DI Residency: Sibeal Davit

Mon 13 Jul 2020 - Fri 24 Jul 2020
10:00 - 18:00

Sibeal is a DI Assoicate Artist and is a recipient of a Dance Ireland Residency in DanceHouse.

Leanaimis meaning ‘let’s follow’ is a new short work about the relationship between four women. Using 'stepping' as a choreographic tool, we will focus on the theme of female identity and what drives us to dance professionally. Drawing inspiration from our time spent in lockdown, using new learning mediums such as Zoom and Instagram Live, we will be looking at different modes of following - flocking, mirroring etc.

Millie, Emily, Olwyn and Jade are highly skilled performers. These women are autonomous in the performance space, using their bodies to create movement and sound with the help of a loop pedal and a mixing deck. This is juxtaposed with carefully choreographed sequences where the dancers perform high octane movement. Can they find a sense of release through all of this?
The driving choreographic question for this 2 week research and development period is "how do I know when to follow and when to swim against the tide"? As a studio showing is not possible at present we will look at alternative modes of showing our creative outcomes, whether that be a short film or a live showing on social media. We will be sharing interactive snippets of the work on Instagram live throughout the process.

This work is supported by Dance Ireland and An Chomhairle Ealaíon and An Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta's Markievicz award.

Image Credit (top): imear Daniel Dempsey

ABOUT Sibeal 

Sibéal Davitt is a dance artist and performer from Dublin. She has performed at venues and festivals all over the world for over 10 years. Her style of dance is influenced by contemporary, classical and Irish traditional ‘sean-nós’ dance, having trained in all styles from a young age.

In 2016 she created 'Fógraím/I Proclaim' and performed at the GPO as part of 'Embodied', a series of six solos by female choreographers commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival, in partnsrship with Dance Ireland, and in 2017 she performed in 'As We Know It’ alongside Kristyn Fontanella at First Looks, Open Studio at Tanzmesse at KLAP Marseille and ‘Tradition and Beyond’ for Echo Echo Festival of Movement and Dance.

In 2017/18 she co-choreographed two pieces with Olwyn Lyons for CoisCéim Dance Theatre's youth dance company ‘Creative Steps’. In 2018 she created  a short ensemble work ‘Surrender Navigation’ for Five Lamps Arts Festival.
She co-choreographed 'Ask Too Much Of Me' directed by Veronica Coburn at the Abbey Theatre in August 2019.

Sibéal is one of five recipients of the 2019 inaugural Markievicz Award. To find out more about her, click here.

Read more about Sibeal here