The Firkin Crane

BLANK CANVAS Intensive 2014

Date: 14 Mar 2014
BLANK CANVAS professional dance residency had applications from around the world for projects in many different formats: cross-art form collaboration, site-specific work, film, circus, traditional Irish dance, theatre.

The successful projects came from:
Mark Carberry (Limerick/London), working on a site-specific research with Visual Artist Bláthnaid Ní Mhurchú and Fashion Designer Natalie Coleman
Emma Fitzgerald (Dublin), working with Liadain Herriot 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) researching dance on film as a studio practice
Katherine O’Malley (Dublin), to collaborate with composer Darragh Dukes.

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.
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A Chance to Dance

Date: 03 Apr 2013
With access to some of the country’s best dance teachers, Firkin Crane can provide a wide range of dance classes for any age, ability and agility. Schools, Groups and Clubs are invited to take part on a weekly or monthly basis, either with their own private teacher or as part of a larger group.

Hip–Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Salsa, Zumba, Swing, Break Dance, and many more.

Classes are run in a fully equipped dance studio with a professional dance teacher. Some courses result in a Sharing, or a performance for family and friends, but all are fun and a great way to get fit.

For more information: call 021 450 7487 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Dance Administrator position advertised

Date: 08 Feb 2013
Firkin Crane, the home of dance in Cork, is a place where audiences, professionals and enthusiasts can make, see and join in high quality dance experiences. We host a year-round programme of performances, professional residencies, classes and other dance activities.

The organisation is recruiting an Administrator for immediate commencement to support the Managing Director and the Dance Curator in the delivery of Firkin Crane’s artistic programme.

The successful candidate will possess well-honed organisational skills and will need to have exceptional attention to detail.
Articulate and friendly, the successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills to build effective working relationships with colleagues, with artists, and with partners in the sector locally, nationally and internationally. A flexible approach to work is also essential, as is the ability to prioritise effectively.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a genuine appreciation of dance. A more detailed knowledge of the professional dance sector in Ireland would be an advantage. Experience of working in an arts environment role providing support to artists is also desirable.
This is a fixed term contract. A salary circa €20k-€25k commensurate with the experience of the candidate will apply.

Necessary Skills
• A minimum of two years experience in arts management
• Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
• Excellent organisational skills
• Capability and evidence of budget management
• Understanding of dance practice
• Competent administrative skills as well as experience in database and social media management
• Ability to work on own initiative

Desirable skills
• Experience of managing in a dance context
• Experience of supporting artists and/or audiences

• Third level degree necessary;
• Arts Management degree desirable.

Applications by Email only
Please submit the following to Irene Ring .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

1. An up-to-date CV relevant to this position
2. A cover letter stating why you are interested in this position and how your experience makes you
a suitable candidate.
3. Contact details for two referees

Dates & Deadlines
Closing date: Friday 15 February 2013 at 5.30pm

Culture Night 2011

Date: 15 Sep 2011
Kick start Culture Night 2011 with a special children’s hour of fun-filled dance for under 8’s. Come along and join in the fun.

Once again, the Firkin Crane, the home of dance in Cork, will open its doors for a series of free events from early evening to late night throughout the city.

We aim to fill the studios and theatres in this unique building, demonstrating the variety, imagination and vibrancy of dance in Cork, and proving that, no matter what a visitor's age, experience, or level of agility, there will be something to try, as participant or audience.

Performances on the hour by the students of Colaiste Stiofain Naofa and Cork School of Dance.

Cork City Ballet's Artistic Director Alan Foley will teach a boys' open Jazz class at 7.15. All are welcome!

See a range of films on dance and our resident companies

Browse a photographic exhibition on our professional dance programme.

Finish the evening with a Swing Dance!

THE Wedding Day is also World Dance Day!

Date: 28 Apr 2011
To celebrate both occasions, the Firkin Crane, home of dance in Cork, will offer FREE private dance lessons to one couple who plan to marry in the next 12 months.

Even if they only plan to attend a friend’s Big Day, they can shine like a star and astonish everyone with their ‘party piece’!

All they need to do is book tickets for the Cotton Club, and their name will be put in the top hat for the prize draw.

Details on or at 021 450 7487


Date: 24 Sep 2010
BLANK CANVAS is a professional dance residency programme at the Firkin Crane open to professional dance artists already making their career in dance. The residency provides a platform for incubation time and space to research, develop and explore creative ideas without emphasis on a finished production.

For 2011 BLANK CANVAS is inviting applications with emphasis on exploring duet work. Dance artists may apply to work with an artist from another artistic medium as part of a duet exploration. In this case, we would encourage a physical interactive element be explored as part of the residency. It is also possible to submit an application as an individual artist with an aspiration to work with local professional artists to form a duet. The BLANK CANVAS Dance Team can assist in suggesting suitable collaborators.

BLANK CANVAS works in partnership with each artist to support the needs of their residency subject to resources available and would like to acknowledge the Arts Council of Ireland for its continuous support of the programme.

BLANK CANVAS - open audition for one female dancer

Date: 27 Jan 2010
American Choreographer Micheline Heal is seeking one female dancer to work with during her BLANK CANVAS residency at The Firkin Crane in Cork from March 23 to April 6, 2010.

About the Project:
The piece, created in collaboration with filmmaker Julia Reisen, is an exploration of how fairy tales that we have read to us as children influence our paths towards adulthood. We are adapting European fairy tales for film that will be integrated into an installation with live performance to explore the effect of children's stories on the mindsets of children in Western society.

Fairytales are, at times, extremely dark, attempting to scare us into doing the right thing. In The Little Match Girl we are presented with the last few thoughts that the match girl has before she freezes to death. The Little Mermaid trades in her most prized feature – her voice – for a pair of feet that bleed if she walks too much on them. Little Red Riding Hood is eaten by a wolf. Through accentuating this darkness the piece makes sense of the masked morals that we learn as children, consciously or subconsciously, and shows the cultural reverberations of how we perceive the world as adults today.


The dancer should have experience with improvisation and collaborative work as well as a strong movement background in contemporary dance. The collaborative process will be based in experimental theater and improvisation with a heavy emphasis on viewpoints and moment work.

The dancer will be compensated €50 for the final performance.

Time Commitment:

March 18: Audition (time TBA)
March 23-27: Rehearsal 10am-3pm with an hour lunch break.
March 29-April 2: Rehearsal 10am-3pm with an hour lunch break.
April 5: 12pm-3pm.
April 6: All day. Final sharing of the work (time TBA)


The Firkin Crane
Shandon – Cork

Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Tel: 086 8147837

Dance Research Forum Ireland - call for papers

Date: 22 Jan 2010
Dance Research Forum Ireland (DRFI) invites proposals for its 3rd International Conference: Capturing Composition: Improvisation in Dance Research and Practice, which will be hosted this year by the Firkin Crane, home of dance in Cork.

The conference, in keeping with the aims and objectives of DRFI, provides a platform for both dance academics and dance artists in Ireland and abroad. Included in its programme are academic-based paper presentations, practice-based research presentations, lecture demonstrations, dance workshops, a student poster exhibition, and dance performance contributions.

Proposals include any one of six presentation formats listed below. Only one presentation per applicant is permissible. It is essential that proposals address the theme of the conference and present new insights in the attempt at advancing dance research knowledge and practice. Please submit your proposal form, including your one-page abstract (approximately 250-300 words) of your presentation, detailing your presentation format and outlining your proposed research topic and argument together with a short bibliography and/or videography, and forward it electronically to the Secretary of DRFI, Ms. Carmel McKenna at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). It is more convenient for the programme committee if the proposals are forwarded electronically both within the body of the email and in an enclosed attachment using Rich Text Format.

Please note that potential delegates need not at the stage of proposal submission be members of DRFI. However in order to present at the Conference, delegates must be DRFI members in good standing. Application forms for membership are available on the DRFI website: Application forms are also available from Mats Melin, Treasurer, DRFI, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

Programme Committee:
Dr Catherine Foley, Chair of Programme Committee, The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.
Ms. Sheila Creevey, Dance Artist, Researcher and Consultant, Co. Wexford, Ireland.
Dr. Victoria O’Brien, Dublin Youth Dance Company, Dublin.
Mr. Paul McCarthy, General Manager, The Firkin Crane, Cork.

Presentation Formats:

1. Academic-based and/or Practice-based research presentations
These presentations will be programmed for the duration of 20 minutes, including any audio-visual material. A ten-minute discussion period will be allotted after each presentation.

2. Panels
A panel presentation consisting of three or four presenters is also welcome. Panels are co-ordinated by one of the panelists who co-ordinates a panel to address a particular topic at the conference. This topic may or may not address the theme of the conference. The co-ordinator submits a one-page proposal outlining the selected topic and each of the panelists contributes to this topic. In addition, each panelist is required to write a one-page proposal (as in written research-based presentations above) outlining the particular research focus in relation to this topic. The co-ordinator is responsible for co-ordinating all proposals for the panel and these are forwarded together. The panel is assessed as a whole and will be allotted one hour in the programme, including discussion.

3. Lecture Demonstrations
Lecture-demonstrations relating to the theme of the conference are welcome. These will be programmed for the duration of 45 minutes including a 15 minute discussion.

4. Dance Workshops
Proposals for dance workshops concerning any dance genre in Ireland or its diaspora are welcome. These will be programmed for I hour.

5. Student Posters
Students are encouraged to present their theses or current research on a poster for a Dance Poster Exhibition which will be programmed at a particular time during the conference. Posters should be presented on one large sheet, at least A3 size, containing written and illustrative material. Topic of research, theoretical and methodological choices, argument, and conclusion are required to be outlined.

6. Dance Performance Contributions
Dance performance contributions are welcome that address the theme of the conference. These will be programmed for 5 to 10 minutes followed by a 5 minute discussion.

Abstracts of presentations addressing any topic relevant to the theme of the conference should be forwarded electronically in Rich Text Format to Ms. Carmel McKenna, Secretary DRFI, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Deadline for Submission of Proposals is Friday, 29 January, 2010.

Croi Glan at Absolute Fringe

Date: 07 Sep 2009
Croi Glan are delighted to announce that they will be performing as part of Dublin Fringe Festival which takes place from the 5th - 20th September, 2009. This show is a double bill which also features Legitimate Bodies/Arno Schuitemaker with R-ated while Ella Clarke’s dance film ‘Two Hundred Feet’, with live score composed by Dara Smith, will also be screened at this performance.

This humorous but poignant quartet investigates the disparity between how we view ourselves, and how we are viewed by others through the powerful cocktail of identity, sexuality and politics. David Bolger, Artistic Director of CoisCéim Dance Theatre, has choreographed a piece which may redefine your perceptions. Premiering at this years Cork Midsummer Festival "with impressive grace" (Irish Times) the work will be performed at the Project Arts Centre Space Upstairs from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September at 6pm.

Project Arts Centre Space Upstairs
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September, 6pm
Tickets €16/€14
This venue is wheelchair accessible

Songs from the Beautiful City

Date: 26 Aug 2009
Jimmy Crowley, Cork’s own troubadour, has created a new piece of musical theatre for summer at the Firkin Crane, where he will present Songs from the Beautiful City every Wednesday and Thursday from 15 July.

Street names like Cat Lane, Phair’s Cross, Connor’s Glen are almost gone from living memory. Shawlies and Black & Tans, The Shakespeare of the Northside, Christy Ring with his modern incarnation Seán Óg, Dagenham Yanks and Celtic Cubs: Jimmy gives them life in our imagination, weaving stories about the colourful characters, maritime exploits and daily life in between the ballads and ditties. This is a vibrant dramatization of his lifelong musical expedition as song collector and creator, among the people and places of Cork City, where the musical richness mirror's the city's cultural diversity - a great trad heritage as well as a legacy of both music-hall vaudeville and high art song.

RAW at the Edinburgh Fringe 2009

Date: 26 Aug 2009
Dance Base @ Out of The Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh
Aug 26-27 - 21:00 (1hr 10mins)
£12.00 (£10.00)
To Book 0131 225 5521 | (no booking fees)

RAW has been nominated for a Total Theatre Award in the Physical/Visual Theatre category.

About RAW
"In terms of technique and expressiveness, RAW excels. It is spectacular, fast, daring and dangerous. The four aerialists have exquisite skill, and the high wires are integral to the characterisation. A sequence on ropes is a perfect symbol of the ups and downs of the chemical rollercoaster. A Matrix-style fight scene injects humour and action. The finale, a peaceful arrival at a place of holiness and wisdom, resolves the desperate energy of the early scenes. It is almost a masterpiece, a showcase for aerisalism as a vibrant, important medium." - Scotland on Sunday

"Dance is springing up in new and unexpected places all over the Fringe this year. Halfway down Leith Walk at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, a Fringe community has popped up and there's a genuine buzz about the place. RAW, by Ireland's leading aerial dance troupe, Fidget Feet, is a thrilling ticket to clubland, opening with four dancers bouncing to the beats while they queue, and a DJ playing house music from on high. There are neon lights, ropes snaking down, and the atmosphere induces the jitters you feel before a big night out. If you fancy a night out clubbing on the Fringe, this is the show to get you in the mood." - CHITRA RAMASWAMY

Blank Canvas

Date: 14 Jul 2009
The Firkin Crane’s BLANK CANVAS residency provides Irish-based and international dance artists with an opportunity to explore their creative work processes, which may include research across various artforms.

Within the BLANK CANVAS programme, projects may be speculative, where time and space is given to preliminary work in forming a concept or idea; or developmental, where existing material needs further thought or reworking; or may have a specific outcome in mind, e.g. production, publication, etc.

One of the residencies will result in a fully-formed performance, produced with support from the Firkin Crane. The artists undertaking this residency would not normally have the experience or resources to produce a performance on the scale that the Firkin Crane will provide.

Contact the Firkin Crane for application details.

New for 2009

Date: 08 Jan 2009
Most of the dance teachers will let you try one dance class or workshop at a reduced cost, or even for free, so you can see how much fun each dance form is before you decide which is the best for you.- please check.

Spring Dance Classes

Date: 01 Jan 2009
If variety is the spice of life, the Firkin Crane has something for every taste and range of ability.

The current dance class ‘menu’ includes:

classical and modern ballet
contemporary dance
hip-hop and breakdancing
swing, salsa and tango

Most of the adult dance teachers will let you try one class or workshop at a reduced cost, or even for free, so you can see how much fun each dance form is before you decide which is the best for you.

So whether you want to prepare for that first wedding dance, or make new friends, or simply keep fit - please check individual notices.

Give a Gift of Family Fun!

Date: 12 Dec 2008
Babes in the Wood like you’ve never seen it before - limited to 12 performances.

The Performers' Academy, in association with the Firkin Crane, present a magical musical adventure for all the family!

Tickets €16
Family ticket (4 people) €60

School Performances: Monday 15th – Friday 19th December at 11.00 am
Special rate of 10 euro per child for School Performances

Running until Tuesday 30th December

View the Performance Listing

Jack the Ripper - Voices of the Victims

Date: 28 Oct 2008
This is an original play, based on the deeds of Jack the Ripper, performed on Hallowe’en by the Luvius Theatre Group.

Rather than being all about the infamous Jack, the story concentrates on his victims: the murdered prostitutes - the ‘Unfortunates’ as they were called back then; who they were and why they were there….
Too often, with all the salacious tales and gory details, the victims themselves are forgotten and become merely statistics in the background.

This play will give the ladies their voices, their stories and their chance to become three-dimensional.

Jazz at the Firkin Crane

Date: 15 Oct 2008
This will be the best and biggest Jazz Festival at the Firkin Crane!

Following last year's sellout concert, Brazilian trumpeter Tonynho and friends will again bring their eclectic mix of sounds from all over the world. This year's show will feature special guests Tabla Sounds, creating an unique combination of infectious new world groove with Indian classical music.

On Saturday night, jazz masters Georgie Fame and Louis Stewart will deliver an amazing double bill, presenting a wonderful range of music, from chart-topping pop songs to a repertoire of jazz classics.

Sunday is the night to get on your glad rags, shine those shoes and step into the mysterious Shanghai Palace 1937. Dress to impress, act your character, lose yourself on the dance floor to the swing sounds of The Swingin' Bluecats. A complimentary cocktail will get you in the mood and a quick lesson will give you the moves!

If your interest goes deeper, come to the Jazz Festival Workshops: Sitar and Tabla with Unity Drums; Jazz Singing with Ines Reiger; Guitar Magic with Louis Stewart; and, the perennial favourite, Swing Dance with Jessica

Step Up: Dance Project 2014

Date: 19 Mar 2014
This year Step Up: Dance Project will be a partnership with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre. The project will give dance graduates an opportunity to work under the direction of choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan.
Step Up: Dance Project aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. The programme will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.
We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate in summer 2014 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years.
Six participants will be selected to work with Michael Keegan Dolan and 4 members of Fabulous Beast in a six-week programme of rehearsals and development running 07 July to 17 August. The programme includes studio sharings in at Dance Limerick, DanceHouse in Dublin and at the Firkin Crane in Cork over the last weekend of the project 14 – 17 August.
Accommodation will be provided near UL and participants will receive an honorarium for their involvement. Applicants must be born or currently resident in the Republic of Ireland and have a strong dance technique.

Please send your CV, a web link of recent dance footage, along with a one-page cover letter describing why you would like to be involved in the project. Please e-mail applications by the deadline 5pm, Wednesday, April 16th 2014 to Dance Limerick (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) with Step Up: Dance Project 2014 in the subject line.

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition with the choreographer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance on Friday 9th May 2014. Six dancers will then be selected from audition to take part in this year’s programme. Letters of offer will be sent in early May.

For any questions about the application process, please contact Lisa Hallinan, General Manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or on 086 855 8509.

Step Up: Dance Project is a is a partnership between the Arts Council, University of Limerick, Dance Ireland and Dance Limerick.

Operations Manager needed

Date: 05 Mar 2014
Job Title: Operations Manager Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork

Reporting to: Managing Director

Hours: 39 hours per week Time-off-in-lieu scheme operates for overtime hours worked

Contract: 1 year, subject to annual review and funding

Probationary period of 6 months

Salary: € 27,000 p.a. gross

Brief Overview: To manage administer and apply best practice in the day-to-day activities and operations of Firkin Crane to be a state of the art venue to make, see and join in dance.

Management Duties:

Managing the rental of theatre spaces and studios in consideration for the professional programme.
Managing the theatre spaces and studios ensuring cleanliness, operational equipment, maintaining Health and Safety procedures including statutory requirements, fire safety regulations.
Managing adequately staffed front of house, box office and technical operations and organizing appointment and the training of staff where required.
Managing communication information technology systems for the efficient running of the organisation.
Developing and managing a customer care policy that is fully understood by all staff and user groups.
Responsible for bringing proposals with rationale for improvements needed for Firkin Crane to continue to operate effectively on a day-to-day basis and informed by current trends in the sector.

Administration Duties:
Maintain detailed records and administrative systems to facilitate the efficient and effective management of the building and its resources including office equipment and other supply usage as well as insurances, licenses and employee records and contracts.
Monitoring rental and programme sales for the effective management of weekly reports on income and expenditure.
Issuing contracts for the rental of spaces with user groups.
Managing the budgets for services and fixed costs. Processing invoices and payments for same for example CIT, energy, building maintenance, printing, stationary and insurances.
Managing budgets for support staff and related expenditure. Processing invoices and timesheets and payments for same.
Preparing an annual budget with the Managing Director with focus on building maintenance, upgrading and improvements to the facilities.

Personnel Specification

Experience and Skills (Essential):
• Proven Track record of experience in the arts
• Dynamic team player with a high level of initiative and with experience of working with artists
• Creativity and an innovative approach to developing all aspects of the organisation
• Experience of Health & Safety policy and practice including Risk Assessments
• Experience in accounts procedures, purchasing and contracts
• Strong communication skills; For international candidates, excellent understanding of English language and evidence of adequate writing skills
• Good I.T. skills including SAGE
• Flexible attitude to working hours during busy periods
• Enthusiasm and genuine interest in both personal and company creative development

Experience and Skills (Desirable):

• Experience of marketing and social networking
• A practical understanding of the issues and challenges affecting arts organisations in Ireland
• Experience of liaising with arts, community, voluntary, public, or statutory agencies
• First Aid qualification and/or experience

Closing date & Interview date

Please submit a CV and covering letter providing contact details of two referees by email only to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Tuesday 18th March at 1pm.

Additional information

• The Selection Panel reserves the right to enhance the criteria in order to facilitate a manageable shortlist.
• Firkin Crane is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
• References will be sought for the successful candidate.
• Interview dates from Monday 24th March TBC.

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Date: 26 Feb 2014

BLANK CANVAS Intensive 2014

Dance Funding Clinic

Date: 07 Feb 2014
The Arts Council will hold a Dance Funding Clinic to provide information about the various funding schemes offered to dance artists. The clinic will be led by Head of Dance, Davide Terlingo, and will be held from 2.30pm to 3.30pm on 14th February at The Firkin Crane.

Funding programmes covered will include Dance Project Award, Bursary Awards, Travel & Training and Dance Artist Residency Scheme only.

The Clinic will cover:
* The purpose and priorities of the award
* The application process
* The assessment and decision making process
* Eligibility criteria
There will be an opportunity for Q&A and general advice for making an application.
In order to provide a meaningful clinic, the focus will remain on the topics outlined above and it will not be possible to use the clinic to address individual or unsuccessful funding decisions.

Dance Funding Clinic

Date: 16 Jan 2014
Davide Terlingo, Head of Dance at The Arts Council has offered to host a Dance Funding Clinic to provide information about the various funding schemes offered to dance artists. The clinic will be held at 2pm on 23rd January at the Daghdha Space in John's Square, Limerick.

Funding programmes covered will include Dance Project Award, Bursary Awards, Travel & Training and Dance Artist Residency Scheme only. The Clinic will cover:
The purpose and priorities of the award
The application process
The assessment and decision making process
Eligibility criteria

There will be an opportunity for Q&A and general advice for making an application. In order to provide a meaningful clinic, the focus will remain on the topics outlined above and it will not be possible to use the clinic to address individual or unsuccessful funding decisions.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

This clinic will go ahead if there is a minimum of 5 participants - so do let Jenny know asap if you would like to attend.

Jenny Traynor
Dance Limerick
1 & 2 John's Square, Limerick
T +353 61 467813 | M +353 87 9584540

2013 Arts Audiences Google Mentoring Scheme

Date: 06 Dec 2013
Firkin Crane, home of Dance in Cork has been chosen as recipient of the prestigious 2013 Arts Audiences Google Mentoring Scheme.

This is the first time that a Cork-based arts organization has been selected and will see specialist mentors from Google advise and work with Firkin Crane over a four month period to help the company connect with existing and new audiences through digital marketing.

The Scheme, which is a partnership between Google and Arts Audiences, is open to any individual, group or organisation in receipt of Arts Council funding in 2013. Other recipients of the award this year include The Irish Chamber Orchestra, The National Gallery of Ireland and The Civic Theatre with Guna Nua Theatre Company.

Paul McCarthy, Managing Director of Firkin Crane said
“We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the recipients of the prestigious Arts Audiences Google Mentoring Scheme. We value the power of marketing and are very excited about being mentored by digital experts from Google on how best to communicate and market the diverse range of dance events and performances taking place in Firkin Crane. In a world of multimedia communications it is very important to stay up to date with the best marketing practices in the Arts. We believe that with the help of mentoring from the experts at Google we have a unique opportunity to create awareness amongst members of the public that Firkin Crane, home of dance in Cork is a place where everyone can make, see or join in dance. "

Cork Dancer In Residence 2013/14

Date: 29 Nov 2013
Supported by the Arts Council, Cork City Council, and Firkin Crane, Cork based dancer and choreographer Laura Murphy has been awarded the Cork’s Dancer in Residence at Firkin Crane for 2013/2014. The aim of the award is to expand the professional practice of dance in Cork and this is the second year in a row that Laura has received this prestigious award.

The residency has evolved from 2013 with the development of new projects for professional dancers and choreographers in Cork and Laura Murphy unveils an extensive programme of dance events for the coming year.

As part of this year's residency, Laura initiated the community-based project A Dance Concerto with composer Irene Buckley and dancers Helga Deasy and Siobhan Ní Dhuinnín.

In the lead-up to Christmas, workshops and rehearsals resulted in a public showing of the work-in-progress on the 18th of December. This free event was an ideal opportunity for members of the public to see if they might be interested in taking part in the work. As the year goes by, people who become involved will be supported to collaborate with professional dance artists and composers to develop a live performance for June 2014.

The Community Cork Dance Project is multi-generational and will involve professional and semi-professional dancers, musicians and a community cast. No previous dance/performance experience is necessary just an interest in creating, moving and an open mind.

Laura said
“The community dance aspect of the Residency is essential to my practice as a dance artist as it welcomes the public into the professional arena of dance, choreography and music. I would like to invite people to engage in dance, a creative world that may seem abstract or distant from their daily lives. They will be supported to collaborate with professional dance artists and composers to develop a live performance for June 2014.”

Hosted by Cork Dancer in Residence, throughout the year highly acclaimed guest choreographers and dancers from all over the world will give dance classes/workshops at Firkin Crane and will include renowned American performance artist Colin Gee, Scottish based choreographer Rob Heaslip of MaxImeall Dance Company, UK dancer Joanne Pirrie and performance artists Fitzgerald and Stapleton (Ireland).

A series of professional dance classes including a new weekly improvisation class will also take place at Firkin Crane. The improvisation classes are open to dancers, actors, circus practitioners, musicians and performance artists and are very creative.

Inquiry, a research and development platform for professional dancers/choreographers initiated by Laura during last year's residency will continue in 2013-2014. Participants this year already include choreographer Inma Moya, circus artist Guillaume Cousson, dancer Elaine Stone and choreographer Tara Brandell.

Cork School of Dance is a Winner!

Date: 14 Nov 2013
At the recent Tia Maria Hi Style Awards 2013,
Cork School of Dance @ the Firkin Crane
was named
"The Most Stylish Business".

Congratulations to Miss Sinead and all involved in CSD!

We look forward to the upcoming Christmas performance of White As Snow

Parking is sorted!

Date: 06 Nov 2013
Firkin Crane have linked with Cork-based company Parking People to make your trip to our theatre even easier and more enjoyable.
Located beside North Cathedral, the car park will be gated and well-lit, with CCTV in operation.

On Event nights access will be available up to 23.30. For security reasons the car park is locked after this time

On behalf of our audience members, we have negotiated a very reasonable tariff of only €1.80 per hour.

Book now:


Date: 30 Sep 2013
This is a series of film installations created from collaborations between Firkin Crane's Dancer in Residence Laura Murphy and visual artists Gemma Riggs and Monique Besten. The exhibition looks at the ephemerality of the moving body and it's relation to the pictorial form and space. 

Unfold is being exhibited at Cork Film Centre in Ballincollig until October the 12th! Don't miss your chance to experience this dynamic dance film work.

Cork City Ballet 2013 Spectacular

Date: 27 Aug 2013
Firkin Crane resident, Cork City Ballet, presents Ballet Spectacular at the Cork Opera House on 21-23 November 2013, starring Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino. Directed by Alan Foley, this show promises to be the hottest ticket in town this November.

Booking at

Welcome to Firkin Crane!

Date: 16 Aug 2013
The Firkin Crane building was designed by Sir John Benson and opened in 1855. The unique rotunda formed part of Cork's original Butter Exchange, with the former butter market buildings in the Shandon area.

The butter trade originating from Cork City in the 18th and 19th centuries stretched to Great Britain, Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and the West Indies. Indeed the building's name derives from the Danish word for 'quarter barrel' and in former times these casks were weighed on a balance known as a crane.

The building is also of archaeological significance as it was constructed on the site of medieval Shandon Castle. Subsequently, the site was occupied by the Dominicans, who had a chapel and convent here from 1784 until 1840.

When the Butter Market closed in 1924 James Daly and Sons occupied the building until the 1970’s, when they moved their margarine manufacturing business to new premises.

The Firkin Crane was completely destroyed by fire in 1982. It reopened in 1992 and continues to be a focal point for dance in Ireland. With four dance studios and two performance spaces, it is a unique building for dance in Ireland. Performances run throughout the year along with a range of regular classes and workshops across a spectrum of dance styles.

Irish Dance Sensation!

Date: 08 Aug 2013
Cork’s own Alan Kenefick is the creator, lead dancer, and choreographer of Prodijig, the Irish dance sensation who were crowned the winners of Sky 1 HD's talent show Got To Dance 2012

Alan is a World champion Irish dancer, the ex-lead in Riverdance and has just completed his first tour of the full scale show Footstorm which performed in London’s West End to rave reviews.

Alan’s style of dance is a mixture of everything he has picked up over the years, remixing forms and bringing Irish dancing into the future.

Alan will commence classes in September and will show that there is more to Irish dance than the competitive side of things. He will be teaching a performance-based class and all ages and levels of dancers are welcome.

For more information on classes, please contact
(086) 0686898, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Back to the Barre ...

Date: 08 Aug 2013
Based in the Firkin Crane since the day the building re-opened in 1992, Cork City Ballet promotes dance as a vibrant and enjoyable artform, the basics of which are very accessible to anyone who wants to develop poise and grace, while keeping fit.

Artistic Director Alan Foley is in the valuable position of being able to provide enviable educational opportunities to students in stagecraft and dance at the highest level.

Eminent Irish dancer and former ballerina with the Irish National Ballet, Patricia Crosbie, is re-investing her expertise and experience through her direct involvement with Cork City Ballet as ballet mistress and choreographer, and through her teaching at all levels.

The autumn term will begin on Wednesday 11 September 2013.

From its home in the Firkin Crane,
Cork City Ballet is gradually and successfully re-establishing classical
ballet as an important contribution to
the cultural life of the city.

Mary Clarke,
Dancing Times Magazine

Firkin Crane For Hire

Date: 30 Jul 2013
With four dance studios, a 238-seat theatre and various performance spaces, Firkin Crane’s unique building is very adaptable: dance classes of all forms, live theatre, concerts and opera, art exhibitions, poetry readings.
The entrance foyer is set up for audio/video exhibits and has a stylish, sweeping staircase, perfect for film and photo shoots, as are the historic entrance steps and terrace.
Facilities are available for visual, multimedia and sound arts. A range of hire fees is available to suit all budgets. For general booking enquiries, please contact: +00 353 21 450 7487 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Did I mention the Free Wine?

Date: 03 Jul 2013
The ever-popular Felix Dennis returns for an evening to celebrate the publication of his book of new poems, Love, Of a Kind.
The Did I Mention The Free Wine? 2013 tour will see the poet present a selection from his hugely popular collections, and the audience will enjoy free wine and canapés.

Sharing again!

Date: 02 Jul 2013
Clare Daly is in residence at the home of dance from 6 - 16 August and will present a free sharing, open to all at lunchtime on Friday 16 August.

BLANK CANVAS is back in the frame

Date: 11 Jun 2013
Since 2009, the BLANK CANVAS residency scheme at Firkin Crane has supported dance-artists to develop new ideas. The focus of these residencies is not on creating finished work but on the studio-based research that allows artists to deepen, interrogate or refine their choreographic practice. However, artists participating in BLANK CANVAS are expected to share the outcome of their research in whatever way is appropriate with the engaged and curious following that BLANK CANVAS sharings have built over the years.

This year, BLANK CANVAS Intensive takes place from 15 July to 26 August. Five two-week residencies were awarded to take place in that period.

This year’s participants are Lisa Mc Loughlin and Neil Kenny from Tipperary, London-based Clare Daly, UK artists Luke Pell and Jo Verrent, Scotland-based Rob Heaslip with Cork’s Laura Murphy and finally the Frith Collective of emerging Ireland-based dance artists including Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Jenny Brown, Bróna Jackson, Lucia Kickham, Orla Shine and Lisa Tighe.

IT article about CURE

Date: 20 May 2013

The WITCHES are coming….

Date: 17 May 2013
Five WITCHES will welcome the audience arriving in darkness to the outdoor performance site to witness (and perhaps participate in) a ritual dance, where frenetic movement and live music herald the dawn, where sacred animals are honoured, and where colour and light are called forth from the shadows. The entire performance will take place outdoors and will be timed to coincide with astronomical, nautical and civil dawn as they alter from day to day.

For this large scale site-specific piece comprising of a cast of 5, a volunteer ensemble of 50, fire breathers, a choir and live animals, we are seeking a volunteer cast of 50 to complete this unique spectacle, to participate in what is set to be an extraordinary experience for both the participants and audience who will share it’s secret before the city awakens and night becomes day...

There will be a mass of bodies holotropically breathing in a frenzy (Holiotropic breathwork involves accelerated breathing to induce
non-ordinary or ecstatic states). There will be birth, marriage and death. There will be solos and “real” dancing. There will be a powder chalk ritual borrowed from the Hindu festival Holi. It will be messy and it will be big ... and we would like you to take part.

WITCHES is being co-produced with the kind support of Firkin Crane and the Cork Midsummer Festival and will be co-created and choreographed in the weeks leading up to this year’s festival. During that time the international cast will draw on the practices of Kundalini, Shamanism, and Radical Feminism and Celtic Mythology to explore their own experience of ritual practice, gender and the “forgotten” female, a notion eroded over time.

Performances of the piece will run at dawn (aprox. 4.30am) from June 21st to 24th. As part of the volunteer ensemble you will be required to attend rehearsals for aprox. 2 hours on the Tuesday and Thursday of each rehearsal week, beginning the week of May 20th, and for the following four weeks. We will issue information about the technical rehearsals leading up to the opening during those four weeks.

We would love your participation - please contact Aideen Wylde (Producer) at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Ruairi Donovan (Choreographer) at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for further information, or to register as a performer.

Dance Interactive

Date: 09 May 2013
Dance Interactive is a permanent multi-media exhibition space at the heart of Firkin Crane’s historic building. Visitors can immerse themselves in a dynamic environment featuring interactive installations, photographic exhibitions and dance film-work.

Having recently attracted over 8000 visitors for the Centenary exhibition celebrating Joan Denise Moriarty, Firkin Crane continues with a presentation of works by dance artists who utilise digital media.

A video installation by dance artist and film-maker Mary Wycherley is followed by a retrospective of Firkin Crane’s professional dance residency programme BLANK CANVAS. In June, it will be part of Open Inquiry, when visitors can take a tour through Firkin Crane’s studios and watch dance artists and choreographers at work.

If you are enthusiastic about dance, curious about how dance meets digital technology or simply eager to take a look inside Cork’s home of dance, then drop into Firkin Crane anytime between 10am and 5pm.

Entry to Dance Interactive is FREE.

Dance in Cork Midsummer Festival 2013

Date: 09 May 2013
Three amazing dance performances as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2013:

From Witches, an outdoor performance that takes place at dawn by the Lough, to the inner landscapes of Icarus, Firkin Crane's Dance Curator Fearghus Ó Conchúir brings audiences on a journey of discovery and continues his own inquiry into who we are as individuals and as a culture with Cure.

World Dance Day 2013

Date: 28 Mar 2013
On 29 April 2013, Firkin Crane invites everyone to celebrate World Dance Day and revel in the universality of this art form, to cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers and bring people together with the common language of Dance.

The special guests this year are the aerial dancers Michaela Heyer and Linda Cullen. The pair will host workshops during the afternoon, open to people from 10 years old, and guests will be treated to a mind-blowing Aerial Dance show that evening!

3:00 - 9:00 pm ~ Dance Expo
3:00 - 4:00 pm ~ Aerial Dance workshop
4:30 - 5:30 pm ~ Aerial Dance workshop
8:00 - 9:00 pm ~ Aerial Dance performance

Open for all, Free for all!

ISDA Theatre Festival 2013

Date: 22 Mar 2013

Easter Workshops

Date: 22 Mar 2013
Contact for details: Stephen's School of Performing Arts 087 1652958

Creative Sanatorium

Date: 14 Mar 2013
Experiencing and searching for physical pleasure and voluptuousness in movement beyond aesthetics, trends, analytical discourses, endless descriptions and justifications, investigating the emotional and therapeutic effects of movement, kinesthetic empathy are topics to be explored in the workshop.

Wednesday 20 March 10:30 am - 03:15 pm
Open to all.
Fee: €35/25
Professional Dance Class member €15/10

Booking office: +353 (0)21 450 7487 - a fee may apply for telephone credit card bookings

E-motional Bodies and Cities in Cork

Date: 14 Mar 2013
A presentation of work from members of the E-motional Bodies and Cities network will include a new performance by Laura Murphy, in collaboration with UK video artist Gemma Riggs and Romanian dancer Mircea Andrei Ghinea, also a performance by Romanian artists Mădălina Dan and Mihaela Dancs, plus a workshop by the visiting artists.

E-motional Bodies and Cities is an EU-funded exchange programme for dance artists and arts managers from Romania, Cyprus, Ireland, Latvia, the UK, and Turkey. The programme aims to identify, attract, nurture and sustain talent and creativity by connecting artists and dance managers from the participating countries.

Firkin Crane is an Irish partner in the project, along with Dance Ireland, Dublin Dance Festival and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.

20 Mar 2013 - 10:30 am - 3:15 pm
Workshop - Creative Sanatorium – Mădălina Dan & Mihaela Dancs
The workshop explores the emotional and therapeutic effects of movement. Open to all.
Fee: €35/25 Professional Dance Class member €15/10

21 Mar 2013 - 08:00 pm
Performance - Internal Façade
A collaboration between Firkin Crane’s Dancer in Residence, Laura Murphy, UK video artist, Gemma Riggs and Romanian dancer, Mircea Andrei Ghinea.
Growing out of research on the experience of bodies in cities, Internal Façade layers live performance and video to frame the intangibility of a dancer's movement in space and time.
Tickets: €14/€8

22 Mar 2013 - 8.00
Performance - (anti) aging
This duet from Romania is created with the intention of being remade by its performers in 2041. Witty, idiosyncratic and tender, this work brings before the audience the energetic performers and the future selves they may become.
Tickets: €14/€8

22 Mar 2013 - 9.00pm
Post Show Discussion - Open to all
Hosted by Luke Pell, performance-maker, curator and facilitator, as well as a participant in the E-motional Bodies and Cities research, the discussion will be an opportunity for audience members to hear more from some of the artists involved about E-motional Bodies and Cities research project and about the work presented at Firkin Crane.

To book: 021 450 7487.
A telephone booking fee may apply.

Assembling Moments

Date: 28 Feb 2013
This is a weekly community dance project hosted by Laura Murphy, Cork's first Dancer in Residence.

A group of teenagers, aged 13-17, work with film maker Ciary Hyland and photographer Clare Keogh on the processes of creating and performing dance film works and a dance-based photographic exhibition. Weekly dance/movement classes and workshops take place at the Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork, every Wednesday and filming is on selected weekends.

No previous dance experience was required, just an open mind and commitment to participate over the course of 9 months to June 2013.

This project is funded by The Arts Council, Cork City Council and Firkin Crane.

Laura Murphy is Cork's Dancer in Residence 2012/2013 as part of The Arts Council's Dancer in Residence Award 2012.

Guest Teacher for Professional Dance Class

Date: 27 Feb 2013
Cormac teaches professional ballet from a classical base with an emphasis on whole body awareness and somatic techniques. Technique is paramount, however 'movement' is the definition of dance, which can be often forgotten in the idiom of classical ballet.
He hopes to connect classical and contemporary from a functional and artistic place.

Cormac Murphy hails from Cork and trained here as well as the Rambert School in London, equally in classical and contemporary dance. He currently dances with Ballet Ireland but has also worked extensively with Cork City Ballet, Ballet Theatre Uk, Ballet Russe Swansea and Ballet Wales touring throughout the UK, Ireland and Italy.

Fun fitness class!

Date: 22 Feb 2013
First class only €10 !!

BLANK CANVAS Intensive 2013

Date: 05 Feb 2013
Since 2009, the BLANK CANVAS residency scheme at Firkin Crane has supported dance-artists to develop new ideas. The focus of these residencies is not on creating finished work but on the studio-based research that allows artists to deepen, interrogate or refine their choreographic practice. However, artists participating in BLANK CANVAS are expected to share the outcome of their research in whatever way is appropriate with the engaged and curious following that BLANK CANVAS sharings have built over the years.

This year, BLANK CANVAS Intensive will take place in July and August. 5 two-week residencies will be awarded to take place in that period. The residencies are open to independent dance artists and companies that have a demonstrable track record of professional choreography. Priority will be given to proposals that explain clearly how the residency would impact on the artist’s/company’s practice.

What Firkin Crane will provide:
•Studio space for two weeks
•Technical support and advice from Firkin Crane’s staff
•Self-catering accommodation for up to 2 members of each project

You will need to cover your own travel and subsistence costs, though we are happy to provide letters of support if you are in a position to apply for funds elsewhere to covers these costs.

You are welcome to submit project proposals with more than two members but will need to be able to cover the cost of accommodation for additional members.

How to apply:
Please submit a one-page proposal outlining what you’d like to achieve in the residency and why it would be beneficial to your practice right now. In addition, indicate how you expect to fund the extra costs of the residency.
Please also include a CV and links to online examples of your work that are relevant to the residency proposal.

Email your proposal to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Only email proposals will be accepted.

Application Deadline: 28th February 2013

Successful artists/companies will be notified by 29th March 2013.

First Class Free

Date: 02 Jan 2013
Zumba Fitness restarts on Tuesday 8th of January 2013, 7:30 to 8:30 and the first class back is FREE
to book ring or text Christina Murphy on 085 8428592

Spring Season Launch

Date: 10 Dec 2012
An exciting Spring season of dance performances at Firkin Crane was unveiled on Monday 10 December 2012.

The Firkin Crane presents season features work from two of Ireland’s most accomplished choreographers, Liz Roche and John Scott, as well as new work from Cork City’s Dancer in Residence, Laura Murphy. The season also caters to Cork audiences’ appetite for the international with a first-time visit from Romanian dance artists Mãdãlina Dan and Mihaela Dancs, presented in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival and Dance Ireland.

Speaking at the launch on Monday evening, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, curator of the artistic programme at Firkin Crane, said:

Firkin Crane is the only venue in the country that can dedicate its stage to presenting dance the whole year round. The Spring season of Firkin Crane presents gives audiences in Cork and beyond an idea of the exciting mix of local, national and international dance work that they can expect to see regularly on the stage - and at an affordable price too.

In addition to launching the Spring season of performances, Ó Conchúir spoke about the opportunities for artists, audiences and enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to make, see and join in dance at Firkin Crane in the coming year.

The launch was accompanied by performances from Laura Murphy, Helga Deasy and the Cork School of Dance.

For the first time, the home of dance in Cork offers Season Tickets, which will give afficionados and friends an opportunity to support and share inspiring dance experiences.

At only €40 (or even €25 for students), this is a fabulous Christmas or New Year gift for anyone interested in dance. For your Season Ticket, telephone Marie at 021 450 7487.

Assembling Moments

Date: 26 Sep 2012
Date: 3 October 2012

Time: 3pm – 5-pm

Venue: Firkin Crane, Cork

Price: Free of charge

An open dance/movement class for teenagers will take place in the Firkin Crane, home of dance in Cork, on 03 October at 3.00– 5.00pm.

Laura Murphy, Cork's Dancer in Residence, will hold a creative dance class and a short interview with anyone wishing to participate in an upcoming project. Assembling Moments is open to teenagers, male/female, aged between 15-18 years, who are interested in dance and movement, with a flair for creativity and choreography. No previous dance experience is required, just an open mind and commitment to participate over the course of 9 months to June 2013.

Assembling Moments will involve with Cork-based artists, choreographer Laura Murphy, film maker Ciara Hyland, photographer Clare Keogh and musician Irene Buckley. Participants will work on the processes of creating and performing for 3 short films and a photographic exhibition. Weekly dance/movement classes and workshops will take place at the Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork, every Wednesday from 3.00pm – 5.00pm and filming will be on selected weekends.

Participation is free of charge but it is recommended that people register an interest by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

This project is funded by The Arts Council, Cork City Council and The Firkin Crane.

Laura Murphy is Cork's Dancer in Residence 2012/2013 as part of The Arts Council's Dancer in Residence Award 2012.

Try for free ...

Date: 18 Sep 2012
Acting for Camera class for Cork Culture Night @ Firkin Crane Theatre on Friday. pic.

Cork’s first Dancer in Residence at home in the Firkin Crane

Date: 20 Aug 2012
Laura Murphy is Cork's Dancer in Residence at the Firkin Crane.
The post was recently awarded to Laura by The Arts Council's Dancer in Residence Scheme and this is the first time Cork has been selected as a recipient under this award.

This residency is a partnership between Dance Artist, Laura Murphy, Cork City Council and The Firkin Crane. Liz Meany, Arts Officer at Cork City Council, Paul McCarthy, Director at The Firkin Crane and Laura have collaborated to host and develop an exciting programme of dance projects in Cork throughout 2012/2013. Laura will commence the residency at The Firkin Crane in October 2012 for a period of 9 months. Various dance projects are currently in planning and will be launched in October of this year.

Laura's focus for the residency is “to expand the practice of dance in Cork not only for professional dancers/choreographers but also within the community. I will be based at the Firkin Crane, an established venue for dance in Cork City, and from where I foresee a
very inspirational year of dancing activity.”


Date: 20 Aug 2012
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Reminder: Irish artists can apply for a number of artistic residencies at the Centre Culturel Irlandais/Irish College in Paris.
Artists-in-residence have been appointed on an annual basis since the Centre Culturel Irlandais opened in the Irish College in October 2002. Residency gives the recipient the chance to spend time in Paris and engage with one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
The closing date is usually in January of each year.

Culture Ireland's principal funding scheme is designed to support the presentation and promotion of Irish arts internationally.
There are four funding rounds each year:
15 February - 15 May - 15 September - 15 December
In very exceptional cases, where high-profile invitations to present work internationally are received too late for the quarterly deadline (e.g. a new film being programmed by a major festival), applications may be considered at short notice.
Culture Ireland also operates the See Here scheme to support Irish Artists and arts organisations to invite international programmers, presenters, curators, promoters or critics to see new Irish work with a view to subsequent international presentation. Applications under this scheme are accepted on an ongoing basis.

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme
Twice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work collaboratively on arts projects. The scheme covers all art forms -architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.
The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts eg arts and health; arts in prisons; arts and older people; arts and cultural diversity. The Scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency.for collaborative arts. For full details and to download application forms, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Deadline : Monday 25 March 2013

Creative Careers - Ireland's jobs and opportunities website for the arts/creative sector includes a Careers Chat Forum, Training, Seminar section, Classifieds section and an RSS feed for the latest jobs and opportunities. You can also place adverts seeking Interns or Volunteers or letting Creative Space. The site covers areas such as Theatre, Performance, Film , Literature, Arts Management, Visual Arts and Design ! Digital Media. is now fully automated so your adverts go online in a matter of seconds and all services are completely free.

RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Cenre, is looking to expand its database of freelance arts tutors. We are looking for tutors across all art forms including visual arts, dance, drama and music.
If you would like us to consider you for future projects run by the centre, please email or post a cv and a description of any specialist
skills to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Opportunities, RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

The Foundation for Community Dance: The National College for Community Dance
The FCD’s National College for Community Dance, now in its 2nd year, offers a wide-ranging programme of events for all dance practitioners working in community dance contexts. They would like to get this information out to dance artists and teachers around the UK and internationally.
The National College delivers an annual programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events and learning opportunities that aim to support, inspire and improve the practice of dance leaders working in community dance contexts. The programme includes workshops; seminars; induction, intermediate and advanced courses; annual 3-day residential Summer School; accredited learning pathways; consultation events; network events and resource books.
See their current programme and further information at:
Tel: +44 (0) 116 253 3453 Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Foundation for Community Dance is the professional organisation for anyone involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance.

Croi Glan, Ireland's leading Integrated Dance Company, is looking for athletic men and women with physical disabilities who are interested in coming along to our dance sessions.
All sessions are in Cork City and are free of charge.
For those interested, there is also the possibility that dancing with Croi Glan may lead to paid work with the company and/or free vocational training in Integrated Dance.
Check out our dance on youtube: and our website:
Contact Tara Brandel for more information on 087 311 2899 (text) or by email on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Croi Glan Integrated dance company .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Job Description: Charm School is looking for freelance dance instructors to join their nationwide pool of hen party teachers. Our hen party instructors deliver a variety of 2 hour dance experience hen parties such as Charleston, Can Can, Burlesque and 80’s inspired jazz. Sessions are usually delivered on Saturday afternoons. Instructors are not expected to choreograph for these sessions, but will be following a Charm School curriculum.
Job Requirement: Charm School instructors are expected to be versatile dance instructors. We do not need you to have experience in each of our dance styles as we will train you in our syllabus, but a background in musical theatre and/or jazz/commercial dance is useful. Candidates must be out-going, enthusiastic and reliable. Instructors are not expected to have their own insurance.
On occasion we will ask our instructors to travel outside of their base, please state when applying whether/how far from your base you are willing to travel and if you drive whether you have a car at your disposal. Candidates should have access to their own portable music system. Rate of pay: competitive rates
To apply: Please send a CV to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
The Clore Leadership Programme invites applications from exceptional individuals with the potential to take on significant leadership roles within culture.
Sponsored by the Cultural Leadership Programme, these Fellowships are open to candidates with at least 5 years' paid work experience either in employment, self-employed or freelance, usually in the cultural sector. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a knowledge, understanding and passion for culture.
The Fellowship Programme aims to shape emerging creative leaders through in-depth learning, tailored as far as possible to the needs, aspirations and circumstances of about 20 individuals a year. Fellows also benefit from unparalleled access to senior cultural leaders and to extensive networks.
The structure of the programme includes:
residential courses
an extended placement for a period of approximately 3 months
individually-selected training, mentoring and coaching.
Fellows can choose to take a period of six months away from work and receive a bursary while doing their programme, or continue to be attached to their place of work, with their employer being compensated for the sustained periods when they're away.
We welcome applications for general Fellowships from people working across a wide range of creative and cultural activity, and also from those from outside the cultural sector who want to develop as a leader within it. In addition, we also offer some Fellowships focused on particular specialisms or geographical areas. These vary from year to year and can be found on our website

Check out this recruitment site:

The Magic of Dance

Date: 11 May 2012
Cork School of Dance presents THE MAGIC OF DANCE at Cork Opera House on 20th May 2012.

Directed and choreographed by the school director Sinead Murphy, with lighting and visual design by Tim Feehily.

The production is dedicated to the memory of Joan Denise Moriarty whose life and achievements are being celebrated this year. Sinéad trained with the late Joan Denise Moriarty and became principal teacher at the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance before opening her own school, Cork School of Dance at the Firkin Crane, the home of dance in Cork, in 2009.

The show will feature excerpts from Coppélia which was the last production presented by Joan Denise Moriarty’s Cork Ballet Company in 1993. The programme will also include pieces specially choreographed by Sinead: Rhapsody in Blue, Fleurs du Mal, Earthsong, Mystical Light, Spirit of Dawn, Pulstar and the Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor which featured in the Joan Denise Moriarty Centenary Gala performance in the Firkin Crane in March this year. The show will highlight the talent, dedication and the enthusiasm of all the students.

Come along and be entertained by the students from Cork School of Dance.

Tickets available from the box office at Cork Opera House, telephone 021 4270022 or on-line at

For more information please contact Ms. Sinead Murphy at (086) 8459252

Joan Denise Moriarty Centenary 2012

Date: 07 Mar 2012
Joan Denise Moriarty (1912?-1992) was a dancer, teacher, choreographer, founder of the Cork Ballet Company, of two professional ballet companies, and of Cork’s Firkin Crane Dance Centre
• 2012 is the probable centenary of her birth and the 20th anniversary of her death; it is the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Cork Ballet Company.
• Living in England, her Mallow family cherished its Irish heritage; she was a member of the Liverpool Gaelic League and became Champion Irish Step-dancer of England in 1931
• She played the war pipes, winning the silver medal at the Tailteann Games in Dublin in 1932 and the Munster Open Championship in 1933
• She introduced ballet to County Cork, teaching dance in Mallow from 1934, and opening the Moriarty School of Dance in Cork in November 1940
• She opened branches of her school in Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford.
• Her Cork Ballet Company gave the city an annual ballet week from 1947-1993, from 1956 with international guest artists and directors
• For 45 years she collaborated with the composer, Aloys Fleischmann, whose Cork Symphony Orchestra played for the annual ballet week from 1947-1993
• The Cork Ballet Company brought its shows to Munster towns and in the 1970s to Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre
• Moriarty founded Ireland’s first professional ballet company: Irish Theatre Ballet (1959-1964) Irish Theatre Ballet toured the length and breadth of Ireland, north and south, visiting 70 venues annually
• Her second professional company, The Irish Ballet Company, later named Irish National Ballet (1973-1989) was also a touring company, bringing ballet all over the country. In addition, the company performed Moriarty’s Playboy of the Western World, music performed by The Chieftains, in France, in Sadler’s Well in London, and in New York.
• Moriarty choreographed 115 original ballets for her companies She experimented with a specifically Irish form of ballet, fusing the European art with elements of Irish traditional dance
• She founded a Folk Dance Group, which performed at the Cork International Choral Festival, and competed successfully at festivals in France and in Germany
• She commissioned 60 ballets from international choreographers for her professional companies
• She commissioned 18 new works from Irish musicians
• Her Cork Ballet Company appeared on RTÉ television with 13 Irish dance programmes in 1966
• She was the first choreographer commissioned to produce a ballet for Irish television in 1981
• She won the esteem and friendship of many: among them the politician Peter Barry, the composer John Buckley, the RTÉ producer and critic Norris Davidson, the sculptor and painter Marshall Hutson and his wife Clare, the Irish Times columnist Seamus Kelly, the pianist Charles Lynch, the politician Jack Lynch and his wife Maureen, the actor and writer Micheal MacLiammoir, the composers A.J. Potter and Seán Ó Riada, the Earl and Countess of Ross
• She was supported throughout her life by the three great ladies of dance: Alicia Markova, Marie Rambert and Ninette de Valois
• She received numerous awards for her work, including an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland in 1979
• Her legacy is present nationwide: a number of her former professional dancers have remained in Ireland and have founded companies here including Alan Foley – the Artistic Director of Cork City Ballet.
• Her unswerving, dedicated commitment to the cause of developing dance and of bringing the artform to people from all walks of life all over the country, can serve as a beacon to us in these difficult times.

Compiled by Ruth Fleischmann, July 2011.

Events scheduled for the Centenary Year include:

CSN Dance Graduation Show Firkin Crane May 2012
Cork School of Dance presents their annual production at the Cork Opera House in honour of JDM Cork Opera House May 2012
Dance Offering 2012 presented by students from the Alan Foley Academy of Dance. Cork Opera House June 2012
Joan Denise Moriarty Centenary Summer School Firkin Crane 23rd – 27th July
A new production of The Sleeping Beauty – reproduced by Yury Demakov and Alan Foley - Cork Opera House, Wexford Opera House,Siamse Tire, Tralee, UCH, Limerick - Nov 2012

Joan Denise (at home) in the Firkin Crane

Date: 23 Feb 2012
Joan Denise Moriarty made Cork the centre of Irish ballet for almost half a century. Cork Ballet Company presented the great classics and her own original works foralmost half a century. Her two professional companies brought ballet all over Ireland and abroad.

Her inspired mixing of traditional Irish stories and dance steps with classical ballet resulted in acclaimed versions of the ancient Irish myths. For her adaptation of Synge’s renowned drama, The Playboy of the Western World, the world-famous Chieftains created an original score and performed live for the premiere in Dublin.

This highly original presentation, using state of the art technology and vibrant displays of original costumes, vintage film and theatrical posters, brings alive the intriguing story of her life, her companies, her dancers.

Whether you are fascinated by the story of dance, or just want to see inside this unique rotunda building, there is something to delight all ages.
2012 is the Centenary of Joan Denise Moriarty, who was responsible for the establishment of the Firkin Crane as a centre for dance and who was fundamental to the development of ballet in Ireland. The exhibition will shine a light on this unique building, which owes its very existence to her vision and energy.

The exhibition is being created by the staff at Firkin Crane in association with Cork School of Dance. Newly discovered archive material will be presented and, using state of the art technology and colourful displays, will demonstrate Miss Moriarty’s innovative creativity; the difficulties she encountered and how she surmounted them.

A programme of performances, demonstrations, workshops and classes will provide another dimension to Firkin Crane’s tribute to Joan Denise Moriarty. Always an innovator, she would have approved of the unique atmosphere and highly original presentation.

Whether you are enthralled by the story of dance in Ireland, or simply want to see inside this unique historical building, there is something to delight.

With the official opening on Thursday 22nd March, the Joan Denise Moriarty Centenary Exhibition, will run until the end of 2012.

Arts Council Project Award, 2012 Round 1

Date: 04 Jan 2012
Chrysalis Dance
To create, rehearse and produce an original double bill in 2012. To commission composer Jesse Ronneau to create an original score. To forge a new partnership with the ConTempo String Quartet, Galway's ensemble in residence.
Galway County Council €25,350

Legitimate Bodies Dance Company
To mount a dance production for Legitimate Bodies Dance Company based in the Irish midlands which marks the fifth anniversary of the company. To create stimulating and practical ties with Dance House Lemesos in Cyprus. To continue to advocate the natural place for dance in rural Ireland.
Offaly County Council €36,500

Martin, Emma
To create a new dance-theatre work that will be performed with an original composition and design. To premiere the work in Dublin as a part of ABSOLUT Fringe 2012, followed by a tour in 2013.
Dublin City Council €48,650

McAtamney, Aoife
To choreograph and produce EMPTY ECHO, a dance piece for five dancers with musician Tom lane, in Dublin in August 2012. To provide professional morning class/dance workshops for the Irish dance community.
South Dublin County Council €20,000

Murphy, Luke
To expand a short duet titled 'Drenched' into an evening-length work. To work with a number of international partner organisations to premiere this work in Ireland and extend its reach through performances in several venues. To reach a broader audience base through clear investigation of a universal idea, employing a vibrant approach to dance theatre with visceral physicality and a fully self-aware theatricality.
Cork City Council €17,500

Arts Council Bursary Recipients 2011

Date: 04 Jan 2012
The following list is just of those who received Bursaries in relation to dance. Decisions are routinely published in the Arts Council newsletter, and historical decisions are recorded in the Arts Council's annual reports which are available online in the publications section. For a full list of Bursary recipients in all disciplines, check here.

Bryson, Nicholas Offaly County Council €9,350
Clarke, Ella Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council €10,000
Davis, Joan Wicklow County Council €7,500
Fitzgerald, Emma Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council €4,800
Giannotti, Elena Limerick City Council €7,850 + €5,850
Herriott, Liadain Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council €10,000
Kennedy, Jessica Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council €9,950
Martin, Emma Dublin City Council €7,100
McDonagh, Leonie Galway City Council €7,075
Nilsson Waller, Maria Dublin City Council €1,525
Ó Conchuir, Fearghus International €9,000
Quilligan, FionaDublin City Council €10,000
Sibley, Judith Clare County Council €10,000
Vaughan, Mairead Cork County Council €10,000

The Treatment Room

Date: 08 Oct 2011
Remedy Massage -

We welcome appointments from everyone - dancers, performers, users of the Firkin Crane and members of the public.

The Treatment Room is set up especially to welcome clients in a warm and friendly environment, and to promote wellness and relaxation.
- Warmed towels
- Heated massage couch
- Soothing background music
- Privacy screen

Therapeutic Massage benefits most people; from general relaxation, to restoring muscle tone, improving function and circulation, relieving stress & tension or certain symptoms, and can also be preventative as part of a treatment plan. The method is based on Swedish Massage, using a light oil with applied pressure, and gentle but firm, gliding movements amongst others, and whilst some techniques used are deep, the treatment generally focuses on soft tissue. Some minor injuries can benefit from this form of treatment. It is a professional service with effective results.

Staś Bernasiński graduated with distinction from the Natural Healing Centre with a practitioner's diploma in Therapeutic Massage. He is currently broadening his professional skills with advanced massage techniques including Deep Tissue Massage, Sports & Remedial Massage and Trigger Point Therapy, and focusing longterm on specialising in dance related manual therapy and injury prevention. He is a member of the Natural Healing Institute of Ireland (NHII), a registered practitioner with the British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA) and an Associate member of the Irish Massage Therapists Association (IMTA), and is fully insured.

Treatments: A 1 hour consultation is tailored to each person's needs, with usually approx. 45 minutes of actual treatment time. A detailed patient history is taken at the first session, and, whilst a treatment requires some degree of undress pertinent to the body part being worked, the client is otherwise draped in towels for discretion, comfort and warmth.

Rates: 1 hour session costs €50.
A loyalty scheme is in place and please feel free to enquire about discounts.

Hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 7pm. Saturdays available by prior arrangement. Home or site visits also available, both daytime and evenings. Usual 24 hour cancellation notice period applies.

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Avail of a 10% discount off your next 1 hour session simply by downloading and printing out this flyer (pdf format) and bringing it along with you on the day. This offer is not available together with any other offer or discount scheme.
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Contact: For appointments or enquiries, please call Staś on 086 060 6376

Private Health Insurance: Currently only Aviva recognises massage as a complementary therapy. The IMTA is working with other providers to also support massage as an outpatient benefit. Please ask for an IMTA stamped receipt if you wish to claim.

Always seek professional medical advice regarding health concerns.

Arts and Civil Society Symposium in Cork

Date: 03 Oct 2011
Arts and Civil Society Symposium Cork 20 and 21 October
Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, part-funded by the Cultural Contact Point Ireland (CCP) social and community contexts and Voluntary Arts Ireland is hosting a symposium to discuss the current and future relationship of arts and civil society.
The symposium is an opportunity to participate in a discussion with a national and an international group of artists, community activists and civil society leaders.
The event is aimed at artists, arts officers, arts organisations, voluntary and civil society organisations and policy makers with an interest in arts, culture and social change.
Please visit Create's website for more details and also to register:

Arts Advisers at the Arts Council

Date: 03 Oct 2011
The Arts Council recently sought proposals via from practitioners wishing to provide services as Arts Advisers in a broad range of artforms and arts practice areas. While there are different requirements for each role, many include assisting in the appraisal and assessment of funding applications and in the provision of critical advice to the Arts Council on artistic work.

The Arts Council's new Arts Advisers are:

Name and Artform / Arts Practice
Emmett Scanlon, Architecture
Ann O'Connor, Arts and Health
Verena Cornwall, Circus
Aoife McGrath, Dance
Brendan McCarthy, Film
Helen Meany, Literature
Rachel Holstead, Music
Randall Shannon, Opera
Aisling Prior, Public Art
Carina McGrail, Spectacle / Street Arts
Jocelyn Clarke, Theatre
Peter Browne, Traditional Arts
Cliodhna Shaffrey, Visual Arts
Liz Coman, Young People, Children and Education

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2011

Date: 26 Sep 2011
This will be the best and biggest Jazz Festival at the Firkin Crane!

Check out our Performances for the list of cool tunes and hot steps.

Sunday is the night to get on your glad rags, shine those shoes and step into the notorious Cotton Club. Dress to impress, act your character, lose yourself on the dance floor to the swing sounds of The Swingin' Bluecats.

Congratulations to Ballet Ireland!

Date: 03 Aug 2011
Grants of over €1.2 million in additional funding for touring of work in Ireland in theatre, music, traditional arts, literature, visual arts, young people's programming and dance have been announced by the Arts Council. The funding will enable 38 individual artists and organisations to take their shows on the road from July 2011 to July 2012 to all corners of Ireland.

The announcement of these grants by the Arts Council, which was welcomed by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, follows the success of the Council's 'Touring Experiment' in 2007 and 2008. The scheme now called the 'Touring and Dissemination of Work' scheme is designed to encourage arts organisations to take their best shows to audiences countrywide.

Swing Dance Class - pay as you go

Date: 13 Apr 2011
Want to learn to dance like they did in the Jazz era? Why not come along and try Swing dancing? It’s the dance that’s popular around the world and danced in Cork in the cool locations to live Jazz!

Details: April 13th – June 15th - ‘Pay As You Go’ complete beginner classes are on in the Firkin Crane Shandon from 8.30pm - 9.30pm. No partner, no booking and no experience of dance is required.

Cost: €10 per class or you can pay for a 10 week course €75.

Swing Dance Cork have been teaching Swing dancing for the past 4 years and offers a wide range of courses and workshops for different levels of dancers.

More info at

Arts Council Funding Clinic for dance

Date: 16 Mar 2011
In response to members’ requests, and queries about funding possibilities, Dance Ireland are hosting a Funding Clinic in collaboration with the Arts Council dance team: Head of Dance Davide Terlingo and Dance Advisor Jenny Roche on Wednesday 23 March from 3 to 5pm.
Increasingly flexible funding options are being offered by the Arts Council in response to reduced resources, yet they note the considerable increase in the quantity of applications they receive: for example in the first round of Bursaries for 2011 there are 32 applications compared to 13 in 2009. In Projects there were 29 applications in 2010 compared to 10 in 2008 and 14 in 2009.
It is therefore timely to provide an overview and reminder of the funding programmes, how these awards and schemes work and also gain a stronger insight into the criteria and assessment process.
Chaired by Dance Ireland board member Anne Maher, the focus will be on Annual Programming Grant (APG), dance touring, projects and bursary awards. There will be an opportunity for Q&A and also some focus on making an application.
In order to provide a meaningful clinic, the focus will remain on the topics outlined above and it will not be possible to use the Clinic to address individual or unsuccessful funding decisions. Please note places are limited and advance booking is essential.
To book your place contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 01 855 8800.

Cork City Council Arts and Cultural Strategy 2010- 2015

Date: 10 Mar 2011
Cork City Council has published a draft of its Arts and Cultural Strategy 2010- 2015.
The draft strategy is now available for comment. Please revert back to this office with observations by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by letter to the Arts Office, Corporate Affairs Department, City hall, Cork by Friday March 19th 2011.
For more information, contact Maeve Dineen, Community Arts Co-ordinator, Arts Office, Corporate Affairs Department, City Hall, Cork

Cotton Club News

Date: 14 Feb 2011
Would you like to perform in the decadent cabaret? Shine like a star at this night reminiscent of the original Cotton Club? Do you have anything (stylish, funny, strange, evocative, sophisticated….) that you would like to perform to an audience of around 250 people? Would you like to put something together for it?
Typically, the piece should be about 3 minutes long and able to be performed on stage in an area of about 3 meters long and 2 metres wide. Each piece can have up to 6 performers - or a solo piece if you’ve got the pizzazz! There is a vocal mic available if you need it and sound equipment for any pre-recorded music you might use.
You might want to dance, sing, recite, amuse, mime……The only stipulation is that you keep your clothes on (if the removal of items of clothing is central to your piece, please talk to me before you start rehearsing!)

You are invited to show us what you’ve prepared on Wednesday 30th March in the Firkin Crane from 6.30pm - 7.15pm….. The Xtra - factor without Simon Crowell!! Good-humoured “Judges” will be Jessica Peel-Yates, Elaine Peace, Jools Rixon and Stef Mc Sherry…….. and your fellow auditioners! Be ready to perform your piece twice. Following the feedback, you’ll have a month to fine tune your piece so that you can WOW the crowds on the big night. There is space in the cabaret for about three pieces, so make it slick!

To celebrate your night in the lime light, you will receive a DVD of the cabaret, some great photos of your performance, a free ticket into the Cotton Club as well as free rehearsal space (when available in the Firkin Crane) in April to fine tune your piece.
You would need to be available for a full cabaret rehearsal 7th May sometime between 6pm and 8pm (exact time to be confirmed nearer the date) and the cabaret will be around 9.15pm - 9.45pm.
Please contact Elaine if you are interested on 087 413 4077. It'll be a blast!
Elaine and Jessica

DanceHouse Residencies

Date: 08 Feb 2011
Ailish Claffey, Aoife McAtamney, Catherine Young, Chloe de Buyl-Pisco, Deirdre Murphy, Emma Meehan, Fergus Byrne, Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company, Joke Verlinden, Katrin Neue, Laura Dannequin, Laura Murphy, Liadain Speranza Herriott, Lisa McLoughlin, Maria Nilsson-Waller, Maurice Kelliher, Michael Cooney, Monika Bieniek, Nick Bryson, Sarah-Jane Scaife, Joan Davis/Maya Lila, Emma Martin and Liv O’Donoghue.

All DI professional members: individuals, companies, collectives and/or ad hoc ensembles are eligible to apply. At a time of diminishing resources, this is a proactive means of facilitating the creative process. For further information on Dance Ireland Residency can be found on the website: Please contact either Paul or Elisabetta on 01 855 8800.

National Campaign For the Arts update

Date: 01 Feb 2011
The election has been called and a new government is imminent.  That means new policies and new priorities - with no guarantees for funding and continued investment in the arts. 
Once again, we must make a case for the arts.  We must:
lobby to maintain a full cabinet Minister for Arts
promote the role and value of the arts
campaign for continued and increased investment in the arts
advocate for the provision of appropriate social protection for artists and those who work in the arts.
Once again, we need your help.  You can help in five simple ways:
In Dublin the arts spokespersons from all 5 political parties will attend a meeting to outline their respective arts policies and answer your questions. There will be a similar format in Galway with candidates from  Galway East and West constituencies invited to present their local arts policy and answer your questions.
Come along and make the arts an election issue. It's important we show politicians the arts matter!
Monday 14 February
Dublin: 10.45am - 12.15  Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar
Galway: 11.00am Radisson Blu Hotel
Let the canvassers know that the arts are an election issue for you.  Ask them about their arts policy and tell them about the value of the arts.  We're preparing a crib sheet to help you.
It's not too late. Check
5. FOLLOW OUR CAMPAIGN on Facebook and Twitter
There's one other key area where you can help us.  And that's by donating to the NCFA.  We need to raise €30,000 to work on your behalf this year. It seems like a huge amount and is a big ask in these difficult times.  But, If 300 of you give us €100 each we've hit out target and we'll be able to get on with the work of securing investment in the arts.  Help us to help you. Donate now.  
If you would like any further information about our activities this year please contact Tania Banotti. Tania Banotti The website will be updated with all relevant information about the campaign by next week.

Arts Council Small Festivals Award 2011 Round 1 Dance

Date: 20 Jan 2011
Pena Flamenca El Indalo - €3,000
for the Dublin Flamenco Festival

Arts Council Project Award 2011 Round 1 Dance

Date: 20 Jan 2011
Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company - €36,940
Tara Brandel to choreograph a new 30-minute piece on five Croi Glan dancers entitled 'In my Body are these Islands' that explores the theme of local landscapes. To perform this piece at six venues. To develop Croi Glan's partnerships and audiences, and create wider exposure for Croi Glan's performances.

Fluxusdance - €32,750
To create a new choreography with disabled dance artists; provide mentoring for Bobby Byrne and Cathy O'Kennedy; enhance the profile of disabled artists; broaden the experience of artists and increase performance opportunities.

Murphy, Deirdre - €20,000
To create an intimate evening length trio using movement, text, and vocalisation. The work will communicate perspectives on pregnancy and birthing. Produce and perform work at the Back Loft Theatre.

Quilligan, Fiona - €31,690
To produce a dance Installation at Wood Quay Venue with eight performances, lunchtime and evening, and seven workshops, public workshops accessing the choreographic process. To develop and access performances for the public, dance audiences, Civic Office staff (1200) and visitors to the Culture Quarter Temple Bar.

Unity Drums African Drumming restarts

Date: 19 Jan 2011
Unity Drums - African Drumming started again last night after the break in the Firkin Crane. ( 7.00pm - 8.30pm )
Cost € 10... Students and Concession price is now € 5.00.
No previous experience required and Drums are provided.

"We can all derive health benefits from drumming. It gets the heart beating faster, thereby providing beneficial aerobic exercise. We relax, stop worrying about tomorrow, or yesterday - we are in the here and now. We have some fun and smile and laug, and we can connect with a deeper part of ourselves."

Swing Dance Cork courses for 2011

Date: 18 Jan 2011
A message from Elaine Peace (edited):

This year I am delighted to tell you that Julian Rixon will be teaching with me on Wednesdays.

Evening Dance courses:
Jan 26 – Mar 30 - Wednesdays 10 week courses in the Firkin Crane, Shandon.

Beginners 2: 7.30pm - 8.30pm Complete Beginners 1: 8.45pm - 9.45pm

*There is a discount if you bring a man (a lead) to any course this term – pay only €150 for a couple! Otherwise it’s €100* per perso

Private/wedding classes and Hen parties:

For more info please check out or email Elaine at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 087 413 4077.

‘Ready for this?’ perfect present ...

Date: 20 Dec 2010
Maeve Higgins returns to the Firkin Crane Theatre with ‘Ready For This?’ - a night of fun with brilliant comedy, a special guest, a couple of baking tips and maybe even some signature cat material!!

Would make a very nice present.
Please book early to avoid disappointment, as it was a sell out last year.
Tickets from the Firkin Crane (021) 4507487 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

2011 Budgetary allocation for Culture and Film

Date: 15 Dec 2010
Current funding for the Department’s three sectors is €296 million, a reduction of 6.5 % overall on current spending on 2010. This includes the current funding of €8 million provided for the National Gallery. A further €96 million is available for capital projects across the tourism, culture and sport sectors in 2011. In addition, a further €8m of unspent capital funding from 2010 is being carried forward into 2011.

Culture & Film – allocation of €150 million
· An allocation of €65.2m for the Arts Council which is a 5% reduction on the 2010 allocation will enable it to maintain its major programmes and activities.

· The Irish Film Board allocation of €18.4m will enable it to continue to support indigenous Irish audiovisual industry and attract inward investment from international productions.

· The National Museum allocation of €14.2 million includes €2m capital funding for renovations at the Treasury in the Museum on Kildare Street and the fitting out of the Collections Resource Centre.

· Almost €21m is allocated to the National Library, IMMA, National Concert Hall, Chester Beatty Library and Crawford Gallery.

· An allocation of €9.85m for the National Gallery – a reduction of 3% on 2010.

· Over €4m is provided to support regional and smaller museums, as well as to fund events such as Culture Night 2011 and the major new contemporary art event Dublin Contemporary 2011.

· A carry-over of €3m from 2010 will be used towards the funding of Culture Ireland’s major year-long season of contemporary Irish culture - Imagine Ireland- across the United States in 2011.

Tourism also has a budget of almost £146 million, of which over €62.5m is allocated to Fáilte Ireland to promote home holidays, provide enterprise supports, support festivals and events and assist marketing activity for the industry.

Full details at:

Arts Attendance in Ireland: Attendance by artform

Date: 08 Dec 2010
Arts Audiences has published the latest audience report drawn from the Target Group Index. This report looks at attendance by artform and area. See

The report includes reference to participation figures (1.2 million people report they regularly do artistic or creative activities). Further analysis will be carried out on participation in the coming months but the survey covers attendance at:
- Any performance in a theatre ( could be amateur performance, music etc)
- Plays
- Opera
- Ballet
- Contemporary Dance
- Classical music concerts and recitals
- Folk concerts
- Jazz concerts and performances
- Art galleries and exhibitions

2011 Arts Council Touring Awards

Date: 06 Dec 2010

CoisCeim Dance Theatre - €36,736
Swimming with my Mother - a tour of a dance film and duet in January and May to six venues.

Dance Theatre of Ireland - €30,000
Block Party! - a tour of six festivals in May and June.

Irish Modern Dance Theatre - €17,000
ACTIONS - a dance duet touring to nine venues in January and February.

O'Kane, Emma - €10,000
The Ballet Ruse - a tour in April, May and June to nine venues of a show produced for the Fringe Festival in 2010.

Rex Levitates Dance Company - €34,000
Fast Portraits - a tour of three works choreographed by Liz Roche to four venues in October 2011

Congratulations to Ríonach Ní Néill!

Date: 30 Nov 2010
Arts and Older People Bursary Award (Artist in the Community Scheme)

Ríonach Ní Néill is the recipient of the first Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award, managed by Create. The award was designed to support and nurture the professional development of an arts practitioner working in the practice area of arts and older people.

Ríonach Ní Néill is a dancer and choreographer who for the last number of years has been exploring the theme of dance and older people through specific performance and work programmes. Ríonach often integrates professional and non-vocational artists in her work. She believes that "dance can be a form of civic dialogue, creating spaces for us to engage with one another and our surroundings, provoke reflection and allow us to imagine ourselves and others differently."

Culture Ireland funding grants

Date: 10 Nov 2010
Culture Ireland's principal funding scheme is designed to support the presentation and promotion of Irish arts internationally. In the last funding round dance applicants received €30,000.

Jean Butler performing "DAY" a solo dance piece by Jean Butler at the Frascati Theatre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands from the 22nd - 24th October 2010 €3,000
Daghdha Dance Company performing "Choreography for Blackboards" at the Hayward Gallery, London from the 26th - 27th November 2010 €4,000
Ballet Ireland presenting a UK tour of Romeo & Juliet, 25th October - 19th November 2010 €22,500

Details on all grant recipients from the last round are here

The next Culture Ireland application deadline is 15 November 2010.

Joint Oireachtas Committee Presentation by VAI

Date: 09 Nov 2010
Voluntary Arts Ireland made a representation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Sport, Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs earlier in the month.

Kevin reports
`On arriving at the Dail on 3rd November alongside Stephen Brown, our chair, Willie White of the National Campaign for the Arts and Anne O’Gorman from the National Youth Council to present at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Culture, Sport, Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs, we were greeted like rock stars at the gate by a large and committed group of students. They were of course protesting against the proposed increase in student fees and their sense of frustration was palpable.

We disappeared into the relative calm of the Dail and awaited our turn to present to the committee on the topic of promoting art, craft and culture in Ireland. No less passionate we collectively argued for investing in art, in communities and in creativity.

Anne and a terrific bunch of young people (Lee, Sam and Eimear) led the charge outlining the impact the arts have had on their lives and the importance of sustaining access to the arts for young people. Stephen and I focussed on the contribution made by the voluntary and amateur arts with groups operating at the centre of communities and providing sustainable opportunities for people to participate in the arts. Willie brought the presentations to a close with a clearly articulated case for the value of the arts to Irish society and the Irish economy linking the achievements of the Irish cultural glitterati with the vital foundations that encouraged and nurtured them on the way.

I was struck by the sense of pride in Ireland’s cultural achievements by the assembled group of TD’s and Senators and by their desire to carry our message to the decision making table. They were brutally honest about the likelihood of cuts, but they understood the value and what might be lost if care was not taken. As always it remains to be seen if that desire remains strong in the face of mounting pressures. We might yet need to gather at the barricades like the students earlier in the day – let’s hope, though, that our politicians make decisions based on how we can build a better society – not just a cheaper one`

You can read the Voluntary Arts Ireland brief for this presentation at

Step Up programme announced

Date: 29 Oct 2010
The Arts Council and the University of Limerick has announced plans to undertake a feasibility study targeted at the development of dance education and professional training in Ireland. The joint initiative is being undertaken to investigate the creation of a new framework called the 'Step Up programme'. This programme arises in the context of ongoing implementation of Partnership for the Arts 2006-2010 and the policy paper, An Integrated Dance Strategy 2010-2012, which the Arts Council published earlier this year. 'Step Up' has the potential to represent a milestone development in the advancement of dance in Ireland.

The lack of comprehensive provision for dance education and vocational training has been one of the main barriers to the development of the artform in this country. The Step Up programme has been conceived in order to address gaps in the formal dance education system, and also to improve opportunities for those talented dancers who necessarily move abroad to further their studies each year. Its purpose is to establish a structured environment for achieving three principal aims:

* to support the professional development of young dancers living in Ireland
* to assist the transition to a full-time professional career in dance;
* to form professional connections between dancers who have trained abroad and the dance sector in Ireland.

In general terms, therefore, the Step Up programme aspires to create a means by which dancers can interact with or reconnect into the Irish professional dance scene and to formalise, through support, the process of undertaking professional training. The Step Up programme will also provide an excellent reference for national and international partnerships and play an active role in furthering the development of training and educational initiatives in Ireland, e.g. by perhaps providing assistance in policy and research initiatives in those fields.

Following preliminary discussions, the Arts Council and the University of Limerick have agreed to co-fund a feasibility study to assess the level of demand for this programme, to propose how best to implement any initiatives arising and to identify those key organisations which appear well positioned to assist in realising this plan.

The feasibility study will be carried out by Dr Victoria O’Brien, with an expected completion date of December 2010.

Further information

* For further information contact, Davide Terlingo, Head of Dance on 1850 392492 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Dance Artist Residency Scheme 2010

Date: 20 Oct 2010
Dance Artist Residency Awards 2010


1. Hawk's Well Theatre €13,000
To commission an inter-generational dance project for Bealtaine 2011 in collaboration with Sligo Arts Service. To provide an opportunity for the dance artist Liv O Donoghue to create a new choreographic work to be premiered in the theatre in Autumn 2011. To provide a mentor (Liz Roche) for the dance artist-in-residence.

2. Libby Seward, Waterford - €12,000
To contribute to building a network for dance artists practicing in Ireland. To encourage participation in and build informed audiences for dance in Waterford. To promote dance as a major contributor to a full and all encompassing arts programme.

3. Maria Jazmin Chiodi - €15,000
To strengthen and extend the activities of existing South Tipperary Dance Residency by organising: 11 sessions of dance programs for a youth group-school; a two-day dance workshop for school teachers; a dance platform in Excel Centre; 2 performances, 1 workshop, 1 mentoring week and dance video projections.

4. Nicholas Bryson - €15,000
To build on the success of residence in a rural area (Offally), making dance visible and accessible to all. To strenghten and expand artistic remit of engaging in high quality projects. To support initiatives that enrich the dance community at a local and national level.

5. Ríonach Ní Néill - €15,000
To investigate the body in the Irish sub/rural landscape. Research and development and creation of new choreographic work for future production and performance. Interventions to provoke public debate, locating dance as central to current social, cultural dialogue.

6. Siamsa Tire Theatre and Art Centre Tralee- €13,000
To research and develop choreographic work (Making). To develop a dance symposium and ‘Curtain Raiser Projects’ with venues to develop the profile and audiences for dance (Advocacy). To develop local dance programmes built to date with emerging professionals, schools and the active retired (Community).

7. South Dublin County Council - €12,000
To support the development of a dance artist; to give the artist opportunities to access facilities, connect to expertise in order to develop their work and share their practice; to provide a focus for creative participation with dance for audiences and participants in South Dublin County.

Is Ballet Dead? Jennifer Homans in The New Republic: Books & Arts 10/14/10

Date: 20 Oct 2010
In the years following the Balanchine’s death his angels fell, one by one, from their heights. Classical ballet, which had achieved so much in the course of the twentieth century, entered a slow decline. It was not just New York: from London to St. Petersburg, and Copenhagen to Moscow, ballet seemed to grind to a crawl, as if the tradition itself had become clogged and exhausted. In part this could be explained by generational change: by the turn of the twenty-first century the artists who had made ballet so vibrant were dead and retired. Balanchine, Robbins, and Tudor; Stravinsky and Kirstein; Ashton, Keynes, and de Valois; Lupokhov, Larovsky, and Vaganova—they were all gone, and the dancers who had brought their ballets and so many others to life had left or retired from the stage.

Today’s artists—their students and heirs—have been curiously unable to rise to the challenge of their legacy. They seem crushed and confused by its iconoclasm and grandeur, unable to build on its foundation yet unwilling to throw it off in favor of a vision of their own. Contemporary choreography veers aimlessly from unimaginative imitation to strident innovation usually in the form of gymnastic or melodramatic excess, accentuated by overzealous lightening and special effects. This taste for unthinking athleticism and dense thickets of steps, for spectacle and sentiment, is not the final cry of a dying artistic era; it represents a collapse of confidence and a generation ill at ease with itself and uncertain of its relationship to the past.

To continue reading the excerpt

By The Artist - Intimate Cities

Date: 29 Sep 2010
Mary Nunan's talk, Intimate Cities, was given to a full audience in the Musgrave Theatre at the Firkin Crane. Having inspired her viewers with an outline of the various techniques and artists that had influenced her career and pathway to dance making, Mary spoke of how 'noticing' had become an integral part of how she maintained the ability to return to herself and her practice despite all the other concerns in her life and work.
She then invited the audience to go on a short walkabout outside the building to begin the journey of noticing - on return each person wrote their thoughts on paper and some shared their beautiful descriptions aloud.

Mary concluded on a note giving food for thought on this process quoting 'this is what I call choreography'.

Touching the city

“Touching the wall, the concrete of the building, enjoying the rough feel on the skin”

“Noticing the burn of calves down steps”

“A desire to move to walk forward
To push on, to touch off the streets
My baby kicks in my belly”

Choreographer’s notes:
In recent years I have been interested in trying to set up situations where the focus of my choreography is on the people/audiences and their experience, rather than on the “work of art”. This is tricky and a bit difficult to pull off not least because it means in many way downplaying the artist/performer as the central point of focus in a performance and in order to create space for a different relationship between audience and the artist and the work to emerge.

So when I was invited to talk about my relationship with Cork city for the Points of View public Lecture Series I decided that rather than giving a talk about my work and my relationship with Cork city I would like to set up a situation where I could invite people to join me to take some time to sense, through this work, their own relationship to the city.

I set this up by first of all talking about some of the people whose works/reflections have influenced, and continue to influence, my work as an artist. In doing so I wanted to stimulate reflection on our senses and sensuousness.

I referred to a US choreographer Erick Hawkins’ (1909 -1994) “revolution” against what he saw as a subtle Puritanism underlying approaches to those dance training techniques that are driven by a desire to “make” movement happen or to dominate movement. He felt that although this kind of attitude or effort can result in movement obviously perceived by the senses it is not sensuous. He reckoned that “sensuousness is always effortless- that through sensuousness the body becomes a clear place”.

I am intrigued by his suggestion that effortless sensuousness might be a “revolutionary” act. I think I could join that revolution.

Seeing the city
“black net curtains framing a view of sand blasted images on the Firkin Crane wall”

“the goldy fish facing south and glinting in the sunshine”

“the clang of the gates and chains blocking my way”

“ Lines of intersection curving around Firkin Crane onto cobblestones, stacked bricks meeting rising upwards,
Centre arteries moving producing and carrying people, produce and cars in motion”

I feel even more motivated to “join up” when I read French philosopher Julia Kristeva’s views on the word “revolt”. It is her view the invasion of spectacle in performance may cause great works of art to remain invisible and that the only way that we can provide for the possibility of their appearance is by keeping our ‘intimacy in revolt” By revolt she intends, return/turning back/displacement/change. Mind you I have some questions as to what she may intend by “great works of arts” so I look forward to returning to reflect on this again and again.

But in the meantime I am very curious as to what might happen, to ourselves, our relationships, and our cities if we all keep our “intimacy in revolt”.

Smelling the city

“taking time out to notice the freshness of the air mixed with the smell from the river, mixed with the smell from the sugar factory”

“noticing a smell that reminds me of childhood”

“ the smell of piss in the alley making my stomach tighten”

The word intimacy comes from the Latin word intimus, the superlative of interior, thus the most interior.

A lot of dancers and choreographers now use Somatic practices in their own practices/ dance training/choreography. Somatics is a term that roughly translated means “the body as perceived from within”.

Hearing the city

“Red door heavy groans open, sighs shut.
Chains rattle on a bag”

"Hearing the bells ring out from the big clock tower. It is half past two."

As choreographer I’m interested in asking, through my work, how I can invite a return to intimacy, and in exploring what that might mean.

And so in Intimate Cities (1) Cork 2010, I wanted to explore what a return to intimacy might mean for people in the audience, and for their relationship with the city. So having set the context I invited the members of the audience to walk outside and notice what they noticed and to come back and write their experience. Extracts from their writings are included here.

Tasting the city

“The Four Liars Bistro
Early Bird €19.95
In the main menu deep fried brie in a raisin and cranberry sauce”

“tasting the fullness of noticing”

This was a very brief “experiment” and in many ways the time spent outside was a little too short. But, that said, I was very touched by what people wrote and so I intend to further develop this choreographic structure in the future.

I really welcomed the opportunity that this event gave me to experiment in this way. The Firkin Crane has a long tradition of supporting artists, to take risks, to try new ideas and because of this it has made an enormous contribution to dance, and particularly contemporary dance practice, in Ireland. I was delighted to return there. It has a special place in the history of dance in Ireland, and in history of Cork City also.

Mary Nunan 29 September 2010

Rhona Coughlan announces departure from Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company

Date: 30 Aug 2010
Rhona writes:

A Chara,
I am writing to let you know I have decided to leave Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company. Tara Brandel and I set up the company in 2006 with the support of a lot of people. I have had the most amazing time while in the company and I have danced and worked with the most incredible people, but now I see that my life is moving in a different, but still in a creative way for now, and a wonderful opportunity was presented to me, which I could not refuse, my other love, working in radio.

There are so many people and agencies I would love to thank….
The Irish Arts Council and Mr. Ian Mc Donagh of Cork County Council, both helped so much with funding and support.
The Firkin Crane staff and especially Paul McCarthy who helped make this dream for me a reality and Dance Ireland for their influence and help.

I have been blessed to work with some outstanding choreographers namely Jess Curtis, Kim Epifone, David Bolger & Adam Benjamin. Thank you all so much. Working with you all has been a great joy. To all the dancers I have worked with, you have made my dance experience a beautiful one and I thank you so much for that. I want also to thank CanDoCo Dance Company, Axis Dance Company, Patric Cashman, Sally Edwards (Blue Eyed Soul), Wendy Hesketh and Kate Mansion (aerial dance UK) for being such an inspirations to me, thank you all so much. To all at Cope Foundation and everyone that I have met along the way, while teaching the integrated dance classes which were held in the Firkin Crane, I am blessed to have worked and danced with you all. To every single person who has helped and supported me along the way. I thank you.

I would like to wish every one in Croi Glan the very best with their future projects. I'd like to thank Tara Brandel, Julie O Leary, William O Donavan, Mary Nuggent, Dawn Molloy, Miriam Engel, Skye Reynolds and Chole De Buyl Pisco and also all the people who helped behind the scenes, Ashling Kavanagh, John Moloney, Sarah Smith, Sharon Heffernan and Sarah Cairns.

To any one that I have been connected with, while working in Croi Glan I thank you and you know who you are and finally I want to thank all my family and friends for all their support and love along the way.

If you wish to contact me in the future and I hope you will, please do so, through my personal email address .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or else please add me as a friend on facebook. I look forward to hearing from you all soon.

Rhona Coughlan
The Pines
Sunday's Well
086 0679101

The Best of The Firkin Crane

Date: 15 Jun 2010
The Firkin Crane presents a performance to celebrate the professional associations it has created and developed in recent years.

Cork City Ballet (Director: Alan Foley)
Cork City Ballet presents a series of sparkling divertissements, which include Alan Foley’s own ballet Enigma, with CCB star Leigh Alderson and students from Coláiste Stiofán Naofa Dance. Also featured are Irish ballerina Monica Loughman and Robert Gabdullin from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, who will perform the pas de deux from Giselle Act 2.
The company will also present a new jazz ballet Rule The World, choreographed by Phillippa Davison, and The Male Dying Swan solo performed by Leigh Alderson, with music by Saint Saens.
Directed by Alan Foley, this eclectic suite of dances by the company is sure to please every cultural palate, with its fresh and innovative modern choreography, combined with the great classical traditions of Giselle and The Dying Swan.

CruX Dance Theatre (Director: Jane Kelleghan)

A contemporary adnce performance will include extracts from CruX's repertoire, including Infallible Muse 2, Hermaphrodite, Wet Dance and Individual Myth, all choreographed by Jane Kelleghan. This performance celebrates a diverse body of work, creating a medley of choreographic encounters, which includes elements of multimedia.
Dancers include Mark Carberry, Samon Presland and Amy Lawson.

Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company (Director: Tara Brandel)

A new aerial dance solo, Fling, is choreographed and performed by Tara Brandel, and directed by Scottish Dance Theatre's Dance Agent for Change disabled choreographer Caroline Bowditch. Fling evokes the sense of teetering on the edge, a feeling of not being able to let go and walk away - a solo dancer is drawn back.
This will be followed by an extract from Fall, choreographed in 2009 by Tara Brandel, with dancers Dawn Mulloy and William O'Donovan.

Special Guests, The Students and Alumni of the MA in Irish Traditional Dance Performance Programme, University of Limerick (Course Director: Dr Catherine Foley)
The dancers are Renske Burghout; Meabh Felton; Máiréad O'Connor, Anna Shalabudova and Breandán de Gallaí (PhD Arts Practice Research Student). Excerpts performed from the Rite of Spring. Choreography: Breandán de Gallaí. Music Igor Stravinsky.

Guidelines for Good Practice for Participatory Arts in Healthcare Contexts

Date: 14 Jun 2010
Last year, WHAT and the Health Service Executive South (Cork) Arts + Health programme, with financial support from the Arts Council of Ireland published Guidelines for Good Practice for Participatory Arts in Healthcare Contexts. These were written by the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University.
The Guidelines are designed to present clear, concise and user-friendly guidance to those working in the area of participatory arts in healthcare contexts. They were developed through consultation with artists and healthcare professionals working in the field of arts and health.
They would appreciate if artists and healthcare professionals working in the field of arts and health would take the time to consider and interpret the Guidelines in the context of their own practice, possibly in consultation with peers, partners and clients, and send us feedback by the 31 October 2010. They will review the Guidelines in the light of feedback received.
Further copies of this document can be downloaded from

Music for The Ballet - an exhibition to honour Aloys Fleischmann’s contribution to ballet

Date: 06 May 2010
Ruth Fleischmann said:

May I congratulate Alan Foley and Paul McCarthy and all those involved in this splendid performance of such brilliance, virtuosity, colour and magic. I know I speak for the entire family when I say how deeply moved we are that Alan arranged for a revival of a section of my father’s Golden Bell of Ko for this most special evening, which is part of Cork City Ballet’s contribution to the Fleischmann Centenary Celebrations of 2010. We thank Yuri for having recreated the dance with such insight, and your beautiful dancers for having performed so exquisitely. Our best thanks to you, Alan, Sinead, Paul, Tim. It is marvellous to see the cooperation between the distinguished guest dancers, the talented dancers of Cork City Ballet, of the Cork School of Dance, the Irish Youth Ballet and of Colaiste Stiofain Naofa. It is I suppose that spirit which makes such miracles possible even in these dire times.

I cannot think of anything which would have given Miss Moriarty and my father more joy than to have seen the wonderful production this evening and to know that Domy Reiter-Soffer has travelled from Tel Aviv by circuitous routes over Britain and Ireland to get here today in time to open our exhibition The Music for the Ballet. The material for the exhibition was selected by my sisters Anne and Maeve (who spent the best part of two years going through the Fleischmann papers containing perhaps 200,000 items); it was designed by Aloys Fleischmann`s grandson, Max Fleischmann, who has digitised 20,000 documents from the collection. The Cork Lyons Club very kindly sponsored the exhibition, which will be open until the end of the week, will then travel to Cork City Library and from thence to Kerry School of Music in Tralee. When we began the work we had intended to focus on the five ballets written by our father for Miss Moriarty`s companies. But when we realised the highly significant role she played in providing a forum for Irish musicians to compose for a new genre, commissioning 18 new works and using in all the works of 30 Irish composers for the hundred ballets she created, we felt we had to widen our perspective.

It is my special privilege tonight to introduce to you Domy Reiter-Soffer, the Israeli dancer, choreographer, play producer, opera producer and painter, who has just returned from a most successful production of Beauty and the Beast in Denver USA. Domy had a close friendship with Joan Denise Moriarty and with my father for thirty years. He first came to Cork in 1962 as a dancer with Irish Theatre Ballet, Ireland’s first professional ballet company, when he travelled to every town in Ireland north, south, east and west that had a stage big enough for the company to perform on. From 1973 he was artistic advisor and choreographer to Miss Moriarty’s second professional company, the Irish Ballet Company, later called Irish National Ballet, and he created some of the most wonderful works in the company’s repertoire. I think dancers of all three of Miss Moriarty`s companies are with us here tonight. Domy shared the work, the struggle, the anxieties and the triumphs of the late 1970s and 1980s. Very many of the works he created for Miss Moriarty’s companies were revived by him for dance companies all round the world. The one ballet he has not revived is the swan song of Irish National Ballet: his magnificent ballet Oscar, the last work performed by INB, set to The Garden of Fand by Arnold Bax, a composition Miss Moriarty herself had hoped to choreograph.

Domy, we are deeply grateful to you for having honoured this event with your presence in tribute to the memories of Miss Moriarty and Aloys Fleischmann – may I call on you to officially open the exhibition The Music for the Ballet?

International Dance Day 2010

Date: 29 Apr 2010
International Dance Day - Message from choreographer Julio Bocca

Dance is discipline, work, teaching, communication. With it we save on words that perhaps others would not understand and, instead, we establish a universal language familiar to everyone. It gives us pleasure, it makes us free and it comforts us from the impossibility we humans have to fly like birds, bringing us closer to heaven, to the sacred, to the infinite.
It is a sublime art, different each time, so much like making love that at the end of each performance it leaves our heart beating very hard and looking forward to the next time.

English translation by Marcia De La Garza (Original in Spanish)

Dance on the Box

Date: 31 Mar 2010
Over fifty applications were received from producers, directors and choreographers across the country and twelve applicants were short-listed for interview. This is the third round of the RTÉ Dance on the Box scheme with awards of €22,000 for each project chosen.

The following successful projects were selected:
* Admit One - Choreographer John Scott, Director Steve Woods and Producer Catherine Lyons.
* Deependance - Choreographer David Bolger, Director Conor Horgan and Producer Martha O’Neill.
* Her Mother’s Daughter - Choreographer Cindy Cummings, Director Oonagh Kearney, Composer Denis Clohessy and Producers Rachel Lysaght and Steven Davenport.
* Mo MhórChoir Féin - Choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchuir, Director Dearbhla Walsh, Composer Iarla Ó Lionaird and Producer Maggie Breathnach.

The completed short dance films will be premiered on RTÉ Television during this year’s Dublin Dance Festival which runs from 8-23 May and then screened in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square [tbc].
Speaking about the scheme, Fionnuala Sweeney, Head of Film and International Arts, at the Arts Council said: “Dance on the Box provides a unique opportunity for film and dance artists to collaborate and the Arts Council is delighted with the response to the third round of the scheme. We would like to congratulate all of the successful applicants and look forward to seeing four imaginative and engaging dance films on RTÉ Television as part of the Dublin Dance Festival in April”.
David McKenna, RTÉ Television's Executive Producer Arts & Cross-Media, added: “The exceptional quality of this year’s applications highlights the value placed on this scheme by film and dance artists. We are particularly grateful to the short-listed creative teams who met us and are very much looking forward to premiering these films on RTÉ during the Dublin Dance Festival.”

Arts Council publications re dance

Date: 31 Mar 2010
An Integrated Dance Strategy 2010-2012

An Integrated Dance Strategy 2010-2012 is now available for download from the Arts Council website. This paper outlines how the Arts Council intends to build on its review of Partnership for the Arts concluded in June 2008. Feedback from ongoing discussions with dance artists and organisations contributed directly to the shaping of the ideas in this document, which offers a developed and integrated overview of how the Council envisages dance provision in the future.

* The document can be downloaded here:

Giving Body to Dance

Giving Body to Dance, a summary report of the review of building based infrastructures for dance in Ireland is now available for download from the Arts Council website. The review involved a nationwide consultation with dance artists, companies, organisations and spaces. The document contains findings which relate to the quality of spaces that are currently available to professional dance practitioners countrywide. The report outlines comprehensively, the recommended health and safety standards for dance spaces. This is the first time that such a list of recommendations has been compiled for dance in Ireland.

* The document can be downloaded here:

Arts Council online services

Date: 24 Mar 2010
You can now apply online for Projects and Travel and Training awards using the Arts Council online services website -

Online services was developed to more efficiently manage funding applications and payments. This new website means that you can:

- Download application forms and guidelines;
- Create a profile for banking, tax and contact details (which you can reuse for other applications);
- Upload the completed application form(s) and up to 20MB of electronic supporting materials;
- Avail of a one-week deadline extension to complete online applications;
(Where successful), submit a payment request or payment schedule with supporting documentation.

Applications for the Touring and Dissemination of Work scheme 2010 will be also be open via online services. Details of the scheme will be published on shortly.

Resource Focus: How to Develop a European Cultural Project

Date: 07 Mar 2010
Are you thinking of adding a European dimension to your work? This manual for 'European Cultural Operators' helps you to get started.
Read more:

..And if you are looking to make a start at making links and contacts in Europe read Voluntary Arts Network briefing at:

Arts Council funding announced

Date: 01 Mar 2010
The Arts Council, the government agency for funding and developing the arts, has made its major grant allocations for 2010, distributing in excess of €49m to more than 350 arts organisations.

In its overall approach, the Council sought to ensure that organisations can continue to bring the best of the arts to audiences across Ireland. Emphasis was given to achieving a regional balance, on enabling the arts to reach more people, and on supporting artists to make work.

While the value of the allocations has decreased across the artforms, the relativity of allocation between the artforms (with the exception of Opera), has remained broadly similar to previous years.

Theatre Forum has provided an analysis of the funding

Cork Arts Network

Date: 08 Feb 2010
At a meeting of various artists and arts workers in December, it was felt by most participants that a web site for a cork arts network was an important step. There were various suggestions as to what it might / could / should do.

In any case, the site is now up and running - somewhat of an empty house - at To get things rolling, we have put up a few relevant topics on the forum. Anyone can register and contribute / start new topics. Possibly of biggest concern at the moment is reaction to funding decisions by The Arts Council. If you have something to say, then make a contribution at

There are a number of people working on getting the website populated with useful information on what's going on and regular updates will start over the next few weeks.

Collaborators and contributors to the website are more than welcome. To join in, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Culture Ireland Funding

Date: 20 Jan 2010
Dance received €44,000 for:

Angeliki Smalis performing a solo dance piece at the International Dance Festival "ABUNDANCE" in Karlstad, Sweden from the 15 - 17th June 2010 €500

Liadain Herriott presenting "Two" at the Smriti Nandan Cultural Center, Bangalore, India €500

Colin Dunne performing "Out of Time" at Festival Antipodes, Brittany 4 - 6 March and at a number of venues in Northern France from the 4th - 25th April 2010 €5000

Dance Theatre of Ireland performing "Block Party" at the Busan International Dance Festival, Korea from the 3rd - 8th June and at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, UK from the 7th – 22nd May 2010 €38,000

Mayfield Fun Dance

Date: 14 Jan 2010
There have been a few changes made for this year:

New time: 9.45-10.45am

New venue: St. Joseph's Community Association (the building next to the library, behind the bus stop & up a small flight of steps, on the Old Youghal Road

New payment system: 20 Euro for X4wk Block, paid at the class week one.

New emphasis: There will be less of a bias placed towards a creative element and more focus geared towards toning, stretching, balance work and learning gentle fun routines in a variety of dance styles – to suit the group’s taste.

Same day: Thursdays’

The class is for woman aged 50 years plus. Individuals are encouraged to work at their own level of fitness with no previous dance experience or partner necessary. Wear comfy clothes with non-slip flat soled shoes and bring a bottle of water to sip through the class. New comers’ are very welcome to try their first class for free.

For further information, please contact: Jo Nichols 087 77 87 320

Cork Circus Centre

Date: 21 Dec 2009
The Circus community in Cork have joined forces to set up and run a space in the Old Courthouse on Camden Quay, bringing Circus to the banks of the Lee. This space is part of a larger project, which is being run by Camden Palace Hotel Ltd., a local arts group.
This is the republic’s first and only dedicated Circus space and will be providing a training and creation space for performers all over the country and also for international professionals. 
To perform high skill circus shows Circus performers need to train everyday in order to perform in daredevil activities such as aerial trapeze and human pyramids. This space is the perfect place for such enterprises as it houses the specialist equipment needed for intensive training and performing. 
Many performers have left the country in previous years, travelling to countries such as France or the UK, where Circus is more developed. By having such a space in Cork the performers are hoping to attract more Circus performers to the area and also develop the skills of those already living here.  There are many advantages to having this innovative and creative circus centre in the heart of Cork city; it will add another level of diversity to Cork culture and make circus more open and accessible to the greater community, therefore improving the quality of circus performance and nurturing new and potential talent. 
The centre will also be offering workshops in 2010 to a variety of different levels from local beginners to international professionals.  
The circus community is a collaboration of 6 Cork based groups and they are currently coming up with ideas for a name and would love if the public could send suggestions to any of the following contacts:
E-mail:- .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Facebook:- CircusSpace Cork                 

Budget News

Date: 18 Dec 2009
From the Arts Council's Newsletter:
In December the Arts Council received its budget allocation of €69.15 million for 2010. This level of funding, despite the enormous pressure on public resources, underscores the commitment to the arts of the Government and, in particular, of the Minister for the Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen TD.

The allocation does represent a significant reduction in funding, and its impact, along with previous reductions, will be felt hard across the sector. In 2009, with a final grant-in-aid of €73.35 million, the Arts Council did everything possible to minimise the effect of the reductions in its grant to artists and organisations and get best value for public money. The Council used savings from previous years and even allocated some of 2010 its budget in advance. While this meant we were able to invest almost €78 million in 2009, simple arithmetic dictates that the drop to 2010 levels will be all the more difficult.

Nonetheless, the Arts Council is best placed to invest this money wisely, and we will redouble our efforts to ensure that people right across the country have access to the best of the arts in 2010.

The full statement from our Chairman, Pat Moylan, is available to read in this month’s newsletter.

Consensus of many comments so far is that the National Campaign for the Arts was instrumental in reducing the severity of the cuts. The campaign will continue in the coming year. For some details, check here:

Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan's full speech:
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