Moderated by Seona MacReamonn, dance writer and journalist, the panel discusses what it means to be an Irish dancer.
The panelists, from vastly different backgrounds in Irish dance, share their personal perspectives. Panelists include Joanna Banks – who danced in the Irish National Ballet, Royal Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, and worked with John Scott and Emma Martin and Dead Centre, Tobi Balogun – a founding member of Human Collective Dance Company. With a background in Street Dance Tobi has won International competitions such as Hip Hop International, SOAR UK. He has worked with Cathy Coughlan, Maria Nilsson Waller, and John Scott, Gearóid Solan – trained at Royal Ballet, dances in Boston Ballet and has danced in Ballet Ireland and Ballet Zürich. Sibéal Davitt’s style of dance is influenced by contemporary, classical, and Irish traditional sean-nós dance, having trained in all styles from an early age. Her latest solo dance show Minseach (she-goat) part of the Dublin Fringe Festival 2021
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“Launched in 2019, Scott’s personal crusade to promote Irish choreographers on the global stage began as a labour of love to challenge limiting, confused, and often negative notions about Irish choreography and identity… the festival’s growth over the past three years has been staggering… Scott’s determination has this year’s festival shining a light on some of our finest choreographers, and dance film makers, positioned as part of a global practice and historic tradition, commanding form and space with the very best. [The Festival suggests] “that Irish choreography, like being Irish, like dance itself, and dance on film, is everything you thought it was and everything you thought it wasn’t. And lots in between you never thought possible or never thought of at all. Shaping identity, and dance, well into the future.” Chris O’Rourke, The Arts Review, July 2021
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