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An account of the collaboration between dance artist
Ríonach Ní Néill, Ronanstown Youth Services, North
Clondalkin, and professional dancers from Ciotóg 2007/8
Ní Néill
Between Earth, Sky & Home
Between Earth, Sky and Home was a one-hour dance work directed and
choreographed by me, Ríonach Ní Néill, in collaboration with 15 young people from
Ronanstown Youth Services (RYS), North Clondalkin, and four professional dancers
from Ciotóg dance company. The project was initiated by Fiona Delaney, South
Dublin County Arts Development Officer (Music & Dance) for North Clondalkin,
who, conceived of a collaboration between young local people and a contemporary
dance artist as part of her brief to develop new work specific to the area. The aim
was to explore the North Clondalkin landscape. Through a series of development
meetings, she got a number of people interested in the project – Marie Carey, Youth
Arts Development Officer with Ronanstown and Clondalkin Youth Service, Maria
McCormack, dance tutor in the RYS Kreate performing arts club and Elisabetta
Bissaro, Development Officer for Dance Ireland, the national resource organisation
for professional dance, who invited me as potential dance artist.
As a consequence of receiving a Phase One Research and Development award from
the Artist in the Community Scheme we were able to host two dance workshops
with participants in the RYS Kreate performing arts club which attracted 20
interested people from age eight to fifteen and their parents. We also met with
parents to discuss issues including the artistic aims, cost, and time commitment.
The format of the project and timeframe was agreed. The roles of the partner
organisations were also established. We applied for Phase Two of the Arts Council –
Artist in the Community Scheme. As well, we sourced hybrid funding from SDCC
Arts Office and some support-in-kind from Dance Ireland and RYS, and we were off.
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