Muirne Bloomer is from Dublin. She has had an extensive performance career in ballet, contemporary and dance theatre both at home and abroad, working with Dublin City Ballet, Vienna Ballet Theatre, Rubato Ballet, Dance Theatre of Ireland, Holland Show Ballet, Irish Modern Dance Theatre and CoisCéim Dance Theatre. Muirne choreographed INO’s productions of Rossini’s Le Cenerentola (nominated for Best Production Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2020), Brian Irvine and Netia Jones’s Least Like The Other – Searching for Rosemary Kennedy and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Other choreographic work includes Hamlet (St Anne’s Warehouse NYC), Look Back in Anger, The Great Gatsby, Private Lives, Little Women, Arcadia and Dancing at Lughnasa (Gate Theatre); Donegal, You Never Can Tell, She Stoops to Conquer, A Doll’s House, Cavalcaders, Drama at Inis and The Tempest (Abbey Theatre); Dandy Dolls and Gulliver’s Travels (Peacock Theatre); Pageant, The Ballet Ruse, As You Are, The Train, The Making of ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Wallflowering, Hue and Cry, Moment and The Star Child (Project Arts Centre); Verdi’s Rigoletto (Opera Theatre Company); Red Riding Hood, Ssh! We Have A Plan, Duck and Death and the Tulip (Lyric Theatre); Egg (Lincoln Center, New York); Nivelli’s War (New Victory Theater, New York); Pinocchio and The Incredible Book Eating Boy (The MAC, Belfast); The World festival of Families (Croke Park, 2018); Laochra (GAA 1916 Commemoration, Croke Park); Intimate Details and Golf Swing (Opening Ceremony of Ryder Cup, K Club); A Dash of Colour (Special Olympics Opening Ceremony, Croke Park); and Rock Rivals (ITV).
Ályth is a singer, songwriter, actor, and filmmaker known for her pure voice and diversity. She was brought up on the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides but now lives in Ireland. In addition to her solo career, Ályth has been the featured singer with The Chieftains for the last 15 years.
“Ályth McCormack loves singing, and lets you know that without telling you. You can hear it in her voice” The List.
Conor studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Therese Fahy and in London with Professor Peter Feuchtwanger. He has written scores for theatre companies including CoisCéim, Druid, The Abbey, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The British National Theatre, The Gate Theatre, the Lyric Theatre Belfast, Liverpool Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre, The Corn Exchange and Siren Productions. Recent productions include Richard the Third and Sive for Druid, Woyzeck in Winter for Landmark/Galway International Arts Festival and Dublin by Lamplight for Corn Exchange at the Abbey Theatre. Conor has solo piano commissions for the 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition and the renowned British pianist Joanna MacGregor which she performed on her 2015 Irish tour. Conor was 2018 Musician in Residence for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown . As a pianist he has performed as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, The RTÉ ConcertOrchestra, The Dublin Philharmonic and The Crash Ensemble. He is a member of the WhistleBlast Quartet. Conor is on the piano faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Donking Rongavilla is a Street Dancer and Actor from the Philippines, and has been based in Ireland since 2002. He started his professional dance career at 16, and later he went on to become a choreographer, break-dancer, acrobatic teacher, actor and music video dance director.
Acting credits include LOVE ROSIE with Lily Collins, HERSELF produced by Sharon Horgan, Television credits include THE VIKINGS, LOVE HATE, RAW, ASHLING’S DIARY, GRAND OPENING, THE ORCHARD THIEVES and EIR SPORTS ads. He featured in BALLET CHANCERS with Monica Loughman Ballet in 2008 and many more…
He represented Ireland in the world hip-hop championship in the USA 2006, 2007 and 2012 and was awarded Ireland’s Dance Masters Choreographer of the Year(2011).
Choreography credits include the award-winning Bollywood short film MOORE STREET MASALA and RTÉ’s TINA TIMES TWO (Dyehouse Films). He has been the Assistant Choreographer for the Gaiety Panto every year since 2016
Donking made his CoisCéim debut in AGNES and worked with David Bolger on RTÉ’S CENTENARY 2016. Uncle Ray 2021 and one of the dancers for Orfeo Ed Euridice 2022 with the collaboration of Black Valley Opera Festival in Waterford 2022
This is my first time to be involved in a bursary, and I’m privileged to meet and work with Emma O’Kane. I’ve learned a lot from her. And I have the best laugh working with Emma in cois ceim, she is an incredible dancer, humble heart with a gentle spirit
Irish Wheelchair Association is one of Ireland’s leading representative organisations and service providers for people with physical disabilities. We were founded on the belief that everyone should be able to live a life of choice and equality. IWA’s youth service supports young adults to plan clubs, projects and activities of their choice, with the underlying ethos of supporting young people with disability to become involved in every aspect of Irish life. Our ‘Northside Legends’ young adult club is a diverse, creative and positive group of young adults whose passion for dance was ignited by the very special Emma O’Kane.