In 2018 CoisCéim supported 4 Six in the Attic Irish Theatre Institute Alumni Off-Site Residencies for artists Shane O’Reilly and Paul Curley, Zoe Ní Ríordáin, Caitríona Ní Mhurchú, Martin Sharry and their collaborators. We are happy to announce that we will continue the partnership with ITI into 2019.

In addition, over the last year we have supported over 30 independent artists and companies with discounted studio space to develop new work. We are excited to kick off 2019 assisting Philippa Donnellan in this way with her production of BODY OF WORK at Rua Red as part of Symposium Men, Movement and Mental Health, during First Fortnight Festival.


BODY OF WORK reveals a world of men at work – of dark mornings, long hours, aching feet and occasional triumphs. Amid the grit and the glare, as they labour together and the day drives on, their difficulties, demands and desires gradually emerge.

This dance theatre production, directed by Philippa Donnellan in collaboration with dancer Lee Clayden and members of the Ballymun community, premiered at Dublin Dance Festival in 2018. The production, which explored experiences of work and the impact on the body, was the culmination of Philippa’s residency supported by axis, Ballymun, Dance Ireland, and Dublin City Council and was made possible by an Arts Council Dance Artist in Residence Award 2017-18.


Last Night a DJ Saved my Life | part of First Fortnight Festival
Rua Red Arts Centre, South Dublin
Thursday 17th January from 10am – 5pm
Tickets | €15 half day €25 full day | Booking at

A symposium concerned with Men, Movement and Mental Health, curated specifically for First Fortnight Festival, by Cathy Coughlan, Dance Artist in Residence at Rua Red Arts Centre, South Dublin and Ailish Claffey, Dance Artist in Residence at the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital. This day long symposium will consist of live performances, film, talks, panel discussions, heart warming food and interactive presentations from National and International artists who have made work with, for or about communities of men.
Focussing on:

  • Observing the barriers for men in accessing dance
  • Dance as a biopsychosocial model of intervention within situations of isolation, repression or incarceration
  • Cultural shifts – engaging the next generation
  • Recognising embodied communication, within a mental health context

Artists presenting work include: Cai Tomos, Philippa Donnellan, Matt Sczcerek, Tobi Omoseto, Oona Doherty, John Scott, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Catherine Young and more.


BODY OF WORK | Photos by Anthony Griffin