DAVID BOLGER | DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER, PERFORMER
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 the highly lauded FRANCIS FOOTWORK, 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 Jacobʼs Pillow Dance Festival and Peak Performances in the USA, China, Spring Loaded (The Place), The Brighton Festival, and both the International Festival Edinburgh and Edinburgh Fringe 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, Royal Opera House and English National Opera (UK), Abbey Theatre (Ireland) and Opera Ireland. Film works include DANCING AT LUGHNASA, DEEP END DANCE (Writer/Choreographer) and the award winning short film HOW TO SINK A PAPER BOAT (Writer/Director/Choreographer). David is a member of Aosdána. Find out more here.
Donking is a Street Dancer 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 and GRAND OPENING and the Orchard Thieves and Eir Sport ads. He featured in BALLET CHANCERS with Monica Loughman Ballet in 2008.
DonKing made his CoisCéim debut in AGNES and worked with David Bolger on RTÉ’S CENTENARY 2016. He recently performed a dramatised reading of the book called EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS for the Dublin Literary Award 2021.
He represented Ireland in the world Hiphop championship in the USA 2006, 2007 and 2012 and was awarded Ireland’s Dance Masters Choreographer of the Year(2011). He has worked with big names in the music industry, the likes of Hosier, Jedward, The Coronas.
Choreography credits include the award winning Bollywood short film MOORE STREET MASALA, RTÉ’s TINA TIMES TWO (Dyehouse Films).
He has been the assistant Choreographer for the Gaiety Panto every year since 2016.
Donking is the spokesperson for Breaking Ireland, a national member body of Olympic Federation of Ireland in preparation for Paris Olympics 2024.