Programme for Corp_Real Symposium and Galway Dance Days

28-30 March NUI Galway

Corp_Real International Symposium brings together artists, academics and researchers whose practices converge on the body, action and movement. A public forum of interviews, debates, workshops, film screenings & performances.
Responding to current concerns, the 2014 symposium focuses on questions of feminism and gender in Ireland, the environment, activism and social engagement, and the contribution of body-based practices to these issues.

Conveners: Dr Aoife McGrath (Queens), Dr Ríonach Ní Néill, Dr Finola Cronin (UCD) Showcasing some of the most exciting new works coming out of Ireland, Galway Dance Days presents World and Galway premieres throughout the city.


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Friday March 28

CORP_REAL international symposium BODY & ENVIRONMENT
2pm – 6pm Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway

Rachel Sweeney (Liverpool Hope University): Sandskin I Bloodwater; tracing topographies in flooded environs

Gwen McHale (movement artist/therapist): Landscape: a dance of deep ecology

Korina Biggs (Alexander Technique/somatic movement teacher): Soma in the city

Emma Meehan (Coventry University): Immersive Environments: Joan Davis, Space and Somatic Engagement

In conversation: Carola Wingren (Landscape Architecture, University of Sweden) with Ríonach Ní Néill on

Vattnet Kommer/– a landscape architecture & dance project on sea-level rising


12.30 – 2pm
Bernadette Divilly (dance artist/therapist): Gait-ways : A Pedestrian Field trip to Woodquay


Ella Clarke (Meath Dance Artist in Residence): RIOT CHOREOGRAPHY (2-session workshop, Friday 28 & Sat 29)

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FOUNDER premiere
choreographed & composed by Maria Nilsson Waller (Sweden)

8pm. Fairgreen House, Fairgreen Road, Galway

We know more about the surface of the moon and Mars than we know about the bottom of the deep ocean. …
Maria’s choreography brings nature into the performance space, mapping vast territories in human movement and voice, transforming the raw concrete of a vacant office space into a world resonating with the wonders of the sea.

Saturday March 29

CORP_REAL international symposium PERFORMING THE BODY
10am – 1pm

Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway

Performances, discussions & screenings on the convergence of dance, visual, performance art and film, on the body.

Chair: Finola Cronin (School of English, Drama & Film UCD)

Hilary Eliott (University of Huddersfield): Experienced Space

Jacintha Murphy (independent artist): Becoming Bodily: The Subversive Presence of the Bodily Grotesque in Modern and Contemporary Visual Culture

Carolyn Collier (visual artist): A figure in the landscape

Judith Bernhardt (visual & performance artist):TRACES – A Performance Drawing

Thomas Conway (Director in Residence, NUI Galway): Sem/antics of writing bodies: the collaborations of Junk Ensemble and brokentalkers

Úna Quigley (film artist): Directing the Gest

Fergus Byrne: (independent) Untitled Sculpture


1 – 2pm Korina Biggs, Soma in the City
How do you relate to urban space? This session will take you on a journey outdoors. Listening and responding to a recording you’ll be invited to heighten your sensual, perceptual and creative experiences. There will be a chance to further engage with those experiences indoors. workshop booking:<>

MY METHYL a Corp_Real commission

Michelle Browne & Emma Martin
2pm – 2.45pm, viewing from Foróige Galway City Youth Café, Fairgreen Road

Award-winning choreographer Emma Martin and internationally renowned visual artist Michelle Browne come together in this short-term collaboration to explore the cross over between their two practices based in action and movement. My Methyl refers to research carried out by scientists looking at mutations in genetic material, which found that mothers’ behaviour could alter the genetic function of their offspring, and of further generations. Martin and Browne’s shared interest in their own changing roles and behaviours as mothers will inform their collaboration. and

CORP_REAL international symposium

3-4.15pm Foróige Galway City Youth Café, Fairgreen Road

Perform I. Agents. Siobhan Clancy (visual artist)
An investigation into bodily autonomy, decision-making, stigma and social reproduction


This panel brings together a group of artists that have created works that tackle issues of body politics and women’s experiences in Irish society. If choreography is considered as a practice that puts problems into motion, how do choreographies that engage with feminist politics create sites that question difficult realities and suggest alternative futures?

Chair: Aoife McGrath (Queens) Panellists: Emma Fitzgerald, Aoife McAtamney, Emma Martin, Michelle Browne


4.30 – 6pm, Fairgreen House, Fairgreen Road, Galway


choreographed by Aoife McAtamney “utterly spellbinding”

Disjointed, both in structure and content, illustrating a landscape of rapidly shifting memories, incorporating Irish cultural references to gender and sexual attitudes. The first chance for Galway to see this captivating solo, chosen for the prestigious Aerowaves international tour.

THESE MOMENTS (a Corp_Real commission),

choreographed by Judith Sibley for Chrysalis Dance

Chrysalis Dance uncover the wonder of the instant, the immediate, the hidden seconds in between the ordinary, in a new and evocative work, continuing Sibley’s pushing of the boundaries of classical dance.


choreographed by Emma Fitzgerald

Following Fitzgerald & Stapleton’s sold-out performance at GDD 13, Emma Fitzgerald returns with an intimate solo. Inspired by her research into female biography and the social pressures which censor the telling of womens’ lives, Fitzgerald talks about her experience of rape, creates spontaneous poetry and makes a public service announcement.


choreographed by Úna Little

Grace whispers a Magdalen history of rigidity, fear, vulnerability and loss. This solo locates the moral sensibilities of Magdalene Ireland beneath rough skin and brittle bones.


World premiere choreographed & composed by Deirdre Murphy
29 March 8pm, The Cube, Bailey Allen Building, NUI Galway

A fairytale of musical theatre, using circus, song, and dance to create a near-future political reality similar to our own. A large scale theatrical narrative with a cast of 15 dancers, singers, circus performers, actors and a live band, it uses acrobatics, plot twists, assassinations, and intrigue to tell the tale of a heroic group of everyday acrobats, aided by the Greek-chorus style narrations of a powerful triumvirate of fairy godmothers.

“Social criticism wrapped in wit, glee and stunning physical & vocal performance “

Sunday March 30

CORP_REAL international symposium BODY, ACTIVISM & ENGAGEMENT 10.30am– 4pm Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway

Is it possible for humans to create a system which improves the quality of our lives and is more equal? How can we organise to make such a thing possible? What can artists do to contribute? How are we using our bodies to express resistance, hope, change?

Chair: John Bisset
Virginia Farman (University of Chichester) :”Everyday Hero”
lecture presentation on integrated practices with VIP dancers.
Michelle Cahill (independent): Tiago Gambogi’s Project
Trans-Amazonia :A Brazillan Odessey. One Road, One
Forest. One Man. Lots of Encounters.
Nick Bryson (dance artist) & Eimhin Short (cultural theorist) A
Model of ‘Enlightened Self-Interest’ & ‘Open Participatory
Budgeting’ in Contemporary Dance Projects, subjectively
placed in an Irish/UK Context
Helga Deasy (dance artist): Freedom to move, freedom to
stop: A somatic approach to empowerment in community
Beatrice Jarvis (PhD candidate, University of Ulster and Kingston University): Performing Practice. The Choreography of Research. The Sociological Dimension of Choreography as framework for progression of social reconciliation.

Cindy Cummings in conversation with Finola Cronin
Stability and instability – the infinite and intimate collaboration of science and art – or how to make the academy dance…
Cindy Cummings is a Science Artist in Residence at UCD in 2014 and in this conversation considers how she is adapting to work at the institution.


choreographed & composed by Deirdre Murphy
30 March, 7pm, The Cube, Bailey Allen building, NUI Galway

Anti-Capitalism: The Panel!

chair: Gavin Mendel-Gleason

Gavin Mendel-Gleason – (trade unionist & political activist), Dmytri Kleiner (software developer), Ella Clarke (Meath Dance Artist in Residence), Tadas Leončikas (research manager in Eurofound, the Living Conditions and Quality of Life unit) and Deirdre Murphy (choreographer & composer of Anti- Capitalism: The Musical!) lead an open discussion on issues raised by Anti-Capitalism: the Musical!

CLOSING ROUNDTABLE ‘Embodying the Lifeworld:

Roundtable Discussion on Practice, Performance and Research’, in association with Galway Dance Days, Corp_Real Symposium
A joint panel discussion on Lifeworlds: Space, Place and Irish Culture,hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, 27-30 March 2014.


Tickets: €16/13. All-in Festival ticket: €39/30. Symposium €5/day. Booking at

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