Member News: October & November

A round up of the dance community news and opportunities for October/November.

Choreographers Liz Roche and John Scott elected to Aosdana

Aosdána, founded in 1981, honours artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland, and assists members in devoting their energies fully to their art. Following an Arts Council survey in 1979 on the living and working conditions of artists and discussions on a scheme to support individual artists, Aosdána was collaboratively established by the Arts Council and the Government at the time.   Membership of Aosdána, which is by peer nomination and election, is limited to 250 living artists, who have produced a distinguished body of work. The membership includes creative artists working in a wide range of genres within the disciplines of architecture, choreography, music, literature and visual art.

Choreographer Liz Roche is co-founder and artistic director of Dublin-based Liz Roche Company. It has produced and toured over 20 of her works throughout Ireland and internationally. She directed Embodied, a series of five choreographed female proclamations commissioned by An Post/GPO for their 2016 celebrations. Read more about Liz and the company HERE.

John Scott is from Dublin and a choreographer, performer, singer, founder and Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre. A Dublin-based ensemble, Scott and international guest choreographers create distinctive dance works with diverse casts, mixing virtuosic Irish and international dancers with African and Middle Eastern refugees and torture survivors. Their works include ‘Lear’, ‘Inventions’, Actions’ and ‘Fall and Recover’, all recognised for their intelligence, honesty and humanity. Read more about John HERE.

Film-maker Ingrid Nachstern receives multiple film accolades

Ingrid is Director, Choreographer, Screenwriter and Performer for her experimental films. In recent months, she has received nominations and awards, for her three films: Table Manners/Stopping at Red Lights (2012), Freedom-To-Go!  (2013) and Shoe Horn/Office (2017). Read more about Ingrid and her work HERE.

Recent awards/nominations:
Shoe Horn/Office: Award Winner (Best Experimental Film)- Sicily Independent Film Awards 2020
Shoe Horn/Office; Nominated for Best Experimental Film- East Europe International Film Festival- Dec 2020
Shoe Horn/Office: Finalist at the Chicago Indie Film Awards 2020

Arts Grants Awards

The Arts Council has awarded a significant amount of funding in Arts Grants in recent weeks. We are delighted to see dance artists, companies and festivals included in this. To see the full list of artists, click HERE.

Leitrim Dance Project- Dance on Film

Leitrim Dance Week will take place in April 2021. Leitrim Dance Project promotes engagement with percussive dance and promotes pathways for emerging and/or professional percussive dancers, locally, nationally and internationally. The festival aims to develop a keener understanding of the relationship between dancer and musician where the experience of the dance goes hand in hand with the experience of the music.

Dance Artists Stephanie Keane, Aneta Dortova, Antoine Turmine, Sibéal Davitt & Edwina Guckian start work this month on 5 individual dance on film pieces which will premiere at Leitrim Dance Week 2021. Read more HERE.

Junk Ensemble- Fallow Table

Fallow Table, a dance film by Junk Ensemble, commissioned by Project Arts Centre and supported by Irish Modern Dance Theatre, will be screened at the following festivals: Cork International Film Festival, Waterford Film Festival and Athens Video Dance Project. Read more about the company HERE.

Shawbrook: Open call for 2021 Residencies

The next Shawbrook Open Call is now open for applications. The deadline is Thursday 19 November, 5pm. There are 14 weeks of Shawbrook Dance Residencies available in 2021, for solo artists or companies. Residency dates are on the application form. To apply, see HERE.

Emergence 2021 Participants

We are delighted to see some DI Members amongst the 2021 cohort of young choreographers taking part in the Emergence programme: Siun O'Kane, Fionnuala Doyle-Wade and Niamh Conlon. Read more about the programme HERE.

Catherine Young Dance

Join some of the creative team from Floating on a Dead Sea by Catherine Young for a panel discussion. Led by dramaturg Hanna Slattne, they share insights into the process of creating this new work that explores creating in confinement. The discussion features film footage of Palestine by Luca Truffarelli- see HERE. Read more about Catherine Young HERE.

Minte Wolde: Roscommon Arts Centre Residency 

DI Member Minte has been selected to participate in a three month residency with Roscommon Arts Centre. To read more about it, see HERE.


Firkin Crane Monthly Forum

Friday 6th November 12.30 – 2.30pm
For all Dance professionals and Dance and Movement Artists, as well as,Theatre Makers, and Community Members interested in the Venue. The board of Firkin Crane will run this meeting to look at proposed sectoral supports and community engagements, with a focus this month on PR and Marketing with Eimear O’Brien and Conall O’Riain. To find our more click HERE.

Dance Limerick

If you're looking for more dance classes (for any level) that you can do online, Dance Limerick have plenty. During November, join in professional morning classes with Jenny Roche, over 50s dance classes with Kristyn Fontanella and dance clubs for young people. See more HERE.

Online Dance Classes

DI Member Mihaela Griveva is running two dance classes online per week: Wednesdays at 6.30pm and Sundays at 11am. To read more about the classes and register, see HERE.

DI Member Lisa Tyrell is running Jazz and Ballet classes online: Jazz every Monday from 7-8pm and Ballet every Tuesday from 7-8.15pm. To register email Lisa on

Dublin Youth Dance Company's artistic director Mariam Ribon is currently running online classes on Wednesdays, 7-8.15pm via Zoom. To book a class email Mariam on . 5 euro per class.