A new dance work that invites you inside the mind of a dancer and examines the powerful relationship that exists between music and dance.
Choreographer Fiona Quilligan has spent the past year talking to dancers about their lives and making casts of their feet. As the feet multiplied in number, the richness of their conversations echoed in her mind, and so Casts and Conversations was born.
The dancers, in dynamic rhythm and whirl, and let loose their bodies and fly in their imagination, performing amidst Quilligan’s unique collection of foot casts to a live musical score.
Fiona Quilligan MA in Dance Performance, University of Limerick, trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance. She performed with Dublin City Ballet and in 1986 she founded Rubato Ballet, winning the AIB Better Ireland Award and the Nijinsky medal from the Polish Artists Agency Warsaw. Most recently, she presented Paper Pylons at the historical site of Wood Quay in 2011, inspired by archival photographs of the hydro-electric project, the Shannon Scheme, followed by Pas de Chat, an autobiographical portrait which premiered at Project Arts Centre in 2013.
Director and Choreographer: Fiona Quilligan
Composers and Musicians: Donal MacErlaine (guitar), Rory Pierce (cello)
Dancers: Katia Pagni, Dagmara Jerzak, James Hosty, Lorcan O’Neill
Lighting: Sarah Jane Shiels
“The poetic Pas de Chat illustrates her strengths as a choreographer … with sharp musicality, a strong visual sense and a rich stock pile of literary references”
The Irish Times on Pas de Chat
Fiona Quilligan would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council and Dance Ireland.
There will be a post-show discussion following the performance on 7 November. Choreographer Fiona Quilligan will be in conversation with Dr Finola Cronin.