January Moments of Wisdom


Friday 7th January 2022 12.30pm | Online

Join us for our next Moments of Wisdom with guest Chantal McCormick of Fidget Feet.

Our monthly forums are changing!

During 2022 we will be hosting online Moments of Wisdom gatherings, facilitated by the Board and Executive at Firkin Crane. We appreciate your time and ongoing attendance at these events, but as so many of us have successfully returned to the workplace and into the studios, we appreciate that like us, your time is limited. As a result we will be moving our monthly online forums to quarterly Moments of Wisdom, starting in January with the long awaited Chantal McCormick, Creative Director at Fidget Feet. 

 Commenting on the upcoming Moments of Wisdom, Chantal said:

Firkin Crane has given me so much when I was an emerging artist. They have been a huge supporter of Fidget Feet and without it, we would not be where we are now. I’m happy to be part of Moments of Wisdom.”

Photo Martina Regan

 

About Chantal McCormick

Aerialist, Choreographer, Teacher, Mentor, Mother & Cultural Leader, Chantal is Creative Director & Co-Founder of Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, Creative Director & Founder of Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Festival Director of Irish Aerial Dance Fest and Co-Founder of Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network (ISACS).

Chantal, who trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, became interested in aerial circus after graduating. She toured with established dance and circus companies in the UK touring to Trinidad, Europe and Australia from 1999-2008 including Scarabeus Theatre with whom she started her circus career. Chantal loves creating using her contemporary dance, contact dance and theatre skills and enjoys finding ways to bring them into the air, using anything to climb or fly on.

In 1998 Chantal co-founded FIDGET FEET Aerial Dance Theatre, Ireland’s leading aerial dance company with whom she directs, choreographs, and performs. Since 1998 she has directed many shows including, ‘I Cant Handle me’, ‘Remember Her’, ‘ Wired and Free’,‘ Fairies Tale’, ‘Raw’, ‘ Hang on’, ‘Catch me’, ‘Fire Birds’, ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ ‘Cinder & the Ellas’, ‘Dreams under my Feet’, ‘Sky Dance’, ‘Hatch’ and Co- choreographed FF ‘s first early years show ‘Strange feathers’ with Icelandic partner Bird & Bat while also choreographing ‘The Second Coming’, with Mikel Murfi as director mixing Irish dancing with aerial.  She choreographed and performed in ‘Bingo Wings’ Directed by Jo Mangan, a award winning Circus Theatre production.

In addition to creating work, Chantal and Fidget Feet provide creative opportunities to both professional performers and the public by offering educational workshops and one-off classes. Chantal is a strong advocate for the development of aerial work in Ireland, and has been running the Irish Aerial Dance Festival (IADF) for the last 11 years. At the same time as becoming a new mum, Chantal opened the Irish Aerial Creation Centre (IACC) in Limerick. She is also the co-founder and was chairwoman of the ISACS network (Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle) for 5 years and she is currently one of the directors, continuing to lobby and support the growth of the sector in Ireland.

Chantal is a firm believer in the power of aerial arts and she comes from a heartfelt truth that “Art is healing” and shares her passion where ever she goes, running Creative Intensives and labs mixing her skills in circus dance and her spiritual practice.