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ELK AND SAINTLY

in collaboration with ponydance

A cafe based, dance filled, slightly surreal show, where people are doing what they probably shouldn’t.

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Choreographer: Leonie McDonagh with the performers
Dancers:
Tara Brandel
William O’Donovan
Mary Nugent

Skibbereen Arts Festival, West Cork, July 2015
Tiger Dublin Fringe, Dublin, September 2015

Funded by The Arts Council
Supported by Firkin Crane and An Sanctor

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RHYTHM OF FIERCE

Rhythm is a dancer. It’s a soul’s companion. You can feel it everywhere.
Lift your hands and voices. Free your mind and join us. You can feel it in the air. It’s a passion’ Snap..

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Choreographer: Fearghus Ó Conchúir with the performers
Composition and Sound Design: Alma Kelliher
Design and Lighting: Ciaran O’Melia
Dancers:
Tara Brandel
Mike Daley
Siobhan Ni Dhuinnin
Mary Nugent

Firkin Crane, Cork, February 2015
The Cube, NUIG, Galway, February 2015
Ballina Arts Centre, February 2015
Uillinn:West Cork Arts Centre, February 2015
Dance Limerick, October 2015

Funded by The Arts Council
Supported by Firkin Crane

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AN OUTSIDE UNDERSTANDING

Delving into the personal, this duet reveals what defines us, what our dreams are and what is shared between us – a glimpse into our very souls.

Nominated for two ABSOLUT Fringe Awards: Best Staging and Best Female Performance
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Choreographer Liz Roche
Dancers:
Mary Nugent
Dawn Mulloy

ABSOLUT Fringe, Dublin, Sept 2012
Cork County Library, Cork Culture Night, Sept 2012
Ballina Arts Centre, March 2013
Regional Culural Centre, Letterkenny, March 2013
Mall Arts Centre, Youghal April 2013
Dublin Dance Festival, Peacock Theatre May 2013

Funded by The Arts Council, Cork County Council

An Outside Understanding



Gawky and Awkward

A solo that explores one dancers struggle with dyslexia

‘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)

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Choreographed and Performed by  Tara BrandelDirected by Caroline BowditchOriginal Composition Charlotte WhiteSound Sculpture Colm RooneyLighting Design Kevin Smith
Balina Arts Centre
(premiere) March 2013
Regional Culural Centre, Letterkenny, March 2013
Ballydehob Hall April 2013
Youghal Mall Arts Centre April 2013

West Cork Arts Centre
May 2013

Propeller Dance, Ottawa, Canada
October 2013

Skibbereen Arts Festival August 2014

San Francisco International Arts Festival May 2015

Funded by the Arts Council and Cork County Council and supported by the Firkin Crane and an Arts Access Central Australia residency

 

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THIS IS

This Is: This is in the making. This is where we find meaning. This is what it is. This is the story of how we came to be in this space together now . . . with you. This is here. This is what we make of it

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Choreographer Adam Benjamin

Dancers:
James O’Shea
Mary Nugent
Dawn Mulloy
Tom Pritchard
Tara Brandel

ABSOLUT Fringe, Dublin Sept 2010 (Dance in Progress)
Abhainn Ri Festival, Callan July 2011 (Dance in Progress)
Sant Andreu Teater, Barcelona, September 2011 (Premiere)
Mayo Culture Night, Ballina, September 2011
Dampfzentrale Arts Festival, Berne, Switzerland June 2013

KPD Anniversary Show, Miami, Florida   May 2015

Funders: The Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Mayo County Council and supported by the Firkin Crane

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PASS PATH GROOVE

From San Francisco based choreographer Eric Kupers (Dandelion Dancetheater)

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Directed by Eric Kupers in collaboration with Tara Brandel

Dancers:
Tara Brandel
Mary Nugent
Dawn Mulloy
Mike Daley
Members of COPE Foundation and Cork community

COPE  International Performing Arts Festival Cork City Hall

Funded by COPE Foundation, Arts and Disability Network, Cork City Council and The Arts Council.

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SPUTNIK

An intricate creation fired by a mix of gothic sensibility, carny irreverence and humour. The kinemat explores the possibilities of flesh and steel hard wired to the imagination. Part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Directed by Garry Robson and choreographed by Tara Brandel

Dancers:
Mike Daley
Tara Brandel

Unlimited Festival, Southbank, London September 2012
Venues across London September 2012
Funded by Fittings Multimedia Arts and the Cultural Olympiad

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IN MY BODY ARE THESE ISLANDS

Inspired by the writings of John Donohue on beauty and the environment and explores our internal landscape and how that is defined by the places we come from.

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Choreographer Tara Brandel

Dancers:
Tara Brandel
Dawn Mulloy
Mary Nugent
Mike Daley
And community members from performance locations

Draiocht, Dublin, 2012
The Courage Centre, Minneapolis, 2011
Mayo Culture Night, Ballina, 2011
Abhainn Ri Festival, Callan, 2011
Clonmel Junction Festival, 2011
Firkin Crane, Cork, 2011

Funders: The Arts Council, Arts and Disability Ireland, Culture Ireland

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FLING

Aerial dance solo

I invited Caroline to bring her unique perspective as a disabled dance artist to my work. We talked about how the aesthetic of a disabled choreographer may be different to a non-disabled choreographer’s, because their experience of their own physicality is different. Because her movement range is vastly different to mine she would ask me to do unusual things – not knowing if they were physically possible for my body. In this way she challenged me to go to new places with my dance.

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Director: Caroline Bowditch
Choreographer/Performer: Tara Brandel

Firkin Crane June 2010
Siamsa Tire April 2011
Ballydehob Hall April 2013
Funded by the Arts Council and supported by the Firkin Crane

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ON THE WALL

A humorous and poignant trio that looks at the feelings we have about our place in the world.

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Choreography: David Bolger

Dancers:
Tara Brandel
Dawn Mulloy
Mary Nugent

San Francisco International Arts Festival  May  2015

Threshold Integrated Arts Festival, Finland  August  2014
Skibbereen Arts Festival,  August 2014
Draoicht Arts Centre  April 2012
SAT Theatre, Barcelona September 2011
Open Arts Minneapolis,  September 2010
St Paul’s Performing Arts School, Minneapolis,  September 2010
GLACIER, Wisconsin, USA,  September 2010
Bantry Boys Club,  January 2010
Cork Midsummer Festival, June 2009
Civic Theatre, Tallaght, July 2009
Dublin Fringe Festival, September 2009

Funded by the Arts Council and supported by the Firkin Crane

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