The Name

The name comes from the Irish word for Footstep and is pronounced “Kush Came”.

The Style

CoisCéim’s style of performance is contemporary and vibrant, with a knowing regard for the everyday. Artistic Director David Bolger embraces a selection of dance styles as a creative device to demonstrate and articulate stories and emotions that are relevant to the landscapes in which we live. A sense of fun and vitality set in a visually appealing environment along with a depth of emotion and poignancy are key attributes to CoisCéim’s success. Our work is created with highly skilled performers and collaborators and with a care and understanding of the needs for their health and well being.

The Work

We have created works for live performance ranging in scale from duets to larger ensembles featuring up to eleven dancers and often including live musicians. In the main, CoisCéim’s shows have been conceived for presentation within theatre spaces. In recent years, the company has become interested in site specific work, for example Swept was made for and presented in a bar/foyer area and Chamber Made in a hotel bedroom.

In 2001, CoisCéim became the first dance company to secure funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann for a dance film. Co-produced with Rough Magic Films, Hit and Run was filmed on location around Dublin. It premiered as part of the first International Dance Festival at the Irish Film Institute in May 2002 and was shown on Network 2 Television on 25 December 2002. It has subsequently been shown at over 16 national and international film festivals during which time it has won five major awards including the Paula Citron Award for choreography, the very prestigious Jury Award at the Dance on Camera at the Lincoln Centre Festival for Dance and a Creative Excellence award at the Houston Indie Festival in 2002. Hit and Run has allowed CoisCéim to reach new audiences nation-wide and world-wide.

As CoisCéim establishes itself within the Irish psyche, the company has participated in a range of diverse projects: for the Special Olympics which took place in Ireland in 2003, CoisCéim choreographed A Dash of Colour involving 75,000 people as part of the Opening Ceremony; in 2004, CoisCéim performed in Opera Ireland’s production of Orfeo Ed Euridice, which went on to win the Irish Times/ESB Award for Best Opera; and in 2006 CoisCéim presented Intimate Details, a dance spectacle as part of the Opening Ceremony of the Ryder Cup.

For a full production history click here. 

CoisCéim Dance Theatre Limited is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee. The company is approved for tax deductible sponsorship under current charitable legislation.


ACCOUNTANTS JPAS Ardeen House, 10/11 Marine Terrace, Dun Laoghaire

BANKERS Allied Irish Banks, 101 Grafton St, Dublin 2

LAWYERS Finlay & Company Solicitors, Molyneux House, 67-69 Bride Street, Dublin 8

The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
Dublin City Council
Culture Ireland


ADDRESS 14 Sackville Place, Dublin 1, Ireland
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David is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of CoisCéim Dance Theatre.

Over the past 20 years he has directed the Company to gain international recognition. David has directed and choreographed many original productions for the Company, many of which have toured both nationally and internationally – receiving prestigious awards for their innovation, performance and choreography.

CoisCéim have performed throughout Ireland, UK, Scotland, France, Germany, USA, China and Tasmania and at The Venice Biennale. The Company was awarded two coveted Fringe Firsts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for two consecutive years running (2006/2007) and an Argus Angel award in 2012. Recent productions for the Company include the acclaimed AgnesDance Talking: Portraits of a Dancer, MissingPageantTouch Me, Faun, the award-winning Swimming with My Mother and The Wolf And Peter.

In 2003, CoisCéim Dance Theatre was commissioned to create a large scale performance A Dash of Colour involving 75,000 people for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, which was televised worldwide and Intimate Details, a dance spectacle based on the human and animal ornamentation found in the Book of Kells for the Opening Ceremony of the Ryder Cup 2006, also televised and broadcast to over 10 million people. Other large-scale events include the opening ceremony for the UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE at the AVIVA Stadium Dublin.

David has received many commissions for his work notably Ausserhalb Der Gelfahrenzonefor the Tanztheatre in Freiburg/Heidelberg, RAW for Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company (2008) and On The Wall for Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company (2009).

His collaborations with director Trevor Nunn at the National Theatre, London include The Relapse, Tom Stoppard’s The Coast Of Utopia, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Nick Hytner’s production of The Man Of Mode.

For Druid Theatre Company David has collaborated with director Garry Hynes on the award winning Synge Cycle and The Silver Tassie and was an Associate Director for Druid Murphy. Other work for Druid includes The Playboy of the Western WorldSiveSharon’s Grave and The Year Of The Hiker. He is currently Associate Director for DruidShakespeare to be premiered in May 2015.

Work at the Abbey Theatre includes Tarry FlynnThe Colleen Bawn (both also at the National Theatre London), The Secret Fall Of Constance WildeShe Stoops to FollyThe Marriage Of FigaroThe Man Who became a Legend and Big Maggie. In 2012 David was Choreographer and Movement Director on the world premier of James Joyce’s The Dead adapted by Frank McGuinness and directed by Joe Dowling.

David has also collaborated with director Joe Dowling on a number of occasions at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, most recently co-directing the acclaimed Midsummer with Dowling.  Other work includes Musical Stager and Choreographer on The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S Pinafore, which was broadcast on PBS ARTS and for which David was honoured with an IVY Award for outstanding choreography.

Other movement direction and choreography projects include The Merchant of Venice (Second Age Theatre Company), Buffalo Bill has Gone to Alaska (Pigs Back), Hurl(Barabbas), Dancing at Lughnasa (Théatre du Nouveau Monde Montreal and Lyric Theatre Belfast), King Ubu (Galway Arts Festival), Off Plan (RAW Theatre) and in 2007 David directed Madison’s Descent composed by Mícheál ó Súilleabháin, based on a story and paintings by Page Allen (MontClaire State University, New Jersey).

David was Musical Stager and Choreographer for Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Martin Guerre, which toured the UK and USA in 1999/ 2000. Other work on musical theatre includes Stephen Sondheim’s Follies (National Concert Hall Dublin), Guys and Dolls (Leicester Haymarket/ Groundwork), Gone with the Wind directed by Trevor Nunn (New London Theatre), and Direction for Macbecks (Longroad). In 2013 he was Musical Stager and Choreographer for Heartbeat of Home, from the producers of Riverdance.

David made his Opera Direction debut in 2004 with Gluck’s Orfeo, which received an Irish Times/ESB Theatre Award for Best Opera Production before being the first Irish Opera Production to be invited to perform at the State Theatre in Wiesbaden (2005). Other work in Opera includes Handel’s Imeneo, nominated for the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Opera Production, Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream  (Opera Ireland), Assistant Director and Choreographer for La Traviata (English National Opera) and Choreographer for the world premier of Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice directed by Trevor Nunn (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden).

In 2001 David co-wrote and choregraphed the dance film Hit and Run, which received several awards including The Paula Citron Award for Choreography for the Camera, and The Jury Prize in the Dance On Camera Festival, Lincoln Centre New York. In 2002 David was nominated for an American Choreography Award for his work on the film, one of the highest standards of achievement in choreography throughout the entertainment Industry. In 2010 David wrote and choreographed the international award-winning short film Deep End Dance produced by WILDFIRE FILMS for RTÉ Dance On The Box. Other work in film includes FlatbedMichael Collins and Dancing at Lughnasa with Meryl Streep.

In 2007, David was elected to membership of Aosdána, which honours artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the Arts in Ireland.


Philippa Donnellan trained in Contemporary Dance Technique at The Martha Graham School, New York, and gained an M.A in Dance Studies from Surrey University, UK. She has worked as a teacher for many organisations including: Middlesex University; Ludus Dance Company; Adventures in Motion Pictures; ARC Dance Co; The Place Evening School, London; ROSAS Dance Company, Brussels; Institute del Teatro, Barcelona; University of Salamanca, Spain. From 1997 – 2004 she worked with Green Candle Dance Co. in London as Community & Education Coordinator with whom she created and led a variety of dance projects.  Following an inspirational journey to Brazil for carnaval in 2004, she choreographed La Foule for The Company of Elders – a performance group for the over 60’s at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. In 2005-6 Philippa worked as Dance Consultant for Hammersmith and Fulham Council, London on a professional development project designed to enable teachers to extend their dance teaching skills within the education curriculum.

Philippa joined CoisCéim Dance Theatre in 2006 to set up Broadreach – access and participation programme. Under Broadreach, she has facilitated the development of residencies and partnerships projects with a number of leading Irish institutions. Philippa has also directed and choreographed a range of projects include creating new work for CoisCéim’s youth dance group Creative Steps, developing an annual Dublin City Council performance project for people aged 50+as part of Bealtaine Festival, and choreographing performances with Dublin Bus drivers as part of Gut Busters –a major health initiative for CIE. In addition, Philippa coordinates the Teacher Education element of CoisCéim’s Dance Residency at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, now in its second year. In 2013 Broadreach was awarded a CocaCola Thank You Fund Award for which Philippa directed The Beat Project – an intergenerational dance/music performance project which was presented at The Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, Dublin in June of the same year. Following an award from IPB Insurance, a second intergenerational project Striking Moves was created and performed at the festival in 2014. Philippa is currently directing Feast on Dance: The Main Course, CoisCéim/Dublin City Council’s latest Bealtaine project 2015.


Bridget is a co-founder of CoisCéim Dance Theatre working with the company until the end of 2002 and then returning as Executive Producer in July 2013.   She has produced numerous new works for the company, including international presentations at the Place, London; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival & Peak Performances in USA, Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), Arts Centre Melbourne & Sydney Opera House,  Australia.  She co-produced the multi award winning dance film HIT AND RUN, released on iTunes in 2015 and more recently the multi-partner collaborations INVITATION TO A JOURNEY, BODY LANGUAGE and THESE ROOMS.

Bridget was Ireland’s Aerowaves partner for 7 years co-programming three platforms for the Dublin Fringe Festival.  She has sat on a number of Boards including Project Arts Centre (Chair), Irish Theatre Institute (formerly known as The Theatre Shop) & The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annamakerrig amongst others. A graduate of Glasgow University and Imperial College, London, she has over twenty years experience in the oil industry world-wide and is a lifetime member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


Originally from California, Sarah has been a resident of Paris, New York City and now Dublin. She has a BA in Art History and Film Theory and Criticism from The American University of Paris, and an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from University College Dublin. She has worked in the arts in various capacities for fifteen years, and, before relocating to Ireland in 2008, she managed public programming at the then fledgling Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Sarah has worked with CoisCéim since 2010 and has been Line Producer for CoisCéim productions since 2013.



Olwen Dawe |  appointed 22 February 2017

Olwen Dawe is a Policy Analyst and Consultant; she holds a BBS (Hons.), a PG. Dip. Economic Science and is currently researching a Masters thesis on the role of advocacy groups in public policy decision-making. Establishing the consulting practice Irish Business Intelligence in 2010, Olwen has worked with a wide range of State agencies, arts organisations, not-for-profits and private companies on strategic development, policy, planning and implementation, funding and communications. Currently she works predominantly in the area of gender equality and diversity – including the recent pilot ‘Unconscious Gender Bias’ programme in conjunction with the Department of Justice and Equality.  Olwen is a former President of Network Ireland, and now sits on the organisation’s Advisory Council – she is a Board member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland and chairs the Policy Research Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts.

Pádraig Heneghan |  appointed 28 January 2016

Pádraig Heneghan is a freelance General Manager and Producer.  He is currently working with Landmark Productions, Riverdream Productions and Tyrone Productions on various projects.  He has worked with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (Stravinsky Double Bill, international touring of “Rian”) and was Deputy Director of the Gate Theatre for many years.  He was in charge of all touring projects for the Gate since 2003, working with some of the major worldwide festivals (Lincoln Center Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, B.A.M. Next Wave Festival, Barbican).   He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and is a board member of The Corn Exchange and Theatre Forum.

Garry Hynes  |  appointed 15 October 2015

Garry Hynes founded Druid Theatre Company in 1975 and has worked as its Artistic Director from 1975 to 1991, and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Internationally, Garry has worked with The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal Court (UK), and with Second Stage and Manhattan Theater Club in New York; with The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C; for Center Theater in Los Angeles and with the Spoleto Festival (USA). Awards include; a Tony Award for Direction for The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1998), the Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Direction for The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (2009), a Special Tribute Award for her contribution to Irish Theatre (2005), and Best Director at UK Theatre Awards 2012. In December 2010, Garry was appointed Adjunct Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at her alma mater, NUI Galway.

Brigid McManus  |  appointed 8 October 2012

Brigid Mc Manus has wide-ranging public sector experience. She is a former Secretary-General of the Department of Education and Skills. Prior to that she worked in a variety of senior civil service roles in the Departments of Finance and of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht dealing with public expenditure programmes, capital investment, cultural institutions, EU Structural Funds and tax policy issues. She was Special Policy Adviser to the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands from 1998 to 2000. Currently Brigid is Chairperson of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, a state body in the Education sector, and is involved in other public sector activity. She is a member of the Forum of Chairpersons of State Bodies and of the Institute of Directors.

Cian O’Brien | Chair  |  appointed 5 February 2014

Cian O’Brien has been Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre since October 2011. Prior to this he was Producer/Artist Development with Rough Magic Theatre Company. He produced 13 productions with Rough Magic, including national & international tours along with 3 world premieres. Cian was also responsible for managing and co-curating Rough Magic’s Artist Development programmes: SEEDS, ADVANCE and Production Support. Cian worked as a freelance producer working on a number of projects with Making Strange Theatre, junk ensemble, Brokentalkers, thisispopbaby, Project Arts Centre and Bedrock Productions. He is a board member of the Irish Theatre Institute and CoisCéim Dance Theatre.




Tax Clearance Certificate
Memorandum and Articles of Association
Audited Accounts 2012
Audited Accounts 2013
Audited Accounts 2014
Charitable Status 2014
Audited Accounts 2015
Audited Accounts 2016
Audited Accounts 2017

2017 | Statement of Commitment | ICTR
2017 | Donors Charter | ICTR
2017 | Feedback and Complaints Procedure | ICTR
Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy
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David Bolger | Artistic Director
Olwen Dawe  | Board Member
Pádraig Heneghan  | Board Member
Garry Hynes  | Board Member
Brigid McManus  | Board Member  
Cian O’Brien | Board Member | Chair
Bridget Webster  | Executive Producer
As of 2016, the members register is updated annually and is documented within the minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Company 


Artistic Director (part time)  | €20-25,000
Executive Producer (part time) | €20-25,000
Broadreach Director (part-time) | €35-40,000
Company Manager | €35-40,000

An Internship at CoisCéim is an opportunity for an emerging professional or student to gain practice and experience in a production or office setting under the guidance of CoisCéim staff. Specific projects and tasks vary according to the interests of the Intern. Through our internship programme we endeavour to help people to develop valuable skills, discover where their strengths and interests lie and gain valuable industry experience. The number of internships available each year is limited. For more information contact us at or 01 878 0558.


“CoisCeim is one of the few professional touring companies that has a community dance programme. I respect the approach and creativity of the company and have gained a fantastic first hand learning experience.” – Dance Student

“I don’t I think could pinpoint one thing as my favourite part of the internship as it was all such a good experience. The people in CoisCéim are so nice and this made me feel right at home. I got to see from the very start of the sound design till the last day of the show so I really got an insight into the whole production and I feel honoured that David, Ivan and Sarah could give me that opportunity.” – Karl McDonnell

“As a Production Intern for CoisCéim Dance Theatre, I learned a lot about a work in progress, the scheduling of a production that has many get-ins & outs, and I grew a lot as part of a production team. I believe I really benefited from my internship both personally and professionally.” -Third Level Student

“I learned many skills working as an administrative intern, from getting costumes quickly, to improving my IT and photography skills, CoisCéim gave me the opportunity to apply these skills in a professional setting. CoisCéim has a very friendly and professional atmosphere and for anyone interested in a career the arts, it is fascinating to see how a professional company works.” -Transition Year Student

“My internship enabled me to meet many people and network within Dublin’s dance scene.” – MA student

“My time as a dance intern with CoisCéim Dance Theatre was exciting and challenging. I immediately walked into a warm and welcoming atmosphere which made me feel very comfortable. David’s work with ANU was inspiring and captivating, I would encourage anyone who can get to see the performance of these rooms to do so, it really will be something special. As a dance intern I felt fully involved in the process from start to finish and loved working with professional artists from multiple disciplines. I gained a lot of valuable skills and industry experience.” – Roisín Whelan



MORGAN OSE | 2017  Production / Administrative Intern

FINN CRANSTON | Transition Year Placement 

ROISÍN WHELAN | 2016  Creative Development / Choreography Intern for THESE ROOMS

JULIA HAZEL | 2016 Administrative / Creative Steps Intern

DYLAN HYLAND | 2015 BROADREACH Dance Assistant Intern

FIONA MITCHELL | 2015 Production Assistant for THE WOLF AND PETER

MARY PELLETT  |  2015 Summer Administrative Intern

LAURA DUTHIE | 2015 Administrative Intern

NICK HEINZEN | 2014 Summer Administrative Intern


RACHEL PIANALTO | 2014 Spring Administrative Intern

FIONA PATTEN | 2014 Production Assistant for BODY LANGUAGE


CIARA DREDGE | 2014 Assistant Stage Manager for AGNES

TULLIA GIACOMELLI | 2014 Costume Assistant for AGNES

BECKA BARNES | 2014 Transition Year Administrative Intern for AGNES

ALISON MOONEY | 2013 Transition Year Intern for COISCÉIM CONNECTIONS


Touring, both nationally and internationally is a key part of CoisCéim. In Ireland, the company has developed strong relationships with an informal network of venues that have a like-minded approach in actively promoting dance. Each year, CoisCéim aims to tour at least one production nationally. In 2014, funded by the Arts Council through The Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme, the company presented CoisCéim Duets by David Bolger at six locations around the country.

Internationally, CoisCéim has developed a strong reputation through presentations at prestigious festivals such as the Jacob’s Pillow Festival in America and the Ten Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania. As part of the Ireland China Festival of Arts & Culture, CoisCéim played in Beijing and Shanghai to sell out audiences. With the support of Culture Ireland, CoisCéim has also showcased at the Venice Biennale, Tanzmesse Festival in Düsseldorf and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on a number of occasions. It is the recipient of many awards including two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts, the Paula Citron Award for Choreography for the Camera (Dance on Camera, Festival, New York) and an Argus Angel Award at the 2012 Brighton Festival.


In parallel with the performance programme the company conducts an integrated, original and comprehensive artform awareness and participation initiative through CoisCéim BROADREACH. Established in 2006, BROADREACH is founded on the principle that dance is a performing art. Its activities are pioneering, targeting all sections of the population in an exciting and innovative manner to create a genuine curiosity in dance.


2017 | Irish Times Irish Theatre Award, 2017 (Audience Choice) with ANU for THESE ROOMS

2016 | Best Children’s Dance Show – BTA Awards 2016 for THE WOLF AND PETER

AUG 2012 | Argus Angel Award, Brighton Festival for SWIMMING WITH MY MOTHER

2011 | Best Production, Limerick Unfringed for SWIMMING WITH MY MOTHER

AUG 2006 | Scotsman Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival for KNOTS

AUG 2005 | Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for CHAMBER MADE

SEPT 2005 | Best Production Award at Dublin Fringe Festival 2006 for KNOTS

SEPT 2004 | Sexiest Show, Dublin Fringe Festival for CHAMBER MADE

2003 | The Jury Prize, New York and Award for Creative Excellence Houston, Texas for HIT AND RUN

2002 | Paula Citron Award for Choreography for the Camera at the Moving Pictures Festival for Dance on Film and Video in Toronto for HIT & RUN

AUG 1998 | AIB Better Ireland Award for SEASONS

DEC 1997 | Irish Times Choreographer of the Year Award for HIT AND RUN, BACK IN TOWN and BALLADS

DEC 1996 | Irish Times Dance Show of the Year for STRAIGHT WITH CURVES

DEC 1996 | Irish Times Choreographer of the Year for DRAGONS AND TONICS

Nominated for Total Theatre Award and Carol Tambor Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival for KNOTS (2006)

DEEP END DANCE, a short dance film written and choreographed by CoisCéim Artistic Director David Bolger was awarded BEST SHORT FILM at the Irish Film Festival, Boston 2011 and was nominated for an Ifta for Short Film. It is the winner of the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at Idill 2011 and BEST SHORT FILM at both The Celtic Media Festival 2011 and the FastNet Film Festival 2011. It shared the audience award for BEST SHORT at the Capital Irish Film Festival 2011 and was shortlisted for PRIX ITALIA 2011.

Our Home + Studio Hire

Since 2001 and with the assistance of a capital grant from the Arts Council/An Chomahire Ealaíon, CoisCéim secured a lease and has been based in Sackville Place in the centre of Dublin. These premises house a rehearsal studio, dressing room and office space. The studio is available for hire 7 days a week. Click here for more information.

A member of…

CoisCéim Dance Theatre is a member of Theatre Forum, Dance Ireland, Create, and is a founding member of Dance Travels, a new informal network celebrating dance across Ireland and beyond.