“In 2019, we were selected for the EXIT 15 commission and had the opportunity to collaborate closely with the Ballyogan community. It was a real delight to meet and dance with people from Ballyogan and the wider Dublin 18 area, to collaborate and create dance for live performance and film, and to imaginatively record the community and the area as it changes and grows. So, on behalf of CoisCéim BROADREACH and EXIT 15 team as we say goodbye – our sincere thanks to all those who have participated and contributed their time, energy and creativity in making this such a wonderful project.”
-Broadreach Director Philippa Donnellan, March 2020
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER ARTS ACTIVITIES IN DUBLIN 18…. If you didn’t get a chance to dance or make art with us there are more arts activities coming up in Ballyogan for you to dive into! Contact DLR Assistant Arts Officer Máire Davey at (01) 2362759 or email@example.com
EVENTS IN 2020
5 March | CULTÚR CRAIC AGUS CEOL IN BALLYOGAN | GAELSCOIL SHLIABH RUA
Great fun was had at this celebration of Seachtain na Gaeilge and Exit 15, as dancers from Olwyn’s latest creative project and members of the 50+ dance class performed dance pieces inspired by the Irish language: ‘Fás agus Athrú’ and ‘Baisteach’. There were brilliant displays from all the students in Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua as they showcased their skills with Irish songs, music and tin whistle, and a surprise star of the day had to be the wonderful cake made by Ann from the Exit 15 50+ dance class!
Bhí an craic again ag an gcéiliúradh Seachtain na Gaeilge/Exit 15 seo, le dhaltaí ón tionscnamh Olwyn agus na mná ón rang damhsa Philippa ag leiriú a ndréachta damhsa: ‘Fás agus Athrú’ agus ‘Baisteach’. Thaispeáin na daltaí go leir ó Ghaelscoil Shliabh Rua go seoigh a scileanna le hamhrán, ceol agus feadóg stáin. Ach dóigh liom ba cáca dochreidte déanta ag Ann ón rang damhsa 50+ sméar mhullaigh an lae!
4 February – 5 March | CREATIVE DANCE PROJECT at Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua
Dancer Olwyn Lyons led 2nd Class children in a month-long dance project using the Irish language to explore and express different emotions. As part of a celebration of Irish language and culture, the project culminates in an informal performance event on 5 March with children and staff from Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua and members of the wider Ballyogan community.
Ar feadh mí amháin, bhí Olwyn Lyons I gceannas ar tionscnamh damhsa le rang 2 – rinne siad ceardlann chun iniúchadh a dhéanamh ar mhothúcháin trí Ghaeilge. Tá an tionscnamh seo páirt den céiliúradh Seachtain na Gaeilge atá eagraithe ag Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua agus beidh leiriú le daltaí, foireann an scoile agus muintir na háite le feiceáil ag an ocáid sin Deardaoin 5ú Márta.
14 January to 3 March | DANCE CLASSES FOR PEOPLE AGED 50+ | SAMUEL BECKETT CIVIC CAMPUS, BALLYOGAN
Creative, energising and fun, this free weekly dance class led by Philippa Donnellan, offered the opportunity to take part, create and perform new contemporary choreography for EXIT 15 community performance event on 5 March 2020.
14 January to 3 March | FUN DANCE FITNESS CLASSES FOR ADULTS | SAMUEL BECKETT CIVIC CAMPUS, BALLYOGAN
A series of short, lively dance classes where Philippa got everybody up and dancing. The class included stretch and strengthening exercises, and offered a chance to try a mix of dance styles and to create and perform new choreography for EXIT 15 community performance event on 5 March 2020.
EVENTS IN 2019
THURSDAY 5 DECEMBER | BIG SCREEN PARTY! AN SCANNÁN MÓR!
We were delighted to host two special screenings, as a culmination to a dance-filled year in Ballyogan. We screened 3 short films made with members of the local community from Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Family Resource Centre/Early Learning and women from Exit 15 50+ dance class. It was a brilliantly fun, popcorn-filled occasion – with much laughter and plenty of chat around the films created. Our younger audience even got treated to an exclusive performance of the ‘Bubble Song’ by children from the Family Resource Centre! WOW!
An t-áthas a bhí orainn dhá léiriú den scannáin a bhí déanta againn I rith 2019 a eagrú. Taispeáineadh trí fís ghearr a bhí déanta le ghrúpa difriúla sa cheantar: Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Ballyogan Family Resource Centre agus na mná ón rang damhsa de 50+. Bhaineamar an taitneamh as an imeacht seo lán le chomhrá, cáca agus craic! Tharla taispeántas sa bhreis nuair a chan na paistí beaga ón Family Resource Centre a hamhrán, ‘The Bubble Song.’ Thar bharr!
SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER | POOLABOUT
Watch out there’s a pool about! You may have seen it rolling around in Ballyogan somewhere near you…great fun was had meeting those brave enough to check out who was behind it and find out what was going on…
THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER | PLAY, SONG AND DANCE!
Philippa led a series of play, song and dance workshops with the kids from Family Resource Centre – it was a fantastic moment getting to see them practice their ‘Bubble Song!’
SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER | DUBLIN 18 IS…
Congratulations to all involved in Dublin 18 is… this weekend – to all those who pitched ideas and of course to those who received funding to bring their ideas even further! We look forward to more cultural projects in Ballyogan in the future!
For more information on Dublin 18 is… visit: http://exit15.ie/portfolio/dublin-18-is/
FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER | A DAY OF FILMING
“How does dancing make you feel?”
On Friday, some familiar faces from Exit 15 project filmed their responses to the question with Philippa, Olwyn and Peter – great moves seen from everyone and a big thank you to those who came!
MONDAY 11 NOVEMBER | BALLYOGAN FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
Winter arrived and it didn’t look like the rain would stop anytime soon, but we were still dancing in Ballyogan as Exit 15 dancer Olwyn Lyons kicked off a new series of energetic creative dance workshops with young people in the After School Club for ages 7 – 10.
FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER | DANCE SOCIAL AT SANDYFORD COMMUNITY CENTRE
A brief performance from Ebb & Flo’ set the tone for a great night full of dancing swing, jazz and everything in between!
And the Exit 15 dance class for ages 50+ even got to show what they were made of when they led other attendees in a fun jazz-inspired number that got everybody moving.
TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER | DANCE BOOGIE WORKSHOP AT BALLYOGAN FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE
Parents, carers, grans and grandads got on their feet this afternoon as Philippa got everybody bopping to some RnB and Rock ‘n’ Roll hits. As always, a great time was had at the Family Resource Centre and it was fantastic to see some new faces finding their feet!
WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER | A VISIT TO Dáil Éireann
Members of Crafty Hands Group and EXIT 15 Dance class 50+ were thrilled to be invited by TD Shane Ross to a tour and lunch at Dáil Éireann. It was a fun outing together, and interesting to catch a glimpse of daily life inside government offices. Thank you!
WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER | WOMEN4WOMEN MULTICULTURAL BREAKFAST
Philippa led an energising dance & introduction at the Multicultural Breakfast at Sam Beckett Centre. Organised by Women4Women network dlr and the Southside Partnership Women’s Programme, the event attracted over 30 women who contributed food from their own culture. Women4Women network aims to promote intercultural co-operation among women living in the county. Before heading off to different workshops, as one woman noted, ‘the dancing was a nice way to start the day and wake up your mind and body’.
TUESDAY 27 AUGUST | TEA DANCE BALLYOGAN PARISH HALL
People of all ages danced to some classic tunes and enjoyed a cuppa and plenty of cake at this joyful Tea Dance in Ballyogan parish hall. We were delighted to welcome on to the dance floor TD for Dublin-Rathdown and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross, and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Leas Cathaoirleach Deirdre Donnelly – it was a real pleasure to have their support for such an event. A great time was had by all as we boogied to live band Cary Posavitz and The Players.
A BIG SHOUT OUT of thanks to everyone from the community who helped, supported, and took part…. including: Parish Hall Caretaker Paul for organizing the hall; Val from Crafty Hands group for the beautiful paper flowers; all the ladies who made the swimming hats, Anne for her delicious cake; Ger for the decorations; Orlagh and Gemma for keeping the tea flowing. Photos by Luke Brabazon.
FRIDAY 23 AUGUST | FILMING WITH DANCE GROUP 50+
On a hot summer’s day, women from the dance class filmed their sea-inspired choreography in the skate board park, Sam Beckett campus with filmmaker Peter Kelly. The group were beautifully attired in costumes by Costume Designer Arran Murphy, with colourful flowery swim hats created by Arran and members of the group. An aquatic ballet, swimming exercises (performed on a bench), and a few free floating moves were just a few of the choreography filmed. Watch out for the final film!
THURSDAY 22 – 26 AUGUST | EBB & FLO’ POP UP DANCE PERFORMANCES
In keeping with the theme of water, our two stylish dancers, EBB & FLO’ toured Ballyogan area and beyond in a series of delightful, pop up dance performances. You may have seen them in Leopardstown Shopping centre, The Park, Carrickmines – or further afield at Kilternan Farmers Market. They also called in to perform for folks at Marlay Park Nursing Home – and made a welcome appearance at the Farmers Market in Marlay Park to an especially enthusiastic response from families passing by.
THURSDAY 18 JULY | FILMING AT BALLYOGAN FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE/EARLY YEARS
Olwyn, Peter and Philippa joined staff and toddlers at Ballyogan Family Resource Centre for more dance, play and laughter, and had a great day filming with the toddlers. Some fantastic sea creature impressions were seen and we were told by one little sailor the best spot to visit by boat is The Leisureplex!
WEDNESDAY 10 & 17 JULY | FRC SUMMER CAMP WORKSHOPS
Children attending Ballyogan Family Resource Centre’s Summer Camp were treated to some super energetic dance workshops with Olwyn this week!
TUESDAY 9 JULY – 13 AUGUST | DANCE CLASS FOR ADULTS AGED 18+ AT GAELSCOIL SHLIABH RUA
Led by Philippa, free weekly classes began on Tuesday afternoons to coincide with the children’s Street Dance class, to give parents a chance to dance while they wait.
MONDAY 24 JUNE | GAELSCOIL SHLIABH RUA, BALLYOGAN ROAD
Students were treated to a selection of community and professional films from CoisCéim Dance Theatre: THE SHAPES I MAKE and THIS IS ME by Creative Steps and St Andrews Resource Centre youth groups; and DEEP END DANCE (Wildfire Films) and HOW TO SINK A PAPER BOAT (CoisCéim) both written/choreographed by CoisCéim’s Artistic Director David Bolger.
Fuair na daltaí taispeántas speisialta de scannáin damhsa a bhí déanta ag CoisCéim Dance Theatre: THE SHAPES I MAKE agus THIS IS ME le Creative Steps agus club óige St Andrews Resource Centre; agus DEEP END DANCE (Wildfire Films) agus HOW TO SINK A PAPER BOAT (CoisCéim) an dhá a bhí scríofa ag an Stiúrthóir Ealaíne CoisCéim, David Bolger.
TUESDAY 11 JUNE – 13 AUGUST | STREET DANCE CLASSES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AT GAELSCOIL SHLIABH RUA, BALLYOGAN ROAD
Led by Olwyn, these free fun weekly classes ran every Tuesday afternoon over the summer for ages 8-11 and 12-16.
MONDAY 10 JUNE | BALLYOGAN CRAFTY HANDS GROUP
Arran met with the women of the Crafty Hands Group, giving them an insight into the world of costume design and giving them the chance to try their hand at cutting and manipulating organza to create water effects. Working in pairs and using plain blue t-shirts as a base, they came up with some fantastic jellyfish-like creations.
WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE TO FRIDAY 14 JUNE | DANCE FILM PROJECT AT GAELSCOIL SHLIABH RUA
Philippa, Matthew, Peter and Arran began working with children from 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class at Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua to create their own short film. Led by Matthew, the children explored themes of water – and invented some imaginative choreography, and playful scenes by the pool. Filming began early one Thursday morning, and even though the sun didn’t make much of an appearance, our young dancers brought the summer vibes – dancing in their best sun hats, shades and snorkels. It was so exciting to see everyone’s hard work captured on film, and we all had a brilliant time shooting some funky, freestyle moves.
Photos by Luke Brabazon.
Thosaigh Philippa, Matthew, Peter agus Arran ag obair leis na daltaí rang 2, rang 3 agus rang 4 ó Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua chun gearr-scannáin a chruthú. Rinne siad iniúchadh ar an t-ábhar ‘uisce’ agus tar éis sin chruthaigh siad píosaí damhsa agus radharcanna dramaíochta timpeall air. Thosaíomar an scannán a thaifeadadh maidin dé Deardaoin – gan ghrian sa speir, ach le dhiograis go leor bhí gach dalta ag damhsa ina héadaí samhraidh! Ba thaithí íontach í gach duine a fheiceáil ag damhsa agus ag bogadh le chéile le fuinneamh den scoth. Bhaineamar go léir an taitneamh as.
SATURDAY 18 MAY | BALLYOGAN FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Thankfully, the rain held off and the sun shone for the FRC 20th Anniversary party. We had a great time meeting some mums and dads and their little ones – who came to play, dance and jump around on the bouncy castle. Olwyn got all the children dancing and even earned herself a fan club of enthusiastic young dancers!
SUNDAY 5 MAY | BALLYOGAN COMMUNITY DAY
Ballyogan Community Day went down a storm with a great turn out from local people. Organised by local men’s group, the Misfits and Community & Cultural Development Department of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, it was good to see the children really getting in the groove with Exit 15 dancer Mathew leading the way with some funky steps, hat tricks and head-spinning moves!
TUESDAY 23 APRIL TO 20 AUGUST | DANCE CLASSES FOR PEOPLE AGED 50+ AT GAELSCOIL SHLIABH RUA
These enjoyable classes, which were open to anyone aged 50+, took place over the spring and summer months to give people opportunity to dance, exercise and create. Slowly a group of committed dancers formed, and guided by Philippa, they developed ideas based on their experiences of swimming, water and holidays by the sea, and created choreography for a new dance film.
THURSDAY 4 APRIL | FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE / EARLY YEARS
As the cold weather returned in April, we began dancing and playing with children at Early Years Family Resource Centre. Dancing dolphins, slippery Jellyfish, sharp toothed sharks, and flying seagulls – we had a fun time creating creatures from the sea. And the children loved Matthew – especially when he spun on his head!
Philippa, Olwyn and Matthew worked with children from Senior Infants to 4th Class to explore the theme of water/uisce. Amongst others, there were some super fluid moves invented, a powerful storm dance, and several incredible ice statues. Great to see everyone dancing so enthusiastically – we look forward to more creative choreography with the children in June.
D’oibrigh Philippa, Olwyn agus Matthew le daltaí ó naíonáin mhóra go dtí rang 4 chun an t-ábhar ‘uisce’ a iniúchadh. Ba bhrea leis an bhfoireann fonn damhsa na paistí a fheiceáil agus tá siad ag tnúth go mór le níos mó spraoi i mí an Mheithimh!
FRIDAY 22 MARCH | WORLD WATER DAY
EXIT 15 Dance Project kicked off with members of the community leaping into action with children from Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua and Early Years/Family Resource Centre and with dance leaders Philippa Donnellan, Olwyn Lyons, Matthew Williamson and DJ Gavin Kelly. It was a timely moment as the children begin exploring the theme of WATER/UISCE in dance and music as part of the project. Watch out for some fabulous icy moves here! Find out more about water at www.worldwaterday.org