Emergence 2020

Sat 7 Dec 2019 - Sat 4 Apr 2020
14:00 - 18:00

Dance Ireland is in partnership with the NOISE Moves' Emergence programme: which nutures the choeorgraphic skills of young dancers over a four month period.

This years EMERGENCE - Young Choreographers are:

Niamh Conlan, Kama Dominika, Siún O'Kane, Aura Sala Contijoch, Sarah Deane, Anne Ilic, Eoin O'Loughlin, Sarah Carey

Selected following an application process, the programme places young choreographers in a professional mentoring programme to develop a dance piece for performance. The choreographers will go through a journey of creating their own works of art to be viewed. Guided by professional Irish based choreographers: Jessie Keenan, Lucia Kickham and John Scott, participants will not only get a performance experience but will go through the creation process of a dance. 

Over a four month period these young artists will develop their own work in a mentored environment. 

ABOUT this year's mentors

Jessie Keenan is a Dublin based choreographer making work that crosses over into science, visual art and architecture. In 2018 she premiered her new work, Fragments, at the Dublin Fringe Festival. Other selected projects include: Fragments work-in-development, First Looks, Dublin Dance Festival 2018, Low Lying, a collaborative work with visual artist Ciara McKeon and musician Robbie Blake, Dublin Fringe 2016; Her Supreme Hour, a solo commissioned by the Dublin Dance Festival/GPO Witness History Public Art Commission for Embodied 2016. Jessie is a recipient of an Arts Council Next Generation Award.

'I am really looking forward to working with this exciting group of young choreographers who have such a passion for dance and creating. EMERGENCE is an important platform for young makers and I am delighted to be a part of it.' - Jessie Keenan

Lucia Kickham is a Dublin-based dance artist performing and collaborating internationally since 2011. Trained in The Netherlands, she has worked with companies and artists which include junk ensemble, Company Philip Connaughton, Liz Roche Company and Maria Nilsson Waller.

Lucia has trained intensively with David Zambrano in Flying Low and Passing Through techniques, developing her interest in group dynamics within composition and teaching environments. In recent years Lucia has received awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane Cork and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. Lucia was Hatch Artist 2018 at Dance Ireland and is Associate Artist with Liz Roche Company 2018/20.

'I'm very excited to work with this group of young makers through Emergence, as they explore their creative processes. I'm enthusiastic to share in their development of ideas from seeds of concepts to performance works.' - Lucia Kickham

John Scott is a Dublin born choreographer, singer, and performer. In 1991 he founded irish modern dance theatre with company touring including Kennedy Center, Washington DC, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Sweden, Germany, Italy. John has just made ‘Divine Madness’ part of a trilogy of dances about the singing, dancing body. He currently dances in Oona Doherty’s 'Hard to be Soft'. He has also performed in Meredith Monk’s 'Quarry' (Spoleto Festival) and for Yoshiko Chuma, Sarah Rudner, Anna Sokolow and Thomas Lehmen.

John was awarded African Refugee Network’s Culture Award for his work with Refugees and Survivors of Torture and is a subject of Sadlers Wells’ 52 Portraits' by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning. Other recent works include ‘Inventions’ for Dublin Dance Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival, Smock Alley and ‘Visible and Invisible’ for Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company. He founded and curated ‘Dancer from the Dance Festival of New Irish Choreography’ In New York and Dublin.

Image by Jonathan Stokes