Cork’s Dancer in Residence at Firkin Crane: Cork City Council
Laura Murphy has been Cork’s Dancer in Residence at Firkin Crane since 2012, an annual programme supported by the Arts Council, Cork City Council Arts Office and the Firkin Crane. The Dancer in Residency programme is a platform where Laura promotes professional dance activities and a professional dance community in Cork with the aid of studio, office and theatre space at Firkin Crane. Dance artists, choreographers and community members interested in movement can train, create and nurture dance projects as part of the residency programme’s activities.
The objectives of the Cork Dancer in Residency programme are three-fold:
- Training for Professional Dance: Over the past 3 years training has increased from one to three weekly sessions. Classes in contemporary dance technique, improvisation for movers and body practices are available at subsidised rates. All classes are facilitated by local, national and international professional dance practitioners.
- Inquiry and Open Inquiry: A platforms for professional dance artists to research and develop, create and share their dance work in Cork. They can collaborate with other dancers/choreographers and artists of other disciplines to produce work under this platform. To date this programme has supported over 11 dance artists.1
- Community Projects and Awareness: In brining dance activity to a wider public community dance projects grow our audience and strengthen the future of the art form in Cork. Over 200 members of the community have been involved in Community Dance Projects over the past three years and local professional dancers, a composer, musicians, a film maker and photographer have been engaged for the projects. Projects have included:
Assembling Moments – a dance film and photography exhibition that was created over a period of 9 months with a group of female young adults. It involved creative workshops and dance classes, filming and photography. It was created by Choreographer Laura Murphy, Photographer Clare Keogh, Film Maker Ciara Hyland and Composer Irene Buckley. It was displayed for 3 months at Firkin Crane’s Interactive Space.
A Dance Concerto – this project features both professional and pre-professional dancers with an inter-generational cast of 40 persons from Cork city community. It was created for Cork Midsummer Festival 2014 by Choreographer Laura Murphy with composition by Irene Buckley.
Folders – a project currently in process stemming from an Outreach Programme from the Dancer in Residency 2014-2015 which took place in secondary schools in Cork City. The project will be premiered on the 20th of June at Firkin Crane as part of Cork’s Midsummer Festival 2015. Folders will include 8 young adults who are working with Choreographer Laura Murphy, Visual Artist Astrid Walsh, Composer Irene Buckley and dance artists Helga Deasy and Siobhan Ni Dhuinnin.