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Career Paths in Dance

Career Paths in Dance

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

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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