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About Croí Glan 

Croí Glan is professional dance company based in Cork, co-founded in December 2006 by Rhona Coughlan and Tara Brandel that creates performance with diverse bodies.

Tara Brandel | Artistic Director & Co-founder

tbTara is a contemporary choreographer and performer originally from West Cork, Ireland. She trained at the Laban Centre, London and with Steve Paxton, Nigel Charnick and Lloyd Newsom. She studied Integrated Dance with Axis Dance Company and Alito Alessi, and in 2005 had a year’s residency at Beaumont College, a college for people with disabilities in Lancaster, England,. Her work has been performed at Firkin Crane, Triskel Arts Centre, and Cork Opera House, Cork; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Stukke Theatre and Ponderosa Festival, Germany; 848 Community Space, Jon Sims Centre, San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Dance Festival, Sky Dancers, Dance Mission Theatre, and Performance Showcase, San Francisco; and Spring Loaded, The Place Theatre and Chisenhale Dance Space, London. She has danced for Ka Rustler (Berlin), Emilyn Claid, (London) Jo Krieter(SF), and Kim Epifano(SF) and has has won numerous awards from the Irish Arts Council, London Arts Board, Zellerbach Foundation and Theatre Bay Area. She was a Co-Director of 848 Community Space, San Francisco from 2002-2004. Dance Theatre Journal writes, “Brandel’s work has a startling raw honesty…ambitious and oblique”

Linda Fearon | Dancer

Linda Fearon has worked with Croí Glan since 2014. She is also a dancer with Luminous Soul dance project, performing at the Milk Cup Welcoming ceremony, Coleraine, Paralympic Flame Ceremony Belfast, Highlight N.Ireland/Paralympic event London, Bounce! Festival Belfast, The MAC Belfast, Surmount Parliament Building Belfast and many more. She trained with various dancers and choreographers including Marc Brew, Caroline Bowditch, Claire Cunningham, Sheena Kelly, Kimberley Harvey and Janice Parker and danced with companies including Candoco Dance, Blue Eyed Soul dance, Maiden Voyage Dance, Echo Echo dance and Pony dance. In 2012 Linda joined Kids in Control/Blue Chevy physical theatre company Belfast in 2012. and is a Creative Assistant with Kids in Control, working and performing with a number of all ability youth groups throughout Belfast. Linda is a certified Disability Equality Trainer.

Mary Nugent | Dancer

passpathgroove2Mary has danced with Croi Glan since 2006. She initially came along to community classes, and first performed professionally in 2008 with ‘On The Wall’ choreographed by David Bolger. She has also trained and performed with Adam Benjamin, Genevieve Mazin, Jess Curtis, Tim O’Donnell, Scott Wells, Jeff Wallace, Eric Kupers and Liz Roche. She has taught dance workshops with the Irish Wheelchair Association, Dublin Institute of Technology, KCat, and Open Arts, as well as InterAct and St Pauls Performing Arts School in Minneapolis. Mary has also co-organised events such as the Cork Women’s Fun Weekend and Pride, and DJ’s both locally and nationally. Mary holds a degree in law. (Mary in Pass Path Groove performed at COPE Irish Peforming Arts Festival/Eurosong, Cor 2012.)

 

Mike Daley | Dancer

Mike Daley bio imageMike has been dancing with Croi Glan since 2011. He has appeared in Tara Brandel’s Islands, at Firkin Crane, Cork and Draiocht, Dublin, Pass Path Groove at Cork City Hall, directed by San Francisco based choreographer Erik Kupers, and in SPUTNIK as part of the Unlimited Festival at the Southbank London (directed by Garry Robson). Most recently he has performed Stop and Stare, a street show to raise the visibilty of dancers with disabilities, performed around Cork and at Temple Bar’s Culture Night in Dublin, Through dancing with Croi Glan, Mike says he has found a new inner freedom, a level of self-confidence he never expected. As a self-taught sculptor, Mike works in free-style blown glass and his work has been displayed at the Crawford Gallery, Cork as part of the Ballyphehane Community Centre exhibition.

 

James O’Shea | Dancer

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James began his dance career with CanDoCo in 2006 with whom he toured 2 award winning pieces internationally (Fin Walkers ‘the journey’ and Athena Vahla’s ‘in praise of folly’). He also performed in the 2006 Place Prize final for Lucy Suggates piece ‘Postcards’ – since leaving CanDoCo James took time out form dancing to study tai chi and chi gong and to work with people with disabilities. He returned to dance with ‘brain game’ for the Anna Rothslisburger company in Switzerland and was the winner of a TV show on BBC3 ‘Dancing on Wheels’.

 

Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín| Dancer

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Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín is a 
freelance 
dance 
artist 
based 
in 
Cork 
City,
 Ireland.
 In
 2013
 she 
graduated with 
a
1H 
from 
the 
MA 
in
 Contemporary 
Dance 
Performance
 at
 the
 University
 of
 Limerick.
 Since
 then
 she
 has
 worked
 with
 Croí
 Glan Integrated 
Dance 
Company 
and choreographers 
Laura 
Murphy
 and 
Helga 
Deasy.

 In 
2014
 Siobhán
 collaborated 
with
 visual
 artist 
Cáit 
Ní
Dhuinnín 
to
 create 
a short
 dance
 film,
 Clais.
 While
 studying
 she
 had
 the
 opportunity
 to
 work
 with
 choreographers
 Charles
 Linehan,
 Liz
 Roche
 and
 Mairead
 Vaughan.
 As
 an undergraduate
 at
 Northern
 School
 of
 Contemporary
 Dance,
 Leeds,
 UK
 she worked
 with
 Kathinka Walter
 and
 Company
 Chameleon.
 In
 2010
 she
 choreographed
 and
 collaborated
 with
 dancers
 and
 musicians
 to
 create
 a
 performance
 piece
 as
 part
 of
 the
 New
 Worlds
 strand
 of imove to
 promote
 the
 London
 2012 
Olympic
 and
 Paralympic 
Games.
 Siobhán
 has
 also
 worked
 at 
the
 University
 of
 Limerick
 and
 has
taught
 professional
 class
 at
 the
 Firkin
Crane,
the
 centre for 
dance 
in
 Cork.’

William O’Donovan | Dancer

WilliamO'D smallWilliam is from Cork, with a love for bocca , drama, swimming and dance. He began his dance career in 2007 attending Croí Glan community classes, and progressed to assist teach community workshops. He first performed with Croí Glan in Fall choreographed by Tara Brandel at Cork Midsummer Festival, 2009, followed by Path Past Groove by Eric Kupers 2011. William developed his practice through an Inquiry research project lead by Mary Nugent in 2012. Most recently he took a lead role in Elk and Saintly, choreographed by Leonie McDonagh, and nominated for best ensemble at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015.

 

Rónán Mac Raois | Production Manager

RÓNÁN MacRAOIS is a freelance theatre facilitator, manager and designer/technician. He has over ten years experience delivering theatre projects, course programmes, lighting design, production and venue management. He has worked for Axis Arts Centre, Barnstorm Theatre Company, Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent, Abhainn Ri Festival Callan, Kilkenny V.E.C, Asylum Productions, PlayActing Theatre Co. and Croí Glan Integrated Dance among others .’

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