DI Residency: Helga Deasy

Mon 18 Nov 2019 - Wed 20 Nov 2019
10:00 - 18:00

During this Dance Ireland residency, choreographer Helga Deasy examines the notion of identity and otherness through the moving body. Directing the focus to the space between self and other, the meeting ground between people, its potential and authenticity, she questions how we construct identity and otherness in interpersonal relationships. ‘Proxemics’ – the human use of space in interaction and ‘touch’ as fundamental ways of how we relate to and express our attitudes and intentions to each other are explored. Fuelled by the questions of ‘how can we bridge the gap between self and other?' and 'how can we recognize the self in the other?' the work is driven by a search for equality, mutuality and belonging.

In her research process Helga will be working with dancers Sara Hernandez, Kevin Hayes, Katrina Galvin and Connie Jane Lovell.

The investigation is informed by a choreological approach based on the contemporary developments of Rudolf Laban’s principles for the performing arts. Drawing from aspects of ‘relatedness in motion’ Helga will be working with Laban’s structured relationship categories as analytical and choreographic tools.

The research is supported by an Arts Council Dance Bursary.

Helga Deasy
is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. She trained at Trinity Laban, Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where she completed an M.A. in Creative Practice with distinction (2012) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance (2011), as well as a Specialist Diploma in Choreological Studies (2018). Helga's creative practice spans choreography for ensemble and solo performance as well as cross-disciplinary collaborations including theatre, music, film and visual art.

She has performed and presented her work at a variety of national and international festivals and venues such as Dance Umbrella (UK), Bonnie Bird Theatre (UK), Theater an der Universität Regensburg (Germany) and in Ireland at Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork Opera House and Dublin Dance Festival among others. Helga held the post of Dance Artist in Residence at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre for 2017 and 2018. In 2018 she received a Culture Ireland Award to tour her latest ensemble work Helica to New York for a performance at the 40th anniversary celebration and conference of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.