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TDP’20 international dance festival

2-11 October 2020

TDP’ is a festival at the service of artists.

For all the resilience and tenacity they expressed in 2020, TDP’20 is happy and proud to give a voice to a wonderful lineup of people

LIZ ROCHE COMPANY has performed at TDP’ on several occasions. Liz Roche is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies. With a reputation for its finely wrought and beautifully crafted choreographic style, the Dublin based company presents the works of choreographer Liz Roche in collaboration with artists, dancers and designers of the highest calibre.

Choreographer and dancer Liz Roche graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 1993 and performed in the works of many prominent Irish, mainland European and US choreogra-phers.

At the age of 25 she co-founded Liz Roche Company (formerly Rex Levitates). She continued to perform for other companies while choreographing her own dance work alongside many new commissions, opera and theatre engagements bringing her all over the world. In 2003, the company began to receive regular funding from the Arts Council and Dublin City Council, building of a company of dancers and collaborators.


Liz Roche Company

Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín is a dance artist based in Cork, IRL. This is her second performance at TDP’ and she has taken part in other TDP’ programmes. Her main focus is on place-based work manifesting in film and live performance. Siobhán trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) and completed a MA in Contemporary Dance Performance, UL'12. She has performed with John Jasperse, Liz Roche (Step Up Programme), Jessie Keenan, Junk Ensemble, Laura Murphy, and Mary Wycherley. Siobhán is Dance Artist in Residence, Baile Mhúirne Co Chorcaí '18-'20 .

Performer Pádraig Ó Duinnín is a traditional boat-builder and organic horticulturalist. He is the founder of Meitheal Mara, community boat yard in Cork City.  Pádraig has taken part in many cultural exchanges building boats in Britanny, Nova Scotia and California. Most recently he has worked in Galicia on a reconstruction of the boat belonging to Danny Sheehy (RIP).


Siobhan NiDhuinnin

Mary Wycherley is a dance artist whose work spans contemporary dance performance, moving image and curation. She has a strong track record of collaborating with a range of artists and creating works which cross disciplinary boundaries. Her work is seen on stage, in galleries and cinematic contexts.

Mary’s body of work has toured and been exhibited in Ireland and internationally including at Kilkenny Arts Festival, VOID Derry, Museum of Contemporary Arts Shanghai, Dublin Dance Festival, VISUAL Carlow, American Dance Festival, Museum of Contemporary Arts Bucharest, Galway Film Fleadh.


Mary Wycherley

Javier Cuevas | Artist, performer and curator around performing arts and movement contemporary practices. As curator and mediator, he facilitates and promotes critical research and creation contexts in interaction with artists and the territory. The film presented by Javier Cuevas was directed by Tamara Brito de Heer

Tamara Brito de Heer | Audiovisual artist. Her work is focused on the creation, audiovisual documentation and filmmaking in social and live arts projects, from a cinematographic perspective. She is currently the audiovisual director of the Laboratory of Live Arts in Tenerife (Spain).


Javier Cuevas

Léa Tirabasso is a dancer and a choreographer. He works toured in the UK, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and South-Korea. In 2016, she received the prestigious Institut Grand Ducal Price(LU). With her latest work The Ephemeral life of an octopus, Léa is one of the Twenty20 Aerowaves Artists. She worked as a dancer with Johannes Wieland, Stephanie Thiersch, Michael Langeneckert (DE), Chris Haring (AT), José Vidal (CL), Clod Ensemble, Seke Chimuntengwende, James Finnemore, Seven Sisters Group, Peter Groom (UK), Jean-Guillaume Weis, Bernard Baumgarten (LU)."

Her Company Lipstick Traces was created in 2016, to stand as an uncompromising space of choreographic research and creation for the work of Léa Tirabasso. The creative process involves research and collaboration between the choreographic practice and Science, Philosophy, as well as other corporeal work such as Clown or Animal Transformation.


Léa Tirabasso


Irish artist Ruair Ó’Donnabháin is a language activist and a choreographer; he is making ritual objects for a tribe which doesn't exist.
Ó’Donnabháin has been making dances in Ireland since 2008. He is a Masters in Choreography Graduate from DAS Graduate School Amsterdam.
Donovan is from County Cork, Ireland and his choreographic practice is concerned with ‘aesthetic practices of care’. He lives and works on Oilen Chlire, a remote island and Gaeltacht off the south west coast of Co. Cork investigating Gaeilge as a site of queer resistance and new materialist collaboration ‘in the wild’. 


Ruairí Ó'Donnabháin

Isabella Oberländer is a dance artist, who engages with choreographic processes that embrace the advocacy of the dancing body. All the while working to explore a visceral articulation of physicality and thought. Oberländer’s practice is guided by ongoing fascinations with identity/intersectional feminist politics, performativity and otherness.


Isabella Oberländer

Philip Connaughton is a choreographer/performer from Dublin. Studied at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. He was artist in residence at axis:Ballymun [2012] where he created Mortuus Est Philippus, and associate artist of Dance Ireland in 2013 and in 2014. He formed Company Philip Connaughton and his large-scale ensemble piece Tardigrade won best design in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards. Following works include Uncovered (sensational), Whack!! in collaboration with Ashley Chen (Paris), Extraterrestrial Events. ASSISTED SOLO, created for Dublin Fringe Festival 2018 was nominated for Best Production, Best Design, and Best Performer. The company’s most recent work Mamafesta Memorialising premiered at KLAP, maison pour la danse, Marseille. Philip was recently awarded an Irish Times Theatre Award for his work on Rough Magic's production of Much Ado About Nothing. Philip also regularly works in theatre and opera, and is a Project Arts Centre Resident Artist.


Philip Connaughton

Tara Brandel is a Contemporary dancer and choreographer originally from West Cork, Ireland. She trained at the Laban Center in London, and has been choreographing extensively since 1990. She has performed and created work for San Francisco International Arts Festival; D-CAF 2017, Cairo, Egypt; San Francisco International Arts Festival; Seattle International Dance Festival; Cork Midsummer Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival and FRESH San Francisco and CSUEB . Founded by Tara Brandel and Rhona Coughlan in 2006, Croí Glan is Ireland’s leading Integrated Dance Company. Based in Cork it produces innovative, engaging, high calibre productions and delivers associated participatory activities with disabled/non-disabled dancers. Nominated Best Performance Ensemble Dublin Fringe 2012 and 2016. The company has toured throughout Ireland, and internationally.


Tara Brandel

Áine Stapleton works in dance, film, and music. She was selected as Associate Artist with Dance Ireland in 2019. Áine has been consistently developing work about Lucia Joyce, daughter of the Irish writer James Joyce, since 2014. She is currently creating a choreographed installation working title ‘Somewhere in the Body’ based on Lucia. This work is funded by The Arts Council’s Dance Project Award and partnered by Dance Ireland and Project Arts Centre, Dublin. She was recently awarded an Arts Council Film Bursary to research her 3rd feature film about Lucia's time in Italy. She curates dance and well-being events in partnership with various organisations including Dance Ireland and First Fortnight Festival. She has been invited to speak about her work at various symposia including - 'Women, War and Peace' at Trinity College Dublin and 'Lucia Joyce: Perspectives' at Trinity College Dublin.


Aíne Stapleton

Instant Dissidence is an Ireland-based company directed by Rita Marcalo, the creative force behind ‘Dancing With Strangers’. Through Instant Dissidence, Rita brings people together inventing unusual art experiences by which to solve creative problems. Instant Dissidence is also a socially and ecologically-engaged company exploring the role that dance/choreography can play as a social engine.


Rita Marcalo


Luke Murphy is an Irish performer, choreographer and director. He has worked internationally with several prominent companies including Punchdrunk and Ultimae Vez. His work is supported by Arts Council Ireland and has been presented throughout Ireland, UK, Germany and USA.


Luke Murphy

Catherine Young is a Associate Artist with Dance Ireland and with Siamsa Tire, where she has been Dancer/Choreographer in Residence multiple times since 2006. She founded & co-curated Tocht International Dance Festival (2011-2015). In 2011, she established Catherine Young Dance and has been making & touring work to critical acclaim with her works “State of Exception," "Welcoming the Stranger," Ultima Thule” and “Woman Stood Regardless.” She holds an MA in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick where she is also a guest lecturer/choreographer, and has a Certificate in Theatre Directing from National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She trained many years in San Francisco and New York and has studied/worked with Printz Dance Project (USA), The American Conservatory Theatre (USA), Darell Jones (USA), Retina Dance Company (UK/Belgium), Lacina Coulibaly (Kongo Ba Teria Dance Company – Africa), Wendy Houstoun (UK) and Hofesh Schecter Company (UK).


Catherine Young


Alexandre Iseli & Jazmin Chiodi are directors of Iseli-Chiodi dance company, Tipperary Dance Platform and the TDP’ international dance festival. Following a career as performers in a number of companies and countries, their creative journey is now characterised by the emergence of distinct choreographic textures through collaborative processes and a theatrical relevance deeply ingrained in the flesh of performing bodies. Iseli-Chiodi’s pieces have been performed in Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Korea, Tunisia and the UK. Recent works include: Merlin (quintet, 2019); REVOLVER (2017); The Endless Story…, for ‘Dublin Dance Festival’s ‘Embodied’ commission (2016); The Moor, an ensemble piece commissioned by Le Marchepied, Switzerland (2015); the quartet Fit/Misfit (2013), created with Tijuana-based Lux Boreal, with over 40 performances to date. They have also produced a number of screendance and documentary video works.


Iseli-Chiodi dance

Italian artist active in the field of performance art, mainly referring to the language of contemporary dance. She works as a dancer in Italy and abroad. CoNfUse is her first choreographic work in collaboration with Melania Pallini. They are currently engaged in w(hu)man. In 2019 she has created, in co-lab with four other artists, Flying Carpet, that investigates sustainability strategies for the dance artist in the Italian dance system. PEDRO was her first choreographic solo, supported by Villa Nappi/Marche Teatro, Santarcangelo Festival, Lavanderia a Vapore. The strong and shared idea of researching a universal, authentic language to communicate with 'anyone' drove the performers to collaborates in 2017. The artists intend to research their method of audience engagement in which the public can act actively contributing to the research. 

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Laura Gazzani

Melania Pallini, Italian dance artist and yoga instructor, trained in contemporary dance at M.A.S Academy (Milan) and Balletto Teatro di Torino. In 2014 Melania joinedArti Sinespazio (Rome) before moving to the UK, working withBambula Project and Autin Dance Theater.

In 2015 Melania joined the Biennial College of Dance in Venice working with Thomas Hauert and in 2016 back in Milan, gives life to her initiative Sharing Training Milano, a platform that offers an exchange of professional trainings between dance artists in Milan, working now on creating a national network between all the similar projects around Italy.

Since 2017, she works collaboratively on her own pieces and works as a performer with choreographers like Willi Dorner. Parallel to her artistic career, she deepens the study around the conduction techniques of expressive play labs for children and adults, collaborating with L'Orma Association, inside primary schools in Milan.

Melania Pallini

Emma Martin is a dancer and choreographer based in Co. Carlow. She began making shows in 2010, following a prolonged hiatus as a ballet dancer, during which she waitressed, drew, played in a band and got a degree in Russian and Theatre. Her company United Fall was formed in 2015. Emma creates work that often combines dance, live music, theatre and distinct visual universes, always with the raw expression of dance as it’s driving force. Previous productions include Birdboy (2019), Orfeo ed Euridice (2018),Girl Song (2017),  Dancehall (2015), Tundra (2014), Dogs (2012), Listowel Syndrome (2010). Her work has been commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival, Irish Arts Center and has been co-produced by Dublin Theatre Festival, Irish National Opera. She was an associate artist with Dance Ireland and Artist in Residence at Visual 2012-2018. Most recent theatre collaborations include Arlington (2016) with Enda Walsh and Danse, Morob (2017) with Olwen Fouéré. Martin was a drummer in the DIY no-wave band You can call me Frances.


Emma Martin

Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre was established in 2009 and operates from the border county of Fermangh in Northern Ireland. The company undertakes a wide range of professional and participatory work and is particularly engaged in work with a social and political context.

Artistic Director Dylan Quinn has been a practising dance artist, facilitator and choreographer for over 24 years and has undertaken a wide range of local, national and international performance and participatory programmes. Dylan is a board member of People Dancing and an active campaigner for better democratic politics in Northern Ireland and beyond.


Dylan Quinn

Flora Fauna Project is a production house rooted in dance and music led by choreographer Maria Nilsson Waller and composer/videoartist Stace Gill (The Sei.). The artistic duo joined forces in 2017. Since then FFP has grown in to a far reaching series of work, workshops and talks focusing on nature, natural intelligence, evolution, metamorphoses, gender and sexuality, community and social dreaming.

Maria Nilsson Waller is a dance artist, choreographer, teacher and designer. She has been working freelance across Europe since 2004, and is since 2009 based in Dublin. Over the past 10 years her work has been presented at a number of venues in France, Sweden, U.K and Ireland, through a.o Dublin Dance Festival, Cannes Jeune Ballet, Estrad Norr, Firkin Crane, Dance Limerick and Project Arts Centre. She was elected Hoffnungsträgerin 2015 by Tanzmagazin, and was a Dance Ireland Associate Artist 2013/2014. She is currently Dance Artist in Residency at D-Light Studios, Dublin.


Maria Nilsson Waller

Pierre Pontvianne, choreographer of Compagnie PARC | All his creations go through a process of musical composition that he transcribes into bodies and space. The choreographic language that arises is both moving and pictorial, sensitive to collisions, tipping-points and transformation phenomena that our world experiences. Since 2014, Pierre Pontvianne and the Compagnie PARC are involved in the project RAMDAM, en Centre d’art (Lyon).


Cie Parc


David Mambouch, film director of ‘Janet on the Roof’, trained in acting at the ENSATT (Dramatic Arts Conservatory in Lyon), he was part of the permanent troupe at the Théâtre National Populaire (TNP) in Villeurbanne from 2004-2010. In 2005 he created company LES 7 SOEURS, for which he staged two performances, Harold Pinter Club and l’Oracle de Saint-Fox. As a theatrical author he wrote Premières Armes (2007, directed by Olivier Borle at the TNP in Villeurbanne), I-A (2017, directed by Olivier Borle at the Théâtre des Clochards Célestes in Lyon).

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David Mambouch


In 2015, Filippo Porro graduated from the course of Theatre-Dance at the Scuola Civica Paolo Grassi in Milan. He also trained as an actor at the Proxima Res school directed by Carmelo Rifici. He then followed the master Dominique Dupuy in Italy and France. He works as a dancer with Marco Baliani, Luca Veggetti, Paola Lattanzi, Marcela Serli. In 2016 he created his first choreographic work, the solo ‘The sea, the boat and its captain’. He currently collaborates with Alessio Maria Romano for the company A.M.R teatro danza.

Filippo Porro is part of AZIONI fuori POSTO, an informal group of young artists from Trentino (IT). Its intent is to cultivate and coexist different areas of artistic research such as theatre, music, visual art and technology through the body, sound and image. Their propose artistic actions of various kinds that try to relate to the territory and the people who inhabit it, leaving conventional places and situations, creating a contamination between art and everyday life.

Filippo Porro

Dancer and choreographer. Teresa graduated as a theatre dance performer at FHK University, the Netherlands. As a dancer she worked for: Einat Tuchman; Collective 320Chili; Sara Marasso; DOT504; Vânia Gala; Ornella D'Agostino; Ambra Pittoni, Tino Sehgal and Alice Gosti. Teresa participated in Workspace Research X (2015), Biennale College Danza (2013) and is co-founder of Fabbrica C (2016) a contemporary circus company engaged in multi-disciplinary projects, where she choreographs and performs. In 2018 she developed for FND-Aterballetto, Imma اي""""""""""ما together with the scriptwriter Gabriele Licchelli. In 2019 she was supported by Piemonte dal Vivo to participate in the Boarding Pass Plus Dance program where she co-developed the research project Flying Carpet. Currently Teresa is developing a solo work with the support of PERMUTAZIONI, a choreographic co-working curated by Casa Luft - Zerogrammi. Teresa regularly teaches contemporary dance at the circus school Flic and collaborates dance and circus schools across Europe.


Teresa Noronha Feio

Francesco is a dancer and maker. He graduated from ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de kunsten (NL) in 2012. He has been working as a freelance dancer and performer in Italy and Europe, for companies such as ProjectSally (NL), NDC Wales (UK), Das Da Theater (DE), Aura Dance Theater (LT), choreographers such as Maura Dessì, Anna Marocco, Sara Marasso, Francesca Cola, Chrysanti Badeka and in arts institutions/museums with artists like Tino Sehgal, Marinella Senatore and Pablo Bronstein.
As a maker he works collaboratively on research projects and creations, such as // Couchscore (2015-2018), together with Elisa D’Amico and Alessio Mazzaro, and Virgolette (2018-2019), with Elisa D’Amico. Francesco is part of the organization of the training platform shared training torino and of the curatorial team of the project Workspace Ricerca X, aiming at supporting and developing artistic research in Italy.

Francesco Dalmasso

Fabritia D'Intino is a dancer and choreographer based in Italy. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza (Rome, 2008) and ArtEZ (NL, 2011). In 2012 she starts working as performer for companies such as Maktub Noir, Déjà Donnè and Sosta Palmizi and begin her research as maker  Dance Moves Cities (Italy - Latvia - Poland) and Movin'up/GAI (Argentina - Uruguay). From 2013 until 2019 she is the artistic coordinator of an international platform based in Spain called BIDE - Barcelona International Dance Exchange. In 2017 she wins the Awards of InGenerazione (Fabbrica Europa) and TU35 Expanded (Centro Pecci) with the solo "Wannabe" in collaboration with the musician Federico Scettri. In 2019 she premieres the quartet "Plubel'' created in collaboration with Clémentine Vanlerberghe. In 2019 she also develops the community project/installation “Museo Domestico” together with Caterina Moroni. She currently collaborates as dancer and associated artist with the company Chiasma by Salvo Lombardo (Rome).


Fabritia D’Intino

Italo-Equatorian, born in Trento in 1990, Silvia Dezulian studies dance with the company AbbondanzaBertoni. In 2013, she graduates in "Dancetheatre" course, at Civica Paolo Grassi in Milan. In 2017, she graduates in Stage Design at Brera Academy of Fine Arts. She takes part of the training ACTION2016/2017 promoted by SostaPalmizi and meets the choreographers: Raffaella Giordano, Giorgio Rossi, Roberto Castello, Alessandro Certini and Charlotte Zerby. Her research investigates the intersections between performing arts and visual arts.

Silvia Dezulian is part of AZIONI fuori POSTO, an informal group of young artists from Trentino (IT). Its intent is to cultivate and coexist different areas of artistic research such as theatre, music, visual art and technology through the body, sound and image. Their propose artistic actions of various kinds that try to relate to the territory and the people who inhabit it, leaving conventional places and situations, creating a contamination between art and everyday life.

Silvia Dezulian

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