The Floor is Yours! 2021

Fri 3 Dec 2021
10:00 - 14:30
Online: Via Zoom
Free, advance booking required

Dance Ireland and Age & Opportunity, in consultation with Dance Theatre of Ireland present The Floor is Yours! a networking event for dance artists, companies and organisations working with older people, which aims to strengthen and provide visibility for the sector. The event offers workshops, discussions and presentations from those working in the field nationally and internationally.

Schedule Overview 
Friday 3 Dec, 10am - 2:30pm

Session 1: Pandemic Perspectives: Assessing the impact of Covid-19 
90 mins

Chaired by Dance Ireland CEO, Sheila Creevey, this panel discussion will look at the impact of the pandemic on the field of dance with older people from a medical, artistic and participant perspective; what has changed and what could the future hold? Followed by Q&A.

Dr. Graham Hughes, Gerontologist St. Vincent’s 
Jenny Elliot, Arts & Health specialist, former CEO Artscare, NI
Linda Reale-Horvat, dance participant
Kristyn Fontanella, dance artist and choreographer of dance ensemble, The High Kicks


Session 2: Case Study – Raise the Floor
45 mins

We’ll hear from independent dance artists, Roisín Whelan and Helen Keenan, who have been taking their first steps into this area of practice under extraordinary circumstances and across community and care settings. They will joined by their mentors Anthea McWilliams and Catherine Donnelly, with time for questions from the floor.


Session 3: Sharing Practice – Workshop
80 mins

In this practical session, hosted by Robert Connor from Dance Theatre of Ireland; we have invited dance artists: Ailish Claffey; Aoife McAtamney & Bhargavi Gopalan, Catherine Donnelly and Jenny Elliot to share creative ideas and movement styles to add to your dance toolbox. Clear a space and join in!

Plenary: some time to reflect on the issues of the day
10 mins

Read the speakers' biographies here

Free to attend, but booking essential





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