New Movements: Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín and Q&A led by Mary Nunan

Fri 6 Sep 2019
18:00 - 19:00
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Following on from her residency with Dance Ireland, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín will present work she has been developing over the last weeks.

Bád Shiobhán (Siobhán’s Boat) is a new work that is being developed by choreographer Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín alongside her father, traditional boat-builder Pádraig Ó Duinnín. This work-in-progress has evolved inside the studio and out, including several weeks spent together building a 3 hand West Kerry Naomhóg.

The dance piece is a subtle reconfiguring of the life experiences they share, particularly those that have been moulded by the culture and tradition of boats and boat-building. Performed by Siobhán and Pádraig, it is a delicate unpicking of a daughter-father relationship through movement, text and song.  Using the materials of wood and canvas to create connections which can in turn be both playful and striking, the work is an invitation to view tradition, familial and otherwise in a new light.

The performance will be followed by a short Q&A led by Mary Nunan

Bád Shiobhán has been generously funded by an Arts Council, Next Generation Award with kind support from Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane and Meitheal Mara.

ABOUT Siobhán and Pádraig

Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín is a dance artist based in Cork, Ireland.  Her work is primarily concerned with place and the interconnection of non-human and human.  She is currently Dance Artist in Residence at the Ionad Cultúrtha, Gaeltacht Mhúscraí, Co. Cork providing a range of workshops, classes and performance projects to the community often in collaboration with local artists. The residency is funded by Arts Council, Cork County Council - Arts Office and Ealaín na Gaeltachta.

Siobhán trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) and subsequently completed a Masters in Contemporary Dance Performance, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance graduating in 2012.  She has performed with John Jasperse, Liz Roche (Step Up Dance Programme),  Jessie Keenan, Junk Ensemble, Laura Murphy and Mary Wycherley. 

Pádraig Ó Duinnín is a traditional boat-builder from Macroom, Co. Cork. He is the founder of community boat yard Meitheal Mara which is located on the banks of the Lee in the heart of Cork City.  He has over thirty years experience as a rower and was a founding member of Naomhóga Chorcaí Rowing Club.  Pádraig is a native Irish speaker and is currently teaching conversation classes in Irish. 

For the last nine years Pádraig has led Cross Community boat building and rowing training in Belfast as part of FÉILE.  He has worked with members of the Travelling community facilitating woodwork courses.  He has also worked with people in recovery and in prisons.

Pádraig presented Muintir na Mara, a six season, TV series on TG4 which focused on  Ireland’s rich maritime culture.  In 2018 he travelled to Cape Breton, Canada as part of  a team to build a boat for Celtic Colours International Festival.  

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