BLANK CANVAS Intensive
During July and August, Firkin Crane dedicates itself to dance research, opening its doors to Irish and international dance artists to develop new ideas. Established in 2009, BLANK CANVAS is a professional dance residency programme, which offers Irish and international choreographers resources for researching and developing new works. It also offers the public an insight into the creative process, with each residency presenting a work-in-progress and public feedback session.
This year’s call out attracted applicants from 14 countries, and the 6 successful artists, from emerging to established, exemplify the breadth of innovation across the field of dance, involving cross-art form collaboration, site-specific work, film and aerial dance.
BLANK CANVAS will run in three phases between 18th July and 2nd September with each project in residence for two weeks. The visiting artists will offer professional classes and each residency will end with a sharing of research so that Firkin Crane’s audience can see what’s beginning to emerge. For more details keep an eye on the Firkin Crane website or contact email@example.com to be included in our mailing list.
The sharings take place on the last day of the Residency at 1pm.
Phase One: Friday 29th July:
Louise Tanoto and Jacob Ingram-Dodd
Phase Two: Friday 19th August
Phase Three: Friday 2nd September
Dimitrios Mytilinaios and Nefeli Kadinopoulou Asteriou
The 2016 Residents are:
Louise Tanoto and Jacob Ingram-Dodd (Belgium/UK) start work on a new duet.
Mary Nugent, (Ireland) well known for her work with Croí Glan, explores contemporary dance, circus and comedy, in developing her choreographic language as an artist with a disability.
Maire Dee (Ireland) will explore instinctive movement in her choreographic work.
Kendall Rileigh (USA) is developing an aerial/acrobatic interpretation of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Mary Pearson (UK) questions consumerism in society and dance and brings together a cast of UK and Irish dancers to develop a performance installation.
Dimitrios Mytilinaios and Nefeli Kadinopoulou Asteriou (Greece) use the phenomena of super-massive black holes as the subject of a new duet by these emerging dance artists.
BLANK CANVAS Intensive 2015
In 2015 89 applications from 26 different countries proposed research projects in many different formats: cross-art form collaboration, site-specific work, film, circus. From this wide range, six projects were selected that represent the encouraging quality and exciting diversity of the applications.
The successful projects came from:
Dan Watson (UK) focusing on balancing liveness and craft in his work.
Zoi Dimitriou and Henry Montes (UK) researching the idea of pilgrimage.
Oona Doherty (Ireland) tested skills for an instinctive and embodied performance practice.
Fatou Cissé (Senegal) worked with a musician-storyteller and a performer in the studio and in public space.
Jason Jacobs and Ekaterine Giorgadze (Germany) worked on translating information from distinct source materials into physicality through analysis, reflection and active engagement.
Agnietė Lisičkinaitė and Greta Grinevičiūtė (Lithuania) were researching the dialogue between casual and choreographed movement and the interplay between video documentation and theatrical contemporary dance.
BLANK CANVAS 2014
• Mark Carberry (Limerick/London), working on a site-specific research with Visual Artist Bláthnaid Ní Mhurchú and Fashion Designer Natalie Coleman
• Emma Fitzgerald (Dublin) and Liadain Herriott (Dublin/Brussels) working on the biographies and autobiographies of women
• Micheline Heal (New York), researching magic for a family focused dance piece
• Wanjiru Kamuyu (Paris) developing material towards a solo
• Oonagh Kearney (Cork/London) with Riccardo Buscarini (UK) researching dance on film as a studio practice
• Katherine O’Malley (Dublin), to collaborate with composer Darragh Dukes.
BLANK CANVAS 2013
- Lisa Mc Loughlin and Neil Kenny (Tipperary)
- Clare Daly (UK)
- Luke Pell and Jo Verrent (UK)
- Rob Heaslip (Scotland) and Laura Murphy (Cork)
- Frith Collective (Ireland) -Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Jenny Brown, Lucia Kickham, Orla Shine and Lisa Tighe.
BLANK CANVAS 2011
- Mary Wycherley (Ireland)
- Adrienne Westwood and Katie Swords (USA)
- Lisa Cahill (Ireland) and Erika Charters (UK)
- Nerida Matthaei (Australia)
- Jamila Johnson-Small (England) and Mira Kautto (Finland)
- Karen Bernard (USA)
BLANK CANVAS 2010
- Tania Soubry (Luxemburg) and Géraldine Vessière (France)
- Jasmin Chiodi (Argentina) and Alexandre Iseli (Switzerland) and Company with Mentor Catalina Fernandez (ColombiaElodie Escarmelle (Paris) and two dancers from Europe
- Micheline Heal (New York) with a filmmaker and two dancers from USA and three local performers
- Stephen Moynihan (Ireland/London) Working with a Galway based Video artist and a dancer from Cuba
- Kimberly Almquist and Aaron Draper from New York worked with a large cast of local performers
- Stephanie Schober (Berlin) with a dancer from London
- Katla Thor (Iceland) working with 2 local dance artists
- Rachel Erdos (Israel) plus 2 dance artists and a composer with her from Israel.
- Fearghus Ó Conchúir (Ireland/UK) working with dancer Mathew Morris (Berlin)
- Kyle Abraham (New York) with 3 local dancers and mentor John Scott
BLANK CANVAS 2009
- Catherine Young
- Inma Moya
- Laura Murphy
- Ursula Chapman.
- Liz Lea (London)
- Matthew Morris (Berlin)
- Carlos Cortes (Spain).
- Legitimate Bodies (Sligo)
- Shakram (Cork).
- Aerial Dance Company Fidget Feet (Donegal)
- Phluxus Dance Collective (Australia)