Dance and Film
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.
There will be a work-in-progress sharing of this project, working title Horrible Creature, on June 27th at DanceHouse, Dublin. This choreographic research phase is supported by Arts and Disability Connect New Work Award, Dance Ireland, and The James Joyce Centre Dublin.
Her new multi-media performance Queen of Vacation will premiere at VISUAL Carlow as part of Art Works, in June 2018. Queen of Vacation is inspired by natural beekeeping, permaculture, hive consciousness and systematic thinking.
She recently collaborated on and performed in multi-media choreography Fist Pump with Irish performance company RAK, which played at Dublin Fringe Festival 2016 – “Brave, ballsy and unique" Meg.ie. She is co-director of Fitzgerald & Stapleton Dance Theatre, co-directed with dance artist Emma Fitzgerald. The company created work consistently between 2008 and 2014, receiving commissions and support from both U.S. and Irish organisations. They have been critically acclaimed by the New York Times “Smart sophisticated movers" and described as “Touches deeper stranger chords" by The New Yorker. Most recently, they were invited to perform their production MINE (a choreography for the internet) at Juncture Festival UK in November 2016.
Áine has received co-productions, commissions and residencies from Abrons Arts Centre NYC, Centre for Performance Research NYC, Project Arts Centre and Dance Ireland Dublin, the Obie Award winning Chocolate Factory Theatre NYC, Bakelit Multi Arts Centre Budapest, Mermaid Arts Centre Bray, Tanzhaus Zurich. Her work has been funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Wicklow Arts Office, Dance Ireland and Culture Ireland.
She was invited to present a paper as part of Women, War and Peace, a conference at Trinity College Dublin, examining what role artists have in promoting gender equality, human rights and peace across Europe. She also presented at University College Cork's Body Stories conference in 2016, and upcoming at The Book and The Body at University College Dublin.
Áine is a member of the band Everything Shook. The group have been listed as Best Irish Act by The Irish Times, who also described their debut album as a “bittersweet symphony with a side-dish of menace". They recently played the Body and Soul Main Stage at Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival in 2017.