Talk: The Irish Dancing Body Today

Mon 1 Jul 2019
17:30 - 18:30
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The Irish Dancing Body Today marks the opening of the Festival of Irish Choreography, curated by John Scott. Moderated by Michael Seaver, members of the panel will look at the prism of diversity, what is irishness, what is a dancing body, who can be a dancer and is there one definition for Irish dance. This will be followed by a reception which all are invited to.

Michael Seaver writes reviews and features on dance and physical culture for The Irish Times and is also the Irish correspondent for the European-wide Tanz magazine and a contributor to other specialisedpublications such as Dance Theatre Journal, Dance Europe, and the US-based DanceMagazine.

The panelists for this talk are: 

  • Darrah Carr, Irish American step dancer trained in contemporary
  • Kiribu, an extremly articulate Ugandan born dancer, now an Irish citizen, who came to Irish Modern Dance Theatre through the Centre for Care for Survivors of Torture
  • Mariam Ribon, as a non Irish born dancer based in Ireland, who also is involved in teaching the emerging dancers from Dublin Youth Dance Company, a diverse group of emerging Irish dancers.   
  • Aoife McGrath, a choreographer and lecturer in Drama at the School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast. 
  • Rachel Donnelly, Editor of DRAFF Magazine and Assistant Curator for Learning & Engagement at Douglas Hyde Gallery

Dancer from the Dance: Festival of Irish Choreography, a new festival happening in New York’s 92nd Street Y and in Dublin at Project Arts Centre and Dance Ireland, curated by John Scott, Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre. The festival focuses on Irish choreographers, both from Ireland and from the US, representing a wide perspective on modern Irish identity and varying influences on Irish dance, from traditional to contemporary.

Festival performances take place in Project Arts Centre on 2 & 3 July with choreography by Oona Doherty, Mary Nunan, Darrah Carr, Dylan Quinn, Liam O Scanláin, Mufutau Yusuf, Aoife McAtamney, Justine Doswell and John Scott.

Celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of Irish choreography, Dancer from the Dance is a partnership between Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Project Arts Centre, Dance Ireland, and 92nd Street Y and Irish Arts Center, New York.

For further information:

  • Telephone: +353 1 855 8800