MoveMeant Residency

Mon 9 Oct 2023 - Fri 13 Oct 2023
10:00 - 18:00

The MoveMeant Residency and workshops were developed by artist Oluwatobiloba “Tobi” Balogun in collaboration with cultural producer Karen Aguiar and are supported by a partnership with Dance Ireland. They aim to provide space and connection for dancers and dance artists of different backgrounds to evolve and develop new approaches for their creative practice and future work;  reflecting on how we present what moves us as individuals, as a community; and exploring how topics are expressed in our work and how this space can be co-created or made more sustainable.

Workshop Schedule

Movement and the Soma with Yamina Lyara
Monday 9th, 11:45-13:45
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Movement and Experimentation with Darhan Norden
Tuesday 10th, 11:45-13:45
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Movement and Expression with Tobi Balogun
Wednesday 11th, 11:45-13:45
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New Movements Studio Sharing

Friday 13th, 17:00-18:00
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About the Artists

ABOUT Tobi Balogun

Oluwatobiloba Balogun is an artist and dancer based in Dublin. Working mainly in Dance, Theatre and Fashion, his movement is rooted in street dance styles alongside Afrobeats. 

As a Dance Artist, Tobi is a professional member of Dance Ireland. With a background in Hiphop and other forms of Street Dance he has won international competitions and continues to mentor youth dance groups nationally through weekly classes and workshops. 

Over the last three years he has danced and performed regularly in several projects with various companies including EMERSION (2016) choreographed by Matt Szczerek which was performed as part of OIL&WATER (2016), a collaboration with Cathy Coughlan (HAVOC)., LAOCHRA choreographed by David Bolger. (April 2016), TRANS-BORDER choreographed by Matt Szczerek in collaboration with HAVOC for the launch of IN CONTEXT 4, South Dublin (September 2016). In 2018 as a founding member of Human Collective he performed in the new piece titled FABLE at Dublin Fringe Festival at Project Arts Centre. The work was nominated for a Best Ensemble Award.  

Within his work he focuses on evocative storytelling and the embodiment of life experiences, and within his work always searching for ways to show new perspectives and express and heal through movement and film. 

Currently he is in the research phase of a collaborative Arts project titled Black Canvas, focused on addressing expanding points of access for young adults who do not identify as professional artists, but have expressed a strong desire to engage with the sector; to examine the barriers for Black communities in establishing meaningful and ongoing engagement with the arts. Supported by Create, The Arts Council of Ireland and Dance Ireland.

ABOUT Darhan Norden

Darhan "AYWATA" Norden, originally from the Caribbean and Benin, is an eclectic, self-taught artist and dancer.  On the move from an early age, at the age of 15 he joined the contemporary company of Heddy Maalem, which motivated him to leave his island for Europe.  He won and participated in many contests, competitions and events across Europe including the "World of Dance" in Spain, the Crossover Dance festival in Germany. 

In his so-called Experimental / Ecstatic style, he is not only inspired by dance but by all that surrounds him in life, from other disciplines such as theater, circus, contortion but also from abstract or hybrid forms. He continues his work on the search for movement with his own company "Ankh company" where his work is based a lot on (dis)connection, contact dance, improvisation, staging and the absurd but also to find simplicity in the complexity of his future creations. 

“Dance for me is a medium of research and personal development, of physical and mental healing, an inexhaustible source of creation and above all of experimentation. A way to be present, contemplative and creative at the same time” 

ABOUT Yamina Lyara

Yamina Lyara is a movement and dance practitioner, multidisciplinary artist, somatic facilitator and birth keeper. A weaver of all that is sacred and a lifelong student of her own experience through the soma.

After moving to New York to explore dance culture she based herself back in Europe, in and around London. In 2020 she took herself-led studies to Brazil, immersing herself in various movement arts such as capoeira and engaging in eco and art community led projects in the states of São Paulo and Bahia. Throughout the last years she focused her time and energy to understand and build her own movement language as an artist, mainly through improvisation-based practices. Whilst working and collaborating across the creative field as a performer, choreographer, movement director and facilitator. After a period of research-based residency in London her current work in progress “Tongues Untied” was platformed at Kunstraum London and is now developed into a multidisciplinary and immersive performance piece.

Furthermore, over the last 4 years she is predominantly focused on the healing quality of dance and holistic movement and is continuously developing her own practice and crafting a movement and somatic based methodology. Her studies took her deeper into various elements of holistic living, exploring womb wealth, cyclical living, herbal and plant medicine and learning from various wisdom traditions / keepers of ancient knowledge. Currently she is training as a Somatic Coach and is facilitating one to one work and supports clients in their own embodiment journey. Her group workshops combine her movement and somatic knowledge rooted in creativity and self-expression. She also is training with the Red Tent Collective in the UK, studying traditional midwifery to support women and families in their rite of passage and to change the paradigm of birth as we know it in this society and bring back remembrance of the original ways of birthing life.

ABOUT Karen Aguiar (Cultural Producer)

Karen Aguiar is a socially engaged artist, performer and cultural producer who believes in the transformative power of dance to unite people and nurture collective spaces. As the founder and creative director of Go Dance For Change, a platform for intercultural collaboration, Karen envisions dance as a means of meaningful integration, individual growth, and collective action.
She has been producing dance and performance in Ireland since 2018 working with artists Alessandra Azevedo, Kate O'Shea, Tobi Balogun, Rob Heaslip, Tara Brandel, Tobi Omoteso, Lapree Lala, Favour Odusola, Yves Lorrhan, Vithória Escobar, Nick Nikolaou, and organisations such as Tallaght Community Arts, Noise Music South Dublin, The Five Lamps Arts Festival and others. 
From 2022, she has been working with producer Gwen Van Spÿk through the Dance Building Blocks Mentorship Programme and it is also an socially engaged artist recipient of the Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award: Collaborative Arts and Dance funded by the Irish Arts Council, managed by Create in partnership with Dance Ireland. With a postgraduate study in Art & Ecology at NCAD and a dance residency at Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre, Karen's movement practice incorporates embodied ecologies, knowledge, culture, and play.

ABOUT Divine Tasinda

Divine Tasinda is a Scottish based artist specialised in dance, modelling, fashion and music. She is one of the founders of Three60 company, the creator of AKO and House Of Kungi. Creative Director of Scotland Fashion Week and one of the leading mentors for street dance, community and a strong voice for the African communities/Black Lives Matter movement in Scotland. Divine was also a dancer at Netflix Dance 100 and has experience in Hip Hop, Afro Dance, Dancehall, Commercial, Experimental Movement and other street dance styles. She has been producing fashion shows for the last 7 years and events for ethnic minorities communities such as Kulture Connect. Her aim and purpose are to inspire and grow the next generation.
Performance blurb:
Goddess Divine will be sharing a part of her solo called WINGS. This solo
was influenced and created by the inspiration of trauma. Being black and being a women in this world, the challenging and the struggle of life it self. 
WINGS is about an angel that Fallens from heaven and experiences a human experience. Her challenges are to remember who she is, find her strength and fly back to heaven where she truly belongs. This piece takes the audience on a journey of struggle and strength. How one can get lost and find themselves again? A reflection piece of growth for each being watching and experiencing. 

ABOUT Jessie O'Reilly

Jessie O’Reilly Jessie is a multidisciplinary artist from Dublin. Her love for hip hop culture has brought her to many countries where she has been focusing on her craft, connecting and learning from wonderful dancers and artists across the board. Jessie has recently moved back to Dublin after 10 years in London and is excited to share and learn with the Irish community again.