Galway Dance Project’s May Programme of Events

Happy International Day of Dance everyone from all at Galway Dance Project! 

To celebrate, we are delighted to announce full details of Galway Dance Project’s packed programme of events for May 2013!

Beginning May 9th, we are delighted to be bringing Elena Giannotti back to Galway for the next in our series of contemporary dance classes at the Galway Rowing Club.  These classes will run for three weeks and will be delivered in two sets, one for advanced and professional level dancers and the other for beginner and intermediate dancers.

Elena will also be giving one of two workshops we are co-presenting May 16th and 18th as part of Galway Dance Days Festival.  This month we are co-presenting three excellent workshops, one in partnership with the Body Mind Institute.

Also to celebrate International Day of Dance, we are delighted to offer a special Dance Deal to events taking place in the Galway Dance Days and the Dublin Dance Festival.  Full details of all our events and offers are below and also on our Facebook page,

Galway Dance Project


Contemporary Dance Classes with Elena Giannotti

May 9th, 13th & 20th

The Galway Rowing Club, The Waterside, Woodquay, Galway 

Advanced/ Professional Level

11am – 12.30pm

Beginners/ Intermediate Level

2 – 4pm

Galway Dance Project is delighted to bring back Elena Giannotti to Galway for another series of wonderful contemporary dance classes.  The classes will take place at the Galway Rowing Club on the Waterside in Woodquay on May 9th, 13th and 20th.

Italian born Elena Giannotti lives and works in Ireland as an independent artist and is currently working on a new piece Cure with Fearghus O’Conchuir.   The piece will be premiered at the Dublin Dance Festival in May 2013.  (We are delighted to offer a special ticket rate – see below.)

From 1994 to 1996 she worked in Operas and Dance-Theatre productions.  Later she worked for L’Ensemble Dance-Theatre Company, Virgilio Sieni Dance Company, Yoshiko Chuma, Nicole Peisl for The Forsythe Company, Fearghus O’Conchuir and Daghdha Dance Company amongst others.

Since 2002 she has been intensively collaborating with British choreographer Rosemary Butcher and over the last seven years has been focusing on dance research and improvisation. Qi Gong and martial arts practices also inform her research.

In 2009 she premiered her Improvisation Dance Series ‘One Girl B.A.N.D.’ in London and in 2010 she has presented a short solo The Crow at Dublin Dance Festival, La MaMa Moves Festival in NY and Quake in Derby, UK.  Also in 2010 she started a collaboration with Italian Dance Artists Max Barachini and Jacopo Jenna, and they recently presented their first work Space Scape in Florence.  Besides her career as a dancer Elena has been teaching in Europe, Australia, Mexico and Japan.  You can read more about Elena and her work

Numbers are limited so advance booking is recommended.

To book e-mail or join the event on

Classes cost €10 and €5 for students or unemployed.

If you wish to take part in these classes but find the cost prohibitive, please do contact us.

Galway Dance Project, 

together with the Center for BodyMindMovement, are delighted to present

Breath, Bones, and Insight: 

The Experiential Anatomy of Meditation with Mark Taylor

An aid to your movement practice.

Saturday May 11th

12 Noon – 8pm 

St. Nicholas’ School Hall, Galway (Next to Town Hall Theatre)

Breath, Bones and Insight is a transformational learning retreat delivered by Mark Taylor that will help you to inhabit your body in both sitting and movement meditation. You will use the techniques of somatic awareness—movement, touch, sound, and anatomical study—to embrace awareness in movement and ease within your sitting posture. Using the mechanics of your breath and skeletal awareness as sacred tools, you will refine your receptivity, comfort, and courage for meditation, whether in movement or sitting practice.

As a practitioner of movement meditation (dance, yoga, tai-chi, chi gong, or somatic practices) do you tend to rely on movement as an object of meditation and avoid the nourishment of stillness?

 As a beginning meditator have you wanted to start meditating or tried meditation but just can’t sit still due to pain or impatience? Does your mental chatter interrupt your focus?

As an experienced meditator does your meditation become boring and repetitive? Do you dissociate from your body and thereby lose your ability to sustain the insights you feel so deeply during practice?

As a social justice activist do you find yourself exhausted, with difficulty accessing the sacred center from which your commitment arises?

Through guided exercises, personal inquiries, movement, sitting, touch, and dialogue, this workshop will aid you to engage the resources within your own body-mind for the foundation of meditative practice. The outcome of embodied practice is to embrace the inevitable challenges of a fully engaged life with more freedom of movement, love and wisdom.

Mark Taylor is the Director of the Center for BodyMindMovement, with certification programs in somatic movement education located in the United States in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Eugene, Oregon, and in Mexico City. He serves as president of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) and maintains a private practice as a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist in Pittsburgh. Trained as a yoga teacher with the Himalayan Institute, he also teaches anatomy and meditation for yoga teacher training programs in Pittsburgh. He has maintained a meditation practice for thirty-five years and currently studies with Ven. Soorakkulame  Pemaratana of the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center.

The cost of this workshop is €65.  Places are strictly limited.  To book, please contact us  


Galway Dance Days Festival 2013

May 16 – 18  

See feel think be DANCE

Galway Dance Days is a three day series of dance performances, workshops, films and debates taking place as part of the Art & Geography Ireland element of the Conference of Irish Geographers May 2013.

The programme has been curated by Galway’s Dancer in Residence Rionach Ni Neill and aims to explore the connections between bodies, between bodies and places and between bodies, landscapes, homes and communities.  It takes place in NUI Galway and the Town Hall Theatre, Galway.  Full programme details are available on

Galway Dance Project are delighted to offer a discounted ticket price of €30 (normally €39) to anyone who wished to attend a number of the events in the programme, including the workshops we are co-hosting, details below.

If you wish to avail of our reduced ticket price, please e-mail us at and quote Galway Dance Project Offer when booking your tickets.  Tickets for the performances can be purchased on or by calling 091 569777.

Galway Dance Project, together with Galway’s Dancer in Residence are delighted to present,

as part of Galway Dance Days Festival 2013

Movement Workshops with Elena Giannotti & Ambra Gatto Bergamasco

“Just Walking: a Butoh dance perspective on space and perception”

A workshop with Ambra Gatto Bergamasco

Thursday May 16th 2013 5.15 – 6.45pm

The Cube, NUI Galway


This three-parted workshop aims firstly, at providing a practical experience of what Butoh is and how such practice can inform creativity and change spatial perspectives, both internally and externally. In the first practical part of the workshop, the themes proposed will engage with silence, slow movement, distracted mind, vulnerability and rawness. The second part will be a performance moment in which Ambra will engage with the elements developed in the practical part.  Lastly, there will be space for a short paper presentation and discussion.

What is Butoh? Butoh dance originated in Japan in the late 50s. Inspired by German expressionism on one side and the left overs of the Atomic bomb explosion, Butoh dance looks at the body from its internal understanding. This allows form unforeseen possibilities of expression. Kazuo Ohno describes it as the dance of the soul.

For the first part of the session, participants will be introduced to Butoh dance practically, exploring slow movement, imagination, poetical evocation and body-space perception. For the second part the audience will be able to appreciate some of the elements proposed during the practice throughout the performance. Lastly, Ambra will present a paper that participants can explore further through questions and answers, and an open discussion format.

How to prepare? Questions for participants to consider include:

“If I were to sit or lie-down or stand up letting myself be vulnerable and raw, what would change?”

Participants may also wish to check the following webpage for further details:

Ambra Gatto Bergamasco

Ambra grew in a contemporary research theatre family.  Ambra’s mother Ulla Alalsjarvi trained with Grotowski and was an actress of Eugenio Barba. Once she left Barba’s company, she met Beppe Bergamasco, who had been part of the Arte Povera and studied film direction at the Sorbonne, Paris. Their artistic encounter continued the lineage of physical theatre and research and experimentation with poetic and drammaturgical codes.

Ambra, while learning and working in this setting, developed her own research. Her main interest and Weltanschauungen is syntonised in Butoh dance, of which Ambra is a practitioner for sixteen years. Her many collaborations include working extensively with Dr. Mallika Sarabhai (lead role in the Mahabharata of Peter Brook, dancer choreographer, director of Darpana Academy and activist) in India; and with Mamadou Dioume (Peter’s Brook actor).

Currently Ambra is co-directing the Butoh Dublin Festival and facilitates workshops and performances in Exchange Temple Bar Bulin, as well as one to one sessions. She is currently finishing her PhD in urban geography and developing a research project that engages dance, the body and the Medical Humanities.

Places are strictly limited.  Booking is essential. 

To book, please contact

VSE – A vision for space exploration

A workshop with Elena Giannotti

Saturday May 18th 2013 1.45 – 3.15pm

The Cube, NUI Galway

“An instantaneous present has replaced space and the sovereignty of territory; everything happens without the need to go anywhere.”

This is a practical but intense workshop.  It will work around the notions of space and place, through exploration of movement and guided visualizations.  The focus is on imagination, the imaginative self and ambiguous boundaries.

Elena’s way of conducting will draw from experiential anatomy to ideokinesis and from guided daydreaming to eastern visualization techniques. 
She will take the opportunity provided in the workshop to launch her practice plan program VSE: A vision for Space Exploration in response to her time spent in front of a screen and as way to regain enthusiasm for space exploration

“With the technologies of the digital, the amount of ‘space’ available to the user is of unequivocal importance.”
 Paul Virilio

“As for the future, your task is not to see it, but to enable it.”
 Antoine de-Saint Exupery (1900–1944) The Wisdom of the Sands

 “To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.”

Stephen Hawking (1942– )

Elena Giannotti is an independent dancer.
She worked with L’Ensemble Dance-Theatre, Virgilio Sieni, Yoshiko Chuma, Nicole Peisl for The Forsythe Company, Daghdha Dance Co. and Fearghus O’Conchuir, Company Blu amongst others.
She has been Rosemary Butcher’s main Interpreter for more than 10 years.
As an improviser she has danced with artists like Julyen Hamilton, Vera Mantero, Jennifer Monson, Ray Chung, Judith Sanchez Ruiz amongst others.
She started to make her own work in 2008. To date her works have been shown in Ireland, UK, Mexico, Italy, New York, Slovakia, and Czech Republic.
She has been teaching dance worldwide.
Elena is a Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong Practitioner.

Places are strictly limited.  Booking is essential. 

To book, please contact

Dublin Dance Festival May 14 – 26 2013

To celebrate International Day of Dance and to further foster links between Ireland’s dancing communities, we are delighted to highlight Dublin Dance Festival are offering a special Dance Deal of 15% of 3 tickets booked together; a further 20% is available for 5 tickets booked.

This deal applies to Irish produced work such as Cure, a new work from Fearghus O’Conchuir, which Elena Giannotti has been working on and will also perform in, Coisceim’s Missing, Jean Butler’s Hurry and Aoife McAtamney & Nina Vallon’s Egg Charade.

Full programme details and tickets are available on

Full Galway Dance Project programme details are available at and on Dance Project.  

Galway Dance Project was established in 2011 to support the development of dance in Galway.  It provides a programme of professional level dance classes, workshops and events and is working towards securing a dedicated space for dance in Galway city.

Galway Dance Project is funded by The Arts Council and acknowledges the support of Galway City Council.