DDF News — 10 Nov 2020

Studio Sessions kick off this week with a series of works in progress curated by Oona Doherty

Studio Sessions kick off this week with a series of works in progress curated by Oona Doherty

DDF Artist in Residence Oona Doherty curates the first of three Studio Sessions, taking place this Friday 13 November.

Studio Sessions returns to Dance Umbrella for 2020 as twelve UK and Ireland-based dance artists / companies share a live stream presentation of a work in progress. Connecting national and international industry professionals with creatives, these three informal presentations enable presenters, funders and supporters to see work well before it hits the stage.

DDF and Dance4 have partnered with Dance Umbrella to present a series of three Studio Sessions taking place on Friday 13 November (curated for Dublin Dance Festival by Oona Doherty), Friday 20 November (Curated for Dance4 by Lucy Suggate and Friday 27 November (Curated for Dance Umbrella / ResCen Research Centre at Middlesex University by Seeta Patel).

In the first of these Studio Sessions, DDF Artist in Residence Oona Doherty curates a programme of four works by artists based on the island of Ireland:

Mufutau Yusuf | Pidgin
A personal take on his own upbringing in Nigeria and Ireland, Pidgin is a solo (improvisation) on the hybridity of identity

THE BELFAST ENSEMBLE | Music-Theatre works 2019-20
A look at the award-winning music-theatre/opera work of the company led by Artistic Director Conor Mitchell, including 'Abomination: a DUP opera'.

Flora Fauna Project | Praying Positions/Metamorphosis
A dance solo by Maria Nilsson Waller looking at the process of change and evolution

Aoife McAtamney | Slumber
A short film working with movement, music and the camera to create visual seeds for the forthcoming 2021 transdisciplinary film ‘My Body Is My Home’

Studio Session 1: THE BELFAST ENSEMBLE | Music-Theatre works 2019-20
Studio Session 1: THE BELFAST ENSEMBLE | Music-Theatre works 2019-20
Studio Session 1: Mufutau Yusuf | Pidgin
Studio Session 1: Mufutau Yusuf | Pidgin
Studio Session 1: Flora Fauna Project | Praying Positions/Metamorphosis (Photo: Stace Gill)
Studio Session 1: Flora Fauna Project | Praying Positions/Metamorphosis (Photo: Stace Gill)
Studio Session 1: Aoife McAtamney | Slumber (Photo: Jose Miguel Jimenez)
Studio Session 1: Aoife McAtamney | Slumber (Photo: Jose Miguel Jimenez)

About DDF Artist in Residence Oona Doherty:
Oona Doherty is an Irish dance artist based in Belfast. Doherty’s distinctive choreography has earned multiple awards. Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus (2015) was awarded a Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Best Performer Award in 2016, and subsequently a Total Theatre Award as well as The Place Dance Prize at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. Doherty was voted one of the top 10 Irish Artists in 2017 by the Irish Times. Her first group piece Hard to be Soft – A Belfast Prayer (2017), was then voted the UK dance show of 2019 by the Guardian. In 2019 she created Lady Magma: The Birth of a Cult, a group work. Further collaborations include Jamie XX I dont know (2019), The Rubber Bandits (2017-2019), (La) Horde, Ballet National de Marseille (FR) (2021) and Artnight London (2021). In 2022 she will premiere her ambitious new work. www.oonadohertyweb.com

For more information on Studio Sessions taking place later this month, visit the Dance Umbrella Website.