by Emma O’Kane

Commissioned by Bealtaine Festival
in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival
A CoisCéim BROADREACH Project

Presented as part of Bealtaine @ Temple Bar

Grandchildren bring your Grandparents! Come and take part in A LIFE OF PLAY where everyone can create, anyone can dance and all can play.  Use your body, move to music, dress up and explore in a playground of the imagination – a place of mischievous, magical invention where fun feels right at home.  

A LIFE OF PLAY is a creative dance and play project for children aged 5 -10 and their older family members aged 50+. Pair up and join Emma O’Kane on 3, 4 or 5 May at Project Arts Centre. Then on Sunday 6 May, everyone is invited to PLAY outdoors together in Meeting House Square, all as part of Bealtaine @ Temple Bar and Dublin Dance Festival.

A LIFE OF PLAY is organised in partnership with Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine festival – celebrating the arts and creativity as we age.


DATES | 3/4/5 May 2018
TIME | 4.00-5.30pm
VENUE | Project Arts Centre, Cube, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
ADMISSION FREE | Ticketed Event for children aged 5-10 and their older family members aged 50+ | Pre-booking required. Reserve your place on
Please note: Participants must book as pairs. Lone children or adults are not permitted. The play sessions will be documented by a still photographer.
No dance experience is necessary and participants are advised to wear rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothing to play and dance


DATE | 6 May 2018
TIME | 2.00-3.30pm
VENUE | Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
ADMISSION FREE | Outdoor Event for children aged 5-10 and their older family members aged 50+. Family and friends are welcome! | No pre-booking required, Capacity is limited, first-come first-served


Emma O’Kane is a freelance dancer and choreographer. She trained at the Perm State Choreographic Academy, Russia. Emma has been a member of CoisCéim Dance Theatre since 2001 and recently toured Australia with THE WOLF AND PETER. Dance Europe voted Emma Outstanding Dancer Of The Year for her performance in CoisCéim’s production of FAUN. Recent credits include THE SIN EATERS, ANU Productions at Dublin Theatre Festival. Other performance credits include THESE ROOMS & FALLING OUT OF STANDING (ANU/CoisCéim); CENTENARY ( RTÉ); and THE DEAD (Abbey Theatre). 

Her solo, 160 VOICES was commissioned by the GPO Public Art Commission as part of EMBODIED, Dublin Dance Festival.  She choreographed SILENT MOVES, a film by Aideen Barry (Ignite! Mayo), which won Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks 2015. Other choreographic credits include UNDERNEATH (Fishamble); JOCKEY, BEES!, FARM and CARE (Willfredd Theatre) THE CHILEAN TRILOGY (Prime Cut Productions) ANGEL MEADOW, LAUNDRY, BASIN (ANU Productions), THE BALLET RUSE (co-created with Muirne Bloomer). She has worked with director Oonagh Kearney on two award-winning dance films: HER MOTHER’S DAUGHTERS and THE WAKE. She is a member of Project Arts Centre and has an MA in Dance from the University of Limerick.



DATES | Friday 2 February | Tuesdays 6, 13 & 27 February | Tuesdays 6 & 13 March
TIMES | 3.30 – 5.00pm
VENUE | CoisCéim Studio, 14 Sackville Place, Dublin 1
REGISTRATION | 01 878 0558 or
Admission Free, Registration required Open to children aged 5 -10 and their older family members aged 50+, no dance experience necessary. Please note that the CoisCéim Studio is not wheelchair accessible.


Photos by Jonathan Mitchell