Visiting Artists head for the Emerald Isle
Dublin Dance Festival played host to another vibrant edition of the Big Pulse Visiting Artist Programme in May.
Nine artists from across Europe and further afield came together in the city of Dublin to explore the Dublin Dance Festival programme, discover new work from Irish and international artists, and engage in valuable discussions and networking opportunities, sharing knowledge and gaining inspiration for their creative development.
The diverse group included artists from Bulgaria, Lithuania, Finland, Germany, The Czech Republic, as well as several artists from Latin American countries supported by Accion Cultural Española, making for rich and valuable discussions as they shared and reflected on their experiences together.
Led by Jazmin Chiodi (Dublin Dance Festival’s Artistic Director), the full programme spanned 4 days with a jam-packed schedule to offer the Visiting Artists the most out of the experience. They attended a number of performances – both by leading Irish choreographers and acclaimed international artists – and attended workshops from festival artists, delving into varied choreographic styles and techniques. They met with leading figures in the dance and theatre sector in Ireland, and visited theatres and dance organisations, meeting with the directors to learn more about how these venues and institutions operate. They also had a unique opportunity to explore their own work and creative aims with the guidance and support of Jazmin Chiodi. And in between this busy schedule, the Visiting Artists enjoyed some time exploring the city and soaking up the vibrant festival atmosphere.
The full programme was a huge success, highlighted by these comments from some of the artists who took part:
“These meetings were meaningful, heartwarming and inspiring. To share, discuss, face, dance and to be together was the highlight of this trip. I felt very empowered after the trip, so thank you :)” – Mia Jaatinen (Finland)
“I can only say that it was a beautiful encounter, beautiful people and a lot of joy in the city of Joyce and Beckett.” – Shanti Vera (Spain / Germany)
“really feel that this experience was one of the most inspiring in many years. The first day, the festival director took her time to talk with us and invite us all to introduce ourselves in an “honest” way… Her approach helped to create a relaxed environment.” – Nidia Martinez Barbieri (Sweden)
“I had a great feeling when coming back. The atmosphere of the festival and the program were very warm and open and sharing with my fellow artists was a very valuable experience.” – Niels Claes (Lithuania)