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Helga Deasy, Uillinn Dancer In Residence 2017

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre is pleased to announce that Helga Deasy, dance artist and choreographer, has been awarded the 2017 Uillinn Dance Residency.

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
Artists' Residency Programme

Helga Deasy, Dancer in Residence 2017

Helga Deasy, dance artist and choreographer, will embrace new possibilities for dance within the space, the community of artists and with the wider public. In a year-long residency at Uillinn, Helga proposes to investigate Laban’s Principles of Space Harmony (choreutics) as choreographic and creative tools in both professional and community dance contexts. She will embark on a number of cross disciplinary collaborations in film and music, beginning with German musician Maria Dorner-Hofmann. Explorations of Chaos and Order is an investigation into the harmonic relation between music and dance. Helga will also host a dance platform programme, where other performers are invited to Uillinn to showcase their new dance performances alongside her work for a West Cork audience.

Helga will deliver an extensive community-based programme including weekly sessions in Contemporary Dance for teens and adults, working with choreutics, improvisation, creative tasks and technical sequences. She will visit a number of local primary schools to deliver a programme based on themes and movement principles in her studio work. In a cross-disciplinary collaboration, Helga and a film maker will work on a site-specific dance video project in and around West Cork Arts Centre with a group of interested young people from a number of Foróige groups in the West Cork area. The film created during the project, titled Twisted, will be screened at a public event mid-year.

During her two days each week in the studio, Helga will investigate the choreutic concept of centres and decentralisation both on a physical and a metaphorical level, to develop a precise and clear-cut movement vocabulary on the basis of clearly defined spatial structures and relational parameters. This research will inform the creation of the new dance work, Helica to be presented on 24 and 25 November 2017.

To begin her residency, Helga is inviting everyone of all ages and abilities, to come join her to re-create a Pina Bauch Nelken-Line - a sequence of movement with repetitive steps and gestures performed standing in a long queue.

I am so happy about my residency at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre with its vibrant artist community and its beautiful dance studio is a wonderfully inspiring place. I am delighted to have the opportunity to develop my work here and to grow as an artist.

For more information on these projects and the Dancer in Residence programme see Helga's facebook page


Originally from Germany, Helga Deasy is a dance artist, choreographer and dance teacher based in Cork. She holds an MA in Creative Practice with distinction from Trinity Laban, Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Her artistic practice spans solo and ensemble work, cross-disciplinary collaborations including theatre, visual art and music as well as working in a range of community contexts. Helga has performed and presented work nationally and internationally, including Dance Umbrella Festival (UK), Theater and der Universität Regensburg (Germany), Dublin Dance Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, The Firkin Crane and Cork Opera House.