Dance and Film 

Film: Horrible Creature  Photo by: Ticino Film Commission  Performer: Michelle Boulé  Camera: Will Humphris

Film: Horrible Creature

Photo by: Ticino Film Commission

Performer: Michelle Boulé

Camera: Will Humphris


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. She is Associate Artist with Dance Ireland in 2019, and within this role she is supported as artist in residence at NMAC Foundation in Andalucia, Spain, during 2019. The highly competitive Associate Artist programme is a one year nuanced partnership of support and development for a dance artist with Dance Ireland. The Associate Artist programme is a significant means for Dance Ireland to support the development of dance artists and choreography in Ireland. Dance Ireland is Ireland’s national dance development organisation and representative body for the professional dance community in Ireland.

She is currently working on a second feature film about Lucia Joyce, daughter of Irish writer James Joyce, with support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Tanzarchiv Zurich and the Irish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. This film will preview in Trieste Italy and premiere at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin during June 2018.

Áine’s first feature film Medicated Milk was also based on Lucia 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 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. She will create a full length production about Lucia in late 2019/ early 2020, with support from Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

She performed extracts from her multi-media performance Queen of Vacation at VISUAL Carlow as part of Art Works and Carlow Arts Festival, in June 2018. Queen of Vacation is inspired by natural beekeeping, permaculture, hive consciousness and systematic thinking.  This work will also be part of an exhibition at the Learning From The Bees conference in the Netherlands, in August 2018. This exhibition is curated by Bee Time Artist Residency and Dutch artist Kyra Cramer. She will continue to develop this solo in winter 2018. 

Áine 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" She is co-director of Fitzgerald & Stapleton Dance Theatre, 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.