Shawbrook Residency 2022
Helen is delighted to be returning to Shawbrook in 2022 with a small team of dancers to explore and develop new dance work that seeks to fuse urban and contemporary dance.
Circus Agility Award
With many thanks to The Arts Council, Helen will spend time taking her first staps into aerial training. This award is supporting Helen to work with circus artist, Sasha Krohn, to begin her journey of adding aerial straps to her movement repetoire.
Raise The Floor Recipient
The Raise the Floor initiative by Dance Ireland and Age & Opportunity allows chosen artists to work with mentors Catherine Donnelly and Anthea Williams on a programme focused on dance with older people in the community or care settings, in addition to advice and support sessions between mentor and mentee.
Dance Artist in Residency Award
Helen is delighted to be a recipient of the Dance Artist in Residence Award, funded by the Arts Council. As a result, Helen will be undertaking a 10 week dance residency at The Town Hall in Co. Cavan. Throughout this time, Helen will spend time working of her arts practice, as well as delivering a 6 week dance and health programme to the Cavan community. This programme will work with local participants aged 50+, and will have a dance and wellbeing focus. 6 choreolab sessions will take place, culminating in an informal sharing of a performance born out of the 6 week process.
Artist Mentorship Programme Recipient
Helen has recently recieved funded support from Leitrim coco to undertake a short mentorship with local artist, Kate Wilson.
Throughout this time, Helen is investigating multidisciplinary performance for gallery spaces, and is in discussion with Kate about considerations for site specific work, exploring narrative and the fusing of technology with dance for interactive community performance.
Shawbrook Dance Residency
Helen will return to Shawbrook this April to spend time reflecting of her practice and reconnecting to movement after a long period of life in lockdown!
She will also put into practice the many screendance techniques learned at the Wicklow Screendance Laboratory.
Wicklow Screendance Laboratory Scholarship
Helen is delighted to have recieved a scholarship for attending the Wicklow Screendance Laboratory where she will take part in a week long series of screendance workshops, and create short screendance films to be shared as part of the Wicklow Screendance 'Artists Salon'.
R&D Dance and Technology Project
Throughout 2021 and 2022, Helen will work on a Dance and Technology project, exploring live and digital appraoches to choreography and dance production.
With thanks to venue partners; The Ramor Theatre, Co. Cavan, and Backstage Theatre, Co. Longford, and with funding from Cavan coco, Helen will begin the first phase of R&D for this project in summer 2021.
Exploring and Thinking
As a recipient of the Fingal coco Exploring and Thinking Bursary 2021, Helen will work with theatre practitioner Anna Newall to explore the creating of theatre for young audiences. Helen will undertake a week long investigation into storytelling, devising approaches for creating theatre for young audiences, create a short 7 min piece, and interrogate how she can shape her practice to include early childhood audiences moving forward.
Launch Pad Award
As a recipient of the Dance Ireland Launch Pad Award 2020, Helen will use this award to gain access to and undertake training in Isadora software to develop her art-tech practice.