Since the 70th Anniversary gala reunion of UCD DramSoc, which she organised (with UCD alumni organisation), around her production of Jennifer Johnston’s “The Nightingale and not the Lark”, Deirdre has curated many events, and directed many theatre shows. In 2001 she co-created the Jacobean Western tale of incest and revenge, “ShesaWhore”, at Project Cube, in groundbreaking multimedia (at the time!), after an idea by Angela Carter to re-stage John Ford’s tis Pity She’s a Whore in the style of a John Ford Western. In 2002 she brought Yael Farber’s first production to Ireland “He Left Quietly”, and co-curated a week of talks, events, rehearsed readings, screenings and an exhibition of drawings around it, entitled “South Africa Week” opening The Space at the Helix. After her 2004 documentary radio series “Nice Moves” (RTE Radio One), and book Irish Moves (Dublin: The Liffey Press, 2006), CoisCeim Dance Theatre invited Deirdre to curate “Threads”, a season of events, screenings, workshops and talks around the Irish-German Modern Dance connection. In 2009 she curated the symposium “The Many Bodies of Contemporary Dance” at Dance House during Dublin Dance Festival, in association with Gradcam, Create, and Arts and Disability Ireland. In May 2009 she co-curated a one day event at Oonagh Young Gallery entitled “Yeats’s Forgotten Dancers”, as part of her ongoing action research on the Abbey Theatre School of Ballet, which is revealed in her BAI-funded radio documentaries on WB Yeats and his work with choreographers, dancers, and composers at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre – broadcast on RTE Lyric FM. In May 2012 she curated “Bohemians – Et Ce Chant dans mon Coeur” exhibition at European Union House in memory of Ireland’s first modern dancer, June Kuhn, supported by the Alliance Francaise and the French Embassy – which led to several historical discoveries which Deirdre reveals in her film documentaries “1943 – A Dance Odyssey” (RTE), and “Dance Emergency” (TG4). The exhibition and associated talks and events subsequently toured to Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee, County Clare, and to Limerick’s Limetree Theatre at Mary Immaculate College. In October 2014, Deirdre produced and curated a reunion screening of her film “1943 – A Dance Odyssey”, at TCD Samuel Beckett Theatre, with a post-show discussion moderated by Ruth Barton of TCD Film Studies. In July 2015, as part of Photoireland Festival, Deirdre produced screenings of her photo-documentary “Journey to YU (in the footsteps of Rebecca West)” at Dublin’s Origin Gallery and at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Deirdre has also curated several other visual arts exhibitions, at the Ormond, and with the Blue Leaf Gallery.
1943 – A Dance Odyssey
TCD Beckett Theatre, October 2014
Reunion Screening at TCD Beckett Theatre, moderated by Ruth Barton of TCD Film Studies with reception in honour of the 1940s Tiny Tots.
Bohemians: Et Ce Chant dans Mon Coeur
European Union House, May 2012 - April 2013
Supported by the Alliance Francaise, & the French Embassy to Ireland, May 2012. Toured to Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee Co. Clare (Sept 2013), and The Limetree Theatre, Limerick, supported by Alliance Francaise de Limerick and the French Department at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (April 2013).
Original of the Species by Catherine Owens
Blue Leaf Gallery, May - July 2012
Blue Leaf Gallery Group Exhibition
Co-curator, Author of catalogue note.
Yeats’s Forgotten Dancers
Oonagh Young Gallery, May 2010
Co-Curator at the Oonagh Young Gallery
The Many Bodies of Contemporary Dance
Dance House, May 2010
Symposium at Dance House
Supported by Dublin Dance Festival, Dance Ireland, Create, Arts and Disability Ireland, and Gradcam
CoisCeim Dance Theatre, Novemeber 2006
Curator of a series of events and talks on Irish-German contemporary dance connections
Out of the Dark
Amnesty Freedom Café, 2005
Photographs of Rwanda by Deirdre Mulrooney at Amnesty Freedom Café
South Africa Week at the Helix
The Helix, Novemeber 2002
Co-curator of events (including a reading by Athol Fugard), screenings, rehearsed readings, discussions and visual art exhibition around “He Left Quietly” by Yael Farber
Project Cube, April 2001
Co-produced/directed/adapted multi-media production, from an idea by Angela Carter to do ‘tis Pity She’s a Whore in the style of a John Ford Western.