'Horrible Creature' at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin.
4:00 PM16:00

'Horrible Creature' at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Áine Stapleton, hosted by Dr. Aoife McGrath (QUB).

In 1915, James Joyce and Nora Barnacle travelled with their young children Giorgio and Lucia to Switzerland to escape the turmoil of
World War I. Lucia later trained as a dancer and performed throughout Europe. Her career ended when, in the early 1930s, she was forced into psychiatric care and underwent treatment at various hospitals across Europe.

Horrible Creature is the second in a proposed trilogy of films directed by Áine Stapleton (dance and film artist) and is filmed at locations
in Switzerland where Lucia spent time. The first, Medicated Milk, challenged the accepted biography of Lucia’s life and considered the complexity of mental instability.

Here, Lucia’s own writing, interpreted by a cast of international dance artists, conjures her world between 1915 and 1950. The film fearlessly explores her difficult family life, her unproven illness, and her undoubted talent.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn (IFI)


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How To Imagine Lucia Joyce
6:30 PM18:30

How To Imagine Lucia Joyce

How To Imagine Lucia Joyce.

Description by The James Joyce Centre Dublin -

Who was Lucia Joyce and how might we imagine her?

Lucia has been portrayed in a number of ways: as Joyce’s muse, Samuel Beckett’s lover, an ill-fated dancer, and as clinically insane.

Join us for an evening discussion that explores the merits and pitfalls of imagining who Lucia was, and how to balance creative responsibility while shedding light on an underdeveloped subject. The panel features playwright Caoileann Curry-Thompson and award-winning actress Úna Kavanagh who will perform an excerpt from Curry-Thompson’s play about Lucia, titled Rosefrail and Fair. Film-maker and dancer Áine Stapleton will show research footage from her new film Horrible Creature that is based on Lucia. The panel will be chaired by Genevieve Sartor, who is completing a PhD on Lucia Joyce and psychoanalysis at Trinity College Dublin.

For tickets visit - http://www.bloomsdayfestival.ie/bloomsday-2019-programme/2019/6/11/how-to-imagine-lucia-joyce

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Workshop at NMAC Foundation, Andalucia
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop at NMAC Foundation, Andalucia

Workshop description:

This two-hour workshop will explore the unlimited creativity and healing available to us as we connect more deeply with nature and the body. We will focus on guided movement, breathing techniques and writing, to align ourselves with the present moment and practice a lighter way of being.

descripción del taller:

Este taller de dos horas explorará la creatividad y la curación ilimitadas disponibles para nosotros cuando nos conectemos más profundamente con la naturaleza y el cuerpo. Nos centraremos en el movimiento guiado, las técnicas de respiración y la escritura, para alinearnos con el momento presente y practicar una forma más ligera de ser.

For more information and booking please visit- https://fundacionnmac.org/es/dia-de-los-museos-2019/?fbclid=IwAR2FAtcY8pvrvqT1XDq4ciPMHJR1FG8ZH75VepY7T6_0IL-zpjmPclrrtYA

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Healthier Dancer Days at DanceHouse, Dublin.
to Oct 31

Healthier Dancer Days at DanceHouse, Dublin.

Healthier Dancer Days 2018

Date:Tue 30 Oct 2018 - Wed 31 Oct 2018Time:10:00 - 18:00


Admission:€30 1 day / €55 2 days

Curated by Áine Stapleton, this year's Healthier Dancer Days will explore self-care, physiotherapy, somatics, inclusivity, and improvisational composition. Participants will engage with cutting-edge techniques, which can be later applied to their individual practices. Sessions will be led by internationally renowned teachers Anya Porter, Michelle Boulé, Mary Nunan, Lisa Fitzpatrick, John Scott and Aoife Mc Grath.

This two-day event will examine often overlooked points of exploration in the area of dance and health. All sessions are suitable for a wide range of teachers, students, performers and dance makers. Workshops will be lead by some of Ireland's most progressive dance artists and theorists, alongside international experts in dance and somatic practices. All teachers have been selected based on their groundbreaking work in the field of dance, as well as their mindful approaches to the sometimes difficult to explore workshop themes.

See the FULL SCHEDULE here

Contact 01 855 8800 email: info@danceireland.ie 

Day 1: October 30th 2018

Leader: Michelle Boulé

Title: Art Healing Making Doing Being

10:00 - 13:00

Description: Somatics and healing systems have always been an integral component to Michelle’s artistic and physical practices. This workshop weaves these interests together by setting up a framework intended for personal transformation and artistic growth. Some components include group healing work using the BodyTalk System*, guided improvisations that address how our movement impulses connect us to our abilities to listen and trust, and more specific movement structures that examine rhythm, cycles, and the aesthetics of “stepping into” one’s own improvisational composition. Some previous movement experience required. Michelle has been a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner since 2008 and maintains a Brooklyn and online clinical practice.

Biography: Michelle Boulé is a “Bessie” Award winning dance artist based in NY whose work addresses the physical expression of consciousness. She has received recent commissions, presentations, and residency fellowships from The Chocolate Factory, Met Breuer, Danspace Project, River to River, American Realness, ISSUE Project Room, Movement Research at Judson Church, The Kitchen, MacDowell, Yaddo, Bemis, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Movement Research. Her work has also toured to Chicago, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, San Marcos, Winnipeg, Dublin, and Latvia. Awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, New Music USA Grant, and Boekelheide Creativity Award. As a performer, she has collaborated with Miguel Gutierrez (2001-15), Bebe Miller, John Jasperse, Donna Uchizono, John Scott, and Deborah Hay, amongst others. Boulé has taught technique, improvisation, and creative practice workshops throughout N. and S. America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and is currently faculty at The New School and Movement Research. She maintains a clinical practice in energy and consciousness-based healing as a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner.

https://www.mbodyradiance.com/    http://michelleboule.com/

Leader: Mary Nunan

Title: Directing: The Open Way

14:00 - 15:30

Description: The optimum environment for the process of devising original choreographic works is one of mutual respect in which everyone’s role is as clear as possible: an environment in which ‘the work’ (even as it is emerging) is the priority. The latter has to be listened to and taken care of. The role of the director, as I see it, is to ensure that this happens - rather than imposing their will on the work/working process through the use of excessive force. By adopting a stance of openness/responsiveness, the director creates the possibility for constructive and critical exchanges and allows for the expertise ‘in the room’ to be productively harnessed. This kind of leadership requires great skill and sensitivity. This talk/workshop looks at some tools that can support directors evolve their own approach to working in this way.

Biography: Mary Nunan is a contemporary dance artist – choreographer, performer, writer, mentor. Her professional career began when she joined Ireland's first state funded contemporary dance company: Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-86). She was founder Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company (1988-1999). Throughout her career Mary has created a substantial body of critically acclaimed solo and ensemble choreographies that have been performed in national and international venues. Mary was Course Director of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick (1999-2016). Since 2016 she has returned to working as an independent artist. Mary earned her PhD from Middlesex University in 2013. In 2017 she was Bealtaine's national dance artist-in-residence.

Leader: Aoife McGrath

Title: Writing to Move: transformative reflection in dance practice

16:00 - 17:30

Description: This lecture workshop will explore how a cycle of transformative reflection can assist in supporting dance practice, both from the perspective of the performer and of the choreographer. It will introduce some practical tools for reflective practice, incorporating opportunities to engage in individual writing tasks and group movement creation, sharing and discussion.

Biography: Aoife is a choreographer and lecturer in Drama at the School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast. She incorporates reflective practice in all of her teaching across a range of practice-as-research modules including choreography and contemporary movement practices. Prior to joining Queen’s she worked as a professional dancer in Ireland and Germany, as the Dance Advisor for the Irish Arts Council, and as an adjunct lecturer at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Her book publications include a monograph, Dance Theatre in Ireland: Revolutionary Moves (Palgrave, 2013), and a co-edited collection (with Dr Emma Meehan, CDaRe, Coventry), Dance Matters in Ireland: contemporary processes and practices (Palgrave, 2018). Her recent choreographic work includes Please (2017), a dance theatre piece about eating disorders incorporating verbatim interview material, and Within: Body + Time (2018), a dance solo about the experience of time in pregnancy, co-choreographed with Aisling McCormick. She is currently working on a project exploring dance, affect, and the maternal, and her next collaborative dance work, The Let Down, will be performed as part of Breastival Belfast and the Being Human Festival. Aoife is a co-convenor of the Choreography and Corporeality Working Group of the IFTR, an executive committee member of the ISTR, a member of the board of directors of Dance Limerick, and a performer/choreographer member of Dance Ireland.

Day 2: October 31st 2018

Leader: Anya Porter

Title: Sustainable Practices: Yoga, Mindfulness and Somatic Intelligence for Healthy Body and Mind.

October 31st, 10:00 - 13:00

Description: This session will be focused in three components: upper body (thoracic spine, shoulders, neck, jaw), lower body (feet and ankles, knees, hips and low back) and movement/exercises to integrate the whole. Using mindfulness, interoception and deep awareness, we will observe where we each hold balance and imbalance in the physical form. Joint-isolating exercises, active vs passive-range movement, resistance and load will be used to awaken and harmonize the physical body. Practitioners will then be guided through asana (yoga postures), kriya (cleansing practices), pranayama (breath-work) and meditation to integrate the physical, mental and emotional layers of the self.

Biography: Anya Porter integrates her many years of movement studies and exploration into a body of work that is both therapeutic and immensely physical in nature. She holds a BFA in contemporary dance, choreography and pedagogy from Ohio University. After years of dancing (contemporary, street dance, afro-modern) she came to yoga in an attempt to heal injuries. Since 2004, Anya has studied thousands of hours of yoga techniques, therapeutics, functional movement, and mindfulness meditation and has taught yoga and movement throughout the US and Europe. She lived and taught for ten years in New York City and now resides in Zürich, Switzerland where she runs MI-YA yoga, a studio specializing in intelligent, insightful movement and practice.


Leader: Lisa Fitzpatrick

Title: Approaching Performance of Violence: Building a Safe Environment

October 31st, 14:00 - 15.30

Description: This workshop looks at issues around the safe performance of violence outside of the choreography of the acts, to consider issues of ‘triggering’, the potential psychological impact on the performers, and safe practices in the rehearsal room.

Biography: Dr Lisa Fitzpatrick is senior lecturer in Drama at University of Ulster in Derry. Her research is concerned with contemporary theatre, gender and performance, and the performance of violence. She recently published a monograph Rape on the Contemporary Stage and she is currently working on a project on honour, gender and performance.

Leader: John Scott

Title: Dance Without Borders

October 31st, 16:00 - 17.30

Description: Dance Without Borders is a workshop open to all bodies, all races, all movement languages and all spoken and non-spoken languages. The aim of the workshop is to create a dance situation using the particular talents of the participants, celebrating each participants individuality and physicality. The dance, created over the time of the workshop, relies of the physical, cultural and gender differences of the participants. The language will be verbal and physical but come from a fusion of different languages and sounds, used in a musical fashion but connected to the dance/physical movements. I have pioneered workshops for Torture Survivors of differing abilities and capacities since 2003. It is based on observation, listening and responding, together with spatial awareness. Using techniques acquired from my work with Meredith Monk, fusing the body and voice in space, and from Judith Malina and Julian Beck of the Living Theatre and their radical works: Mysteries and Smaller Pieces. The workshop begins with a physical warm up then extends to exercises and set pieces to create a performance situation.

Biography: John Scott Dublin born, choreographer, performer, singer, founder and Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre. Works include Everything Now, Heroes, Lear, Fall and Recover, Actions, HYPERACTIVE at Ireland’s Abbey Theatre on the Peacock stage, Dublin Dance Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Ireland and internationally at New York Live Arts, La MaMa, Danspace Project at St Mark’s Church, PS 122, New York and Dance Base, Edinburgh, Sounded Bodies Festival and Queer Zagreb, Croatia, Les Hivernales, Avignon, Tanzmesse Dusseldorf, Forum Cultural Mundial, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and throughout Europe. He performed in Meredith Monk’s Quarry(Spoleto Festival) and for Yoshiko Chuma, Sarah Rudner, Anna Sokolow and Thomas Lehmen. He recently collaborated with Pan Pan Theatre on Beckett’s ‘QUAD’. John has been awarded the African Refugee Network’s Culture Award for his work with Refugees and Survivors of Torture and John is one of the subjects of Sadlers Wells’ 52 Portraits with Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargin and Hugo Glendinning.


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Career Paths in Dance
6:30 PM18:30

Career Paths in Dance

Career Paths in Dance

Date:Thu 11 Oct 2018Time:17:00 - 18:30Venue:DanceHouseAdmission:Free. RSVP to: reception@danceireland.ie

Have you ever wondered how someone got to where they are now in their career?

Join us for a discussion with dance and choreographer Áine Stapleton, dance filmmaker, Ingrid Nachstern (Night Star Dance Company) and Dance Ireland Associate Artist Luke Murphy / Attic Projects on their career to date, key influences and decision making moments.

About Áine Stapleton

Áine Stapleton works in dance, film and music. She has a 1st Class Honours Degree in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey, London. She has written, directed, produced and performed her own work since 2005 for both national and international presentation.

Áine created feature film Medicated Milk based on Lucia Joyce, daughter of Irish writer James Joyce. It was made with José Miguel Jiménez and features an original sound score by Somadrone. It was programmed twice by the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, and screened at the 6th International DRFI Conference at NYU Tisch School of Arts in New York. Previous screenings include Dublin Fringe Festival, Mermaid Arts Centre Bray, Trieste University in Italy for Bloomsday, Light Moves Festival of Screendance Limerick and upcoming at the Belgrade Irish Festival in Serbia - “succeeds in giving a voice to a woman from the past through a shared experience with a woman from the future, through the medium that has suppressed women for centuries, the creative arts...A must see" Film Ireland.

She is currently working on a second film about Lucia with support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Tanzarchiv Zurich and the Irish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. This film will premiere in late 2018.
She recently presented a work-in-progress choreography based on Lucia, working title Horrible Creature, with dance artist Sarah Ryan, at DanceHouse in Dublin. This choreographic research was supported by Arts and Disability Connect New Work Award, Dance Ireland, and The James Joyce Centre Dublin.


About Ingrid Nachstern 

Ingrid Nachstern was born in Dublin,Ireland of Anglo-Polish parents. She studied languages at Trinity College Dublin and worked as a translator in Dublin, Toronto,London, and Oxford. She is also a teacher of classical ballet (Royal Academy of Dance,London) and was the Artistic Director of Nachstern Ballet School from 1998-2017.

She studied ballet as a child with Muriel Catt in Dublin and later with Richard Sugarman in Toronto and Joanna Banks in Dublin. She founded her cutting-edge Night Star Dance Company in 2003 and has created 14 works for the company. Her aim is to present the audience with work which will challenge their view of the world. She was awarded an Arts Council Bursary in 2008 and a Travel Award in 2009. She visited Cathy Sharp’s Dance Ensemble in Basel Switzerland in 2009 and also Nederlands Dans Theater in The Hague. Culture Ireland granted her a Travel Award, in 2011, to perform at DTW in New York.

She is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for her company.In 2014 she branched out into making films. She has now taken on the roles of Director,Script-Writer and Performer. She has collaborated on her last two films with Luca Truffarelli,the cinematographer.

About Luke Murphy

Cork born Luke Murphy, is a choreographer and performer based between Brussels, Cork and New York. He has danced with Ultima Vez since 2014 touring internationally in In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, Booty Looting and Spiritual Unity and with Punchdrunk since 2009, performing leading roles in Sleep No More in Boston, New York City and Shanghai, as well as The Drowned Man in London. He has danced in the companies of Martha Clarke, Kate Weare, Pavel Zuštiak, John Scott and in projects with John Kelly, Jonah Bokaer and Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Luke’s own work has been supported by various commissions, awards and residencies including the Arts Council, Cork City Council, Culture Ireland, New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre, Pavilion Theatre, Dance Ireland, Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Irish Arts Centre NYC, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Dance Limerick, Dance Base Edinburgh, Tribeca Performing Arts Centre. He has created five evening length works: Drenched(2012), Icarus (2013), Your Own Man/Mad Notions (2015), On Triumph and Trauma(2016) and most recently The Dust We Raised, which was presented in Cork and Dublin earlier this year. 

Luke founded Attic Projects in 2014 as an umbrella for his various independent projects in dance, film and theatre. Luke is the producer and curator The Catch8 Workshop Series (Cork) and is currently working toward the opening of a new dance residency centre in County Cork.

Luke trained at Point Park University, Pennsylvania, where he earned his BFA in Dance and English in 2009 and University of Chichester where he earned an MA in Choreography in 2017.

As an Associate Artist of Dance Ireland, Luke has planned a wide ranging programme including working on a publication; teaching, research & developemnt and residencies at DanceHouse; touring his current work The Dust We Raised plus working on an international masterclass workshop week (Catch8) in June as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.  

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Horrible Creature
7:30 PM19:30

Horrible Creature

Horrible Creature

A work-in-progress choreography based on Lucia Joyce

By Áine Stapleton


Dancehouse, Foley Street, Dublin 1

June 27th 2018, 19.30pm

Free entry, RSVP is essential

Contact: info@danceireland.ie / 018558800

Supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect Scheme managed by Arts and Disability Ireland. 

Supported by Dance Ireland and The James Joyce Centre. 

"a brave, provocative and deeply sensual experimental piece" Film Ireland on Medicated Milk 

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6:30 PM18:30


Joyce’s work has long served as an inspiration not only for writers, but for artists working across the disciplines, from music and dance to visual art and theatre. This Bloomsday, we’ll be celebrating Joyce’s effect on the non-literary arts by bringing together dancer Áine Stapleton, graphic artist Sarah Bowie and musician Séan MacErlaine to discuss Joyce’s influence on their practice.

Áine Stapleton works in dance, film and music. Much of her work has been inspired by Joyce’s daughter Lucia, including her film Medicated Milk and her upcoming choreographic work Horrible Creature (see also Fringe programme), which will feed into a second film. Her work has been described by Film Ireland as "brave, provocative and deeply sensual".

Sarah Bowie is a published author/illustrator, co-founder of The Comics Lab and lover of visual storytelling. Inspired by Joyce’s Dubliners, Sarah will discuss her Dublin Bus sketchbooks, which explore the micro-moments of people’s’ daily lives.

Séan MacErlaine is a woodwind instrumentalist, composer and producer. His work intersects with folk, free improvisation, jazz and traditional music. His latest album Music for Empty Ears was released this year. In 2015, he presented Alas Awake, a site-specific multi-disciplinary homage to Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, at the Dublin International Literary Festival. Séan will perform a short piece from the project on the night.


(Event description and image from Bloomsday Programme 2018)

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Queen of Vacation
to Jun 10

Queen of Vacation

Image by Pol Parrhesia


Queen of Vacation is a live dance performance by a single dancer inspired by natural beekeeping, permaculture, hive consciousness and systematic thinking. Responding to sound and environment, she moves in time and space, expressing her gratitude to nature.

(Contains nudity)

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to Apr 21

'The Book and The Body' by Junk Ensemble

'Autobiography in Performance and Reimagining Lucia Joyce' 

April 20th 2018, at University College Dublin. 

Organised by Junk Ensemble, 'The Book and The Body' symposium will run over two weekends in Galway and Dublin. Find out more and reserve a place here: - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-book-and-the-body-dublin-symposium-tickets-43165145111

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