Director

ADRIENNE BROWN is a strongly motivated Arts-entrepreneur and creative thinker with excellent research, teaching, coaching, mentoring and people skills; an eye for detail and solving complex situations.

A native of Dublin, Adrienne is also a choreographer, filmmaker, teacher and author.
She is a successful leader, innovator, creator and manager across all areas of her work.

She teaches Communications and Choreography at Inchicore College of Further Education, Dublin, and publishes Journal articles.

Her academic studies have honed her skills in text creation, editing, public speaking and confidence- building.

She ran her own New Balance Dance Company, was a founding member and latter Chair of Dance Ireland from 2008 – 2013, and choreographed over 40 original works staged in Ireland, England and France (housed in the National Dance Archive, University of Limerick, Ireland).

Adrienne taught Movement for Actors in the Gaiety School of Acting for twenty years, developing a programme suited to the needs of the training actor. She completed her (hons) B.A. degree in University College Dublin (Music and English), and M.A. (hons) in American Studies, and was subsequently awarded an Ad Astra Research Scholarship to undertake a PhD in Musicology Meaning Indicators in Twentieth- Century Music and Dance.

In recent years she made two films with Eoghan O’Reilly, I See His Blood (2016) and Contrition (2017).

She is also the creator and project manager of Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory - workshops and performances for dancers and filmmakers, is on the scientific committee of Screendance Festivals (eds. Blas Payri/Rafel Arnal), and is a published author.

Guest Artists

JEAN-BAPTISTE FERREIRA

Jean-Baptiste Ferreira started his professional dance training in 2012 at the IFPRO in Paris where he first encountered the Graham technique.

In 2015, he moved to New-York City and got accepted to the Martha Graham School where he studied with former lead dancers of the Martha Graham Company such as Denise Vale, Peggy Lyman, Jacquelyn Buglisi, Steve Rooks and Virginie Mécène.

As a member of Graham 2 (formerly Martha Graham Dance Ensemble), he performed in various Graham works, including Diversion of Angels, Maple Leaf Rag, Acts of Light, Plain of Prayers, Canticle for Innocent Comedians, Celebration, Secular Games, Rite of Spring, El Penitente, Appalachian Spring, Dark Meadow and Embattled Garden.

In France, he has been working with many choreographers, his interest for other forms of modern dance and modern-based contemporary dance has led him to train with Robert Swinston (Cunningham technique), Carolyn Carlson (Alwin Nikolaïs), Alexandre Galopin (Angelin Preljocaj). Training in classical ballet and Beamish Bodymind Balancing (Philip Beamish method) with pedagogue Wayne Byars has also had a major influence on his perception of the Graham technique and his own pedagogy.

Jean-Baptiste has been a Graham teacher at Studio Harmonic, IFPRO and Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris since 2018. He is a member of the European Graham teachers’ network and Graham heritage promoting collective « Graham for Europe ».



LORENZA DI CALOGERA
Lorenza Di Calogero graduated in 1989 at the “Rotterdamse dansacademie”, nowadays called “Codarts” in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  Ever since then, she has worked as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer around Europe and toured worldwide in various dance companies and small productions.

As a dancer she is experienced in different styles and techniques such as contemporary dance, ballet, physical theatre, contact-improvisation, bûtoh but also afro and jazz.

She worked with choreographers like Wim Vandekeybus, Roberto Zappala, Vicente Sáez, Micha van Hoecke, Patrizia Cerroni, Oumar Camara, Wendell Wells, Shusaku Takeuchi and Lisa Marcus. 

Lorenza is also interested in interdisciplinary work and likes to collaborate with artists like painters, architects, writers, composers, video-artists, photographers and many more. Meanwhile she teaches her own style of contemporary dance in different institutes, dance schools and companies for example in Valencia (Spain) where she combines all her work experience as a dancer and choreographer.


ROISIN WHELAN

Róisín Whelan has worked with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures on their UK tour of Romeo and Juliet and joined their Education team as a Trainee Dance Artist.

Róisín credits her early training to Aedeen O’Hagan, Adele Mealey, and Anica Louw. She spent a year at Inchicore College for Further Education and worked with Dublin Youth Dance Company. During this time, she also worked with Adrienne Brown on her film ‘I see his blood'.

Following her early training. Róisín completed her Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and was awarded the Kathleen Tattersall Leadership award.

In 2019 she completed her master’s in performance with the NSCD where she was awarded a first-class degree. Upon graduation she joined Black Box Dance Company in Denmark as an apprentice dancer and toured Denmark and Sweden prior to working with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures in the UK.

Associate Artist


ERICA BORGES

Erica Borges, Artistic Director, Dance Teacher and Choreographer, founded Laois Youth Dance Ensemble in 2013 and the same year she launched Laois Dance Platform. The festival is funded by Arts Council Ireland and showcases national & international dance works.

She is co-director of Lisbon Dance Platform in collaboration with Amalgama Dance Company (Lisbon), has a Graduate Diploma in Dance with Honours from the University of Limerick, and was nominated in 2018 by Dance UK for ‘Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner Award’.

Erica has worked with Cathy Coughlan (YES Scheme), Christine Jeanville (France), Iselichiodi Dance Company (Dance Residency mentored by the French choreographer Helene Chatala), Ciaran Gray and others.

Her dance pieces, films and visual works have toured to France and Portugal. Since 2018 she has been collaborating with Amalgama Dance Company developing the festival that she established in Ireland, to expand the vision to Lisbon, Portugal. 


Previously Featured Artists



MARIS HAYES and FRANCK BOULÈGUE are to the forefront in theory and practise within the growing field of European dance and film; they hold influential positions, as directors of Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne, France. Franck has a Masters in film studies from La Sorbonne - Université de Paris. He is a Filmmaker, Editor and Producer of more than 12 films that have toured Europe, Asia, North and South America. Marisa has a Masters of Arts and Letters, Visual Studies, specialising in Screendance, and is editor-in-chief of Repères, cahier de danse - a dance research journal published by La Briqueterie, CDC (Choreographic Development Center) in Paris. Franck and she are PhD candidates, and have just signed a three year cooperation agreement with la Briqueterie to promote Screendance via screenings, round tables, and production residencies. Wicklow Screendance Laboratory are proud to welcome them to be part of this first Symposium, we hope it will be the first of many visits.

Born in 1977 in Zurich, JASMINE MORAND completed her classical training in Geneva and at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco, after winning first prize at the Swiss National Competition for classical dance in Solothurn and modern dance in Nyon. She began her dancing career at the National Ballet of Nancy and Lorraine, before joining the Zurich Opera under the direction of Heinz Spoerli and the National Ballet of Slovenia. In 2000, she began training in contemporary dance in Codarts, Rotterdam, where she began to develop her choreographic work. On returning to Switzerland, she founded the company Prototype Status.

West Cork native TARA BRANDEL has been Artistic Director of Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company based in Cork, since 2006. She completed a two-year dance residency at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre 2015-16, which included a retrospective exhibition of 25 years of her choreography, and her short dance film CAR was Director’s Choice at the Contact Dance International Film Festival in Toronto 2017. Most recently Tara has toured Cappaghglass, a one woman show about migration, to Cork Midsummer Festival, D-CAF Cairo Egypt, Echo Echo Derry, San Francisco FRESH Festival, and Ponderosa, Germany. Tara was awarded a Provost Fellowship to do an MFA in Choreography at UC Davis, where she’s worked with documentary filmmakers Branwen Okapako and Julie Wyman.

STEVE WOODS has worked in film since 1988. His work encompasses animations, documentaries, experimental films and to date six dance films. Steve is also a producer of short films and has directed many workshops in Ireland and aboard. He teaches Experimental Animation at the National Film School in IADT, Ireland. Steve has also curated for a number of Irish and international film festivals most notably he programmed 5 screenings of Irish animation at the Annecy International Animation Festival in 2012. Steve is on the board of the Galway Film Fleadh and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland.

EMMA FITZGERALD is a performer and choreographer whose work combines story-telling, dance and song. In 2008 she co-founded the dance theatre company ‘Fitzgerald and Stapleton’ with artist Aine Stapleton. She has created five full-length works and a number of shorter duets and solos. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Dance Ireland, Culture Ireland, Dublin City Council and by key theatres in Ireland; Project Arts Centre, Firkin Crane, Ballina Arts Centre and New York; Chocolate Factory Theater, Abrons Arts Center and Center for Performance Research. Fitzgerald trained at London Contemporary Dance School, one of Europe’s leading conservatoires and graduated with a BA Honours in Contemporary Dance.

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