HATCH is a Dance Ireland initiative which provides an incubation opportunity for a dance maker to focus on seeding and developing a new work.

With HATCH, artists are valued and paid, and makers receive the support and resources they need in a creative process to experiment, explore a transition in style and work collaboratively.

This award includes a variety of supports, including artists’ fees, expenses, advice, administration and documentation.  The artist will also engage with the dance community and other segments of the non-dance community as relevant to their practice while they are in residence at DanceHouse.

This opportunity is aimed at experienced makers who are ready to work deeper and more ambitiously than they have to date. HATCH is an investment from Dance Ireland in risk and exploration. 

2021 HATCH

HATCH 2020 and 2021 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.

Four awards were given to established dance artists to invest in practice, and four awards to early career dance artists to engage in mentoring and support. 

Established Dance Artists
Emily Aoibheann, Lisa Cliffe, Rob Heaslip, Luke Murphy

Early Career Dance Artists 
Ali Clarke, Rocío Dominguez, Jessie Thompson, Caiomhe Wandel-Brannigan

More information on the 2021 award here.

2020 HATCH

Established Dance Artists
Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Maria Svensson, Mary Wycherley, Catherine Young

Early Career Dance Artists 
Mia DiChiaro, Oran Leong, Nicholas Nwosu, Roisin Whelan

More information on the 2020 award here.

2019 HATCH: Laura Murphy

During HATCH, Laura will research and examine the art in women’s everyday lives.

It will explore the everyday actions performed by contemporary women in Ireland. It will chronicle the daily lives of women as we go about achieving our goals. It aims to celebrate the countless little tasks and chores that go into being ourselves.

Laura’s research is in collaboration with a team of artists: writer/poet Niamh Prior; composer/sound artist Irene Buckley; dance artist Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín; film-maker Mary Wycherley; dance artist Colin Dunne; and sound therapist Chloe McHugh. She will also invite women of all ages from the community into her research process, offering workshops and opportunities to engage with her process.

Read more HERE 

HATCH 2018: Lucia Kickham

Lucia used HATCH as an incubation period to examine the place of warm-up in contemporary dance practice. With a team of skilled dancers, guest movement practitioners, a DJ and a sports psychologist, she investigated how we, as dancers and humans, make ourselves available and open for action. How do we prepare ourselves for the unexpected and as yet unimagined future? Lucia and her creative team  explored the concepts of adaptive preparation, versatile readiness and reactive availability in performance, within dance and other movement disciplines.

During the HATCH residency Lucia will structure her studio research using the Scrum process model. This is an iterative, reflective framework used in the software development industry to create critical feedback loops and meet project goals.

Through HATCH, Lucia is excited to develop her choreographic practice while researching for this new work INIT: The Warm Up Project.

HATCH 2017: Maria Nilsson Waller

Maria Nilsson Waller used HATCH to begin research for a new work integrating movement, set and sound together with a team of multidisciplinary artists. The work created is informed by themes of multiverses, choice and consequence. She alos continued to develop a method of movement training which will influence the choreographic language of her work. Maria used this opportunity to develop these ideas in a focused way and to engage further with the local dance community through work-in-progress sharings and through Dance Ireland’s professional training program.

‘To be able to bring in this team of creative people in so early and discover [the work] together has been a really special experience and is really rare.’ – Maria Nilsson Waller, HATCH Recipient 2017

HATCH 2016: Rob Heaslip

As the inaugural recipient of this award, Rob used HATCH to focus on a new approach to creating performance that is porous and adventurous. The process focused on bringing together elements of musical composition and vocal interaction with the moving body. This will be an extension and progression of his recent movement studies that look towards visceral responses that can be manifested amongst individuals.

‘The simplicity of HATCH is its greatest strength.  As an artist who does not reside in Dublin, the time also allowed me to meet and get to know so many other artists and other sector colleagues. It provided me the time to be present in such a vibrant city which such an incredible performance sector.’ - Rob Heaslip, HATCH recipient 2016