Philippa Donnellan & Lee Clayden

This dance theatre production, directed by Philippa Donnellan in collaboration with dancer Lee Clayden and members of the Ballymun community, premiered at Dublin Dance Festival in 2018.

The production, which explored experiences of work and the impact on the body, was the culmination of Philippa’s residency supported by Axis, Ballymun, Dance Ireland, and Dublin City Council and was made possible by an Arts Council Dance Artist in Residence Award 2017-18.

I was privileged to once more work with Philippa and in addition Lee and to initially meet the participants in workshop session prior to he develop and ultimate performances of the production in Axis Ballymun.

(L) Philippa Donnellan & Lee Clayden

January 2019: A symposium concerned with Men, Movement and Mental Health, curated specifically for First Fortnight Festival, by Cathy Coughlan, Dance Artist in Residence at Rua Red Arts Centre, South Dublin and Ailish Claffey, Dance Artist in Residence at the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital. This day long symposium will consist of live performances, film, talks, panel discussions, heart warming food and interactive presentations from National and International artists who have made work with, for or about communities of men.

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