Planting the Seed

EMERGENCE in Residency

EMERGENCE 2021 kicked off on the 27th October in the programme’s first ever workshop intensive week.
Director Carla Fazio was delighted to welcome this year’s cohort.

Aspiring choreographers Niamh Conlan, Fionnuala Doyle Wade, Aphra Hartmann, Anne Ilic, Irina Karpenko, Eoin Ó Fíannachta, Siún O’Kane and Éimear Regan came together from all across the country. They took a variety of workshops focusing around dance motif creation, exploration and development and worked to plant the seed of their dances they will grow and shape over the next 6 months. 

The week took place via Zoom and both the participants and facilitators rose above all of the hurdles to have a very successful and positive start.
Programme mentors Jessie Keenan, Lucia Kickham, and John Scott were joined by Carla Fazio, Laura Murphy, and Tobi Omoteso in delivering the workshops while Olwyn Lyons led a morning choreographic task to get the everyone’s brains warmed up.

(Image above: Eoin Ó Fíannachta)

Here is a glimpse into the SEEDS that were created.

The following are responses from the cohort on their experience of the week:

How easy it was to share with the mentors” - Niamh

Seeing the development of everyone's motifs, in all of them you could see the parts taken from the original motif, but also how they had grown and shifted.” – Fionnuala

It was interesting presenting my work today first and giving a brief talk about the context and my vision for it. It allowed the mentors to view my piece with no controlled narrative and give really interesting feedback.” - Siún

“how comfortable I was sharing my work with the facilitators and how much I was able to express my process/concepts.” – Aphra

How emotional I felt, the experience was challenging and daunting but I felt I was united with my fellow choreographers and really taken under the wing of the mentors” – Eoin

This week in general surprised me a lot, as it gave me so many new tools to work with, that I am so excited to use them and adapt them.” – Irina

How everyone's material was great! And diversified while we all had the same workshops and advices.” - Anne