McB Dance Bursary Announcement

What is The Tyrone Guthrie Centre McB Dance Bursary?

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre McB Dance Bursary offers an opportunity for a professional dance artist or choreographer to undertake a two-week residency in The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig to spend time to focus on the development of a new performance. In addition to full board and lodging the bursary holder will have 24 hour access to the dance studio. The bursary is funded by an anonymous patron of The Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

In 2022 Dance Ireland is partnering with The Tyrone Guthrie Centre to support this opportunity with an access bursary of €500.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s recipient is Ali Clarke.

Residency Description

During her time in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre Ali will work on her upcoming solo work What Is Not Ours To Carry, set to premiere in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Autumn 2023. This immersive performance explores the ancestral connections between Ireland, the Middle East and North Africa. In this work she will transport the public back in time offering an insight into how these very different cultures share many surprising intersections. The music for this work will be composed and performed by historical music specialist Ruben Monteiro with percussion by Joao Goncalo. The team is completed with set designer Emma Fisher and dramaturg Hanna Slatne who will support Ali in realising this large-scale production. The work is further supported by Arts and Disability Connect, Axis Theatre, The Mermaid Arts Centre, The Courthouse Arts Centre and Ilu da Dance. 

About Ali Clarke

Ali Clarke is an Irish born choreographer working with dance and circus to create interactive and immersive performances. As a creator Ali’s work has been influenced by a desire to create a more interactive and experiential format for performances. She believes in the immersive experience of performance and as such looks at her performances as experiential opportunities to bring communities together. Her work is often interactive and site-specific with the aim to offer contemporary art to audiences who do not conventionally visit theatres. Besides her working under her own name, Ali is the artistic director of international company KNOT Kollektiv. Further from her choreographic work Ali performs with the Brussels based company Untamed Productions and is a dramaturgic coach at Performact professional dance course in Lisbon.

Ali's work is characterised by her strong trans-disciplinary approach and her passion for exploring the interface between public and performer. Her work has been awarded widely including an Arts and Disability Connect research and development award ('22), Play:Ground Bursary from the Axis Theatre ('22), the Creation Artitsts Residency ('21/22), the Dance Ireland HATCH ('21) and LaunchPad ('20) Awards, the Arts Council Ireland Dance Bursary ('21) and Professional Development Award ('20), the Chassé Theater Culture Funds ('19), the Cafe Theater Festival Award for Young Audiences ('18) and more.