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Window Woman

Fiona Quilligan

5 – 7 July | 7:30pm | Boys’ School

Choreographer Fiona Quilligan finds herself in the woods at Fernhill – as part of a dream team – to install James McKenna’s sculptures, two dancers act as a counterweight on ropes while the figures are hauled high up into the treetops – a vantage point where they reign supreme!

Window Woman plays with ideas of duality; from the sensual body to McKenna’s female warriors of early Irish society, who give and receive the wisdoms of life.
Always resilient in conflict, they are resourceful and flexible in mind and body. McKenna’s sculptures loom over the dance with a life giving force inspiring an impassioned earth-driven ritual of empowerment.

Window Woman features David Collier’s debut release on Ergodos records. Smacht is a collection of some of his latest work performed by an all-star string quartet of Cora Venus Lunny, Adrian Hart, Robin Panter and Kate Ellis, and New York percussion group Mobius Percussion.

“Pressing it close to your own body, you cast in cement what you called some facets of the female form, or woman in glass window woman” Fiona Quilligan

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‘Quilligan’s strength as a choreographer, sharp musicality, a strong visual sense, and a rich stock pile of literary references.’ Micheal Dervan Irish Times

DANCERS: Justine Cooper, Zelda Francesca, Olwen Grindley, Lucia Kickham, Yuliya Prokhorova
DRAMATURG & CHOREOGRAPHY: Fiona Quilligan
COMPOSER: David Collier
LIGHTING DESIGN: Sharon Bagnall
SET DESIGN: Fiona Quilligan

Age Suitability 16 +
Running Time: 60 mins


FIONA QUILLIGAN, award-winning choreographer, born in Dublin, trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance and from 1982-86 performed with Dublin City Ballet. In 1986, she founded Rubato Ballet creating original works for the company, which received high critical acclaim, the Nijinsky medal from Warsaw and AIB Better Ireland Award in Arts and Culture. In 2014 Fiona received an MA in performance from the University of Limerick. She is a founder member of Dance Ireland. In 2017 she was elected to Aosdana in recognition of her contribution to dance in Ireland over a thirty year period.

New works include Casts and Conversations in 2014, which premiered at the Project Arts Centre. A series of solo and duet works Paper Pylons 2011 at the historical site of Wood Quay inspired by archival photographs of the hydro electric project the Shannon Scheme, followed by Pas de Chat in 2013– an autobiographical portrait which premiered at Project Arts. In 2015 Fiona collaborated with visual artist Paola Catizone in Converge/Diverge – a work that expressed solidarity for the innocent people fleeing war zone of the Middle East and was performed in the Back Loft Studio. In December 2016 she presented the creative process, in film and text in the Rathmines Library Exhibition Room.

Her early works include: Fertility Dance, a site-specific dance work for the Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital. A documentary Damhsa i mBláth profiling her creative process of Fertility Dance was funded by the Arts Council and TG4, and broadcast May 2000 and for RTÉ April 2004. Cúchulainn a Chroí, based on Táin Bó Cuailnge, premiered at the National Gallery of Ireland and Anna Livia Plurabelle – a series of embodiments inspired by Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, for DanceFest at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.


DAVID COLLIER is an Irish composer based in Amsterdam, who writes music to create captivating listening experiences. His music is inspired by minimalism and ambient electronica and has been described as “aurally stunning” (Totally Dublin, May 2013) and “conceptual elegant” (I care if you listen, November 2013).

His work has been performed by internationally renowned ensembles and musicians including orkest de ereprijs, Ensemble Avalon, So Percussion and Kate Ellis, and featured at international festivals including New Music Dublin, soundSCAPE Music Festival and the Young Composers’ Meeting. He is interested in working across mediums and in collaboration with other artists. In 2012 he created an interactive composition In Your Own Time for Android smartphone. He is currently working on a companion film for one of his pieces with director Bob Gallagher and working with scenographer Hannah Krauss on a collaborative theatre project.

Tickets €15/12 (Student/OAP/Unemployed concession)

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