Dance Ireland and Dublin Circus Project Partnership

Dance Ireland and Dublin Circus Project have partnered on two residency opportunities, Catalyst and Ignition. These platforms for circus maker(s), creators, collectives, performing arts companies based in Ireland, who are focusing on seeding and developing new work.  Catalyst is a series of two enhanced, fully resourced, 2-week residencies with Dance Ireland in DanceHouse in March 2019.  Catalyst supports a model where artists are valued and paid and where makers receive the support and resources they need in a creative process to experiment, develop and work collaboratively.

Maria Corcoran and Cikada Circus are the Catalyst recipients and Caroline Toledo has received the Ignition award.

Ignition is a enhanced, fully resourced, 2-week residency at Dublin Circus Project in April 2019 with exclusive use of their Dance Studio and shared access to main space.  Ignition supports a model where artists are valued and paid and where makers receive the support and resources they need in a creative process to experiment, develop and work collaboratively.

Catalyst and Ignition can be used to resource a transition period for a maker, which would not otherwise be possible. Both programmes are an investment from Dance Ireland and Dublin Circus Project in risk and exploration.  Catalyst is not necessarily for the creation of a fully developed work for performance, but artists will be requested to perform an open session, hold a symposium, workshop, pre-release or similar event at any point during their residency.

To achieve this, Dublin Circus Project, funded by the Arts Council, is offering a variety of supports which includes access to a rigging technician, a €1,200 award which covers artists’ fees and expenses and a €2000 award which covers the expense of working with a mentor.  In addition, Dance Ireland will offer in-kind supports such as advice, administration and documentation.  The artist will also engage with the circus community and other segments of the non-circus community as relevant to their practice while they are in residence at DanceHouse.