Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín

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Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín and the ReFramed Bursary Award

Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín is a dance artist based in Cork, Ireland.  Her primary focus is on place-based and site-specific work manifesting in film and live performance. She seeks to question how the human body engages with the Earth in a way that gives agency to both. 

Siobhán enjoys collaborative and multi-disciplinary work and has created alongside poets, actors, singers, geologists, boat-builders and musicians.  She has also worked with a range of community groups with a special focus on primary school aged children. 

Siobhán trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) and subsequently completed a Masters in Contemporary Dance Performance, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance graduating in 2012.  She has performed with John Jasperse & Liz Roche (Step Up Dance Programme), Jessie Keenan, Junk Ensemble, Laura Murphy and Mary Wycherley. Siobhán was also a member of Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company performing works by Fearghus Ó Conchúir and David Bolger. 

In 2018 Siobhán was nominated by EVA International to participate in Magic Carpets, a Creative Europe residency programme for emerging artists and curators. She spent a month in Folkestone, UK researching and making work based on the connection people have with Folkestone Warren, a unique part of the Kent coastline. 

Her work has been shown at Salt Festival of the Sea and Environment (UK), Ullapool Dance Festival (SCT), Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement, What Next Festival, Tipperary Dance Platform and Firkin Crane amongst others. 

Siobhán is Rinceoir Cónaitheach, Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne Co Chorcaí 2018-2020 funded by Arts Council, Cork County Council, Ealaín na Gaeltachta and kindly supported by Ionad Cultúrtha.  She is a recipient of the Arts Council’s Next Generation Award (2018).

This is what I would like to achieve as part of the Bursary Award:

I propose a period of focused time reflecting and expanding on the fundamentals that make up my creative practice.  In the current climate I feel a great urgency to identify my values and to understand more consciously what motivates me as an artist. As a dance artist working independently for the last number of years I have moved from project to project with little time to consider the core values that guide  me.  I know that my vision and drive in relation to my work has changed and evolved.

I will work with Susanne Bentley, an accredited life coach, over a series of 8 sessions, to clarify the values that are intrinsic to my work and to identify areas that need more development.  Susanne will guide me through a process that includes reflecting on my career to date and identifying patterns relating to how I work and what I make.

And this is how the Bursary Award will be beneficial to me as an artist:

The Bursary Award offers me a unique opportunity to focus on the deeper layers that inform my practice, bringing greater clarity and consciousness to the values that guide the “how” and “why” of my work as a dance artist.

I need to identify what I have outlined above in order to move forward with my work in a way that is sustainable.  I feel that this bursary will inform the decisions I make and the direction I take my work. I believe it will allow a necessary consideration for greater diversity and inclusion in my practice informing how I communicate and interact with people who come into relation with my work.  The effects of this period of dedicated time working with a coach will be far reaching.

I believe that bringing greater consciousness to what is present for me in this time of great change is an essential step towards identifying a new artistic vision that is robust and responsive.

This is how I will engage with Firkin Crane:

To document my work:

An article on completion of the 8 coaching sessions

And share my progress:

A journal image following each session. 


Siobhan has been working with life coach Suzanne Bentley, and has found this a very rewarding experience as it gave her great clarity in relation to her work and how she wants to progress. This wasn’t effected by the Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions as she worked from home and zoomed with Susanne, sometimes moving and improvising, sometimes talking. As part of her Bursary Siobhán will be writing an article, something she’s never done before, she says it is both exciting and daunting to challenge herself to write about dance and her experience.


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