Léim Live

Léim participants ask you to Mind Your Step

Artists and architects join forces for a two-day event to explore connections between dance, city life and urban planning.

Symposium :: Saturday 07 March, 11am – 4pm :: DanceHouse, Foley Street

Hidden Performance Trail :: Sunday 08 March, 12.30 & 3pm :: Dublin Docklands

“There are invisible traces, left by the passage of people: traces that are determined by the way we live places, traces of how we live our body in space” Tiziana Bolfe, dancer and architect

Discover hidden performance gems in Dublin’s Docklands, take a fresh look at the city we live in and share your views on how arts and culture can shape its development. MIND YOUR STEP, a Dance Ireland project funded by Creative Europe and the Arts Council of Ireland, sets out to provoke curiosity, inspire rich conversations and, most importantly, to use dance performances and walkscapes to prompt an entirely fresh encounter with our cities.

MIND YOUR STEP has invited four of Ireland’s most exciting dance artists and companies – junk ensemble, Jessie Keenan, Fearghus Ó Conchúir and Catherine Young – to create four short dance performances to be tucked into secret locations in the Docklands on Sunday 08 March. Each performance reflects on aspects of the area’s shifting identities and stories and forms one ‘stop’ on a guided walk. The walk has been curated by Giulia Galvan to give audiences a different perspective on this rapidly changing part of Dublin.

On the preceding day, Saturday 07 March, choreographers, architects, urban and community activists and urban planners will come together for a symposium at DanceHouse, Foley Street. Expect lively conversations exploring the development of the Docklands area, the role choreographers and artists play in shaping our experience of city life, and innovative approaches to using and designing public space. The panel discussions will be facilitated by architect and urban designer Emma Curley, and panellists include: choreographers Ríonach Ní Néill and Bernadette Divilly; senior planner for Dublin City Council Deirdre Scully; architect Seán Harrington; events manager Samuel Bishop and veteran community activist Betty Ashe from St. Andrew’s Resource Centre on Pearse Street.

Tickets for MIND YOUR STEP are on sale from Monday 09 February at DanceHouse, Foley Street, Dublin 1 – www.danceireland.ie – 01 8558800.

Tickets: Symposium only: €5
Performance trail only: €18
Dance Ireland members discount:
€16 for performance trail ticket
Combined Symposium & Performance trail ticket: €20

MIND YOUR STEP is conceived and curated by Giulia Galvan and will be delivered in collaboration with Eleanor Creighton and Argyris Argyrou.  MIND YOUR STEP is a Dance Ireland project funded by Creative Europe and the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon under the umbrella of Léim, a dance leadership project.

07 MARCH, 11AM – 4PM

Panel # 1: Dublin’s Docklands – culture, community and city building.

The Docklands is poised for another phase of change. This conversation will explore how artists, members of the diverse local communities and city planners can find common ground. Can we draw on each other’s expertise and experience to consider the expansion of the city afresh? How can we work together to ensure that this historical area develops in a genuinely inclusive way?

Ríonach Ní Néill is currently Galway Dance Artist in Residence, for which she curates the annual Galway Dance Days festival & Corp_Real International Symposium. Her doctoral research was on the development of Dublin City Quays 1960-1994.

Betty Ashe is the External Liaison Co-ordinator at St. Andrew’s Resource Centre, Pearse Street She has been a proactive and vital community representative within the South Docks area for more than 40 years.

Deirdre Scully is a Senior Planner in Dublin City Council’s Docklands Office. She is focused on implementation of the new Special Development Zone Plan for North Lotts and Grand Canal Quay.

Panel #2: Making space for people in cities

Bernadette Divilly is a choreographer and Dance Movement Therapist. Her research includes Walking Wisdom Woodquay, a collaborative project with Galway City Architect’s Office, which explores relationships between people, city places and creativity.

Seán Harrington is an award winning architect and an expert in sustainable and energy-efficient design. His practice, Seán Harrington Architects, is renowned for its approach to designing public spaces, including the Rosie Hackett Bridge, Granby Park open air theatre and the Meeting House Square Rainscreen Umbrellas in Dublin.

Samuel Bishop trained as an architect but now mainly works on animating public space with creative & meaningful events. He works with Happenings, Street Feast, Another Love Story and was part of the Upstart team involved in the creation of Granby Park.

08 MARCH @ 12:30 & 3PM

The River Will Still Run to the Sea
Choreography: Catherine Young
Performers: Steve Blount, Kevin Coquelard, Conor Donelan, Ivonne Kalter & Anna Kazuba

The River Will Still Run to the Sea is a new collaborative work by choreographer Catherine Young & a number of her collaborators from the Next Stage 2014: Emily Aoibheann, Steve Blount, Philip Doherty, Tracy Martin, Aonghus Og McAnally & Eoin Winning. The piece looks at the changing nature of the different worlds ensconced in the Dublin Docklands framing the docklands in parallels, juxtaposing class divides, emerging worlds, and one unchanging & unchangeable part of the city – the river. The city supercedes the human; it precedes and succeeds a lifetime. It represents life and death as it mutates during our lifetime. In this unique moment we see a new and unfamiliar ‘interface’, that of digital wealth and the digital world’s physical/embodied territory in the actual world…

Choreography: Fearghus Ó Conchúir with the performers, Stéphane Hisler and Jarek Cemerek
Performers: Mikel Aristegui, Bernadette Iglich, Matthew Morris and Fearghus Ó Conchúir

Niche is a dance about finding your place.  Its cast, like Dubliners new and old, adapt to changed circumstances in a choreography that is as tough, quirky and unexpectedly beautiful as the city itself. Made in Dublin’s Docklands in the last days of a boom that transformed the urban landscape and changed the lives of people who had to find their way in it, Niche returns to its origins to show a spirit that survives.

Sometimes We Break
Choreography: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy
Performers: Justine Cooper, Carl Harrison, Jessica Kennedy, Tom Lane

Sometimes We Break is a dance and sound promenade piece that explores incompleteness and ‘parts to a whole’. Leading the audience on a designed journey of movement and sound, the piece focuses on things that stop working, things that are interrupted and missing parts.

Low _ lying
Choreography: Jessie Keenan, Robbie Blake & Ciara McKeon
Performers: Jessie Keenan, Robbie Blake, Ciara McKeon, Lucia Kickham, Marion Cronin, Shane Barriscale & Julie Shanley

The performance investigates the strata and topography of the Docklands area: the land’s physical shape and its ancestry. The piece quotes from and directly responds to these surroundings and their history. Alongside the three creators, Low _ lying ​is made in collaboration with and performed by vocalists from Tonnta Music, Julie Shanley and Shane Barriscale, and independent dance artists, Marion Cronin and Lucia Kickham.

For further information phone 01 855 8800 or email info@danceireland.ie.

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