WOW …10 years!

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When I set up Croí Glan ten years ago, it would have been hard for me to imagine where Croí Glan would be today, or all the myriad of projects and experiences that have happened in the last ten years.

Its been interesting over the last ten years to watch how attitudes toward disability have shifted, and also how attitudes to integrated dance within the contemporary dance community in Ireland have shifted as well. Dancers with disabilities are becoming more visible now in Ireland. Mary Nugent is making her own solo work, and she just did a Dance Ireland research project. Mike Daley got an Arts Council bursary last year. And Linda Fearon who is working with us on our 10th anniversary show is about to do a project at Dance Limerick. Three professional dancers with disabilities from Croí Glan who are out there doing their own work.

Our attitude at Croí Glan has always been that working with diverse bodies is about pushing the edge of contemporary dance as an art form and seeing where else it can go. As a professional integrated contemporary dance company we are always challenging the assumption that we are a community group that’s making amateur work, where the focus is on ‘helping’ people with disabilities.

It’s been very important to us to work with really good choreographers, and our focus has been about making good art that people want to see, and that feels relevant to people. Work that touches and inspires people. I hope that we’ve stretched people’s perceptions of who can dance and what dance looks like, and of what dancing bodies look like. And perhaps inspired other contemporary dancers to feel more comfortable and more accepting of their own bodies and their own dance.

One of the aims of Croí Glan has been to work internationally as much as we can, and to have that international caliber of work. We’ve worked with choreographers from Ireland (David Bolger, Liz Roche, Fearghus O’Conchuir, Leonie McDonagh) as well as the UK (Adam Benjamin, Caroline Bowditch), France (Genevieve Mazin), and the US (Eric Kupers, Jess Curtis, Scott Wells, Kim Epiphano). We have a growing reputation as an integrated company internationally, and we’ve performed at integrated arts festivals in Switzerland, Finland, Miami, Minneapolis, and Glasgow. We performed at the SouthBank Centre in London as part of the Unlimited Festival in 2012, and last year we performed at the San Francisco International Arts Festival.

Its been exciting this year to work with David Bolger and Jess Curtis a second time. Jess Curtis made our first commissioned piece Asymmetrical Tendencies, which had 6 sold out performances in San Francisco, and David Bolger made On the Wall which we have performed in cities and festivals throughout Europe and the USA. As we’ve rehearsed these new pieces this year I’ve reflected on how much we’ve evolved as a company since then, but also how Croí Glan’s work is always about revealing what lies beneath, our authentic stories, who were really are, both as individuals, and on a universal scale, who we are as humans.

These new pieces Remote and Fancy Dress continue to celebrate our shared humanity, with a level of subtlety and depth. Both pieces ask complex questions. I hope the audience will leave feeling emotionally and intellectually challenged to ask “Who are we and what is our embodied experience of being human?”

Artistic Director, Tara Brandel.

June 2016

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10th anniversary tour …only days to go!

Some members of Croi Glan rehearsing in Dublin on the 22nd February 2016.
Photography by: Emma Jervis

Final rehearsals are under way and the dancers at Croí Glan are busy working to finalise their two new works created with choreographers David Bolger and Jess Curtis.

Take a glimpse the rehearsals that have taken place at Dance House, Firkin Crane and West Cork Arts Centre here

Choose from three venues…
Firkin Crane, Cork Mid Summer Festival on Friday 17 June, 7pm book
West Cork Arts Centre, Saturday 18 June, 8pm t.02822090
The Project Arts Centre, Thursday 23 & Friday 24 June, 8pm book

A unique post show discussion will take place at Firkin Crane led by Mary Nugent reflecting of ten years at Croí Glan.

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FANCY DRESS/REMOTE premières 17 June at Firkin Crane for Cork Midsummer Festival

Some members of Croi Glan rehearsing in Dublin on the 22nd February 2016.
Photography by: Emma Jervis

See it first and get you tickets now before sell out!!! Premièring with their long-term partners Firkin Crane to mark their 10th anniversary, Croí Glan have invited back their two favourite, most performed choreographers David Bolger(On the Wall 2009) + Jess Curtis(Asymmetrical Tendencies 2007) to create a dazzling new double bill for Cork Midsummer festival on 17 June and Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre on 18 June.

Fancy Dress By David Bolger.

What is a fancy dress? Is it something we wear at parties? Something we adorn to disguise our true selves. A walking stick becomes a magic wand. It makes us dance. Dance as if no one is watching. In this short and snappy trio invite you for some funky moves, a kicking soundtrack and a few fancy dress tips. Fancy Dress is presented by choreographer David Bolger who is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the acclaimed CoisCéim Dance Theatre.

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.

join in https://www.facebook.com/remotedance/

Croí Glan gratefully acknowledge the support of The Arts Council and Cork City Council

 TOUR DATES

Firkin Crane, Cork MidSummer Festival on Friday 17 June, 7pm bookings
West Cork Arts Centre, Saturday 18 June, 8pm t.02822090
The Project Arts Centre, Thursday 23 & Friday 24 June bookings

justine fosterFANCY DRESS/REMOTE premières 17 June at Firkin Crane for Cork Midsummer Festival

SHARING THIS EVENING AT UILLINN, 6pm

Tara Brandel & 
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

If you have been following the choreographer and dancers on facebook https://www.facebook.com/remotedance/ then you will know that tonight Jess Curtis, Tara Brandel and Linda Fearnon are inviting audiences to a preview the ‘almost’ complete REMOTE this evening at 6pm. Discussion will follow inviting feedback from audiences.

contact West Cork Arts Centre on 028 22090, no booking required

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Residency at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre with Jess Curtis

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On Tuesday 26 April Croí Glan will begin a three week residency at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen, working with one of their favorite and most performed choreographers, Jess Curtis (Asymmetric Tenancies, 2007).

Jess has been working remotely since February this year, through digital and social media technology with Croí Glan dancers, Tara Brandel and Linda Fearnon. Influenced by his familiar post-modern choreographic style influenced by a Berlin/San Francisco aesthetic and Croí Glans intrinsic collaborative process, they are making a duet that investigates the ups and downs of our bodies within our evolving digital culture and questions the use of digital and social media to enhance our democratic mobility or enforce immobilisation.

Sharing of work in progress will be held at Uillinn on Friday 13 May, 6pm.

Contact 028 22090.

 

 

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Sharing at DanceHouse, 26th Feb

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To mark our tenth anniversary, Croí Glan have invited back one of our favourite choreographers, David Bolger to create a new work with trio Tara Brandel, Jack Web, Mike Daley and Maree Kearns as costume designer, Rónán Mac Raois as lighting designer. This trio of dancers set out to question almost everything about our identities, creating a physical graffiti of stories, some funky moves, a kicking soundtrack and a few fancy dress tips.

The company will be in residence at Dance Ireland’s DanceHouse for ten days in Mon 8 to 26 February 2016 to develop this new work and hold sharing of the work on Friday 26 February, 1pm at DanceHouse, Foley Street, Dublin 1 as part of Dance Ireland’s New Movement programme.

http://www.danceireland.ie/events/dance-ireland-residency-croi-glan

Supported by Arts Council, Project Award and Dance Ireland residency programme.

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Creative Connections: Arts and Disability Conversation and Showcase

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Croí Glan’s Mary Nugent will be speaking at a gathering of the most innovative and thought-provoking artists, thinkers and advocates in arts and disability.

Hosted in Galway 26/27 Janaury, by Arts and Disability Ireland, Creative Connections will offer an unprecedented opportunity to explore issues and share ideas around arts and disability.

Leading thinkers in the arts sector from across Ireland and the globe will explore arts practice, professional development, support, programming, access to the arts, leadership, advocacy and policy.

http://www.adiarts.ie/news/creative-connections-arts-and-disability-conversation-and-showcase

 

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It’s our 10th anniversary!!!!

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To mark Croí Glan’s 10th anniversary, we have invited back two of our favourite and most performed choreographers David Bolger(On the Wall 2009) + Jess Curtis(Asymmetrical Tendencies 2007) to create a dazzling new double bill which will tour nationwide in 2016.

To realise the work the Company have recieved a Project Award from the Arts Council and residencies with Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, DanceHouse at Dance Ireland and with long-term partners Firkin Crane.

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CG Director Awarded a second year residency by the Arts Council

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Tara Brandel is Uillinn Dancer in Residence for a second year

The Arts Council have awarded West Cork Arts Centre its second dance residency at Uillinn in Skibbereen with Croí Glan Artistic Director, Tara Brandel.
This new residency will build on the visually strong aesthetic of her Lime Green Improvs developed in her first year to make contemporary dance more visible in her home county. Along with leading a rich programme of participatory programmes Tara’s will embark on research with mentorship from Berlin/San Francisco based choreographer Jess Curtis to continue her investigations into identity and subculture in Ireland.

Tara will share a work in progress; CAPPAGHGLASS incorporating dance, spoken word, video and live vocals on Saturday 28 November, 8pm at Uillinn. BOOKING through reception 028 22090

Follow news on this exciting new development for contemporary dance in County Cork. https://www.facebook.com/uillinnwestcorkartscentre.tarabrandel

justine fosterCG Director Awarded a second year residency by the Arts Council

Croí Glan Dancers receive Dance Ireland Mentor Residency Awards

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Croí Glan company dancers Mary Nugent and Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín have been awarded mentored residency supports by Dance Ireland.
Mary Nugent (integrated dance) will work with mentor Fearghus Ó Conchúir in collaboration with Dawn Mulloy on the development of a solo for herself.
Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín (contemporary) will work with mentor Maria F. Scaroni in collaboration with Isabella Oberlander on the internal/external influences that shape through improvisation and tasks the development of material.

In addition to financial support, each artist has also been awarded an accompanying studio residency at DanceHouse. Congratulations to all!

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