Helga Deasy – Cork City Dance Artist in Residence at Firkin Crane 2021


As Cork City Dance Artist in Residence at Firkin Crane, kindly supported by Cork City Council, Helga Deasy will develop her creative practice through choreographic research and the creation of a new work, she will facilitate an outreach programme for primary schools and host a dance event Mosaic in Motion.

In her movement research, Helga will draw inspiration from the philosophical concepts of Heraclitus who observed that nature is in a constant state of flux; as life itself is movement, everything is always in motion, constantly changing. Through the moving body, Helga will explore the idea that navigating the uncertainty of constant change – as unsettling as it may be – also holds transformative possibilities.

Helga will investigate Rudolf Laban’s contemporary developments for the performing arts as choreographic tools and collaborate with dancers Sara Hernandez and Kevin Hayes as well as composer/musician Justin Grounds. The creative process will lead to the creation and production of a new performance work State of Flux.

Through an outreach programme Helga will engage with local primary schools, offering children the opportunity to dance, create and appreciate dance.

During the summer, guest artists will be invited to research and develop their practice at the Firkin Crane.

The residency will culminate in Mosaic in Motion, a dance event showcasing State of Flux alongside dance research and work-in-progress.

Helga Deasy (Ireland/Germany) is a choreographer, dance artist and teacher based in Cork. Her work captures the universal significance of personal experience and draws attention to the subtleties that go unnoticed in day-to-day life. Grounded in choreology and somatics, Helga’s practice spans choreography, performance and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Helga has received awards from the Arts Council, Cork City Council, Dance Ireland and among others. She has performed and presented work nationally and internationally including Dance Umbrella (UK), The Yard Theatre (UK), Theater an der Universität Regensburg (Germany), Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement (Northern Ireland) and in Ireland at Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork Opera House, Firkin Crane and Dublin Dance Festival.

During her post as Dance Artist in Residence at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre in 2017 and 2018 supported by the Arts Council and Cork County Council, Helga created the ensemble work ‘Helica’ which sold out at Uillinn and Firkin Crane and toured to New York for a performance at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies 40th anniversary celebration, with support from Culture Ireland.

Socially engaged dance forms a significant part of Helga’s practice. Over the past 10 years, Helga has worked extensively in dance and health, most recently as artist in residence with MusicAlive on ‘Creative Enquiry – Arts and Older People’ / Arts Council Invitation to Collaboration Scheme (2019-2020). She is a facilitator on the Teacher Artist Partnership Programme (Arts in Education Initiative) and works for Graffiti Theatre Company on the early year’s programme BEAG.

Helga is Alumni Ambassador for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.