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 in Joyce Studies Annual 2021. Last year she hosted Dance Ireland’s 30th Anniversary podcasts, and presented a virtual talk entitled “Sweet Dancers: An Illustrated Talk on Irish Dance” hosted by Paul Muldoon at Princeton University FÍS . She is a contributor to RTE Sunday Miscellany, and has authored multifarious Arts journalism and writing over many years in top publications. Deirdre produces and directs theatre, and 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 curates exhibitions too, for example ‘Mother Tongue’ at Kilkee’s Cultúrlann Sweeney, which, public health allowing, is to travel from Clare to UCD Festival, where Deirdre is currently a Creative Fellow.
Happy 2021! Here's to the scientific magic of the vaccine, and being able to meet and brush up off of each other again! I'm delighted that "Lucia Joyce: Full Capacity"'s first twirl in the new year will be at Rejkavik Feminist Film Festival, January 14 - 17th. Alas...
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.
…Our Deirdre O’Connell would surely be pleased with the fabulous work on Lucia by another Deirdre – Deirdre Mulrooney – which you may have heard on Sunday Miscellany
-president Michael D Higgins,
Bloomsday address, 2020
we are singing the praises of this new ebook
Arnd Weseman, TANZ MAGAZINE