Dance Talk: The Choreographer’s Journey

Thu 6 Apr 2017
18:00 - 19:00

In partnership with Dublin Dance Festival, dance writer Rachel Donnelly will be in conversation with choreographer Philip Connaughton about the creation process of his new work Extraterrestrial Events which will be shown during this year’s Dublin Dance Festival.  Joining Philip will be Lynnette Moran, director of Live Collision and curator and facilitator of the FAST TRACK programme, who will offer the audience perspective on viewing contemporary dance work.  2017 marks the fifth year of this partnership between Live Collision and Dublin Dance Festival.


About Extraterrestrial Events

Extraterrestrial Events is an exciting new work by Philip Connaughton inspired by the book, Théorie des événements extraterrestres by the French sociologist Arnaud Esquerre. Real UFO sighting reports are examined to show how, perhaps, incertitude and denial are what really lie at the heart of these experiences. With music by Michael Gallen. the voice of Kim Sheehan and a cast of 5 incredible dancers, this is an ambitious and spectalcular new work meticulously mixing voice, live music and choreography to create a performance that is truly extraterrestrial.

Extraterrestrial Events is created in association with Project Arts Centre, and supported by the Arts Council Ireland, Dance Ireland, Axis Ballymun, Dublin City Council, Culture Ireland, Shawbrook Dance and Fringe Lab.



Are you curious about dance? Would you like to see more, while also learning how to engage with, respond to and discuss dance performances? Would you be interested in hearing what the artists have to say? Then now is your chance to dive into the unknown and relish what dance has to offer!

Live Collision invites you to join Fast Track for an immersive weekend of dance during the Festival. As a group, you will attend back-to-back Festival shows, talks, exclusive meet-the-maker sessions and more. This critically devised programme is specifically tailored for audience members who are new to dance and will give an intimate insight into the making and presentation of dance. Curated and facilitated by Niamh McCann and Lynnette Moran of Live Collision.  For more information on how to apply see here [].


About Philip

Philip is a choreographer/performer originally from Dublin. He began dancing locally and then went on to train at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. As a choreographer, his first solo, Embody, was created during a residency at Movement Research (NYC), and since then he has been performing his work internationally. Philip was Associate Artist of Dance Ireland [2013/14] and Artist in Residence at Axis Ballymun [2012] where he created Mortuus Est Philippus for Dublin Dance Festival. In 2014, he made a large-scale ensemble piece Tardigrade that won best design in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards. His lecture-performance Dance Uncovered (sensational) was featured is Dublin Dance Festival 2015. Following that, he created Whack!! in collaboration with Ashley Chen of Compagnie Kashyl in Paris in April. It just completed a very successful Irish and French tour, and will be performed at MOMA NYC in September 2016 and continues to tour throughout France in 2016/17. His latest work, Extraterrestrial Events, will be performed in Paris and Dublin in early 2017.
Also working in theatre and opera, his credits include Der Vampyr for Cork’s Midsummer Festival, The Gate Theatre’s production of The Threepenny Opera for Dublin Theatre Festival and Noel Coward’s The Vortex - also at The Gate. He was choreographer/ass. director on Faust at The Everyman and  The Bloody Irish for PBS TV, America. Most recently, he choreographed I'm Your Man for THISISPOPBABY for the Dublin Theatre Festival. 
As a teacher Philip has taught professional classes and workshops for Dance Ireland, Galway Dance Project, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Step Up, Dance Limerick. The University of Limerick, Penn. State University and Drexel University, Philadelphia.
Philip is a proud recipient of the 16 x 16: Next Generation Bursary Award. 


About Lynnette

Lynnette Moran is a Creative Arts Producer and Festival Director working across and between art forms specialising in Live Art, Performance and Digital platforms with expertise in public arts management and collaborative/socially engaged practice.

In 2009 Lynnette founded Live Collision, a producing organsation and annual international festival of Live Art; producing the work of Artists who are of significant calibre, ground-breaking and leading in their field with exciting commissions both nationally and internationally. Live Collision is an associate member of the European Festival Association, and most recently has been invited as an Associate Organisation of Goldsmiths College, London.

Lynnette is one of two core producers at ANU Productions, Ireland’s leading multi-award winning company, cited as being responsible for the ‘most searing and provocative works of the last decade’ by The Irish Times. Lynnette is Associate Producer at Create, founding member and Lead Producer of CAPP – Collab Arts Partnership Programme (2014 – 2020); a Creative Europe Commission across eight international partners in six countries. And Lead Producer on two major commissions with visual artist Jesse Jones, one a significant public art commission with the OPW and a second transnational co- commission with Artangel (UK) for 2016.

Lynnette has directed over 25 works for theatre and gallery spaces, as well as for screen and digital media with her most recent work at NOVASS in Riga, Latvia. From 2000 – 2009 she lived in Britian where she studied, trained and began her career, before returning to base herself in Dublin from 2009. Previously in 2005 she founded ‘mouth to mouth’, an international performance collective, alongside Kate Craddock. mouth to mouth are based in eight countries around the world, rehearsing and devising online before the performances land. They are renowned as one of the first performance companies in the UK to use Skype and other domestic technology as an integrated element of the creation and presentation of performances, as outlined by Greg Giesekam in Staging the Screen: The Use of Film and Video in Performance. Previous commissions include LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre, UK), Arnolfini (UK), Wunderbar Festival (UK), Absolut Fringe Festival (Ire); Northern Stage (UK), Dance City (UK), Whitechapel Gallery (UK), Culture Lab (UK), BScene (Switzerland), University of Victoria (Canada) and BAC (Battersea Arts Centre, UK).

In 2012, Lynnette was selected by the European Festival Association (EFA) to take part in ‘Atelier’ for Young Festival Directors in Ljubljana 2012, following on from her involvement in SPACE (Supporting Performing Arts Circulation in Europe) managed by ONDA, Paris.

Lynnette is a cultural leader and acts as an advisor/guest associate contributing to a number of festivals, events, publications and symposia both in Ireland and internationally. She has initiated many award winning platforms and frameworks which carve a space for new ways of making and presenting art works, as well as critically engaging both artists and audiences alike. Lynnette is currently building two strategic artist / audience development programmes, as part of Dublin Dance Festival and Aerowaves, a Europe-wide dance performance network.

Lynnette began her career in London, cutting her teeth with some of the UK’s leading organisations including LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) and BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), renowned as the arts organisation that established the first generation of leading Creative Producers of which Lynnette was a core member.

Lynnette holds a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Film Making from University Wolverhampton (UK) and in 2004 graduated with an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths College, London.