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Dance Resource Base to host Catalyst dance festival this March

Thursday 12th March 2020 at 10am 0 Comments

Sunday 22nd March, Catalyst Dance Festival at the Crescent Arts Centre and Lyric Theatre in Belfast. Image: Sunday 22nd March, Catalyst Dance Festival at the Crescent Arts Centre and Lyric Theatre in Belfast.

On Sunday 22 March, Dance Resource Base will host a one-day dance festival, Catalyst, at the Crescent Arts Centre and Lyric Theatre in Belfast.

Catalyst is a much-needed platform to showcase the high-quality and exciting work produced by individual dance artists who have received support from the Arts Council Northern Ireland through the Support the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP): including the Artist Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) and General Award. 

Dance Resource Base alongside Catalyst curator, Eileen McClory, has designed this one-day event that will provide the essential opportunity for choreographers to showcase their work in a professional capacity.  

The first half of the day will take place at the Crescent Arts Centre with internationally acclaimed dance artist, Lucia Kickham, who will give a workshop to professional dance artists.  Lucia Kickham has worked with a number of prestigious companies and artists including TRASH, Company Philip Connaughton, junk ensemble, Liz Roche Company, Maria Nilsson Waller and Oonagh Kearney.

The second half of the festival will take place at the Lyric Theatre and will feature a series of work from professional dance artists and choreographers working in Northern Ireland and supported through the Arts Council’s SIAP funding programme/.

Caoileann Curry-Thompson, Arts Development Officer for Drama and Dance, commented,

“Northern Ireland punches well above its weight in the quality of the dance work created it here. This event brings together some of our very best homegrown talent and their astonishing original dance works. The dance artists - choreographers, dancers, facilitators - are working at the very top of their game producing provocative and moving pieces that would sit well at the leading international dance platforms.”

“We are privileged to have such talent working and contributing to the cultural life here. This is a vital opportunity to allow audiences to experience the work which has been created here by these remarkable individual artists. Catalyst promises to be a one of a kind, very rewarding event for all: dance lovers, people with an interest in performance, and those who have never gone to see dance work before. There will be something for everyone and we can be sure everyone will experience something very special at Catalyst. We wish all the artists and creatives involved the very best for the showcase. “

Orla McGrady, General Manager, Dance Resource Base, added,

"Dance Resource Base is delighted to have the opportunity to present this professional platform to showcase the high-quality and exciting work produced by Individual Dance Artists who have received support from the Art Council of Northern Ireland through their Support the Individual Artist Programme. To date there have been limited opportunities locally for artists to showcase their work in a professional context. We’re thrilled to partner with the Crescent Arts Centre to present a professional workshop for dance artists by Lucia Kickham, and The Lyric Theatre to present the best of local dance on their stage, deepening engagement and bringing contemporary dance to broader audiences. We’re thrilled to provide this platform to support artists in creating works of excellence, build relationships with promoters both nationally and internationally, and raise the profile of dance from NI. Dance Resource Base acknowledges the generous support of the Arts Council in Northern Ireland in realising this vision."

At the Lyric Theatre, choreographer and Arts Council ACES awardee, Gary Rowntree, will present, Togetherness, a dance work created in response to the political climate in Northern Ireland regarding marriage equality. Two men dance, their hands grasp as they absorb the weight of the onlookers’ scrutiny. Audiences will witness their intimacy, vulnerability and turmoil as they journey to stand together.

Other performances at the Lyric include Ayesha Mailey’s, See Me Disappear, and Eileen McClory’s, CUCK.  To conclude the day there will be an audience discussion concerning how a dance artist makes a work and makes it successful. 

Tickets for Catalyst are available at the below links:

Crescent Arts Centre workshop: 

Lyric Theatre performances:


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