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Hundreds of people gathered in Ballydehob on a sunny Saturday evening in May for the premiere of “Bridge”, a performance by West Cork Inclusive Dance. WCID is a ground-breaking dance group, initiated and facilitated by Croi Glan supported by a partnership between West Cork Arts Centre, Co-Action West Cork and COPE Foundation.

This ambitious project supported by CREATE’s Artist in Community scheme, resulted in an awe inspiring performance by Croi Glan aerial dancers, suspended from silks, and 25 performers of all abilities in this site specific piece at the historic Twelve Arch Bridge in Ballydehob, County Cork, Ireland. It was not only a visual spectacle but also an incredible display of integration and inclusion in action.

‘Possibly the most enthusiastic standing ovation I have ever been a part of. It was loud, it went on and on and then on some more. Some us were in tears, all of us were smiling and turning to each other and searching for superlatives to describe what we had just witnessed.……something had stirred us all in that way that makes you want to hang on to the feeling as long as possible’

Finola Finlay, Roaringwater Journal

Directed by Tara Brandel. Assistant Choreographer Mary Nugent. Music composed and performed by Siobhan Heapes, Marcus Magdalena, Fred Sherriff, Miranda McCarthy Fisher and Lea Miklody.


Other funding support came from Cork County Council, Cork Education and Training Board and the local community.

Stop and Stare


Two strangers in wheelchairs are left sitting on a street. Left to their own devices they start to connect and play….and soon they’re dancing their hearts out.

Performed by Mary Nugent and Mike Daley. Choreographed by Tara Brandel and the dancers.
A performance that brings dance and disability out on the streets…coming to a street near you soon.

Do Look Now

Young people from the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Tallaghtfornia Foroige Club supported by Tallaght Youth Service who both share meeting space in St. Kevin’s Family Resource Centre have joined together to participate in an arts project. The two groups came together with CROI GLAN to create an incredible dance performance in July 2009. The groups worked with CROI GLAN on Saturday, July 25th at Brookfield Youth and Community Centre to choreograph a dance piece that was performed at the Civic Theatre on Sunday, July 26th. The piece, “Do Look Now” brought the young people together in a participatory form of dance that encouraged trust and self-expression.


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