If you look at the history of Modern Dance in Ireland one name always at the fore-front is the award winning choreographer Fiona Quilligan. Today ICC Digital brings you Fiona’s evocative, powerful and very beautiful work, ‘Mid-Summer Solstice COVID Dances’, which she created in response to COVID 19. Filmed on Poolbeg Beach in Dublin, the work was commissioned by Solstice Arts Centre Ireland after Fiona’s new live show, ‘Ancestors’ which was due to premiere at Solstice Arts Centre had to be cancelled as a result of lockdown. This film, choreographed and produced by Quilligan, stars performers, Justine Cooper, Anderson de Souza and Olwen Grindley.
“We must be brave and venture forth strongly like the doctors and other front line workers who put themselves at risk many of whom died while treating patients. So we present these COVID Dances in solidarity to all those feeling loss”
Born in Dublin, Fiona Quilligan trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance and from 1982-86 performed with Dublin City Ballet. In 1986, she founded Rubato Ballet, creating original works for which the company received high critical acclaim, the Nijinsky medal from Warsaw and AIB Better Ireland Award in Arts and Culture. In 2014 Fiona received an MA in performance from the University of Limerick and she is also a founding member of Dance Ireland.
Fiona Quilligan was recently made a member of ‘Aosdana’ because she is regarded as an artist whose original work has made an outstanding contribution to dance in Ireland.