ARTIST INFORMATION (A-Z) - more to follow!
AILISH CLAFFEY, BA(Hons) Dance Theatre (TRINITY LABAN), Theatre Directing (NUIM) | Curator of 2018 Summer School
Ailish Claffey is a freelance dance artist, choreographer, director, dramaturg and performer. Currently Dancer in Residence, Age Related Health Care Unit, The National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital (AMNCH), Ailish chooses to specialise in Choreological Studies and Dance & Health. Creating and performing new work in a collaborative capacity since 2007, Ailish has worked professionally with choreographers including Anneke Hansen Dance (NYC), Irish Modern Dance Theatre (Ire), Sara Rudner (NYC) and Daria Fain (NYC). Ailish’s choreographic work and collaborations have been performed internationally including New York, Boston, Pennsylvania, Canada, Sweden, Bulgaria & Scotland in addition to various national venues including Project Arts Centre (Dublin) & The Firkin Crane (Cork). Having completed numerous artistic residencies both nationally and internationally, Ailish’s choreographic work has been performed as part of The Dublin Dance Festival, The Dublin Fringe Festival, Bealtaine, The Kinsale Arts Festival, Green Ribbon Week and Abundance Festival (Sweden). Ailish’s work is kindly supported by Dance Ireland, The Arts Council, Ireland and Culture Ireland.
ailishclaffeydance.wordpress.com | www.havocdance.com
DR. RICHARD COATEN, PhD, RDMP, Churchill Fellow 2010
Richard is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the South West Yorkshire Patnership NHS Foundation Trust. He runs a Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) Service for the Trust in Calderdale on a mixed-sex inpatient ward for older people with mental health conditions. He is a leading national and international specialist in movement and dance based work with people with dementia. He has a doctoral thesis on, ‘Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Dementia’ from Roehampton University, and appreciates the need to develop the evidence base for DMP. Richard is a Churchill Fellow (2010) where he spent a month in Canada disseminating his researches and has published work to his credit. For the past six years he has travelled extensively in Canada, the USA and Europe running workshops and giving key-notes and talks. He is on the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed, ‘Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice’ and founder and co-ordinator of the world's first 'Centre of Excellence in Movement Dance & Dementia' www.dancedementiahub.co.uk
PHILIPPA DONNELLAN, Director of CoisCéim BROADREACH
Philippa is a dancer, facilitator and choreographer. She joined CoisCéim Dance Theatre in 2006 as Director of BROADREACH – participation and engagement programme, with whom she has led a range of initiatives with different communities of age, place and location. Philippa has facilitated development of an extensive programme with people aged 50+ including an annual DCC dance project for Bealtaine (2007 – 2015), and a Dance Limerick partnership project Here’s Looking At You Kid (2015). From 2013-16 Philippa delivered the Teacher Education strand of CoisCéim’s 3 Year Residency at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, and CREATIVE DANCE TALES, a nationwide workshop series for primary school children in parallel to CoisCéim’s production The Wolf and Peter. Most recently, she collaborated with professional dance/theatre artists/ local community in the creation/performance of 2 new pieces BODY OF WORK | What’s the story? at axis, Ballymun as part of a Dance Artist in Residence 2017-18.
DR. JENNY ELLIOT
Dr. Jenny Elliott is a dancer, choreographer and Chief Executive of Arts Care Northern Ireland. She received the Belfast City Council Award for Enhancing Healthcare through Dance-based Programmes (1999) and the Unison Award for Development of Creative Programmes that Enhance Healthcare (2006).
Find out more: www.artscare.co.uk
CLARE GUSS-WEST BHUM MA
Former professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, opera director, holistic health practitioner and author, specializing in alternative strategies for professional dance training and enhanced artistic performance. Clare’s innovative work integrating holistic health principals to the training of classical ballet, ‘holistic ballet’® translates the ‘inner’ focus & energy work of the martial arts, supported by the latest sports science research on ‘attentional focus’ of Gabriele Wulf Phd to manage energy in motion and optimize effort for enhanced performance, promoting a sustainable technique. She delivers this work for professional dancers, trainers, artistic staff and ballet masters of The Royal Ballet, Houston Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Ballet de L’Opèra du Rhin, Opèra de Paris-Opèra Université and the Professional Dancer’s Postgraduate in Teaching RAD, Berlin Staatsballett. Her teaching methodology dancing longevity’® focuses on dance practice for Older Adults and is recognized as a DU (University Diploma) of the University Côte d'Azur, France integrating dance teachers, PTs, physiotherapists and therapists. The method is also certified as Continuing Education, l’Ecole Superieure de Danse, Cannes et Marseille and certified international CPD for The Royal Academy of Dance. Co-founder of the European Dance & Creative Wellness’ Foundation, Clare aims to bring awareness to the potential role of dance in innovative preventative health and wellness solutions.
Find out more: www.sussed-solutions.com
Wendy is an experienced Laban teacher and choreographer. She has worked primarily in the UK and abroad in the community and in education and teaches on the Laban Community Dance Leaders’ Training courses. Wendy is also a textile artist exhibiting and selling in the south west of England.
Find out more: http://www.wendyhermelin.co.uk/
TIM JOSS (UK), Chief Executive & Founder of Aesop
Tim is a social entrepreneur and Chief Executive & Founder of Aesop. Aesop connects health and the arts, helping health harness the power of the arts and helping the arts contribute effectively to health. Aesop’s breakthroughs include: a £2.1 million early stage rollout of Dance to Health (a response to older people’s falls which costs the UK health system £2.3 billion a year – www.dancetohealth.org); the first evaluation framework for arts in health (www.gov.uk/government/publications/arts-for-health-and-wellbeing-anevaluation-framework); and the first national arts in health conferences and showcases for health decision-makers – two so far. Tim has founded several other national organisations including the Bath
Literature Festival, National Numeracy and the Arts Impact Fund, the first arts-specific social investment fund. Past positions include Artistic Director & Chief Executive of the Bath International Music Festival and director of a charitable foundation.
He was appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005.
Find out more: http://www.ae-sop.org/