Live Archive Performance_ Emma Meehan

Saturday 18th February | 8pm

€12 full
€10 unwaged
€8 early bird (for bookings before 11th February)

Plus post show discussion

Booking fee online €1.50 per ticket
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Live Archive is a creative exhibition and evening of performance responding to the archives of Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1979-1989). Original company members Robert Connor, Joan Davis, Mary Nunan and Loretta Yurick will explore their previous choreographies, working along with early and mid career dance artists to respond to the past material from their current practices. The project addresses how we can find creative ways to animate archival dance material in Ireland, share the embodied history of DCDT with an audience and pass on the repertoire to future artists.

We are interested in connecting with you! Did you see or take part in Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre performances or workshops during the 1980s? What was happening in contemporary dance in Cork during that period? What are your memories of various styles of dance in Cork in the 1980s? We hope to gather responses from local people to add to the exhibition in Firkin Crane. Please get in touch with project team Emma Meehan and Kristyn Fontanella on

Live Archive workshop will take place on Sunday 19th February 12pm – 2pm

Live Archive Exhibition runs from Monday 5th – Friday 24th February 11am – 4pm Monday to Friday

Original Company Members

Joan Davis, who has lived her whole life in Ireland has pioneered innovative contemporary dance practices, developed the arts practice and performance offerings of Maya Lila. She has offered ORIGINS, a somatic training, the first of it’s kind in Ireland since 2012. Mary Wycherly, a dance filmaker based in Limerick made In the Bells’s Shadow, a film of the work of Maya Lila given a private showing in the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin in 2014.

Mary Nunan, a contemporary dance artist, choreographer, performer and teacher began her professional career when she joined Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre. She was founding Artistic Director of Daghda Dance Company, founder Course Director of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick, and earned a practice-based PhD from Middlesex University. Throughout her career she has created a substantial body of choreographies, toured extensively and worked with numerous artists.

Robert Connor & Loretta Yurick, former co-Artistic Directors of DCDT, founded Dance Theatre of Ireland (DTI). As Artistic Directors and choreographers they have created and produced over 40 original dance theatre works, collaborating with many dancers, composers, choreographers and designers, touring widely both in Ireland and abroad. They also co-founded Dance Ireland, the Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC) and The Centre for Dance in Dun Laoghaire.

As dance educators and progenitors of Ireland’s largest, most diverse, Educational Outreach programme, their work is aimed at increasing access to dance and driven by a passionate belief in the power of dance to transform people’s lives. They were recently shortlisted for a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Award for their latest programme, Well-Dance for Seniors, which now has over 350 participants. They also direct Nature MovesVintage Youth (a performance group for Seniors) and Dancing Well with Parkinsons.



Eimear Byrne  is the contemporary dance tutor at BIFE and teaches Intermediate Contemporary at DTI. She has a strong interest in duet work and is exploring and developing this area of her dance practice further by collaborating with different dance artists at present.

Lisa Cahill’s practice integrates performance, choreography and dance in education. Since 2014 she has been Dance Artist in Residence at the Froebel Dept of Primary and Early Childhood Education at Maynooth University.  Lisa’s own work has been shown nationally, most recently as part of the Limerick Dance Collective, ‘Making Space: Changing Ground’. 

Óscar Mascareñas (PhD), a poet, composer, performer and musicologist has published work, given concerts, conferences and master classes extensively in Europe and the Americas. He is the founding course director of the BA in Voice and Dance at the Irish World Academy in UL, and founding chair of the Cage-Cunningham Professorship in Contemporary Performance at the Monterrey Conservatory in Mexico. He currently lectures and researches full time at the Academy.

Katherine O’Malley is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and Amatsu Practitioner, she is Associate Dance Artist with Liz Roche Company. She has performed work by many well known dance makers. Katherine choreographed and performed “Bias” for the Dublin Dance Festival 2016 produced by Liz Roche Company and presented as part of Originate 2016.

Anderson de Souza has been dancing since he was 14, training in Brazil in Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance and Classical Ballet.  He has been a guest performer to the project Distante Dialogue in the Akademie Schloss Solitude – Stuttgart / Germany in 2013. And in Ireland in   August 2014 he was guest teacher at COISCÉIM Studios in Dublin.  He also recently choreographed “Body Talk2 for the Dublin Youth Dance Company.

Production Team

Emma Meehan is a Research Fellow at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research. She received her BA and PhD from the Drama Department, Trinity College, Dublin. Her doctoral research focused on the work of Irish choreographer Joan Davis. Emma is associate editor for Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, and co-convenor of the Performance as Research Working Group at the International Federation for Theatre Research. Most recent creative projects in 2016 include: ‘Home Practice’ exhibit at Shrine to Women’s Work, Awol Studios, Manchester and ‘Lace Dance’, Bantham Beach, Dorset, both which explore my female lineage and Irish heritage.

Kristyn Fontanella is a dancer artist/choreographer and holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance from CCSU and an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from UL. She has toured with Riverdance, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and performed lead female role in Gaelforce Dance. She has been awarded the Traditional Arts Bursary for her new work IN LiMBO, which will be shown in the first ever Limerick Fringe Festival in March 2017. 

Neil O’Dwyer (PhD) is an artist and full-time practice-based research fellow in the School of Creative Arts, at Trinity College Dublin. He is technical advisor and digital administrator at the Arts Technology Research Lab (ATRL), and also has part-time teaching duties in the drama department. He is a co-editor of the newly published Palgrave book, The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology: Through the Virtual, Towards the Real (2015). He is a member of the international Digital Studies Network, at the Pompidou Centre, and he is an associate researcher of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM).