Step Up Dance Project 2015

Photo Credit Maurice Gunning

Olwyn was recently selected to participate in this years Step Up Dance Project 2015.

Now in its fourth year, Step Up Dance Project aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.  Step Up is an intensive programme of classes, development, rehearsals and performance, directed by a guest choreographer.

This project is in partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, The Arts Council and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.


Photo Credit Maurice Gunning

Under the direction of internationally renowned French choreographer Hélène Cathala, Olwyn worked intensively with fellow contemporary dancers Amy Robyn Lyster, Hayley Cunningham, Jessie Keenan and Marion Cronin.


Photo Credit Maurice Gunning

The training and rehearsals of the project culminated in the new contemporary dance work, Hopscotch. The piece was then performed at Dance Limerick, the Firkin Crane in Cork and Dance House in Dublin.

Hopscotch explores the predicament of five individuals caught in a game where the rules are constantly changing. Confronting the reality of being part of a group, they ask: How do we deal with rules? How can we trick each other? How can we survive? Do we struggle or surrender?