Led by Philippa Donnellan

CREATIVE STEPS Youth Dance Group for AGES 15 – 25
National online dance film project

21 September – 14 November 

 

It’s the final show down. 
The party is over. 
Most of the shoes are gone. 
What’s the next step?

In this project, participants stepped forward into a world of seriously fancy footwork and fantastical shoes to imagine and create a series of specially choreographed shoe-stories for the camera. 

LAST OF THE BIG SHOES was a national dance film project for young people ages 15 – 25, which took place over Zoom during September/October 2020. Led by Philippa Donnellan, the young people dug deep into their stores and stories of footwear to devise choreography, perform, film, and in some cases to compose the music and edit – and create a series of inventive dance journeys.  

” It was an absolute delight working with this talented group of young dancers on LAST OF THE BIG SHOES, and to see everyone find their feet and take such creative strides to produce their own film. Full of colour and style, they’re a unique collection of shoe stories to fit all sizes, enjoy! – Philippa Donnellan

” A lovely community was formed! “ – project participant

” (I enjoyed being) given the freedom to be director to my own piece of art. Being given permission to experiment and supported even when things don’t work out. “ – project participant

DANCE FILM SHORTS

SIZE SIX AND A HALF 

BY NIAMH

LACED AND UNLACED

BY VALENTINA 

XS

BY ANNE

ONE STEP AT A TIME

BY ANA 

YELLOW LACES

BY SÍOFRA

ALTERED RHYTHM

BY EIMEAR

NOSTALGIC DUET

BY SAILÍ ÁINE

AR AIS ARÍS

BY SAORLA

PROJECT DATES

CREATIVE SESSIONS took place on Zoom 3x per week for 4 weeks starting at the end of September 2020. 

SCHEDULE | MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER
Mondays and Thursdays 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Saturdays 11.00am – 1.00pm
Filming took place throughout the week of 12 October.

PROJECT FEE

€25 per person. Additional payment options were available. 

ONLINE PREMIERE 

To culminate, LAST OF THE BIG SHOES was screened on 14 November 2020. Participants came together via Zoom and attended an online screening of the 8 short dance films – followed by a post-show celebration. 

 

ABOUT PHILIPPA DONNELLAN

Philippa Donnellan is a creative dance artist and choreographer based in Dublin. As the Director of CoisCéim BROADREACH – the participation and engagement programme of CoisCéim Dance Theatre, from 2006-2020 she developed a range of creative and educational residencies and partnerships with leading Irish institutions, and directed and choreographed many colourful projects with different communities in Dublin and across Ireland. more…

 

ABOUT CREATIVE STEPS

Established in 2007 as part of CoisCéim BROADREACH, Creative Steps is a dance theatre group for young people aged 15-25. Based at CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s studio in Dublin City Centre and coordinated by Broadreach Director Philippa Donnellan, it offers young people the opportunity to collaborate, devise and perform dance theatre for the stage and the screen and work with guest choreographers, teachers, and professional artists in different mediums. Click here to find out more…

 

Did you know…

Shoe-throwing is a form protest in many parts of the world

In Hebrew culture, removing a shoe can symbolise the act of giving up a legal right.

In Arab culture, showing the sole of one’s shoe is considered an insult.

In Greek culture, empty shoes can symbolise death.

Photo by Caoimhe Coburn Gray