Following a critically-acclaimed premiere at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and a sell-out performance at Ballina Arts Centre, Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company comes home to Cork to present its latest work In Place at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre on Saturday 30th October, with a version of the choreography that has been tailored specifically for the architect designed venue, located in Skibbereen.
This latest production by Croí Glan, whose work highlights the value of diverse bodies and who work with dancers both with and without disabilities, offers a feast for the senses, and has been choreographed by Croí Glan ‘s Co-Artistic Director Tara Brandel to interplay with each of the individual art spaces where it is being performed.
Comprising a solo and a duet, the work plays with the relationship between the fragility and durability of the soft human form, and the surfaces and spaces of architecture. Ray Harman has composed the music, and costumes are by Angharad Matthews whose previous collaborators have included NoFit State Circus.
In Place One performed by Tara is a solo inspired by the works of De Chirico with images of forlornness and emptiness that paradoxically also convey a feeling of power and freedom. As someone with dyslexia, Tara experiences her neurodiversity through a heightened sense of spatial awareness. In Place One draws upon and embodies this distinct experience and reflects on feelings of isolation and our place in the world.
In Place Two is an intimate duet for Croí Glan Co-Artistic Director and disabled dancer, Linda Fearon, and male dancer Leighton Morrison, exploring longing and connection within the limitations of place. This duet offers a complementary insight and experience to In Place One, reflecting on our relationship with others and revealing how our environment shapes our trust, attachments and closeness through touch, balance and exquisite movement.
This performance of In Place is the closing event of the venue’s annual dance season.
Funded by an Arts Council of Ireland Arts Grant Award and Cork County Council and created with support from IMMA and Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre.Croí Glan is Ireland’s leading integrated dance company and was co-founded in 2006 by Rhona Coughlan and Tara Brandel. The company is based in Cork and produces innovative, engaging, high calibre productions and delivers associated participatory activities with both disabled/non-disabled dancers to highlight the value of diverse bodies in creating performance. Croí Glan was nominated Best Performance Ensemble Dublin Fringe 2012 and 2016. The company has toured throughout Ireland, and internationally including to the UK, Egypt and the USA. Linda Fearon joined the company as Co-Artistic Director, working alongside Tara, in 2019.
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