We’re thrilled to have been selected for the EXIT 15 commission and have this opportunity to collaborate closely with the Ballyogan community to create something extraordinary. We are bringing together their skills and experience with those of professional dancers and creative artists to develop bold and imaginative activities that cross-pollinate art forms and media.
Check out the box below for what’s coming up!
Funded under the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme 2017 in partnership with Local Authorities.
NEWS | UPCOMING EVENTS
As we head into the autumn watch out for more dancing – and fun-filled arts activities and dance classes coming up.
DANCE CLASSES FOR PEOPLE AGED 50+
SAMUEL BECKETT CIVIC CAMPUS, BALLYOGAN
TUESDAYS: 24 September to 3 December (No class on Tuesday 12 November) TIME: 2.30 – 3.45pm Put a spring in your step – come along and dance to all kinds of music, get creative and stay active with this, weekly dance class for people ages 50+. The class is free of charge with no experience necessary. Wear loose comfortable clothing and rubber soled shoes, all welcome!
Everyone is welcome. Call us on 878 0558 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
DANCE BOOGIE WORKSHOP FOR ALL THE FAMILY
BALLYOGAN FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE
TUESDAY 8 October
TIME: 12.00pm Open to all the family – parents, carers, grans and grandads, we invite you to find your feet, throw a few shapes and dance! There’ll be R n B,Rock n Roll music and more, come join us!
Led by Philippa Donnellan | Admission FREE!
Organised with Family Resource Centre, Ballyogan for dlr Festival of Inclusion.
SANDYFORD COMMUNITY CENTRE, DUBLIN 18
FRIDAY 11 October
TIME: 7-9.00pm This DANCE SOCIAL for the older generation is set to be a great night out! With a DJ playing some of the best tracks from the 1960’s and 70’s, it will surely get you in the swing and up on the dance floor. Organised by the Community & Cultural Development Department of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as part of The Festival of Inclusion, this lively event includes a short performance by fabulous dance duo EBB & FLO’ and a Jazz – inspired dance sequence for all to join in, led by participants from the EXIT 15 dance class for ages 50+.
Organised by the Community & Cultural Development Department of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for dlr Festival of Inclusion.
AND JUST TO LET YOU KNOW…
Over the autumn we’re continuing to dance, create, perform and make films with children from Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua and Family Resource Centre/Early Learning, as well as developing a dance project with some of the parents.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Philippa has a wealth of experience as a choreographer, director, teacher and performer and has Directed CoisCéim’s BROADREACH initiative since 2006. For more information please see her extended biography here: coisceim.com/about-us/
PETER KELLY | FILMMAKER
Peter is an accomplished director of photography and editor with twenty years experience in the field. He has worked on many different forms from short films, documentaries, experimental film, corporate and product branding. Peter has developed his own production company where he has filmed two series for Television Broadcast. The Last of Us is an 8 part mini docu series studying jobs that are dying out and Shakespeare Unwrapped is a 5 part educational leaving cert study aid. He developed and filmed a feature length documentary on the vikings in Ireland and a ten part series on science in primary education for Near TV Productions. Peter works in a freelance work with an ever expanding client list. Some of these clients include The Arts Council, The Department of Business and Enterprise, The SBCI (Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland), Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Bank of Ireland, The Credit Union, Adam&Ed Creative, Youth Theatre Ireland, National Youth Council of Ireland, Google, Trocaire, Traidlinks, Kevin Rowe Events (Live multi cam events), Citizens Information Service, Fingal County Council, CoisCéim, Trocaire and many more.
OLWYN LYONS | CREATIVE DANCE LEADER
Olwyn is a choreographer, dance artist and community dance facilitator, who specialises in Contemporary and Hip Hop Dance. She is a certified Dance for Parksinson’s teacher (Dance for PD® USA, English National Ballet, U.K.) and is a qualified Zumba instructor. Recently Olwyn was been awarded funding from South Dublin County’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 to direct a children’s show involving primary school children. (April – June 2019). Olwyn has previously danced in works choreographed by David Bolger (IRE), Catherine Young (IRE), Hélène Cathala (FR), Sibéal Davitt (IRE), Muirne Bloomer (IRE), Dr. Valerie Preston Dunlop (U.K), Luca Silvestrini (U.K.), Raimund Hoghe (Germany, Pina Bausch).
GAVIN KELLY aka THE MAIN EVENT | DJ
Gavin is a music producer and DJ from North Dublin. His background is in hiphop dancing and he has been DJing in Dublin since he was 18, playing some of Dublin’s biggest and best nightclubs. He is currently a resident DJ for the RnBClub and has won beat making competitions including The RedBull BCONE Perfect Beat Challenge 2018. He has worked with artists including Detroit’s own Maine Soul and Belfast’s up and coming rap star Leo Miyagee. His studio album titled 29:20 was released in 2018.
MATTHEW WILLIAMSON | DANCE TEACHER
Matthew is a dancer and choreographer from Dublin with over 14 years’ experience in performance and competitive dance. He has worked with ANU and CoisCéim Dance Theatre on THESE ROOMS for ART:2016 in the Dublin Theatre Festival 2016 and with CoisCéim has toured extensively, from Sligo to the Sydney Opera House, in THE WOLF AND PETER by David Bolger. Also most recently worked on The Lost O Casey part of Dublin Theatre festival 2018. Matthew’s speciality is acrobatic, musical and energetic Hip-Hop (Breakdance) and has thought for many years all around Ireland. He has over ten championship titles under his belt and has showcased his skills in front of some of the biggest companies in the world; in 2014 he received a life time achievement award for outstanding contribution to Irish Hip-Hop dance. He is also a member of dance group Raw Edge Crew who have performed and competed as Irish representatives in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the UK and Germany. Raw Edge featured on Sky One’s GOT TO DANCE where they reached the live semi finals.
ARRAN MURPHY | COSTUME DESIGNER
Arran Murphy is a Costume Designer/Maker working mainly in the fields of Theatre, Dance and Community Arts. She graduated from the Costume Design Diploma in Inchicore College of Further Education in 2007 but has been working in the field in a freelance capacity since 2003. She has been involved with numerous productions and projects including The St Patricks Day Parade, Dance Limerick’s Step Up Programme, CoisCéim’s acclaimed ‘Body Language’ as well as several collaborations with CoisCéim’s Philippa Donellan. Hats she co-designed and made for Bedrock’s Far Away (2004) were chosen as part of a selection to represent Ireland in Scenofest Prague 2007.
LUKE BRABAZON | VIDEOGRAPHER
Luke Brabazon is a documentary director and cinematographer. A graduate of The National Film School at IADT, he is based in Dublin, Ireland. He works on a variety of shortform non-fiction and music documentary projects, always fascinated by communities and people choosing to live lives outside of the ordinary.
His documentary The Last Miner (2018), won best student film at Manchester International Film Festival and Emerging Director’s Awards 2019. It also screened at Galway Film Fleadh, IFI Docfest, DOCfeed Eindhoven and others.