DI Dance Films

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Dancing by Distance 

Commissioned by Creative Ireland for Cruinniu na nÓg 2020.
With movement direction by choreographer Luke Murphy, a Dance Ireland Associate Artist, and original score by Michael Fleming and in collaboration with Invisible Thread Films, Dancing by Distance features over 35 young dancers* across different locations, styles and circumstances throughout Ireland, who each devised a dance solo. Read more about there creation of this film here.


Lighting Design for Dance Project 2018/2019

Playing to a sold out audience on 23 January 2019, this project is in its second year as a a professional development partnership between Liz Roche Company, The Lir Academy and Dance Ireland. 

A short extract from THE ELUSIVE APPLE OF MY “I”, by choreographer Justine Doswell, created in collaboration with the cast, and lighting design by Matt Burke.

Performers: Millie Daniel-Dempsey, Aoife Kelly, Oran Leong, Valentina Gaia Lops, Emily Kilkenny Roddy, Emma O’Kane
Music / sound: Bach's Sonata for solo violin in G Minor, Adagio played by Aoife Kelly; Sonata XIV by John Cage played by JohnTilbury; The Atomium Pt. 3 by Stars of the Lid.
Text written by Douglas R. Hofstadter, recited by Cathy White and recorded by Brian Hogan; Nauwe Egberts by Unders & Soares
“In the end, we self-perceiving, self-inventing, locked-in mirages are little miracles of self-reference.”  Douglas R. Hofstadter
Video: Noelia Ruiz


A short extract from DARK MATTER, choreographed & performed by Mihaela Griveva with lighting by Blue Hanley
Music: Josiah Steinbrick, Jóhann Jóhannsson
A solo performance that delves into the scientific conundrum that is dark matter. The only way to detect dark matter is to observe it indirectly. By looking at how the path of light is distorted the observer can map out how space bends and therefore how the matter is distributed. The work transforms and evolves as it's performed. 
​Video: Noelia Ruiz

A short extract from  DEMONS ON MY COUCH, a new work by Human Collective, choreographed by Matt Szczerek with lighting design by Colin Doran.
Performers: Matt Szczerek and Cristian Dirocie Music Composer: Grzegorz Szczerek
"If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose." This is a new work that explores complex relationships, the search for self and the power shift within friendship. Influenced by the writing of Charles Bukowski this tangled piece of dance examines the nuance of blame and shame. By observing the points if intersection between these two states, do we eventually find balance?
​Video: Noelia Ruiz



The Way Dance Moves Us
In celebration of all the way we move and dance, our members sent us videos of them dancing in ways and places that expresses them and what dance is for them.


Closer By Fearghus
A duet of distance and surprising proximity between viewer and performer.


Urban Pulse by Ashlene McFadden
A rhythmic exploration of the sound textures and unique natural soundscape of Dublin city.


One Sided Coin by Deirdre Murphy
A physical description of an imbalance of power.


Precarious by Jonathan Mitchell
A man bursts onto a rooftop pursued by something unseen, but there is no way down – he checks his watch: he has sixty seconds to escape, but to where and from what?


Blind Runner by Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy
A blindfolded runner and her guide race through a forest.

Spilling [Bodies] by Katrin Neue, milk|gyunyuu
Take a close look at the moment before and after and the moment in between.


Bi-Sector by Robbie Synge
One mind between two homes.


Anticipated Moment by Lucia Kickham, Patric Kickham
Between the peaks and the troughs of any waveform lies a period of exponential velocity. We live our lives in these periods, each of differing length, as we anticipate the next moment worthy of the label “event”.


Contour by Mary Wycherley, Laura Murphy, Jürgen Simpson, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnin.
Weaving a thread of connection between dance, film and performance art, Contour explores the body as ‘landscape’ and a space in which autobiography is embodied in movement.

Toe Tales by Hazel Hodgins
A fragmented experience of reality, relationships; the body… To disunite the elements of dance is to allow an interpretation of the whole.

One Etunim by Morgann Runacre-Temple, Jessica Wright
Morning ablutions have never been so hard; gravity is on strike and time is indecisive.


Trip-Nós by Sibéal Davitt
Where two sessions collide with a few simple steps.