Writing, Film, Radio, Dance History, Curation, ACADEMIA, & More…
Deirdre is author of Irish Moves, an illustrated history of dance and physical theatre in Ireland (The LIffey Press), and Orientalism, Orientation, and The Nomadic Work of Pina Bausch (Peter Lang Gmbh). Deirdre has contributed several chapters to books on theatre and dance, as well as to Anthologies. A dance historian, in addition to her feature radio documentary and short dance film reclaiming Lucia Joyce’s modern dance career, Deirdre has a forthcoming long scholarly essay on the subject. She hosted Dance Ireland’s 30th Anniversary podcasts. She is a sporadic contributor to RTE Sunday Miscellany, and has penned multifarious Arts journalism and writing over many years. Deirdre produces and directs her own creative film documentaries including ‘Dance Emergency’ (TG4) ‘1943 – A Dance Odyssey’ (RTE), short dance film ‘Lucia Joyce: Full Capacity’, ‘TRUE NORTH’, and many more BAI-funded, commissioned, and Indie projects with her own production company ‘Out There Productions’. On top of her original academic work, teaching, broadcasting, and original feature radio documentaries (RTE Lyric FM & Newstalk 106 – 108fm), Deirdre occasionally curates exhibitions too, for example ‘Mother Tongue’ at Kilkee’s Cultúrlann Sweeney, which is scheduled to travel to UCD Festival, where Deirdre is a UCD Creative Fellow.
It was an honour to be Paul Muldoon's inaugural virtual guest with my talk "Sweet Dancers: An Illustrated History of Dance and Physical Theatre in Ireland" to kick off his 2020/ 2021 Princeton Fund for Irish Studies series over Zoom last Friday, September 18th. Here...
Out There Productions: Film
Deirdre has been awarded many accolades for her films and documentaries, including “Lucia Joyce: Full Capacity” (for which Evanna Lynch was nominated for Best Actor in a Female Role at RHIFF 2019); “1943 – A Dance Odyssey” first broadcast on RTÉ One; “Damhsa na hÉigeandála” (TG4 Splanc!) which premiered at Galway Film Fleadh and “TRUE NORTH: Paud Mulrooney’s Irish-Canadian Adventures in Super 8” (nominated for best documentary at RHIFF, 2019).
Deirdre is author of “Irish Moves – an illustrated history of Dance and Physical Theatre in Ireland” and “Orientalism, Orientation, and the Nomadic Work of Pina Bausch” (her PhD). Deirdre’s latest chapter is ‘Erina Brady: Mary Wigman’s Disciple to Ireland?’ in ‘Dance and Modernism in Irish and German Literature and Culture”, published by Lexington Press .
Deirdre has curated many events, exhibitions, and directed many theatre shows, including “Mother Tongue” at Kilkee’s Culturlann Sweeney (Nov 23 – Dec 21st, 2018), and at Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, for Culture Night, 2018.
Out There Productions: Radio
Deirdre’s BAI-funded radio documentaries include “Lucia, Sweet Dancer”, “Coosheen’s Forgotten Seanchai and Son”, “Surrender on Grand Canal Street” and “Georgie’s Vision”, the first ever documentary about the fascinating but little-known Mrs. WB Yeats.