New Movements: Sibeal Davitt
- Fri 7 Aug 2020
- 17:00 - 18:00
- Online through Zoom
Leanaimis meaning ‘let’s follow’ is a work in progress which asks questions about identity, social norms and the digital space vs the performative space. The driving choreographic question for this two week research and development period was "how do I know when to follow and when to swim against the tide"? The residency focused on the theme of female identity and what drives us to dance professionally. Drawing inspiration from our time spent in lockdown, using new learning mediums such as Zoom and Instagram Live, we explored the uncanny self in the digital space with the use of flocking, repetition and mirroring.
As a traditional and contemporary dance artist, my starting point for movement came from traditional rhythms and tunes as well as the basic mechanics of stepping. For me, the tune is always present, even under different layers of meaning. The dancers carry it with them as they navigate the performative space.
This work in progress will be shown in two sections. The first section, Dance Jail, looks at repetition, transgression, the uncanny and intuitive movement. The second section, 'Disco Dancing' explores form, self-expression, memory and exhaustion.
This work is funded by An Chomhairle Ealaíon and An Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta's Markievicz Award and supported by Dance Ireland.
Choreographer: Sibéal Davitt
Dancers: Millie Daniel-Dempsey, Emily Kilkenny Roddy, Olwyn Lyons, Jade O'Connor
Video: Gavin FitzGerald and Darragh McCarthy
Producer: Carla Rogers
Sibéal Davitt is a dance artist and performer from Dublin. She has performed at venues and festivals all over the world for over 10 years. Her style of dance is influenced by contemporary, classical and Irish traditional ‘sean-nós’ dance, having trained in all styles from a young age.
In 2016 she created 'Fógraím/I Proclaim' and performed at the GPO as part of 'Embodied', a series of six solos by female choreographers commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival, in partnsrship with Dance Ireland, and in 2017 she performed in 'As We Know It’ alongside Kristyn Fontanella at First Looks, Open Studio at Tanzmesse at KLAP Marseille and ‘Tradition and Beyond’ for Echo Echo Festival of Movement and Dance.
In 2017/18 she co-choreographed two pieces with Olwyn Lyons for CoisCéim Dance Theatre's youth dance company ‘Creative Steps’. In 2018 she created a short ensemble work ‘Surrender Navigation’ for Five Lamps Arts Festival.
She co-choreographed 'Ask Too Much Of Me' directed by Veronica Coburn at the Abbey Theatre in August 2019.
Sibéal is one of five recipients of the 2019 inaugural Markievicz Award. Read more about Sibeal here.
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