"It's an anchor, it's a calling, it's a love. I've yet to find another mission in life that satisfies my soul like dance." - Oran Leong
A multidisciplinary dance artist in the genres of traditional Irish, contemporary and aerial dance, Oran creates original works that cross over fields of theatre, abstract and spectacle performance. In 2020, he was supported by Dance Ireland’s Emerging Artist HATCH Award.
Oran’s movement journey began at the innocent age of 6 when he mistook a traditional dance class for breakdance. Nevertheless, he returned and trained in competitive Irish dance for 18 years. Winning three World titles amongst numerous other regional and national Championships, he is now TCRG-accredited. An alumnus of the Dublin Youth Dance Company and Step Up Dance Project, he holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. During that time he met Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre which has been crucial to the development of his aerial dance practice. Oran proudly acknowledges his movement is home grown - being one of the few Ireland-born dancers to have never studied abroad.
Working for a number of Irish and international companies in a variety of dance styles, Oran has also been Assistant Artistic Director of Laois Youth Dance Ensemble and was the backstage presenter for TG4's dance show 'An Ríl Deal'. He has also created his own solo dance works which have been presented at multiple Irish festivals and events, Lisbon Dance Platform and Project Dance: Paris. He has successfully been awarded Arts Council funding from Traditional Arts, Dance and Circus and in 2020, received Dance Ireland’s HATCH Award under the mentorship of Fearghus Ó Conchúir. Currently Oran is working with Fidget Feet, Croí Glan Integrated Dance, Infinite Pants Contemporary Circus Company and Irish Modern Dance Theatre – all for new shows in 2021 / 2022.
His artistic identity explores the use of objects, concepts of gender, and the interplay of his diverse styles. In movement research Oran is driven by the spirit of curiosity, but it is not merely the physical feats nor innovation of material that has sustained his interest in dance. The relationships that manifest themselves to form his ever-growing community are the driving force for his creating, sharing and experiencing dance. He values collaboration, authenticity and having the absolute ‘craic’ through an artform that brings him, and hopefully others, joy.
He has yet to take a breakdance class.
Images: Headshot- Emma Jarvis---Aerial Silks: Jim Daly Art---Performance- Leon Farrell