Step Up dance project 2020 is curated by Marguerite Donlon, International choreographer. She is the Artistic Ballet director and resident choreographer of Ballet Hagen at Theater Hagen. She is also the founder and director of Donlon Dance Collective, A project company based in Berlin. More info on Marguerite's work here.
This year the programme will run from Monday 10 August - Friday 4 September in Limerick and in West Cork.
Due to our unusual circumstances in light of Covid-19, and people's availability, the content of the advertised programme has moved around and while we were disappointed that Oona Doherty could no longer be part of the programme (due to personal circumstances), we are delighted to welcome on board Luke Murphy, Aoife McAtamney, Ursula Robb, Laura Macken, Rivca Rubin and Marguerite, in a dynamic and exciting programme.
Luke Murphy - New Creation
Luke Murphy (Ireland). Luke will work with participants over 10 days to develop choreography for the camera with the participants and film maker Lucy Dawson. The aim is to develop a short dance film, rather than to develop a touring live performance. In the final week (beginning 31 August), Luke and the participants will move to West Cork to shoot on location. Luke is an Irish choreographer who has performed with many international companies and who creates his own brand of dance and multi media theatre. You can see Luke's background and work on his website at Attic Projects. More info on Luke's work here.
Ursula Robb - Training
Ursula Robb, Rosas Repertoire and Methodologies (Australia, Ireland). Ursula Robb has had an extensive dance career spanning over twenty years, working with internationally acclaimed companies such as ROSAS, Brussels (A.T De Keersmaeker), ULTIMA VEZ, Brussels (Wim Vandekeybus), cie.ZOO, Brussels (Thomas Hauert), among others. Ursula has taught at dance schools and institutions worldwide including P.A.R.T.S (Brussels), The New Zealand School of Dance (Wellington, NZ) and at the Danish National School of Performing Arts (Copenhagen).
Aoife McAtamney - Voice & Movement Workshop
Aoife (Ireland) is a contemporary dancer and musician. Her workshop aims to investigate the use of voice from the perspective of contemporary dance. Combining voice and movement and participants will investigate how we embody dance and voice together and bringing physicality to the voice, rather than treating them as separate entities.
Rivca Rubin - Coaching
Rivca (England) encourages artists to ascertain their vision, locate the essence and refine their practice, grow purpose, align practice to values, and create working cultures people engage with, flourish and enjoy working in. Rivca's UPWording and Coaching Sessions are open to all artists, see HERE for more info.
Laura Macken - Rehearsal Director & Teacher
Laura Macken (Ireland) trained at The Irish National College of Dance and joined Dublin City Ballet 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 Quatre, and Gisele as well as many contemporary and jazz works such as Transfigured Night by Anna Sokolow and works by Arlene Phillips. Whilst dancing with Dublin City Ballet Laura also featured in Dublin Grand Opera Society’s productions of Aida, Macbeth, and Turandot. She is the founder and director of Laura Macken Dance, more at www.lauramackendance.com.
Emily Terndrup (New York), is a performer, choreographer, who has collaborated with choreographers such as Maxine Doyle, David Dorfman and Gregory Dolbashian and Luke Murphy. She has been a company member of Gallim Dance and Punchdrunk and currently leads the creative team at The McKittrick Hotel, designing, directing and choreographing events. More info about Emily's work here.
Luke Murphy - as above