Atelier “Who Am I?”: Program

11 & 12 DECEMBER 2015

An exciting, challenging and provocative two-day gathering comprising keynotes from Guy Cools and Jenny Roche; presentations from cultural geographers Karen Till and Gerry Kearns; special performances from Manuel Rique (Québec/Canada) and Sun-Feh Lee (British Columbia/Canada), moderated panel discussions and audience Q&A.

Focusing on the professional dance practitioner, and informed by questions surrounding identity, mobility and migration. We will explore, from different perspectives how an artist’s identity is constructed and maintained in a climate where mobility is seen as a badge of honour, crucial to the creative process and an essential component of professional practice.

Many countries, including Ireland have long prided itself on its open and welcoming of international dance artists. Many see mobility as a key to a successful dance career. However do we have the right models to support mobility? The afternoon sessions will include contributions from a range of Irish and international dance artists including Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Liv O’ Donoghue, Philip Connaughton, Maria Nilsson Waller and Meagan O’ Shea, framed around presentations from cultural geograhers Karen Till and Gerry Kearns, moderated by Mary Brady, concluding with a panel discussion and audience participation.

Informing our Atelier are two unique presentations that thematically, from different perspectives will inform, challenge and encourage critical reflection and stimulate discussion: Su-Feh Lee presents The Things I Carry Around and Manuel Roque presents Black Matter.

To coincide with Who Am I? Dance Ireland will curate Friday New Works, mixed-bill works which respond to the themes under discussion.

Open to all, including artists, curators, programmers, academics, cultural theorists, and the general public. Key questions to be considered, include:

  • What motivates artists’ to be mobile – it is necessary or desire?
  • Does working in multiple/different cultural contexts have an impact on an artist’s identity?
  • How does an artist maintain his/her identity when working in different cultural contexts?
  • Is a nomadic existence (an essential and accepted) part of the creative life?
  • Mobility, economic and artistic challenges. How to find the balance.


Dance Ireland Dublin in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival and with the support of European Dancehouse Network.


Artists, curators, programmers, academics, critical/cultural theorists, artistic groups from migrant communities.


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Friday 11 December

12:00 h. Keynote presentation. By Dr. Guy Cools.

13:30 h. The Things I Carry Around (performance). By Su-Feh Lee.

14:00 – 15:00 h. In house/Buffet Lunch.

15:00 – 18:00 h. Presentations/Panel. Featuring Dr. Karen Till, Prof. Gerry Kearns, Meagan O’ Shea, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Phlip Connaughton & others. Moderator: Mary Brady.

19:00 – 20:00 h. Friday News Works – a mixed bill performance of new works from Dance Ireland members.

Saturday 12 December

11:00 h. Keynote presentation. By Dr. Jennifer Roche.

12.30 h. Black Matter (presentation). By Manuel Roque.

13:00 – 14:00 h. In house/Buffet Lunch.

14:00 – 16:00 h. Presentations/Panel. Featuring Dr. Karen Till, Prof. Gerry Kearns, Meagan O’ Shea, Maria Nilsson Waller, Liv O’ Donoghue & others. Moderator: Mary Brady.


Dr. Guy Cools is a dramaturge, dance critic, and curator. His latest book is In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan (Valiz 2015).

Dr. Jennifer Roche is Lecturer in Dance at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Her latest work is Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer; Moving Identities (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).  

Dr. Karen Till, is Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth, Ireland.  

Prof. Gerry Kearns, Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth, Ireland.

Su-Feh Lee (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a dancer, choreographer, dramaturge and teacher born and raised in Malaysia.

Manuel Roque (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), is a dancer, choreographer.

Mary Brady (Ireland) is a dance artist, curator, writer and researcher and arts consultant.

Meagan O’Shea (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a contemporary dance-theatre artist creating, performing, teaching and facilitating creative work across Canada and internationally.

Fearghus Ó Conchúir (Ireland/UK) is a choreographer and dance artist. Brought up in the Ring Gaeltacht in Ireland, Ó Conchúir works internationally from his base in London.

Maria Nilsson Waller (Sweden/Ireland) is a freelance dance artist, teacher and choreographer. Born in Sweden and based in Dublin, she is an Associate Artist with Dance Ireland.

Liv O’Donoghue (Ireland/Norway) is Irish. But she’s also Norwegian. A dance artist and choreographer working independently and with dance and theatre companies. An Associate Artist with Dance Ireland.

Philip Connaughton (Ireland) is a choreographer/performer, working independently and with a range of companies and collaborators nationally and internationally. An Associate Artist with Dance Ireland.

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