A SHORT FILM BY DAVID BOLGER

In partnership with Wildfire Films

IN DEVELOPMENT | 2020

 

Cristian & Cosmo is an experimental short film about crossing borders – physical, mental and emotional. It tells the true story of Cristian and Cosmo Diroice, two brothers born in Santo Domingo. With little or no English, they arrived in Tramore, Waterford in 2014 and relied on each other and the universal language of dance to get them through the maze of being accepted and accepting a new homeland, Ireland – an Ireland where borders are once again being highlighted by Brexit, in a seemingly evermore inward looking world. In an intense, physical dialogue, Cristian & Cosmo will use the body as the motherland of memory and experience to investigate the reality of being uprooted and the power of bonds, brotherhood and human resilience to positively express oneself and be a part of a new community.

Development on this short film project started in June with further sessions planned for later in the year ahead of shooting in 2021.
 
Cristian & Cosmo has been awarded BAI funding under Round 34 of the Sound and Vision scheme.   The broadcast partner is RTÉ.
 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Cristian is a professional dance and music artist from the Dominican Republic lauded by the critics for “the flowing, electrical intensity” of his performances. He specialises in the Street Dance styles – Breakdance, Krump and HipHop and has won many national and international competitions including SOAR UK – HipHop Masters (2017) and Rep Your Style (2018). He has been based in Ireland since 2014 working as a freelance dancer, musician, dance teacher, choreographer, and Nike Model. Cristian is an associate artist of Human Collective Dance Theatre, recent co-creative and performance credits with the company include Blame Game that will premiere as part of Cork Midsummer 2019, Origins, The Eternal, D2C Lab Dance Ireland and the recent collaboration with Liz Roche Dance Company as part of the 2019 LIR Academy Lighting Mentorship. He also participated in the mentorship programme with Canadian Dance Company, Tentacle Tribe. He made his CoisCéim debut in David Bolger’s FRANCIS FOOTWORK in 2019. 

JOSÉ GUILLERMO DIROCIE (Lil Cosmo) is a professional Bboy (breakdancer) with a background in Martial Arts & Parkour from Dominican Republic. Jose G. Dirocie began his journey in a local park at the age of 8 where he was introduced to HipHop Culture by his brother Cristian. It took Jose a year to learn all fundamentals breakdancing steps to start competing on big stages. Since he moved to Ireland in 2014 he’s been Top8 bboy finalist & placed 1st in events such as Battle of Dublin, HipHop House Party vol.1, Show Your Skills & Waterford Got Talent 2019 (synergy club). He has worked with the Official GAA in their SOUNDS OF SUMMER promo video for the GAA WORLD GAMES 2019 held in Croke Park Dublin, Ireland. Now based in Tramore Co. Waterford, he runs weekly breakdancing classes for all ages with Synergy Dance Club.

David is the Artistic Director and co-founder of CoisCéim Dance Theatre. His work has been seen by millions of people worldwide and has received prestigious awards for its innovation, performance and choreography. David has directed and choreographed over 20 original productions for CoisCéim, including Francis Footwork, the highly lauded The Wolf and Peter, Body Language, and the major international co-production These Rooms (Irish Times Theatre Award, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), TATE Liverpool). His work for the company has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Peak Performances in the USA, Spring Loaded (The Place) and the Brighton Festival in the UK, Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House (Australia). David has received numerous choreographic commissions for theatre and opera including Druid (Ireland), Spoleto Festival (USA), Guthrie Theatre (USA), RTÉ (Ireland), National Theatre (UK), Abbey Theatre (Ireland) and Opera Ireland. He is a member of Aosdána. More…

Martha O’Neill of Wildfire Films is an established producer of film, tv drama and tv and feature documentary. In addition to countless hours of tv documentary on subjects as diverse as GAA to filming the creation of theatre at Druid Theatre Company to an underwater dance film, she has also produced six feature documentaries, has one in post-production and two in development.  She also has two tv dramas currently in development.  Martha won the Circom Award in 2018 for Best European Drama for her production of Grace Harte for TG4 and the BAI. She is currently co-producing feature documentary projects with Finland, Estonia and Canada and she raised finance from Screen Ireland, RTÉ, BBC, History Channel, Arte, Channel 4, YLE, TG4, BAI, the Arts Council and sources in Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands and Canada to name but a few.