HATCH 2020 Recipients

This week brings more good news as we announce this year's HATCH recipients. Early this year we put out an open call for a new HATCH award.

This year, we have given four awards to established dance artists to invest in practice, and four awards to early career dance artists to engage in mentoring and support. 

The last three months have been full of change and HATCH 2020 is a response to our changed environment. Covid-19, and the public health measures we are now living with have deeply impacted how artists live and how work can be made.

We saw this award as an opportunity to invest in artists to have time to build resilience – to have space and time to think, reimagine and rebuild. We looking forward to finding new ways to connect and learn from the HATCH 2020 artists, and supporting the next generation of makers in their development. 

Aims and Objectives for the Award 

  • Provide support for established artists to take time to invest in their practice and space to think, research, and reimagine their work
  • Provide opportunities for early career artists to be mentored and supported by those more established in the sector
  • Foster innovative thinking and artistic research outside the studio
  • Provide support for continuity of practice and connection between artists at a critical time

Established Dance Artist Recipients

Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Fearghus is a choreographer and dance artist. Frequently collaborating with experts from across and beyond the arts, he champions dance as a way to help us understand how we live in the world.  He is Deputy Chair of the Arts Council.
Read moreabout Fearghus here 

Maria Svensson
Maria is a professional contemporary choreographer, producer, performer and teacher. She has toured and showed her own work mostly around the isle of Ireland and Sweden. In 2014 Maria founded the solo dance festival ‘Going Solo Together’ which takes place biannually in her hometown Örebro, Sweden.
Read more about Maria here

Mary Wycherley
Mary is a contemporary dance artist and educator whose work spans live performance, filmmaking and curation. Her  body of work in performance, film and installation has toured and been exhibited in Ireland and internationally at venues and festivals internationally.
Read more about Mary here

Catherine Young
Catherine is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist, a UK BENCH Fellow & an associate artist at Siamsa Tire where she has been dancer in residence with Kerry County Council for many years.
She spent 8 years training & performing in the US before returning to Ireland.
Read more about Catherine here 

Early Career Dance Artist Recipients 

Mia DiChiaro
Mia is an Irish-based dancer and arts administrator interested in process-based collaborations and interdisciplinary practices. She is currently developing site-specific research as a Tipperary Dance Platform Fellowship recipient.
Read more about Mia here

Oran Leong
An Irish and Contempoary dancer, Oran has danced with Kristyn Fontanella, Catherine Young, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, Justine Doswell, Iseli-Chiodi, IMDT, Monica Munoz Marin, Muirne Bloomer, Cie Marie Lenfant and has been Assistant Artistic Director of Laois Youth Dance Ensemble.
Read more about Oran here

Nicholas Nwosu
Nicholas is a Street Dancer from Nigeria. His dance styles mix Hip Hop, Twerking and Hip-let in a unique blend, focusing on improvised and innovative movement. He has taught and performed at WILD West Cork Contemporary Dance Festival; Write Venue and Rage, and taught at Garter Lane, Waterford.
Read more about Nicholas here

Roisin Whelan 
Since graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance and completing her Masters in Performance, Roisin has performed extensively with well known companies including Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures professional company.
Read more about Roisin here