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Laura Macken Dance Presents
Dates: 15 Nov - 16 Nov
Show Time: 6pm (Duration: Approx. 45 mins)
In conjunction with Irish Modern Dance Theatre’s Divine Madness, Laura Macken presents a double bill of two brand new dance works; Connections and Lift.
Connections examines the theme of connection to self and others, connecting back to ballet’s historical roots in early court dance.
Lift embodies the daily cyclical rhythms that trap us from being fully ourselves, and looks at how we break free.
Laura Macken Dance’s performances are supported by Irish Modern Dance Theatre and the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
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Laura Macken channels her experience, focus and energy into choreography that is firmly rooted in the classical style, whilst taking influence from the many other styles she has encountered in her career. Developing this art form in Ireland is her goal, and thanks to Arts Council funding she has begun developing neoclassical work of her own in 2018 and 2019. Having trained at The National College of Dance, Laura joined Dublin City Ballet as a student member at the age of 15. Dancing with the company for several years she danced both corps de ballet and solo roles in ballets such as Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatres and Gisele as well as contemporary and jazz works such as Transfigured Night by Anna Sokolow and works by Arlene Phillips. With the company Laura also performed in productions of Aida, Macbeth and Turandot with The Dublin Grand Opera Society. Following the closure of the company, Laura worked as a freelance dancer and was a founder member of Irish Modern Dance Theatre featuring in many of their productions. She has worked with Dance theatre of Ireland, Coiscéim Dance Theatre (touring Ireland and the UK), Co-Motion Theatre, and other theatre productions at the Gaiety, Olympia and Tivoli theatres. Laura worked at the Abbey Theatre on The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, (also touring to the Barbican Centre in London and the Melbourne Theatre festival) and in The Dead (2012).
Since returning from Ireland after 7 years in the USA working as a dancer, Laura has been a regular teacher for Dance Ireland’s professional programme. She has taught company classes for both John Scott Dance, and Coiscéim Dance, and has been a teacher on Step Up Dance Project in 2013 and 2018. Laura was assistant choreographer, alongside David Bolger, at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for RTE’s Centenary. Laura performed in Laochra for the GAA at Croke Park the same year. She also choreographed for Pan Pan Theatre’s production of The Seagull and Other Birds.
In January 2017, Laura graduated from the University of Limerick with an MA in Dance, receiving first class honours on her thesis, “Examining the Versatile Dancer.” Laura’s findings demonstrated that dancers seeking to work in various styles of dance, can all truly benefit from ballet training.
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