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Contemporary Dance Performance Project

5-week intensive module developing performative qualities focusing on instant composition, stage awareness and improvisation techniques. 

Presented by Aoibhinn O'Dea,
Choreographer, Performer & artist.

Take time away from the digital world and discover your creative potential as a performer. Move and connect with others through improvisation. Learn to create choreography and narrative through dance, while gaining an insight into artistic research and performance/ stage awareness. 

In this 5 week's intensive class you will learn

This is a 5 week contemporary dance module with a final public performance on week 5. This project is open to all who want to dance, train, rehearse and perform. The interest of this class is to find new perspectives in how we allow our body to move through space. Contemporary dance choreographer, Aoibhinn O’Dea, leads a choreography project influenced by each participant, the space and the group as a whole. 

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In this 5 week's intensive class you will learn


Week 1: Guided improvisation

Each class is introduced with a guided improvisation warm-up.

We tune the body by integrating the breath, gravity, textures, supports, rhythms, speed changes and coordination allowing the body to access fluidity and awareness of movement.


Week 2: Exploration & Development

We create different movement-tasks articulating them in time and space, challenging the way we phrase movements and stimulating our choices and creativity.


In this class you develop your own choreography, which is shared with the group and integrated throughout the group.


Week 3: Act and React 

We open up to the space and to the group. Learn how to dance in a common language, follow your intuition, react and flow with movement and with each other.


Week 4: Practise rehearsal 

By week 4, a common theme is found throughout the group, we start to develop a form and narrative.


In this class there is a focus on the practice of composition together, using all the previously worked elements in a playful and precise way. 


Week 5: Performance

General rehearsal and to close, there is a group performance. Open to the public.

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About Aoibhinn O'Dea

Aoibhinn O’Dea is a dance artist based in Dublin. Her practice is influenced by improvisation, floorwork and somatic movement. She trained in Tanzfabrik (Berlin 2020) and graduated with a BA in Fine Art Sculpture (NCAD 2014). She worked closely with choreographer Maria Colusi and founded dance collective BLUSH, who performed across Berlin (2020). Within Ireland she has performed at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, IMMA, Dance Ireland, Smock Alley & Tinahely Courthouse. 


She has choreographed such works as Norm, Womountain, Game Changer & The World Outside. Her practice explores how human behavior is affected by social pressures and the conventions of modern society. She is passionate about making dance more accessible to a wider audience by setting up improv labs and performance projects in public spaces in Dublin.

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