Dancing all the way to Brussels
Choreographer and performer Bridget Madden is taking her own style of dance to Brussels next week (Wednesday 29th January) as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform.
Since graduating with a first class honours degree in Dance from the University of Ulster in 2009, Bridget has crafted, through a combination of contemporary and Irish dance, her own unique fused style. An international artist very much in demand, Bridget has just returned from performing at the largest theatre in Vancouver alongside the D’amby Project and Joel Hanna.
Brussels will be an altogether more intimate event that will see Bridget and dancer partners Charlotte O’ Boyle from Co Mayo and Fiona McCabe from Co Wexford performing ‘An Tobar’, a high powered contemporary dance, to an audience that includes MEPs and opinion formers amongst EU representatives in the unusual setting of the Northern Ireland Office.
The Brussels Platform collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels involves local musicians, writers, dancers, theatre practitioners and visual artists showcasing their talents at a series of events in the city of the European Parliament to promote the culture and creativity of Northern Ireland.
Damian Smyth, Head of Drama and Literature with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said:
“Bridget is an exceptionally talented performer and choreographer with a burgeoning dance career. A recipient of Arts Council funding over the years, Bridget will undoubtedly embrace this opportunity to once again showcase her work on an international stage. To perform at the Northern Ireland Executive Office in the heart of the EU as part of the Brussels Platform is a unique opportunity for any dancer and we are proud to be able to offer the very best of talent from our shores.”
Gerry Mulligan, Head of Office in Brussels, said: "This is the first time we have welcomed a dance performance as part of the Brussels Platform and I’m really looking forward to seeing Bridget’s fusion of Irish and contemporary dance. Showcasing our up and coming talent in Brussels reinforces the region's international reputation as a centre of excellence in the arts and Bridget Madden Dance will provide a great start to 2014.”
Bridget Madden is a Choreographer and performer of Irish and contemporary dance. She graduated in 2009 with a first class honours degree in Dance, from the University of Ulster.
Since graduating she began crafting her creative voice through the combination of contemporary and Irish dance as a fused style, exploring their influence on each other. Through receiving awards from the Arts council NI, she was able to create and develop two fusion pieces ‘An Rinceoir’ (commissioned for the Dublin Dance festival 2011) and ‘An Tobar’, (in collaboration with The D’amby Project, USA).
This work has led to commissions from the Dublin Dance festival, Pic’N’Mix Theatre festival, International Dance Day (IRE), AnNua Theatre company, Sestina and regular collaborative work with The D’amby Project (US).She has performed throughout 13 different countries and taught workshops in Ireland, UK, Europe, Russia, USA.
She continues to collaborate with various artists and companies internationally, bringing together flavours of dance with other different art forms.