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, a Special Event at MoLI Dublin, on October 24th, and the Richard Harris International Film Festival, Limerick, on October 27th, where Evanna was nominated for Best Actor in a Female Role. In 2020 the film was featured in Dublin’s Bloomsday Festival, at IFF International Film Festival, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Waterford Film Festival; MexIndex “Displacements” curated by Richard Ashrowan; ThinkND Kylemore Bookclub with Declan Kiberd, and Paul Muldoon’s Princeton University FÍS series. In 2021 so far it has been selected for Rejkavik Feminist Film Festival, and Light Moves Festival of Screendance (Sept 27 – 30).
In 2017, Deirdre produced and directed “TRUE NORTH: Paud Mulrooney’s Irish-Canadian Adventures in Super 8” (ACSI “Borders & Beyond’ Conference, 2021; Canadian Independent Film Festival, 2020; Richard Harris International Film Festival 2019 (Nominee, Best Documentary Category); Belgrade-Irish Festival 2018; Canada Day screening at The Dark Room, Dublin, 2017; post Pow Wow Screening, Ogoki Post, North Ontario, August 2017), a short documentary featuring her father’s Super 8 films from the 1970s and 1980s offering a rare glympse into life on First Nations Reserves in North Ontario, where her parents ran the local schools. Renowned Canadian novelist Jane Urquhart screened ‘True North’ for her Canadian Studies class at UCD in 2018, while UCD Craig Dobbin Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, commenting “… I personally found your elegiac film very moving, and that the coming together of your Irish parents and their children, with the people of the Aboriginal community and their children, shows how authentic respect for Aboriginal traditions can build relationships and enrich the lives of everyone involved.”
Deirdre’s film “1943 – A Dance Odyssey” was first broadcast on RTÉ One on Easter Monday 2013. Screenings included Bealtaine Festival 2013 at Ballymun Axis Theatre; Galway Culture Night 2013 at Druid Theatre; Galway Film Fleadh 2014; Dublin Festival of History 2016, at Pearse Street Library, and a Gala reunion screening at TCD Samuel Beckett Theatre hosted by Ruth Barton, in 2015.
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.