First Fortnight: Dance Talk

Sat 16 Jan 2021
18:30 - 19:15
Online: Via Zoom

Take some time out to explore this series of online events focused on dance and wellbeing offered by Dance Ireland in partnership with choreographer Áine Stapleton, First Fortnight, and Galway Dance Project.

Curated by Áine Stapleton, these events will be led by international artists who offer different perspectives on mental health and wellbeing through their dance practice.

The events are open to all and will be hosted online via Zoom. Dance Ireland is the national dance development organisation, enabling people, places, ideas, communities and genres of dance to come together – to ignite action, provoke thought and connect with each other.

(All fees go directly to paying the workshop leaders.)

Sat 16 Jan, 6.30 - 7.15pm, FREE

The mental health of an artist is important. Dancers can face many challenges and stressors, how do you look after your mental health while developing your career? In this panel discussion, the expert panel will talk in detail around this.
The panel includes international dance artists Adrienne Truscott, Tobi Omoteso, and Jamie Reid in conversation with Dr Aoife McGrath.

Book Online HERE

About the Speakers 

Adrienne Truscott 

Adrienne Truscott’s work crosses lines and methodologies between dance, theater and performance art; these iterations appear as both drag and club acts as well as evening-length pieces. She’s a 2014 Doris Duke Awardee and a 2017 & 2020 FCA grant recipient for Theater/Performance and one half of the boundary-busting 15 year-plus collaboration The Wau Wau Sisters. THIS and Wild Bore were touring internationally when corona hit. Grey Arias w/Le Gateau Chocolat (UK) and MASTERCLASS w/Brokentalkers (IR) were meant to premiere in 2020 but are postponed until 2021. A new piece about genius and gender is scheduled for 2023 in NYC. She’s worked at or with: Sydney Opera House, The Moth, The Roundhouse, CBGB’s, PS122, The Kitchen, Danspace, The Malthouse, MoMa, Deborah Hay, David Neumann, Split Britches, Sarah Michelson, John Cameron Mitchell, Kiki and Herb, La Soiree/La Clique.. Director’s credits: David’s Friend, The Cockpainter, and AmericanMotherFuck and her essays have been published in two Australian anthologies, The Guardian and other publications. Teaching: Wesleyan, Barnard, Bard, Princeton, NYU.

Tobi Omoteso

Tobi Omoteso is an internationally acclaimed Nigerian/Irish B-boy (Breakin’ / Breakdancer) and Hip-Hop Freestyle dancer. Training at Broadway Dance Centre & The birth place of Hip-Hop - New York, Tobi has been dancing for over 15 years and is dedicated to supporting the foundations of this dynamic and influential dance form.

 Tobi has designed and delivered youth programmes for Dance Ireland, Dublin Dance Festival, Waterford Youth Art, Lioas Dance Platform, Cork, Tipperary, Take part Carlow and Dance limerick. Teaching in schools, youth groups and established dance organizations, he has brought his knowledge of Hip-Hop and breakin’ into a wide variety of youth and academic contexts.

He has performed his own work at Irish Art Centre - NYC, Visual Arts Carlow, Imagine Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Limerick Fringe Festival, Whats Next Festival, Loias Dance Platform, Glor Performance Platform and at Dance2Connect among other festivals and events. Tobi is the curator and director of hugely popular TOP 8 Street Dance Battle at Dublin Dance Festival.

On screen he has performed on Sky’s Got to Dance, hit US TV show Penny Dreadful, music videos and commercials and featured in CARA and IMAGE magazines.

Tobi has worked with some of Ireland’s leading choreographers including David Bolger, as part of the core ensemble for the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations in Croke Park (TG4 & Tyrone Production LAOCHRA), John Scott as a choreographer in the Dancers from the Dancer Irish and International Festival & Bloodlines, Catherine Young, Libby Steward, David Francis Moore and Lucia Kickham.

Jamie Reid 

Jamie Reid was born in Glasgow, Scotland and trained as a Senior Associate with Scottish Ballet, before joining the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2012.

Jamie joined Scottish Ballet in summer 2015 for the Autumn/Winter 2015 season and accepted a permanent contract with the Company the following year. 
He is now an Artist at Scottish Ballet, and recently was featured in a video that was published for World Mental Health Day 2020 talking about mentalhealth. It can be viewed below.

Image: Eve McConnachie

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