DI Residency: Fiona Quilligan

Mon 30 Sep 2019 - Fri 4 Oct 2019
10:00 - 18:00

Fiona Quilligan will be in residence in our DanceHouse studios to do research for a new dance work.

The thrust of the work is to examine physical bodies in the context of early societies. The initial inspiration draws from the burial tombs of Knowth, Dowth and Loughcrew Co Cavan. In our current lives - sometimes overwhelming at the speed and pace of development - she wants to explore a more quiet time when life revolved around communities, farming and rituals of life and death cycles. With the worldwide population increased to what seems unsustainable where do we go next? Can we keep expanding? What can we learn from ancestors about sustaining our lives and caring for our extraordinary planet earth?  


FIONA QUILLIGAN, Dublin-born, award-winning choreographer trained with Joan Davis and at the London School of Contemporary Dance with Jane Dudley and Bill Luther (both soloists with the Martha Graham Company) and in classical ballet with Maria Fay and Brenda Last.  She performed with Dublin City Ballet where she was fortunate to work under artistic director Louis O’ Sullivan, Babil Gandara (soloist with Irish National Ballet), Anna Sokolov, Paula Hilton Gore, Pearl Gaden and Arlene Phillips . Other memorable studies include visiting Pina Bausch in rehearsals of Palermo Palermo in Wuppertal and attending Karl StocKhausen rehearals in Frankfurt of ORCHESTER - FINALISTEN.

In 1990 she founded Rubato Ballet creating 25 original works for gifted dancers, Zelda Francesca, Daire O'Dunlaing, Muirne Bloomer, James Hosty, Alex Diana, Ernest Rames, Katherine O' Malley, Ella Clarke and Rionach Ni Neill amongst others.  In 1992 she received the Nijinsky medal from Warsaw and in 1996 the AIB Better Ireland Award in Arts and Culture.  The archival material of these works can be found at the National Dance Archive in Limerick University where she received an MA in Performance Arts.  Fiona is a founder member of Dance Ireland. In April 2017 Fiona was made a member of Aosdana for her contribution to dance in Ireland since 1990.