Catalyst and Ignition 2020 Recipients Announced

For the second consecutive year, Dance Ireland and Dublin Circus Project have partnered to provide on two residency opportunities; Catalyst and Ignition.

These platforms are for circus maker(s), creators, collectives, performing arts companies based in Ireland, who are focusing on seeding and developing new work.  Catalyst is a series of two enhanced, fully resourced, 2-week residencies with Dance Ireland in DanceHouse.  Ignition is a enhanced, fully resourced, 2-week residency at Dublin Circus Project  with exclusive use of their Dance Studio and shared access to main space. Both opportunities supports a model where artists are valued and paid and where makers receive the support and resources they need in a creative process to experiment, develop and work collaboratively.

Catalyst and Ignition can be used to resource a transition period for a maker, which would not otherwise be possible. Both programmes are an investment from Dance Ireland and Dublin Circus Project in risk and exploration. 

2020 Recipients

Jonahn McGreevy and Deirdre Griffin - Catalyst 2020: Development of Work

Objectives: Developing a new collaborative duet through high technical and theatrical mentorship, produce a work that is artistically advanced and accessible using a combination of hand to hand partner acrobatics and physical theatre.

Deirdre Griffin, founder of HeadonBody, is a multi-award winning creative dancer and choreographer with years of experience performing and developing work. Jonah McGreevy, cofounder and co-creative director at Loosysmokes and multi-award winning acrobat, is an aerialist, director and producer of modern experimental circus work.

They will be working with director Alain Servant and circus artist Fernando Jorge


Nicola Moran - Ignition 2020: Development of Artist 

Objectives: Exploring concept development through the experimental conversations between body, form and material, initial drawings that adorn the body and the body in turn informs.

Nicola Moran is an award-winning aerialist, dancer, circus artist and jewellery designer. She has trained extensively in acrobatics and other circus arts all over the globe (Costa Rica, Spain, Israel,  and Croatia)

Nicola will be working with Kevin Edward Turner of Company Chameleon and Amanda Coogan.

Seve Feathers - Ignition 2020: Development of Artist 

Objectives: Exploring a new creative methodology on embodiment with mentor Megan Kennedy (Junk Ensemble) focused on her exploratory movement research “Fleeting”, working on the ephemeral, echoes, trails and traces of the human experience.

Seve Feathers is a Dublin-based image-maker using circus and movement to create striking imagery of a poetic nature relating to current societal and psychological topics with a view to provoking thoughts and sharing a journey with the audience.

Seve will be working with director Megan Kennedy.

Aisling ni Cheallaigh and Ronan Brady - DCP Support Residency 2020

Objectives: Developing a new piece. As our relationships with those around us change, so do we. But can these different facets of ourselves form a connected whole? Or are we at the root of it all, forever fragmented?

Aisling and Ronan are circus artists and renowned aerialists, who have recently collaborated on award-winning show “How to Square a Circle”, as well as “Bingo Wings” and “Sub Rosa”. They have both performed extensively abroad and in Ireland, together and individually.

They will be working with choreographer Joli Vyann and director Jenny Jennings.