Writing, Film, Radio, Dance History, Curation, ACADEMIA, & More…
Deirdre is Author of two books so far (Irish Moves, an illustrated history of dance and physical theatre in Ireland, and Orientalism, Orientation, and The Nomadic Work of Pina Bausch); Contributor to several books on theatre and dance; Anthologies; RTE Sunday Miscellany broadcasts; Host of Dance Ireland Podcasts, as well as multifarious Arts journalism and writing. Deirdre produces and directs her own creative 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, Deirdre occasionally curates exhibitions too, for example the recent ‘Mother Tongue’ at Kilkee’s Cultúrlann Sweeney. Deirdre is an inaugural UCD Creative Fellow 2019/2020.
Happy 2020! It was a pleasure to interview some of Ireland's greatest dance gurus for Dance Ireland as part of their 30th Anniversary Podcast series, celebrating the founders of the Association of Professional Dancers of Ireland, the seminal organisation out of which...
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.