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The Ark and Dublin Dance Festival present: Artists’ Virtual Coffee Morning 28 May 2021

The Ark and Dublin Dance Festival are excited to invite artists to join us at our first joint coffee morning.

If you are an artist interested in work with children, join us via Zoom for an informal chat and an opportunity to meet other like-minded artists as well as members of The Ark and Dublin Dance Festival teams. We welcome all artists, whether you are new to work with children or just curious, as well as those of you with more experience working with this unique audience. Obviously, dance artists are especially welcome!

In these challenging times we want to give artists a chance to connect and meet with others in a relaxed, friendly space. We won’t be able to supply you with a cuppa this time but hopefully you’ll be able to bring one with you to your screen!

Our theme for this coffee morning will be inclusion, and we are delighted to be joined by guest speaker Rosie Heafford, Artistic Director of Second Hand Dance. Rosie will briefly share some of her thoughts on this topic, considering the multi-sensory approach she took to making Grass Films, two new dance films for children which The Ark and Dublin Dance Festival are jointly presenting online for audiences this May.

Following this, we’ll break into to small groups so we can have a chat, catch up or discuss any thoughts that may have been sparked by Rosie’s words.

As there is a limit to the number of places on a video call we do need you to register this time. We promise it is really quick and simple.

Please register here.

Once you have successfully registered, we will email you a link to a Zoom call on the morning of the event. Please be advised you may need to install the Zoom app in advance which can be downloaded here.

If you would like to know more and view the Grass Films from Second Hand Dance click here.

About Rosie Heafford:

Rosie Heafford is the Artistic Director of disabled-led company Second Hand Dance. A performance maker and choreographer, she graduated with a BA (HONS) from Laban in 2009 and an MA from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2010.

Established in 2013, Second Hand Dance creates touring shows and digital dance experiences for children and adults. Based in England, their work has a growing international profile as well as local and regional impact. The company has toured the globe – from the UK to Europe, China, Canada and the USA.

Second Hand Dance aims to create beautiful, sensory dance experiences that are welcoming to all bodies and accessible for those with disabilities. They use movement and play to create an expanded reality, opening up new spaces for expression that forge connections across generations. Their work is bold and innovative, blending visual and participatory aesthetics. They want to inspire our audiences from birth to carry on dancing long after a performance has ended.

Alongside her work with Second Hand Dance, Rosie facilitates, teaches, mentors, choreographs and performs on a range of projects in collaboration with artists and communities.

The Ark runs free coffee mornings for artists three times a year so please feel free to come along to another one if you can’t make it this time.