Established in 2009, BLANK CANVAS is a professional dance residency programme, which offers Irish and international choreographers resources for researching and developing new works. It also offers the public an insight into the creative process, with each residency presenting a work-in-progress and public feedback session.


In 2016 the call out attracted applicants from 14 countries, and the 6 successful artists, from emerging to established, exemplify the breadth of innovation across the field of dance, involving cross-art form collaboration, site-specific work, film and aerial dance.

The successful projects came from:

Louise Tanoto and Jacob Ingram-Dodd (Belgium/UK) start work on a new duet.


Mary Nugent (Ireland) developing her choreographic language as an artist with a disability.


Maire Dee (Ireland) will explore instinctive movement in her choreographic work.


Kendall Rileigh (USA) is developing an aerial/acrobatic interpretation of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy.


Mary Pearson (UK) questions consumerism to develop a performance installation.


Dimitrios Mytilinaios and Nefeli Kadinopoulou Asteriou  (Greece) use the phenomena of super-massive black holes as the subject of a new duet.


BLANK CANVAS Intensive 2015

In 2015 89 applications from 26 different countries proposed research projects in many different formats: cross-art form collaboration, site-specific work, film, circus. From this wide range, six projects were selected that represent the encouraging quality and exciting diversity of the applications.

The successful projects came from:

  • Dan Watson (UK) focusing on balancing liveness and craft in his work.
  • Zoi Dimitriou and Henry Montes (UK) researching the idea of pilgrimage.
  • Oona Doherty (Ireland) tested skills for an instinctive and embodied performance practice.
  • Fatou Cissé (Senegal) worked with a musician-storyteller and a performer in the studio and in public space.
  • Jason Jacobs and Ekaterine Giorgadze (Germany) worked on translating information from distinct source materials into physicality through analysis, reflection and active engagement.
  • Agnietė Lisičkinaitė and Greta Grinevičiūtė (Lithuania) were researching the dialogue between casual and choreographed movement and the interplay between video documentation and theatrical contemporary dance.


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• Mark Carberry (Limerick/London), working on a site-specific research with Visual Artist Bláthnaid Ní Mhurchú and Fashion Designer Natalie Coleman
• Emma Fitzgerald (Dublin) and Liadain Herriott (Dublin/Brussels) working 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) with Riccardo Buscarini (UK) researching dance on film as a studio practice
• Katherine O’Malley (Dublin), to collaborate with composer Darragh Dukes.

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  • Lisa Mc Loughlin and Neil Kenny (Tipperary)
  • Clare Daly (UK)
  • Luke Pell and Jo Verrent (UK)
  • Rob Heaslip (Scotland) and Laura Murphy (Cork)
  • Frith Collective (Ireland) -Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Jenny Brown, Lucia Kickham, Orla Shine and Lisa Tighe.


  • Mary Wycherley (Ireland)
  • Adrienne Westwood and Katie Swords (USA)
  • Lisa Cahill (Ireland) and Erika Charters (UK)
  • Nerida Matthaei (Australia) 
  • Jamila Johnson-Small (England) and Mira Kautto (Finland)
  • Karen Bernard (USA) 


  • Tania Soubry (Luxemburg) and Géraldine Vessière (France)
  • Jasmin Chiodi (Argentina) and Alexandre Iseli (Switzerland) and Company with Mentor Catalina Fernandez (ColombiaElodie Escarmelle (Paris) and two dancers from Europe
  • Micheline Heal (New York) with a filmmaker and two dancers from USA and three local performers
  • Stephen Moynihan (Ireland/London) Working with a Galway based Video artist and a dancer from Cuba
  • Kimberly Almquist and Aaron Draper from New York worked with a large cast of local performers
  • Stephanie Schober (Berlin) with a dancer from London
  • Katla Thor (Iceland) working with 2 local dance artists
  • Rachel Erdos (Israel) plus 2 dance artists and a composer with her from Israel.
  • Fearghus Ó Conchúir (Ireland/UK) working with dancer Mathew Morris (Berlin)
  • Kyle Abraham (New York) with 3 local dancers and mentor John Scott



  • Catherine Young
  • Inma Moya
  • Laura Murphy
  • Ursula Chapman.
  • Liz Lea (London)
  • Matthew Morris (Berlin)
  • Carlos Cortes (Spain).
  • Legitimate Bodies (Sligo)
  • Shakram (Cork).
  • Aerial Dance Company Fidget Feet (Donegal)
  • Phluxus Dance Collective (Australia)