Tyrone Guthrie Residential Residency

For Dance Ireland Members to undertake research away from their normal working life.

What is the Tyrone Guthrie Residential Residency?

Dance Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre continue their partnership to offer an opportunity to a dance artist to undertake a two-week residency in Annaghmakerrig in 2023.

“Part of the benefit of Tyrone Guthrie was the physical environment where we could explore the stimulus provided by a natural environment  – by forest, field and especially the lake”

Fearghus O’Conchuir and Isabella Oberlander – 2022 Recipients

This call is open to professional members of Dance Ireland and is an opportunity to give dedicated time and space to focus on the development of a new performance work, either alone or in collaboration.  In addition to full-board and lodging for up to 2 people (maximum), the award covers access to the dance studio at Annaghmakerrig and a fund of €1,000 to cover travel, time with another artist or materials.  You can find out more information about Tyrone Guthrie Centre here.

How to apply

  • Fill out the online application form here
  • Submit by email links to examples of your work which has been professionally produced to date, and your CV along with any collaborator CVs to the programme@danceireland.ie before the closing date with the subject line ‘[APPLICANT NAME] – Tyrone Guthrie Residency Application 2023 Supporting Material’.


  • All applicants must be a Dance Ireland Professional or Organisation member.  To become a Dance Ireland member you must be either born or resident in Ireland.  Members can email Andrea to check Membership status on andrea.bolger@danceireland.ie .See more about membership here.
  • Collective/Collaborative applications will be accepted, however all members of a group must be current Dance Ireland professional members.
  • You must have a track record as a dance maker (minimum of 1 professionally presented work), and/or demonstrate you are at a particularly crucial stage in your development as a dance maker.
  • The successful recipient must be willing to share their research and experience with Dance Ireland and its members in a format agreeable to all partners.
  • The residency must take place in 2023, dates to be agreed with Tyrone Guthrie Centre once awarded.
  • Any future works arising out of this residency will acknowledge the support of both Dance Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

Assessment Process

Deadline for receipt of applications and supporting materials is Monday 27 February 2023 at 10 am.   Decisions will be communicated by mid-March.

Proposals will be considered by a panel convened by Dance Ireland and will include an artist representative.  For further information on Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig: www.tyroneguthrie.ie.

2019 Recipient - Siobhan Ni Dhuinnin 

The immersive nature of my time at Tyrone Guthrie Centre allowed me to delve deeply into my process of making in a supportive and nourishing environment. I am currently researching a new work with my father, Pádraig Ó Duinnín. I had the time to fully investigate this delicate and rich process and established a way of working that will aid the development of the work in the future. The award allowed me to invite Laura Murphy to assist in the process. In an intimate duet between father and daughter her expertise and witnessing of the work was essential. The residency allowed time away from daily life providing an invaluable space to focus intensely on the work. It also allowed me to look at how I make work in a broader sense, consciously identifying the elements of the work that can be developed and strengthened.

2018 Recipient - Hannah Rogerson / Tea Time 

The care, attention and importance placed on the artist during this residency was just phenomenal.  On the final Thursday night we had a performance in the drawing room where there was singing, dancing, juggling, piano playing, poetry readings, short story readings and acts acted. We have exchanged emails with everyone we met and are still in contact. On our car the day we were leaving we found a note on the bonnet in all caps reading "WHAT A TEAM" from one of the poets, John. We learnt so much about each other in those two weeks, sharing important talks on the long walks through the forests and around the lake. We started each morning with a yoga watching out over the beautiful view. Our piece came on in leaps and bounds, we discovered lots of new material that we had never thought of before, probably because of the openness of the studio, the giant windows made us feel like we were outside so we could create with an open mindset and a sense of freedom. We put on two mini performances for the house and were overwhelmed with the feedback and kindness of the other artists. It's almost impossible to put into words what this experience meant to us.

2017 Recipient – Emma O'Kane

'Everything that I had hoped to achieve in this residency was achieved. I was able to stand back from my practice and review where I was in as an artist post MA, which was one of my goals. Having a studio there 24/7 allowed for a consistent creative flow to emerge, one that gathered momentum as I relaxed and unwound from daily life into the quiet solitude of The Tyrone Guthrie Centre. It was the perfect opportunity to create a new work and allow those ideas to come the surface. The residency allowed for me to deepen the creative voice and listen to it without distraction.' Emma O'Kane

2016 Recipient – Laura Sarah Dowdall

Laura began the first phase of development of a new dance work for 2017. Laura explored means for enhancing the experience of dance beyond the range of purely visual stimulus, exploring the intrinsic, verbal and experienced expressions dance can create in the body of both performer and viewer. This residency provided a period of research for Laura that investigated the texture of dance and how it can be further communicated through choreographic scores, audience interaction and the environment created within a performance.

Laura worked with visiting Egyptian-American artist and accessible rights activist Walei Sabry and fellow contemporary dancer Janie O’Doherty. Walei Sabry is a blind performance artist based in New York with whom Laura has been developing working concepts since January. Janie is an experienced contemporary dancer and physical theatre performer from Northern Ireland, currently working with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company.

2015 Recipient – Emma Martin

‘Having the chance to spend a whole week together meant that we could really delve into the work, and it enabled us to really reflect on what we had made up to then, revisit early inspirations for the piece, and edit parts of the score. It was an essential time for us in the making of Dancehall....The Tyrone Guthrie Centre operates on the highest of standards, as a place where artists can turn their full attention to the work and the partnership- residency with Dance Ireland is a gift. The dance studio overlooking Annaghmakerrig lake is one of the most inspiring places to dance in. The house is like a quiet 5 star hotel during the day, briefly bursting with banter with other artist residents over amazing dinners in the evenings, and the odd music session. The wonderful and personable team at TGC put so much care into their work, feeding the bright and creative energy the house exudes.’'

In March 2016, Emma worked with her regular collaborator, Justine Cooper on movement material for a new work for 2017.  Of this time, Emma said,

‘We spent the week discussing ideas, dreaming, dancing, jogging, singing, writing (and eating). In contrast to the first week of the residency, this one was playful- unbound by the nerves of an imminent show. I came away with a richer and more detailed vision of what the show might become.’

2014 Recipient – Luke Murphy

The first year of this opportunity saw Cork born and New York based Dance Ireland member Luke Murphy work with three dancers and an historian on the research and development phase of a new work based around ideas of nationalism and national identity. Speaking in advance of the opportunity Murphy said,

‘My goals here are to gain the gift of time to investigate some new ideas, deepen my own artistic practice, work with an historian and a new group of Irish dancers and research the bones of what may become a provocative work for the centenary celebration of 1916.’

After producing a number of full-length, commission and chamber piece works over the past two years, Murphy acknowledges he is at a particular point in his artistic development;

‘I feel assessing practice is key. In both Drenched, and more recently Icarus I have been exploring the process of creating a play with a dance vocabulary, rather than making a dance work with some theatricality, and I believe, given the subject matter of this proposal, the 1916 Rising, and its historical scope and breadth, I also want to investigate the additional uses of documentary and film/video.’