New Movements: Róisín Whelan

Fri 7 Oct 2022
16:00 - 17:00
Free- register attendance via MindBody

The sky is the limit in this imaginative dance duet for children.

What do you want to be when you grow up? An Astronaut, A Brain Surgeon, The President!

With big ambition, anything is possible. Created especially with children in mind The Galaxy of Occupations is an exciting, energetic, and exhilarating performance that reaches for the stars.

The Galaxy of Occupations is a new production by Carlow based choreographer and dance artist Róisín Whelan inspired by a children’s poem by author and teacher Áine Murray. Presented in Róisín’s signature style of creative narrative contemporary dance with two exceptionally skilled dancers in costumes designed by Claire Smyth, a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework. The show can be presented in Irish or English language.

Commissioned by Tipperary Dance and a Production Commission from Dublin City Council Creative Hubs.

Research and development for this production was funded by an Arts Council of Ireland Dance Bursary Award, 2020 and supported by Tipperary Dance Fellowship 2020

Please note: this is a work-in-progress sharing. 

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Find out more about Róisín:

Roisin was a recipient of a Dance Ireland Residencies in DanceHouse 2020 and 2021. In 2020, she was supported by Dance Ireland’s Emerging Artist HATCH Award.

Roisin began her professional training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where she completed her Bachelor in Performing in Arts and Masters in Performance, graduating with first class hons and receiving the Kathleen Tatterstall leadership Award. Roisin went on to join Black Box Dance Company, touring Denmark and Sweden throughout 2018 and 2019.

In 2019 Roisin joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures professional company for their UK tour of Romeo and Juliet where she performed for seven months in cities across the UK. From October 2019 Roisin joined the company as a dance artist, teaching company class and the companies work to children and adults across the UK .

Following this tour Roisin joined Arielle Smith’s Project Dot. for their UK tour of L.O.V.E and in 2020 joined Balbir Singh Dance Company to perform across multiple shows and facilitate company projects.

In 2021 Roisin  worked with Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company on their new show ‘Turnstile’ , Minte Wolde Dance, The Silence of Mercy and worked with Laura Macken, IMDT Dancer from the Dance festival and Laois Dance Platform later in the year whilst creating her new works. In 2020 Roisin received a Dance Ireland Emerging Artist Award and Ballet Ireland's Emerging Choreographer Award. Roisin is successfully funded by Arts Council Ireland as a Bursary and Professional Development Award recipient (2020 and 2021). 

Roisin also received Business to Arts funding from the Bank of Ireland, Begin together fund to create ‘Man Down’- this premiered in VISUAL Carlow in Spring 2022. The piece was funded by The Arts Council of Ireland Project Award with additional support from VISUAL Carlow, Backstage Theatre, Dance Ireland, Shawbrook, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Carlow County Council, The Strollers Touring Network and TheDramaturg's Network.