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Image: Simon Alleyne. WITHOUT, an installation by Rosemary Lee.

Create & Dublin Dance Festival event
Moving Conversations Collaborative Dance in Focus

Create is delighted to be working once more working in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival to explore the ideas and inspiration behind work featured in the DDF 2014 programme, with a collaborative focus, as well as engaging in a fresh partnership with RUA RED.

Create is supporting Moving Conversations, plus the exhibition Dance With Camera and the showing of WITHOUT, a seven screen installation with sound in RUA RED will highlight the work of acclaimed artist and choreographer Rosemary Lee.

Lee has been choreographing, performing and directing for thirty years, and she has a commitment to working particularly in participatory settings. Her range of work includes films for broadcast television, interactive installations and commissioned works for dance companies in theatre settings.

Moving Conversations
Collaborative Dance in Focus

curated by Create
in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival & RUA RED

Date: 21 May
Time: 2.30-6
Venue: RUA RED, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

This afternoon event will include a viewing of WITHOUT, the seven screen installation by choreographer and artist Rosemary Lee, a keynote presentation by Rosemary on the development of this ambitious large scale work with Echo Echo Dance Theatre company, and a panel discussion on collaborative dance, participation and engagement.

Panel: Chaired by Dylan Tighe (theatre maker & musician) Rosemary Lee (artist and choreographer); Ríonach Ní Néill (choreographer); Steve Batts (choreographer and artistic director, Echo Echo Dance)

The very concept of collaborative or participatory dance subverts received ideas about authorship and what constitutes excellence. What does it demand of the professionally trained dancer to work collaboratively with communities or non-dancers? Can the professional and non-professional merge to produce a distinct alternative aesthetic? Does labelling a work ‘community dance’ immediately alter the way the work might be received? In what ways can collaboration offer an opportunity to make dance more visible and accessible, within communities unaccustomed to engaging with this particular artform? Can participatory dance encourage public dance access, and change minds about who gets to make dance and where?

The panel will explore and discuss these and other related questions from the point of view of the work they have created, the processes involved and their learnings from the collaborative experience.

There will also be an opportunity to hear about the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2014: Collaborative Dance which Create will manage in partnership with Dance Ireland.


Steve Batts is co-artistic director of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company. Batts is an internationally renowned dancer, director, choreographer and teacher. Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company is recognised as Northern Ireland's leading Dance Company. It was created by Ursula Laeubli and Steve Batts in Amsterdam in 1991 and after six years of project work in Europe it relocated to Derry, Northern Ireland where it has since become a key influence in the development of dance theatre in Ireland.

Rosemary Lee is an acclaimed film maker and choreographer.

Rosemary has been choreographing, performing and directing films for over twenty years. She has made beautiful and highly acclaimed large-scale works involving professional dancers and people from local communities within different city locations both in Ireland, the UK and abroad.

We are lucky as part of the DDF/RUA RED/ Create partnership to be showing WITHOUT, a unique and hauntingly beautiful video installation directed by Rosemary Lee, is the culmination of her year-long collaboration with Echo Echo Dance Theatre. Filmed in 2013 from Derry's City Walls, it features 400 local inhabitants - from tea-dancers to skateboarders and school children to cyclists - as they dance, move, glide and reclaim the city streets, regardless of real and imagined boundaries.

The seven-screen video projection, with specially commissioned sound score by Graeme Miller, captures both a spectacular panoramic view and an intimate portrait of the city.

Ríonach Ní Néill is a dancer and choreographer who for the last number of years has been exploring the theme of dance with different ages groups both children and older people through specific performance and work programmes. In 2010 Ríonach received the Artist in the Community Scheme Arts and Older People Bursary Award.

Palimpsest an intergenerational work she created for 27 -72 year olds, Macushla Dance Club, a club for over 50s residents in Dublin and Ar mo Sheanleim, an Irish language dance programme for over 50s in Connemara.

Ríonach Ní Néill often chooses to integrate professional and non-vocational artists in her work, she believes that ‘dance can be a form of civic dialogue, creating spaces for us to engage with one another and our surroundings, provoke reflection and allow us to imagine ourselves and others differently.’

Dylan Tighe graduated in Spanish and Italian (1st class Hons) from Trinity College Dublin. He works in Live Art, Theatre and Music. As an actor he has worked in radio, theatre, television, film, and appeared in productions with BBC, Channel 4, TG4, RTE and many independent theatre groups touring nationally and internationally. As Director, Dylan won the Irish Times Irish Theatre Award 2009 for Best Production (The Stomach Box’s No Worst There Is None).

Tighe also developed, in association with Catherine Joyce and the Blanchardstown Traveller Development Group, The Trailer of Bridget Dinnigan a version of 'The House of Bernarda Alba' by Federico García Lorca.

As part of Cork Midsummer 2013 he produced an ambitious project, RECORD which explored depression and the concept of “mental illness” with courage, imagination, subversive humour and radical honesty. His debut album from that production was launched in February 2014. RECORD album available from, iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers

Create is also partnering on WITHOUT, Fri 2 - Sat 31 May, RUA RED
Rosemary Lee / Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company
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Supported by Dublin Dance Festival, Create, RUA RED and DCC

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