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
Tara 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”
Mary Nugent | Dancer
Mary 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 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
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
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
Ails from Cork, with a love for bocca (pronounced bocha…Italian street bowling), drama, swimming, all influencing practice. He began his dance career in 2007 attending Croí Glan community classes and progressed to assist in the same community workshops. He first performed with Croí Glan in Fall choreographed by Tara Brandel at Cork Midsummer festival, shortly followed by Path Past Groove with Eric Cooper 2011. William developed his practice through an Enquirey research project lead by Mary Nugent in 2012. Most recently took a lead role in Elk and Saintly, choreographed by Leonie McDonagh from Ponydance and nominated for best ensemble at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015.
Linda Fearon | Dancer
Elizabeth Linda Fearnon is a Dancer with Luminous Soul dance project since 2009, 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 and currently vice-chairperson for The Arts and Disability Forum, Belfast.
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 .’