On the Kindness of Strangers: Dance and Performance Workshop


Thursday 21st March 10.30am – 12.30pm

Tickets: €10 (€5) concession for unemployed/OAP

To Book: Firkin Crane (021) 4507487

Suitable for everyone, carers, mothers and people who do the majority of the care in the household.

 This dance and performance workshop is led by dancer and facilitator, Lisa McLoughlin and Psychologist, Dr. Neil Kenny of DCU. Their combined research seeks to explore how movement can make tangible the complex narratives of our lives.  This workshop asks the question “what are you carrying in your life?” and explores the equation of care and dependency on the balance sheet of our lives. We will explore this through movement and perform the balancing act that is the reality of daily life and look to explore the resources we have in our bodies. This is a partner workshop to the Performance “The kindness of Strangers”, a site-specific work commisioned by LIVE COLLISION, festival of live art and performed by Lisa McLoughlin on the streets of Limerick, Belfast, Galway, Cork and Dublin, 2019.                                                     

Lisa McLoughlin has been a professional dancer for twenty years, toured extensively nationally and internationally and has worked many of the major Irish contemporary dance companies. Graduated from the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary dance in London, holds a first-class honours MA in Dance and in the third year of the arts practice PhD from the University of Limerick. Recipient of awards for choreography, performer and researcher of dance and the body and co-created the BA in Contemporary dance at UL.  Recipient of multiple arts council awards, most recently, the designer of “The Autonomy Project, 2018” in collaboration with the Limerick Arts office, under the Invitation to collaboration award. Her work focuses on the body in society and the relationship between society and the individual.                                                                

Dr. Neil Kenny has a range of qualifications in Education and Psychology, including a B.A. (psych) from U.C.D. (2000) and a PhD. from Maynooth University (2010). In addition, he has over ten years applied experience in special education settings, working directly with families and children with complex learning needs. Finally, Neil completed an IRC funded post-doctoral research project at the University of Limerick (2015 – 2016) and has been principal investigator across a number of other funded collaborative research projects. He has an active research agenda and has published his research across a range of international peer-reviewed journals.