David Bolger 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 the highly lauded The Wolf and Peter, Body Language, and most recently 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. For more information, please click here for full biography.
Denis has worked with many Irish dance and theatre companies including CoisCéim/Anu, The Abbey Theatre, The Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, Fishamble, Junk Ensemble, Fabulous Beast and Corn Exchange. He won the Irish Times theatre award for Best Design Sound in 2011. In 2016 Pat Kinevane’s play SILENT (Fishamble) won an Olivier award for which Denis composed the music. His work in Film and Television includes music for the feature films OLDER THAN IRELAND (Snack box Films), THE IRISH PUB (Atom Films) and HIS AND HERS (Venom Film).
Christopher Ash is an international designer and photographer working primarily in the theatre for nearly two decades. A Philadelphia resident, he was born in New Haven, and raised in Buffalo. He cut his teeth as a designer in Chicago and Los Angeles and then returned to New Haven to complete his master’s degree in scenic design from the Yale School of Drama. His scenic, lighting, and projection design work in opera, theatre, and dance have been presented in a dozen countries in a variety of venues ranging from Broadway to five thousand seat arenas to store fronts. His designs have received several awards and nominations. David Bolger and Christopher met while working on A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guthrie Theatre where David was the co-director and choreographer, and Christopher was projection designer. Following Midsummer, David invited Christopher to team up with him to develop Body Language. www.christopherash.com
This is Maree’s fifth collaboration with CoisCéim Dance Theatre having previously designed set and costume for Invitation to a Journey, Agnes, Pageant & set for Faun/ As You Are. She has worked extensively with many of Ireland’s leading companies such as ANU, Fishamble Theatre Company, The Abbey, Cork Opera House, Inis Theatre, Corn Exchange, Landmark, Verdant Productions, Corcadorca and Ballet Ireland. Maree has been the recipient of an Irish Times Times theatre award for her design of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme and is the Course Director for the Masters in Theatre Design at the Lir Academy in Dublin.
Val has worked as a hair and makeup artist as well as a wigmaker for a quarter of a century. As well as television, film and advertising work, Val has worked for all major theatre companies in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Val has had the pleasure of working across all aspects of theatre, opera, contemporary dance, and ballet. He has worked on multiple productions for the Lyric Theatre, Druid, Rough Magic Theatre Company, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Fishamble: The New Play Company, the Abbey Theatre/Peacock Theatre, The Corn Exchange and Landmark Productions, amongst others.