OPEN CALL: ARTISTS RESIDENCIES 2021

Dublin Circus Project and Dance Ireland, with the support of the Arts Council, will be offering 4 residency opportunities in 2021 for up to 6 artists.

IGNITION 2021: Development of Artist

For emerging or mid-career circus and multidisciplinary artists (solo or duo).

To develop new skills.

What: Artists in residence will be offered a variety of supports, which includes : Studio space (2 weeks), artist(s) fee, mentors’ fees, photography and/or videography, materials, access to a rigging technician, career advice, administration and production support.

Application Guidelines

Application Form

Deadline: January 4th 2021, 5pm

Contact: ignition@dublincircusproject.com

CATALYST 2021: Development of Work

For mid-career or established circus and multidisciplinary artists (solo or duo).

To develop new work.

What: Artists in residence will be offered a variety of supports, which includes : Studio space (2 weeks), artist(s) fee, mentors’ fees, photography and/or videography, materials, access to a rigging technician, career advice, administration and production support.

Application Guidelines

Application Form

Deadline: January 4th 2021, 5pm

Contact: catalyst@dublincircusproject.com

Artists-in-Residence 2019 – 2020

Artists-in-Residence 2020

Seve Feathers

Ignition 2020: Development of Artist

Seve Feathers’ objectives for her residency were to explore a new creative methodology on embodiment focused on her exploratory movement research Fleeting, working on the ephemeral, echoes, trails and traces of the human experience.

Her mentor for this residency was Megan Kennedy (Junk Ensemble).

Seve hosted an online Artist Talk + Q&A on October 15th 2020. This talk was free and open to the public. She also released a trailer for Fleeting on november 5th, 2020. 

Seve was commissioned by The National Circus Festival of Ireland to produce a short art film, Dis-oscillate, which premiered during the 2020 festival. Dis-oscillate is an exploration of the impact of the pandemic on the nervous system on an individual level through circus, dance and embodiment in empty urban spaces. 

Photo by Graeme Coughlan for Dublin Circus Project


Nicola Moran

Ignition 2020: Development of Artist

Nicola Moran’s objective for her residency was to exploring concept development through the experimental conversations between body, form and material, initial drawings that adorn the body and the body in turn informs.

Her mentors were Kevin Edward Turner of Company Chameleon and Amanda Coogan.

Nicola two work-in-progress presentation of her street performance Red Tork on Grafton Street on the 12th and on the 15th of September 2020 and was featured in The Independent and The Irish Times. She hosted an online Artist Talk + Q&A on November 5th 2020. This talk was free and open to the public.

Nicola was featured in Kill it with connection by Jessica Doolin, a short art film commissioned by The National Circus Festival of Ireland and which premiered during the 2020 festival.

Photo by Nick Bradshaw for the Irish Times

Jonah McGreevy & Deirdre Griffin

Catalyst 2020: Development of Work

RESCHEDULED TO 2021

Objectives: Developing a new collaborative duet through high technical and theatrical mentorship, produce a work that is artistically advanced and accessible using a combination of hand to hand partner acrobatics and physical theatre.

Deirdre Griffin, founder of HeadonBody, is a multi-award winning creative dancer and choreographer with years of experience performing and developing work.

Jonah McGreevy, cofounder and co-creative director at Loosysmokes and multi-award winning acrobat, is an aerialist, director and producer of modern experimental circus work.

They will be working with director Alain Servant and circus artist Fernando Jorge.

Artists-in-Residence 2019

Cikada Circus: Ali Stanger & Henrik Gard

Catalyst 2019: Development of Work

Cikada Circus’ objectives for this residency were to redevelop and break apart the show Cikada, explore the ideas further, create new material, and put the show back together again to be ready for performance.

Their mentors for this residency were director Alain Servant and choreographer Deirdre Griffin.

They had an open rehearsal of their show Cikada at the end of their residency, on March 29th in Dance House. This open rehearsal was free and open to the public.

Ali and Henrik performed Cikada at the Limerick Fringe Festival and won the ‘Most Innovative Show’ award. They were also invited to perform their show Cikada as part of Dublin Circus Project’s 10th Birthday celebrations, in Dance House by Dance Ireland for Culture Night 2019.

Cikada Trailer

Photo by Graeme Coughlan for Dublin Circus Project


Maria Corcoran

Catalyst 2019: Development of Work

Maria Corcoran’s objectives for her residency were to develop her well-known character Beryl, upskill, and generate new material for a show. Beryl is a young-at-heart, 97 year old woman who doesn’t care about aging gracefully and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.

She is old and bold! 

Her mentor for this residency was physical comedy legend John Towsen.

Maria Corcoran’s had a work-in-progress presentation at the end of her residency, on March 23rd in Dance House. This work-in-progress presentation was free and open to the public.

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Photo by Graeme Coughlan for Dublin Circus Project


Caroline Toledo

Ignition 2019: Development of Artist

Caroline Toledo’s objectives at the beginning of her residency were to use and adapt the Viewpoints acting technique as a base to her aerial rope and acrobatic art development. She wanted to do a movement research and their qualities on the stage, using the aerial rope as a vertical plane and the floor as a horizontal plane. She also wanted to develop a very strong visual work having the Viewpoints as a direction for creation. Caroline is currently developing a 30-minutes show using the skills she acquired during her residency.

Her mentors for this residency were Stephanie Courtney on Viewpoints, and Elaine McCague on Aerial Technique.

Caroline Toledo – Highlights Video

Photo by Graeme Coughlan for Dublin Circus Project