Atelier Programme Announced!

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Who Am I?  An exploration of how artistic identity is maintained in a nomadic life

Friday 11 & Saturday 12 December 2015

An exciting, challenging and provocative two-day gathering comprising keynotes from Guy Cools and Jenny Roche; special performances from Manuel Roque (Québec/Canada) and Su-Feh Lee (British Columbia/Canada), lecture demonstration by Meagan O'Shea (Ontario/Canada) moderated panel discussions and audience Q&A.

Focusing on the professional dance practitioner, and informed by questions surrounding identity, mobility and migration. We will explore, from different perspectives how an artist’s identity is constructed and maintained in a climate where mobility is seen as a badge of honour, crucial to the creative process and an essential component of professional practice.

Many countries, including Ireland have long prided itself on its open and welcoming of international dance artists. Many see mobility as key to a successful dance career. However do we have the right models to support mobility? The afternoon sessions will include contributions from a range of Irish and international dance artists including Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Philip Connaughton, Maria Nilsson Waller and Meagan O’Shea, accompanied by a cultural geography perspective from  Dr. Karen Till and Prof. Gerry Kearns.  The panel sessions will be moderated by Mary Brady, concluding with a panel discussion and audience participation.

Informing our atelier are two unique presentations that thematically, from different perspectives will inform, challenge and encourage critical reflection and stimulate discussion: Su-Feh Lee presents The Things I Carry and Manuel Roque presents Black Matter.

To coincide with Who Am I? Dance Ireland will curate a Friday New Works, mixed-bill works which respond to the themes under discussion.

Open to all, including artists, curators, programmers, academics, cultural theorists, and the general public. Key questions to be considered, include:

  • What motivates artists’ to be mobile – it is necessity or desire?
  • Does working in multiple/different cultural contexts have an impact on an artist’s identity?
  • How does an artist maintain his/her identity when working in different cultural contexts?  
  • Is a nomadic existence (an essential and accepted) part of the creative life?
  • Mobility, economic and artistic challenges. How to find the balance.



Friday 11 December

12noon - Keynote presentation - Dr Guy Cools

1.30pm - The Things I Carry (performance) - Su-Feh Lee

2-3pm  - Lunch

3-4pm  - Lecture Demonstration - Artistic Identity & Global Mobility - Meagan O'Shea

4-6pm - Presentations / Panel

Featuring Dr Karen Till, Meagan O’Shea, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Philip Connaughton; moderator Mary Brady. 

7-8pm  - Friday News Works, featuring:

As We Know It - Choreography/Performance: Sibeál Davitt & Kristyn Fontanella

HEAR ME SING YOUR SONG - Choreographer: Liv O’Donoghue. 


Saturday 12 December

11am - Keynote presentation - Dr Jennifer Roche

12.30pm - Black Matter (performance) - Manuel Roque

1-2pm - Lunch

2-4pm - Presentations / Panel

Featuring Prof Gerry Kearns, Maria Nilsson Waller, Alexandra Waierstall; moderator Mary Brady.

Who Am I? An exploration of how artistic identity is maintained in a nomadic life, is presented by Dance Ireland, in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival and with the support of the European Dance House Network. 




Dr. Guy Cools is a dramaturge, dance critic, and curator. His latest book is In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan (Valiz 2015).

Dr Jennifer Roche is Lecturer in Dance at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Her latest work is Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer; Moving Identities (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). 


Su-Feh Lee (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a dancer, choreographer, dramaturge and teacher born and raised in Malaysia.

Manuel Roque (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), is a dancer, choreographer.


Mary Brady (Ireland) is a dance artist, curator, writer and researcher and arts consultant. 

Philip Connaughton (Ireland) is a choreographer/performer, working independently and with a range of companies and collaborators nationally and internationally. An Associate Artist with Dance Ireland. 

Prof Gerry Kearns, Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth, Ireland.  

Fearghus Ó Conchúir (Ireland/UK) is a choreographer and dance artist. Brought up in the Ring Gaeltacht in Ireland, Ó Conchúir works internationally from his base in London.

Meagan O’Shea (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a contemporary dance-theatre artist creating, performing, teaching and facilitating creative work across Canada and internationally.  

Dr Karen Till, is Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth, Ireland.

Alexandra Waierstall (Cyrus/Germany) born in England and raised in Cyprus Alexandra Waierstall is a Düsseldorf based choreographer and artist.

Maria Nilsson Waller  (Sweden/Ireland) is a freelance dance artist, teacher and choreographer. Born in Sweden and based in Dublin, she is an Associate Artist with Dance Ireland.

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