided by the Associate Artist programme will enable me to maximise the possibilities for my proposed activities this year. ”


Zoë Ashe-Browne is an award winning dance artist and choreographer from Dublin, Ireland.
She began her professional dance training in 2003 with Irish National Youth Ballet Company. In 2006, aged 16, she won a full scholarship to train at the English National Ballet School in London where she completed her education.

Upon graduating in 2009 she returned to Ireland to dance with The National Ballet of Ireland, dancing principal roles in Morgann Runacre-Temple’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Carmen’, both of which were created on her. Subsequently, Zoë danced with the English National Ballet Company, The Peter Schaufuss Ballett Company (Denmark) and Ballett Vorpommern (Germany), before joining the Royal Ballet of Flanders (Antwerp, Belgium) in 2018 under the directorship of world renowned choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Her vast performance repertoire includes classical, neo-classical, and contemporary works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Alexander Ekman, Benjamin Millepied, Meryl Tankard, Derek Deane, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Wayne Eagling, Ludovic Ondiviela, Herald Lander, Michael Corder, Martha Graham, Bryan Arias, Brigel Gjoka, Jeanne Brabants, Daniel Proietto, and many more.
Her next performance season will see her working with Belgian choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Anna Teresa DeKeersmaeker and Alain Platel.

Zoë began choreographing for stage and film (Ballet Atha Cliath) in 2014 and has had her work supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and Dance Ireland. Her  recent choreographic works include “ASA” for Dancer from the Dance: Festival of Irish Choreography in association with Irish Modern Dance Theatre and ‘Spiro’ for the 2020 Gent Festival of Flanders.

Earlier this year Zoë was a recipient of the Countess Markievicz Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media.