Dance Today: Fearghus Ó Conchúir and Tobi Omoteso

In this episode, Lisa McLoughlin (dancer, choreographer, PhD candidate and teacher at Irish World Academy), talks to Fearghus Ó Conchúir (Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales and Deputy Chair of the Arts Council, Ireland) and Tobi Omoteso (Director Top 8, freelance dance artist / Hip Hop Innovator and Street Dancer) on why we dance and the impact dance has on society outside performance.

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Dance Today: Choreographers Liz Roche and Dylan Quinn

In this episode of Dance Today, Louise Costelloe, Dance Ireland’s Programme Manager, talks to choreographers Liz Roche and Dylan Quinn about the impact of political and social circumstances, keeping creative the impulsive active and the value of relationships in creating dance work.
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The Dance Today podcast series is produced in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival and sponsored by Dance World.

Dance Today: The Nature of Festivals

In this podcast, produced in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival and sponsored by Dance World, dance writer and critic Michael Seaver is in conversation with Benjamin Perchet, Artistic Director of the Dublin Dance Festival, and Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, about programming decisions, the impact dance festivals have on audiences, dance artists and the development of dance at a local & international levels.

Movement and Words

In this last episode of our Embodied series, Irish poet Annemarie Ní Chuirreáin (Bloodroot, 2017) and contemporary choreographer Áine Stapleton talk about their work around silenced women in Irish society, our bodily relationship with words, putting the body back at the centre of our experience, and the places where dance and poetry overlap.

Space: Bodies in relation

In the fifth episode of Embodied, Irish dance artist Liv O’Donoghue and architect Laurence Lord of AP+E talk about the importance of collaboration and a democratic approach to making in their respective fields, as well as the need to focus on the individual experience of the ‘user’.

Laurence Lord is an architect, curator and teacher. He co-founded with Jeffrey Bolhuis the architecture studio AP+E, which is a research and design studio based in Cavan & Amsterdam. He is a co-curator and commissioner for the Irish National Pavilion, Free Market, at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 and currently runs a unit, Country Living, in the Cork Centre for Architectural Education.

Liv O’Donoghue is a maker and performer based in Dublin. She trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and her work as a choreographer has been presented widely both nationally and internationally. She has previously performed with companies including Dead Centre, Liz Roche Company, Fearghus Ó Conchuir, Emma Martin Dance, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, and junk ensemble, touring widely throughout Europe, Australia and the USA. Liv is also a co-founder of DRAFF, an international platform, in print and online, which focuses on process in dance and theatre.

Material: Dancers and Technology

The body is traditionally the focus in dance, but for some artists what’s important is the body in relation to other objects and materials. Originally an aerialist, Emily Aoibheann is forging a unique practice that is both somatic, and dependent on equipment and physical environment. Her research brings her into close proximity with urban and wild contexts. In this episode, Rachel introduces Emily to award-winning author Mark O’Connell, author of To be a machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death for a discussion around our relationship with technology and materials.

Impact: The Power of Art?

What does it mean to make ‘socially engaged’ art? Is all art socially engaged by default? Can a dance performance be socially transformative? In episode 3, Impact, Rachel speaks to Irish choreographer and performer Ruairi Donovan and theatre maker and activist Grace Dyas (THEATREclub) to consider how live performance and putting bodies on a stage can effect social and political change.