DDF News — 28 Oct 2020

WHAT'S ON: Dance for your lockdown days

WHAT'S ON: Dance for your lockdown days

Dance - whether watching it, hearing more about it, or doing it yourself - is just what we all need right now to keep our spirits up through this second round of lockdown. That's why we've gathered some suggestions for dance to keep you inspired over the next few weeks. Take a look...

Watch, Listen

Shapeshifting: Ovid’s Poetry in Motion
14 November, 4pm
Presented as part of Classics Now Festival

The Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses has influenced painters and sculptors for centuries. Junk Ensemble dance company have turned to this epic poem and one of its mythological tales for their latest work.

The Misunderstanding of Myrrha is a solo dance work exploring the story of Myrrha, who was cursed by the goddess Aphrodite, then pitied and transformed by other gods. Choreographers Jessica and Megan Kennedy developed this piece with visual artist Alice Maher, who created the stage design with them, and composer Denis Clohessy.

For ClassicsNow these distinguished Irish artists talk about the process of making choreography drawn from Ovid’s poetic text, and how dance, music and imagery bring to life the experience of Myrrha, who wrestles with her fate.

The Misunderstanding of Myrrha by June Ensemble © Fionn McCann

Watch, Listen, Connect, Party

Dance Umbrella
23 - 27 November

Join Dance Umbrella for workshops, discussions, debates and even a party as they bring together artists from across the globe for intimate conversations; take a behind-the-scenes look at the choreographic process; debate the pressing topics of the day; run choreographic workshops for different ages and close it all with an almighty digital disco.

The programme also includes a screening of work by DDF Artist in Residence Oona Doherty.

Move, Connect

Classes and Workshops with Dance Ireland 
Throughout November

Dance Ireland's collection of classes and workshops have moved online so you don't have to miss a thing. Dance Ireland is also offering workshops for artists including this year's Healthier Dancer programme which is dedicated to the unique and unprecedented challenges for dancers at this time with in depth sessions on yoga for dancers, somatics in action, mindful practice, supplementary training and conditioning, and advocating for your needs.

Classes with Dance Limerick 
Throughout November

If you're looking for dance classes (for any level) that you can do online, Dance Limerick have you covered. During November, join in professional morning classes with Jenny Roche, over 50s dance classes with Kristyn Fontanella and dance clubs for young people.

Watch, Listen

WiseMotion - In conversation with Dr Hanna Poikonen
Presented as part of the DDF Digital Capsule

Part of a larger programme of workshops and talks, Finnish neuroscientist, dancer and movement specialist Dr Hanna Poikonen joined us for a conversation that explored movement and the brain, and how we can reduce stress and enhance creativity, social cohesion and interaction. 


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Floating in the Making by Catherine Young Dance
Presented as part of the DDF Digital Capsule

Join some of the creative team from Floating on a Dead Sea by Catherine Young for a panel discussion. Led by dramaturg Hanna Slattne, they share insights into the process of creating this new work that explores creating in confinement. The discussion features film footage of Palestine by Luca Truffarelli.

Floating on a Dead Sea by Catherine Young © Luca Truffarelli

Earlier this month...

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Blame Game by Kundle Cru
For ages 7+
Presented as part of Belfast International Arts Festival

The multi-skilled members of Kundle Cru share a passion for urban dance and circus. With exceptional flair, they have experimented with form to create a genre-defying hybrid movement language. In Blame Game this international company of innovators explores the dirty politics of scapegoating. See what they have to say about the finger pointing world we live in today.

Filmed specially for an online audience you will experience Blame Game from the centre of the stage. From here, the artists’ exceptional flair and skills can be seen up close. Fully immersed within the action, the ever shifting texture of the piece will be revealed right in front of your eyes.

Blame Game by Kundle Cru