Dance on the island

Our Dancing Lives: From Practice to Policy

Friday, 5 November
12pm – 2pm
Online via zoom 

Where do I work? How do I work? What borders do I meet in my work?

Dance Ireland and Theatre and Dance NI invited dance artists, arts workers, researchers, supporters, and all those who work in and for dance, arts, and culture from across the island of Ireland (and beyond) to share our experience and initial findings from two major all island research projects, Dance Conversations and Dance Counts.

Dance Conversations

Dance Conversations is a mixed methods dance, film and discussion-based research project undertaken with 6 dance artists from both sides of the border, supported by the Department for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media under the Cooperation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme.  

Dance Counts is an all-island survey of living and working conditions for those working in, with and for dance, led by Dance Ireland. 

Lead researchers Aoife McGrath (QUB), Victoria Durrer (UCD) and Peter Campbell (University of Liverpool) joined Dance Ireland and Theatre and Dance NI to reflect on emerging themes and issues as highlighted in these projects, and to share a first look at the Dance Conversations film co-created, performed and filmed by Yumi Lee, Aisling McCormick, Maeve McGreevy, Kelly Quigley, Laurie Schneider and Maria Svensson, co-directed by Mary Wycherley and Aoife McGrath, with an original score by Jürgen Simpson.

Following presentation of the research and film, discussion and feedback was invited from those attending.

This event was funded by the Co-Operation with Northern Ireland funding scheme within the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. It is co-hosted by Dance Ireland, Theatre and Dance NI, and supported by Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland. 

Aoife McGrath is a dance artist and Senior Lecturer in Drama at the School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast. Current PaR work includes the ‘Dance Conversations’ and ‘Dance and the Maternal’ projects. Recent publications includes the co-edited special issue of Theatre Research International, 46.2 (2021) ‘Sounding Corporealities’.

Victoria Durrer is Ad Astra Research Fellow in Cultural Policy in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin. Her work, primarily in stakeholder-engaged social research methods, focuses on issues of representation and learning in cultural policy-making. She is Co-Founder of Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland, a network that seeks to bring arts and cultural practitioners together with researchers interested to explore concerns in cultural policymaking and research. 

Peter Campbell is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool working primarily in the fields of social research methods and cultural policy research. His latest monograph is entitled Persistent Creativity: Making the Case for Art, Culture and the Creative Industries