First Fortnight Workshops

Thu 9 Jan 2020 - Fri 10 Jan 2020
13:00 - 15:00
Workshop fee: €10 per workshop (Special Rate: book and pay in advance both workshops: €15).
Open to all

Dance Ireland in partnership with Áine Stapleton and First Fortnight will offer workshops focused on dance and well-being to kick-start the new year.

Curated by Áine Stapleton these workshops will be led by leading international experts in the field; Alexandrina Hemsley (UK) (Thursday 9 January) and Marika Rizzi (IT) (Friday 10 January).

The workshops are open to all and will be hosted at DanceHouse. 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 for fellowship and fun.

Dance Ireland is delighted to announce an additional partnership for 2020 with Galway Dance Project. A workshop will take place in Galway with Marika Rizzi (Saturday 11 January)

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

Thursday 9 January (Book here)
Somewhere between ourselves, a little light gets in
with Alexandrina Hemsley

Through improvised movement explorations, writing short texts and conversations we'll work together with our bodies as starting points, sites of protection, knowledge, playful fiction, intimacies and endings. In literally fleshing out our embodied politics we'll sift through how to be empathic and responsive to ourselves and collectively.

No dance experience necessary. Open to all who are interested in movement as expression. Please let us (Dance Ireland) know about any access needs or anything that could make your participation easier. Please bring clothes you are warm and comfortable moving in.

Part of Alexandrina's ongoing research project Words Collect In My Mouth: All Is Fire and Flood

ALEXANDRINA HEMSLEY (UK) is a dance artist and writer. Her practice is shaped by and insists on embodied enquiries into a multiplicity of voices expressing felt and embodied politics. She works across the morphing disciplines of live art, dance, dance for camera, theatre, mentoring, creative and critical writing. She is interested in liminal spaces, connectivity, fracturing, displacement and emotionality. She is continually attempting to conjure intersecting, gentle noise amidst oppressive silencing. It is a life long project. Her collaborations include Project O with Jamila Johnson-Small (2010 onwards, Sadlers Wells New Wave Associates) and Seke Chimutengwende (2016 onwards) on Black Holes. Her work has been commissioned by and presented at Sadler’s Wells, Battersea Arts Centre, Southbank Centre, Chisenhale Dance Space and The Yard Theatre amongst others.

 Image Credit: Alexandrina Hemsley performing CONTOUR (2018) in collaboration with composer Jasmin Rodgman and The London Symphony Orchestra. Photographer Richard Moore

 Friday 10  (In DanceHouse Book here) & Saturday 11 January (Galway Dance Project
Dance your attention
wtih Marika Rizzi

 The Ki, or CHI, is the inner flow of energy that feeds and restores the body, within Chinese Medicine Principles. The quality of the KI is soft and strong, it provides a sensation of “rooted lightness” and supports the dance through a continuous silent presence. Working with these principles, we will warm up the physical body as well as the sensorial body and imagination, in order to facilitate creativity and ease of movement. In addition, the practice of choreographic scores will offer structural clarity in the space, and support us to further experiment with rhythm and gesture. The workshop intends to stimulate; collaboration, listening, seeing each other, supporting someone's initiative, presence, choice-making, and clarity. 

MARIKA RIZZI is an Italian dance artist based in Paris. In 1995 she joined the Felix Ruckert company, Berlin, and in 2007 Odile Duboc's French company at the Choreographic National Centre of Franche Comté, Belfort.  She has worked and trained with a variety of choreographers including Steve Paxton for his video piece ‘Material for the Spine’ and Deborah Hay for ’Turn your F^*head’, Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson, Simone Forti, Andrew Morrish, Julyen Hamilton, Mike Vargas, and Vera Orlock.

In 2017, she received her Master degree certificate with highest honours at the dance department of the University Paris 8. In 2019 she performed in the film ‘Isadora’s Children’ based on Isadora Duncan, which won best director at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival. She teaches professional workshops regularly in Paris and throughout Europe and has been working with a group of young people with disabilities for the past few years. Her workshops combine improvisation and composition, integrated with energetic principles from the Chinese Traditional Medicine.


To book for any of these workshops click HERE 

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