Jolt Dance Symposium 2021 (TODAY – Friday 29th)

You are invited to join us online to discuss  ‘What will dance (and theatre) look like in 2021/22 – where can venues, festivals and dance artists meet?’

11 – 1pm Live Symposium – TODAY!

This workshop is free, but must be booked in advance for numbers & info relating to Zoom participation.

Friday 29h Jan 2021 | 11-1pm | Online From Garter Lane Arts Centre


What do you see for dance theatre, dance creation and performance as  we look ahead to 2021 /2022? What has our experience been in 2020 in presenting, programming or producing dance work? What supports might be needed for the sector?

With Invited Guest Panellists: Rachel Sweeney (Independent Movement  Artist & Academic) Emma Martin (United Fall), Cindy Cummings (Independent Dance Artist & Aosdana Member) Rachel Ni Bhraonain (Independent Dance Artist), David Francis Moore (Visual, Carlow), Eliz Whyte (CEO, Wexford Arts Centre & Theatre Forum),  Sheila Creevey (CEO Dance Ireland) & Miriam Dunne (Spraoi & Independent Producer).  

This workshop is free, but must be booked in advance for numbers & info relating to Zoom participation.

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The discussion will be chaired by Rachel Sweeney. Rachel is a dance researcher, writer and performer who teaches across Higher Education as well as publishing widely on dance and theatre. Rachel has worked across contemporary dance and physical theatre, specialising in developing site-specific choreography from and for unusual spaces. She has travelled widely, performing and teaching in Sri Lanka, Japan, Australia and the US as well as Europe. She is a member of the Irish/Swedish cultural heritage group Karum Creevagh, currently developing artistic and ecological collaborative projects under the collective title ‘The Floating Village’ and working in cultural heritage sites across Clare and Waterford. She is also a founder member of Orr and Sweeney Dance, whose work is invested in bringing movement-based knowledge into areas of ecology and sustainable education.



Sheila Creevey is CEO of Dance Ireland, the national development and resource organisation for professional dance in Ireland. With 20 years’ experience of project management and producing, specialising in strategic creative development, Sheila has worked with artists, producers and complex partnerships in the design and delivery of festivals, development programmes, residencies and international conferences. Her interest and experience have crossed art forms and borders between Ireland, the UK and across Europe, having worked with companies and agencies in roles that both delivered and supported the delivery of professional arts practice and creative learning.

From 2015 to 2020, Sheila worked as Head of Performance at Pavilion Dance South West in Bournemouth, UK, with responsibility for programming, artist and art form development.  Between 2017 and 2020, she also led the UK-wide project Surf The Wave as Project Director, which included directing the UK Dance Showcase in May 2019.

Sheila held the position of Chairperson of Dance Research Forum Ireland from 2010 to 2014, and from 2013 to 2015 was a selected participant of the European Dancehouse Network EU Leadership programme, Léim, led by Dance Ireland. She is a Clore Leader and has an MBA in Arts Management, an MA in Dance Performance, and a BA(Hons) in Dance Studies and Music.



Cindy Cummings is a dance artist (choreographer/performer/tutor) whose practice integrates dance, theatre and live art. Since 1986 she has created collaborative works with dance, theatre, visual, sound, literary and media artists around the world for live performance, installation and film. Based in Co Kilkenny, she works as the in-house dance facilitator and choreographer at KCat Arts Centre in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. KCat is a multi-disciplinary arts centre dedicated to the fostering and nurturing of creative ambition and professional development in the arts.

Recent productions include: What I Don’t Know About Autism (for Jody O’Neill and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin); The Big Chapel X (Asylum Productions in association with the Abbey Theatre); The Water Boys and POWER: We All Come From Somewhere (Equinox Theatre Co/KCat Arts Centre). Since 2007, Cindy has been a member of Aosdána, the Irish Association of Artists.

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Miriam Dunne is a highly experienced Festivals & Event programmer and manager.  A founding member of Spraoi Festival, Waterford, since 2011 she has been Programme Director with the festival.  She has been a Creative Director with St Patricks Festival, Dublin, and currently works as   Manager for the Cat Laughs, Kilkenomics and Subtitle Festivals in Kilkenny.  Past work also includes  Cork Clipper Festival, Dublin Docklands Festival and Tall Ships Waterford.   She was a member of the Board of the Arts Council of Ireland from 2014 to 2019 and is currently Chair of ISACS (the Association of Irish Street Arts and Circus in Ireland).



David Francis Moore is an arts leader with over 16 years’ experience working within the arts sector. His professional experience traverses both artistic practices, arts management, lecturing and producing. He is currently theatre programme manager at VISUAL Carlow, Ireland’s largest regional Arts Centre.  He is the Artistic Director of the Collaborative Artists Collective, a research and production hub for collaborative practice and is the chairperson of the Strollers Network, Ireland’s largest consortium of Art Centres. David also lectures in drama and performance studies and practice as part of the Media and Cultural studies programme at Carlow College.  As a performance artist David has toured both nationally and internationally performing at some of the world’s most prominent stages including the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, Dalhalla Amphitheater, Sweden and the Royal Theatre Carre, Amsterdam. He holds a BA in Drama Performance from TU Dublin, a Master of Fine Arts in Art in the Contemporary World from the National College of Arts & Design. David has also studied directing, playwrighting and solo performance at Columbia College Chicago and interactive art/collaborative practice at Manchester School of Art.“



Emma Martin started creating shows in 2010, following a sabbatical as a ballet dancer during which she obtained a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies and Russian from Trinity College, Dublin. In 2015 she formed United Fall, under which she collaborates with artists from dance, music, theatre, photography and design on an artistic path that is not limited to dance, but one which moves freely between all of these forms. Previous works include: I AM IRELAND (2020/ RTÉ & Culture Night),  Birdboy (2019)  Orfeo ed Euridice (2018), Girl Song (2017), Dancehall ( 2015), Tundra (2014), Dogs (2012), Listowel Syndrome (2010). Her work has been commissioned by RTÉ, Dublin Dance Festival, Irish Arts Center and has been co-produced by Dublin Theatre Festival, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival and Centre de Développement Chorégraphique, Toulouse. She was an associate artist with Dance Ireland and Artist in Residence at Visual 2012-2018. Recent collaborations include Arlington (2016) with Enda Walsh and Danse, Morob (2017) with Olwen Fouéré. United Fall is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland.



Jess Rowell (Draiocht Dance Artist in Residence 2020) is a freelance movement artist, performer and yoga teacher based in Ireland. She has a specialism in working with children, young people and artists with intellectual disabilities. As Draíocht’s Dance Artist in Residence 2020 Jess found new and innovative ways of working throughout the year. She facilitated online projects engaging members of Create Dance, Draiocht’s dance programme for young people with additional needs and invited guest dancers from Traces Dance Ensemble, Waterford. She also created a new collaborative dance work with dancer Brian McSweeney for film, featuring an original sound score by composer Stefan French.



Elizabeth Whyte is CEO of Wexford Arts Centre since 2006. Wexford Arts Centre delivers a vibrant multi-arts programme annually for all ages in Wexford and also includes management for Presentation Centre Enniscorthy and the Creative Hub and also delivers a Living Arts programme for schools and the Emerging Visual Arts Award in association with Wexford County Council. Elizabeth has also produced and directed theatre productions which have toured nationally and internationally including London, Paris and New York and most recently supported a Wexford visual arts collective Art Spies tour to Nepal and a successful national tour of The Scourge by Michelle Dooley Mahon directed by Ben Barnes which will tour to Off-Broadway Irish Repertory Theatre for Origin 1st Irish Festival in New York in January 2020.  Wexford Arts Centre has been supporting contemporary Dance programming since it opened in 1974 from Barefoot Dance Company to Myriad Dance company and many collaborations with Deirdre Grant including most recent Moving Skies intergenerational vocal and movement production in association with Nick Day.  John Scott and Irish Modern Dance theatre would also be a regular touring company to Wexford Arts Centre. 


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This workshop is part of Jolt Dance Week & Symposium which is part of the Dance Residency 2020 by Dee Grant @Garter Lane Arts Centre, also supported by Arts Council of Ireland & Waterford City & County Council.