Our Story

We care about exceptional dance

About

We believe in the power of dance to move, connect and inspire change. With so much of Ireland’s culture tied up in the past, dance has a unique power to explore and express what it is to be human, right now.

Our Values

Our Values

Audacious & Adaptive

We put innovation and creativity at the heart of the organisation. Constantly looking for new opportunities across all we do to thrive as an organisation and drive relevance for art, culture and dance.

Our Values

Connected & Collaborative

We actively look for constructive ways to establish, support and evolve relationships in ways that are beneficial to all involved – team members, partners, community, artists and audiences.

Our Values

Generous & Inclusive

We strive to add positively to society through our actions. We champion integrity, equality and diversity, being unafraid to challenge preconceptions, while delivering an exceptional standard of work.

Our Purpose

Dublin Dance Festival champions the potential of the moving body to unlock new perspectives on our changing world.

Working nationally and internationally, Dublin Dance Festival acts as a vital interchange between contemporary dance artists and audiences; creating and sharing extraordinary dance experiences, generating opportunities for artists and deepening engagement with Dance in Ireland.

Dublin Dance Festival brings artists and audiences together to create and share exceptional, provocative and relevant dance experiences.

What We Do

Each year in May, DDF presents the best Irish and international dance performances in venues throughout the city to a growing and evolving audience.

DDF is a vital platform for artists and the creation of new work. We generate opportunities for artists, both nationally and internationally, through residencies, commissions and partnerships and by encouraging artistic collaboration, experimentation, risk-taking and innovation in dance.

DDF actively seeks-out, establishes and evolves collaborations with like-minded organisations, venues and strategic partners to create opportunities year-round for audiences and artists, exploring new models for producing and touring dance.


Artistic Direction

2016—2020:
Benjamin Perchet (Current Artistic Director)

2012—2015:
Julia Carruthers

2008—2011:
Laurie Uprichard

2002—2006:
Catherine Nunes (Founding Artistic Director)

Our Team

Benjamin Perchet

Benjamin Perchet

Artistic Director

Carina McGrail

Carina McGrail

Executive Producer

Tiina Ylönen

Tiina Ylönen

Programme & Finance Manager

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy

Communications & Development Manager

Ruth Riordan

Ruth Riordan

Communications & Development Executive

  • Stephanie Dickenson

    Public Relations

  • David 'Spud' Murphy

    Production Manager

  • Paul Donnelly

    Volunteer Manager

More Information

Governance

How Dublin Dance Festival operates

Board of Directors

The Festival is governed by a voluntary, non-executive Board of Directors, made up of 8-10 members.