Deirdre’s short dance film ‘Lucia Joyce: Full Capacity’, starring Evanna Lynch, premiered at Bloomsday Trieste 2019, followed by Kerry International Film Festival in Killarney on October 20th, 2019, a Special Event at MoLI Dublin, on October 24th, 2019, and the Richard Harris International Film Festival, Limerick, on October 27th, 2019, where Evanna was nominated for Best Actor in a Female Role. So far in 2020 the film was featured in Dublin’s Bloomsday Festival, at IFF International Film Festival, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, ThinkND Kylemore Bookclub with Declan Kiberd, at Paul Muldoon’s Princeton University FÍS series, and will feature at Waterford Film Festival in November.
Once upon a time, during World War Two (or “The Emergency”, as it was known in Ireland), enigmatic Irish-German woman Erina Brady brought cutting edge Modern Dance to Ireland, from Germany. A forgotten reel of film by Irish film industry founder Liam O’Laoghaire immortalised the mysterious modern dancer teaching her tiny pupils in her Harcourt Street Studio and dancing freely in the open air in his 1943 gem of a film, “Dance School”.
Setting eyes on this rare footage for the first time, 1943 – A Dance Odyssey brings five of Brady’s former tiny tots on an odyssey to a bygone era in her enchanted Irish School of Dance Art studio.
Seventy years on, 1943 – A Dance Odyssey, explores who were these dancing tiny tots, attempting an arabesque, and stretching out their little limbs in barefoot dance of expression? Where did the dance of life take them?
Unlocking fond memories of those extraordinary classes the women share how the modern dance pioneer influenced their lives, and opened them up to a lifetime of creativity.
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Against the backdrop of seldom-seen 1940’s bohemian Dublin, and suspicions of Nazi espionage, we recount an Irish-German artist’s forgotten struggle to bring Modern Dance/ German Ausdruckstanz to a conservative, inchoate Ireland that was not yet ready for it. Interpreted beautifully by the great Olwen Fouéré, choreographed by Jessica Kennedy, we frame Brady’s legacy in the context of the thriving contemporary dance scene in Ireland today. Features the late Patrick Scott, as well as Fearghus O Conchuir, Declan Kiberd, Peter Sheridan, Una Kavanagh, Karen Gleeson, Lucia Kickham, Tom Hickey, Pat Laffan, Michael James Ford, Zena Donnelly, and the students of The College of Dance.