Double Bill – ‘Visible and Invisible’ and ‘Too’ – Premieres 18 October

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Work on our new Double Bill is now well underway and we’re very excited about the upcoming premiere at Firkin Crane Cork on 18 October..

The Double Bill is a programme of two brand new, contrasting duets that celebrate diverse dancing bodies. ‘Visible and Invisible’ – choreographed by John Scott for our Co-Artistic Director, Linda Fearon and guest performer Rebecca Reilly, is accompanied by a new music commission from composer Tom Lane, based on Latin plainchant. Rooted in the complementary physicalities and rapport of the two dancers, their impetus to move and then rest and then move again as they assist and support each other, ‘Visible and Invisible’ is a physical and aural narrative of travel, migration and change.

The second work in the programme – ‘Too’ – is choreographed by Croi Glan Co-Artistic Director Tara Brandel, for herself and Linda and asks ‘How are we treated as female dancers? What are our experiences? How is difference navigated? What does it mean to be seen? And who are we dancing for? Drawing on the personal experiences of the two women and the reflections of a wider group of female dancers, this brave new duet delves into the deep and complex territory of gender experience.

Lighting for both works is by Sarah Jane Shiels.

The programme has been created over a series of residencies in Dublin at Dance Ireland and in West Cork at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre and An Sanctoir.

Tour dates are as follows: 

18 October 2019 – 8pm, Premiere at Firkin Crane, Cork. Ticket Prices: €14 Full, Concession €12, Early Bird €10, Book Online | Box Office 021 507487. Online and phone bookings subject to per ticket fee. €1 Firkin Crane restoration levy included in ticket price

25 & 26 October 2019, 7.30pm Project Arts Centre, East Essex Street, Dublin 1. Ticket Prices: €14-€16. Book Online: | Box Office 01 8819613

30 October 2019, 8pm, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre,  Skibbereen. Ticket Prices: €10/€8 cushions. Booking: |  028 22090

7 November 2019, 8pm, Dance Limerick Performance Space, St Johns Church, Johns Square, Limerick. Tickets: €14/€12, 10% online booking discount. Book on-line: | Box-office: 061 400994

9 November 2019, 8pm, Ballina Arts Centre, Barret Street, Ballina. Box Office:  096 73593 |

The programme is created with funding from a Dance Project grant from Arts Council and with the added support of our partners Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane and Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre..


croiglanDouble Bill – ‘Visible and Invisible’ and ‘Too’ – Premieres 18 October

New Team Members

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We’re thrilled that Linda Fearon is now part of the core team alongside our founding Artistic Director Tara, to lead the company into its next chapter. Linda, a dancer with a disability from Belfast, who trained with Luminous Soul has since worked with seminal artists in integrated and disability dance development including, Marc Brew, Caroline Bowditch, Claire Cunningham, Candoco Dance and Blue Eyed Soul. Linda first danced with Croi Glan in 2015; in her new role as Co-Artistic Director of the company she will continue dancing and couple that with her insight and experience as a disabled dancer to evolve the vision for the company so that it continues to raise the bar and highlight the value of diverse bodies in creating dance performance.

Also joining the company is Producer Gwen Van Spijk. Recently relocated from the UK to West Cork. Gwen brings extensive dance management and producing experience to the table  having worked with key independent UK artists such as Rosemary Butcher, Nigel Charnock, Carol Brown and New Art Club, and with companies and organisations such as Dance United, Sadler’s Wells and Blue Eyed Soul.

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WILD: West Cork Contemporary Dance Festival Aug 11-18

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WILD: West Cork Contemporary Dance Festival 2018
Saturday, August 11 – Saturday, August 18

A week of dance, technique, Croí Glan LAB research, improvisation, contact improv, performance and community events at An Sanctoir, a 30-acre nature reserve with a beautiful hexagonal dance studio in West Cork, Ireland. Offering a high level of creativity, physical challenge, immersivity and interactivity. Experiencing the expansion of the surrounding environment, bodies in wild natural surroundings, drawing from collective of dance artists who stretch the limits of embodied research, from the local to the global, bringing together aesthetics from San Francisco to Berlin, Ireland, West Cork and beyond…..

Come dance surrounded by nature, the Atlantic ocean, Roaring Water Bay and its Islands, and the nearby unique mix of local and international cultural and artistic inclinations in the renowned village of Ballydehob along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Wild environment
Wild dancing
Wild creativity
Wild perspectives
Wild embodiment
Wild coexistence

Featuring –
Tara Brandel [Ballydehob] + Linda Fearon [Armagh] Kathleen Hermesdorf [San Francisco] Luke Murphy [Sheeps Head] Ruairí Donovan [Cape Clear] Mairead Vaughan [Ballydehob] Cathy Walsh [Cork] Nicholas Nwosu [Waterford]

Produced by ALTERNATIVA + Croí Glan


WILD West Cork Contemporary Dance Festival includes –

5 Workshops:
Saturday OPEN Community workshops (3 hours each)
– August 11, 3-6pm > Ruairí Ó’Donnabháin: Deep Listening
– August 18, 10am-1pm > Nicholas Nwosu: Creative Street Dance
Sunday workshop (6 hours)
– August 12 > Luke Murphy: Physical Storytelling
Monday-Friday > 2 workshops per day (3 hours each)
– August 13-17, 3-6pm > Tara Brandel: Improv + Contact Improv
– August 13-17, 10am-1pm > Kathleen Hermesdorf: Release Technique + Improv

2 Performances:
August 11, 8pm – Tara Brandel | Luke Murphy | Ruairí Ó’Donnabháin
August 17, 8pm – Kathleen Hermesdorf | Nicholas Nwosu | Mairead Vaughanl | Cathy Walsh

Weekday evenings:
Monday 13th 8pm Comfy Concert / Lea Miklody (Looped cello)
Tuesday 14th 8-10pm Contact Jam
Wednesday 15th 8pm Participants showing
Thursday 16th 2.30-5.30 + 7-9pm Croí Glan Lab (Integrated Dance research with Linda Fearon and Tara Brandel)


Tara Brandel: LAND DANCE:
Contact Improv and Improv. With release, floor work, inversions, alignment and momentum. Using Contact skills and principles and improv scores to dance in the studio and outside in the surrounding nature reserve.

Integrated Dance research, improv and play. Working with people with and without disabilities we will celebrate our equality and shared humanity through the immediate and visceral experience of Integrated Dance.

Kathleen Hermesdorf: WILD/WISE
A workshop investigating corporeality from internal impulse to external expression through explorations into embodied intelligence, human nature, physical states and acts of motion. Deepening awareness and understanding of the body by working with energy, touch, somatic improvisation, group scores, technical modalities and three-dimensional choreography.

Starting with participants’ own movement, Nicholas will help participants to expand and develop their own inner street dance, dancing from a place of joy and openness to create professional-looking and innovative moves.

Exploring various techniques in physical storytelling, expressing intent and moving seamlessly from natural to abstract forms. All movers with experience in dance, theatre, circus, mime or visual art are encouraged. The workshop will begin with a set of exercises to slowly access each individual to move freely within their full range of motion and find a sensory relationship between intent and texture of movement. Through a series of skill building tasks, the workshop will examine the visceral communicative power of the body and build a tool kit for improvisational devising of scenarios and dialogues. Incorporating aspects of contemporary partnering, performance skills, contemporary dance and physical theatre, this workshop is open to those with an interest in movement and a good sense of curiosity.

Ruairí Donovan: ÉISTEACHT
Inspired by the work of the late Pauline Oliveros we will investigate ‘deep listening’ and site responsivity as embodied practice. Opening scores from the performance installation ‘archipelagic thinking’ we will expand our understandings of the subtle differences between listening and hearing, translation, mistranslation and (with)nessing as aesthetic practices of care. “What if the settlers just came to listen?”.

€350 -Full festival (includes camping w/kitchen + bathroom/shower)
€150 – Kathleen Hermesdorf or Tara Brandel Workshops
(includes camping w/kitchen + bathroom/shower)
€90-weekend (August 11th-12th)
(includes camping w/kitchen + bathroom/shower)
€60/day ( Luke Murphy Workshop / Croí Glan Lab / etc)
€20/€15 – Saturday OPEN Community Workshops (August 11th + 18th)

€15/€10 – Performances (August 11th + 17th)
€5 Contact Improvisation – OPEN community class + jam
€5-10 Lea Miklody’s Comfy Concert


Additional accommodation:


Register :


An Sanctoir is a wheelchair accessible space.

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Croí Glan performs Tara Brandel’s Square One in Cairo


Square One which was commissioned by D-CAF Downtown Contemporaary Arts Festival in Cairo, Egypt in 2017 will be in this year’s D-CAF 2018 Festival.

The Integrated trio Square One  which was choreographed by Tara Brandel using 3 local Egyptian dancers Nermin Habib, Marihan Samy and  Menatallah Mohamed Azmy, with assistant choreographer Hend El Balouty and music composed by cellist Lea Miklody, will be performed at the Greek Campus in Cairo, and also at the Goethe Institute Cairo as part of Urban Visions. It will also be highlighted as part of the IETM international network for contemporary performing arts (presented by Arab Arts Focus).

Based on conceptual artist Richard Tuttle’s idea that ‘square one is when you get to the point were life and art become one’, and poet Mary Oliver’s idea of the ‘soft animal self’, this site specific performance explores our every day experience of dance, movement and the embodied joy of our soft animal selves.

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Research ‘LAB’ days in Cork this Autumn

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Croí Glan’s Patricia O’Sullivan (core facilitator of West Cork Inclusive Dance, and new co-director of Croí Glan) will lead a series of research days in Cork City, ‘labbing’ various creative ideas.

These free research labs are open to experienced dancers with and without disabilities.

For details please email

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Integrated Master Class at UC Davis

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Croí Glan will lead an Integrated Dance Master Class at University of California Davis, on  November 7th 10am-12, in the Della Davidson Studio.

Lead by Linda Fearon and Tara Brandel, the Master Class will draw on contact improvisation and other integrated dance practices, exploring themes from Remote (such as digital media and social connection).


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Croí Glan performs in San Francisco


Jess Curtis’s REMOTE in Intercontinental Collaborations #7,November 2-5, 8pm

Croí Glan will be performing Jess Curtis’s Remote at the Joe Goode Annex in San Fransisco, November 2-5, 8pm, as part of Jess Curtis/Gravity’s Intercontinental Collaborations #7.

Remote is a duet performed by Linda Fearon and Tara Brandel, originally commisioned for Croí Glan’s 10th Anniversary show in 2016, and it looks at the highs and lows of digital media.

Details here:
Having performed at the San Francisco International Arts Festival in 2015, and in Jess Curtis/Gravity’s Intercontinental Collaborations #4 in 2008, Croí Glan is delighted to be returning to San Francisco for the third time!
Supported by Culture Ireland.

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Linda Fearon presents at ‘Drawing from the Well’ Arts & Disability event

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Remote by Jess Curtis

Mobilised or frozen… alone at home in front of our screens do we transcend or are we trapped in our bodies?

Using a remote process with electronic media and social networking, Jess Curtis applies his familiar post-modern choreographic style influenced by a Berlin/San Francisco aesthetic to create this duet that investigates the ups and downs of our bodies within our evolving digital culture. Does digital and social media enhance our democratic mobility or enforce immobilisation.
Photography by: Emma Jervis

Linda Fearon from Croí Glan will give a presentation at Drawing from the Well , an Arts & Disability event held in the Butter market, Waterpark House, Ennis, Co Clare on Friday the 13th October, from 10.30 am – 11.30 am.

Her presentation will focus on her experience of working with Croi Glan Dance Company & her contemporary dance practice.

The aim of Drawing from the Well is to inspire the Co. Clare panel of art facilitators who work on the Embrace Scheme and to introduce them both to new practices, insights and ways of approaching projects and choreography, and to generate thinking around how work is presented and disseminated within the public realm.

Linda’s presentation will draw on her experience of these practices  within Croí Glan, and  her experience as an independant dance artist with a disability.

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Gawky and Awkward at Cork Midsummer Festival

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June 17th, 8pm , Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork

GAWKY AND AWKWARD was made for Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company in 2013, during a Residency in Alice Springs, Australia. Its ia short solo that looks at one woman’s experince of having dyslexia, and how it has affected her as a professional dancer. Directed by dance artist with a disability Caroline Bowditch, and with original composition by composer with a disability Charlotte White, Gawky and Awkward is a very personal story of courage and vulnerability.
Last seen at the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Croí Glan is delighted to be bringing this piece to the Cork Midsummer Festival.

Whether you see dyslexia as a disability or not, it affects your daily life, and you have to get to a place of excepting it for its foibles, what it gives you, and what it takes away – the way it interrupts your life… in that way it is so like love.’ (Caroline Bowditch, Director of Gawky and Awkward)

Audience reaction to Gawky and Awkward at San Francisco International Arts Festival:
“viscerally beautiful and moving”

Tix €12/10 021450 7487  firkin


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