LED BY SIBÉAL DAVITT AND OLWYN LYONS
CREATIVE STEPS Youth Dance Group for AGES 15 – 25
JANUARY – APRIL
To celebrate 10 years of BROADREACH, professional dance artists and former members of Creative Steps Sibéal Davitt and Olwyn Lyons were commissioned to create a new dance piece for Creative Steps. Entitled WALK, RUN, DANCE, it fused both artists’ passion and skills in Contemporary, Classical Ballet, Hip Hop and Irish Traditional Sean-nós.
In January 2017 nineteen young people joined the group to take part. Guided by Sibéal and Olwyn and driven by their exhilarating approach to blending dance styles, the young dancers were involved in rigorous technical practice, to explore movement-based ritual and urban rave culture – and to create new piece WALK, RUN, DANCE.
IRISH YOUTH DANCE FESTIVAL
Saturday 1 July | Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
LiFT YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL
Saturday 8 April | axis, Ballymun, Dublin 9
NOISEmoves YOUTH DANCE FESTIVAL
Sunday 30 April | Civic Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24
And – in a new departure, Sibéal and Olwyn and Creative Steps dancers collaborated with choreographer Philippa Donnellan and members of the Dance Ensemble ages 50+ in OFF THE WALLS a new intergenerational performance piece.
ABOUT THE DANCE ARTISTS SIBÉAL DAVITT AND OLWYN LYONS
Dublin-born dance artist Sibéal Davitt is inﬂuenced by Contemporary Dance, Classical Ballet and Irish Traditional Sean-nós Dance. In 2016 Sibéal performed in RTÉ’s Centenary and as part of Embodied, a series of 6 solos by female choreographers, commissioned by the GPO: Witness History and Dublin Dance Festival. Sibéal has trained and worked with noted choreographers David Bolger (IRE), Catherine Young (IRE), John Scott (IRE) , Colin Dunne (IRE), Lea Anderson (UK), Helene Cathala (FR), and Emily Johnson (USA). Sibéal is a recipient of the Arts Council’s 2016 Traditional Arts Bursary Award.
Dance artist Olwyn Lyons from Tipperary, specialises in Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance. She has been performing, choreographing and teaching professionally in Dublin since 2009. Olwyn is currently working with Dance Artist in Residence at VISUAL, Emma Martin, to facilitate a youth dance program between VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow and Carlow Regional Youth Services. The project was recently shortlisted for Allianz Community Art Award 2016. Olwyn has previously danced in works choreographed by David Bolger (IRE), Catherine Young (IRE), Hélène Cathala (FR), Muirne Bloomer (IRE), Dr. Valerie Preston Dunlop (U.K), Luca Silvestrini (U.K.), Raimund Hoghe (Germany, Pina Bausch).