A day of dance performances, workshops and talks with Galway Dance Project and Dance Ireland on Tour

A series of dance performances will take place at the Mick Lally Theatre (formerly Druid Lane Theatre) this coming Friday October 25th at 6pm.  Performing on the night will be Dance Ireland Associate Artist Maria Nilsson Waller bringing her sole Stream to Galway for the first time.  Also performing will be Galway based dance artists Hylak Schirmer and the Off Beaten Path dance collective.  Tickets are e5 and available at the door.

Off Beaten Path are a Galway based danced company who focus on creating new work in contemporary dance. The company aim to collaborate with dance artists and other creative artists from the west of Ireland. They will be performing two new pieces Codail Sámh and Shadow Play accompanied by live musician and composer Mister Ebby.  Hylak Schirmer are a dance duo based in Clifden consisting of Magdalena Hylak and Linda Schirmer who most recently premiered their piece Finders Keepers at the Clifden Arts Festival.

The performances are happening as part of Dance Ireland on Tour and Dance Ireland will also be conducting a clinic for Galway based dance artists who wish to know more about the organisation and its work at 4pm also in the theatre.

Preceding the clinic will be an open workshop with Maria Nilsson Waller for dancers, actors and performers of all disciplines from 2 – 4pm.  

 

Galway Dance Project presents

A Three-Day Workshop with Dance Ireland Associate Artist Maria Nilsson Waller

Maria Nilsson Waller is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist and a freelance dance artist and choreographer.  As a performer she has danced in pieces by, amongst others, Liv O’Donoghue, Bo Arenander, Per Jonsson, Helena Franzén, Susan Rethorst, Hervé Koubi, Myriam Naisy and Fiona Quilligan, and her own work has been presented at various festivals and venues around Sweden, France and Ireland.

Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 October 11am – 1pm

Druid Lane Theatre

Druid Lane (Just off Quay St.), Galway

Cost €50

Maria’s class aims to meet the multiple individual needs of today’s independent dancers. With a solid background in various Contemporary styles, Classical Ballet and Yoga, influences from a range of techniques appear in her class.

Attention is given to correct alignment of the skeleton to achieve greater freedom and mobility in joints and muscular systems, aiming for a healthy and sustainable use of the body. Making use of gravity, the different physical dynamics of the body, the minds presence and imagination and musical influences her class offers a structure where the dancers strive for artistic expression, physical virtuosity and daily maintenance goes hand in hand. The class combines choreographed and improvised exercises and wishes to function not only as a place for dancers to prepare and develop mentally and physically, but also as a way to connect and exchange artistic ideas within the community of dance artists.

Swedish born Maria Nilsson Waller is a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Dublin, Ireland. Her choreographic work is presented at various festivals and venues around Europe and has been described as poetry from the lingonberry forest, idiosyncratic, pure and entirely mesmerizing.  www.marianilssonwaller.com

Friday 25 October

Druid Lane Theatre, Druid Lane, Galway

Presented in partnership with Dance Ireland on Tour

An Open Workshop

2pm – 4pm

Cost €10

An open workshop exploring themes of memory and place through improvisation techniques. This workshop is aimed at artists and dancers of all levels and disciplines.

Followed by

Dance Ireland Clinic

4pm – 5.30pm

An opportunity for Dance Ireland to connect with and support the vibrant Galway dance sector and also to share information about their work, services and supports.  Dance Ireland invites members of the local dance community to come and find out about their work, and answer any questions about the organisation and how to get involved.  For more information about Dance Ireland on Tour visit danceireland.ie/21.

Performances  

As part of Dance Ireland on Tour.

Stream

Choreographed and performed by

Maria Nilsson Waller

6pm Druid Lane Theatre

Cost €5. Free for those attending workshops. Tickets on door. 

Followed by a short Q&A with Maria.

Also performing will be Galway based dance companies

Off Beaten Path and Hylak/ Schirmer.

Off Beaten Path

Off Beaten Path are a Galway based danced company who focus on creating new work in contemporary dance. The company aim to collaborate with dance artists and other creative artists from the west of Ireland. They will be performing two new pieces Codail Sámh and Shadow Play accompanied by live musician and composer Mister Ebby 

Finders Keepers (approx. 35 min) Hylak/ Schirmer

Finders Keepers explores the idea that we see differently depending on our individual experiences, which act as a filter to create and to store memories. The choreography comes from ‘recycling’ these traces of past through movement of the body and camera.

http://vimeo.com/70289076

Hylak/ Schirmer

Magdalena Hylak studied theatre and dance in Cultural Studies at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. She was trained by Jacek Gebura and became a member of the Arka Dance Theatre (1999-2004). After moving to Clifden, she worked as an apprentice of Ciotóg, under the artistic supervision of Ríonach Ní Néill, Galway Dancer in Residence (2010-2013), and later performed in the company production of ‘See-Saw’.

Recently she choreographed and performed two solo dance pieces Detached, which was commissioned for the 2012 Dancing Days Festival in Galway and Irretrievably Lost, which premiered at the 35th Clifden Arts Festival in 2012. Her multimedia dance production Project (Loco)Motion, which she created and choreographed together with Linda Schirmer, was successfully shown as a part of Re-Presenting Ireland during this year’s Dublin Dance Festival.

Linda Schirmer was educated at the Balletschool of the Opera Leipzig, Germany and at the Leipzig Dance Theatre. She studied Theatre Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Leipzig and at the University College of Cork. She worked at the Dance Archive Leipzig, organized exhibitions on dance and lectured at the University of Leipzig as well. Her latest work includes the dance film A State of Being which was shown during the 35th Clifden Arts Week in 2012. Together with Magdalena Hylak she created and choreographed Project (Loco)Motion which was successfully shown as a part of Re-Presenting Ireland during this year’s Dublin Dance Festival.

Full Galway Dance Project programme details are available at www.galwaydanceproject.com and on Facebook.com/Galway Dance Project.  

Galway Dance Project was established in 2011 to support the development of dance practice 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.