Dance Research Forum Ireland's 2nd International Conference

The Dance Research Forum Ireland's 2nd International Conference The Dance Research Forum Irelandâ¿¿s 2nd International Conference, hosted by IT Tralee, was a resounding success. The opening reception took place at the IT last Thursday and the opening addresses were provided by Patrick Mc Garty, Head of Department, IT Tralee, Dr. Catherine Foley, Chair Dance Research Forum Ireland, and Sharon Phelan, Dance Lecturer at IT Tralee and local organiser, and Dr. Andree Grau, from the University of Roehampton in London.

The delegatesâ¿¿ contributions were diverse and interesting. They varied from practical workshops to academic papers. There were Contemporary, Ballet and Folk Dance Workshops. Darragh Carr, Professor of Dance at Hofsta University, presented a lecture-demonstration focusing on Percussive Dance, whereas Myriam Trembley, Professor of Dance in Montreal delivered a lecture demonstration focusing on Laban Contemporary Dance. Our local dance master, Jimmy Smith, demonstrated the Molyneaux style of dance of North Kerry, whereas Dorothea Hast, (Professor in Eastern Connecticut), had delegates dancing the New England Contra Dance. On Friday, the day ended with a Salsa workshop delivered by Oscar Masceranas, (University of Limerick).

The academic papers were equally diverse and the discussions surrounding them vibrant. They centred on themes such as

  • Communicating the Past
  • The Narrative: A Choreographic and a Literary Model - Sharon Phelan (IT Tralee)
  • Case Study: Social Dance in Roscommon - Sean Shanagher (DCU)
  • Bach-Busoni Chaccone: The Intersection of Transcription and Interpretation
  • Embracing Experience, Knowledge and History
  • Intersections of Transcription and Interpretation:
  • Embracing Experience, Knowledge and History- Lisa Fusillo (University of Georgia)
  • Bach-Busoni Chaccone: A Piano Transcription Examining Genre- Marina Fabrikant (University of Nebraska)
  • Transcription of Emotion and Movement - Using the Bach-Busoni Chaccone- Kenneth Oberly (Stuttgart Ballet)

Dance Pedagogy

  • Pedagogy and Practice: Exploring an Inter/Cross/Transdisciplinary Model for Choreographic Analysis and Practice - Katherina Farrugia  (Royal Academy of Dance, University of Surrey)
  • World Dance in University Settings: How Brigham Young University Communicates Cultural Context in Pedagogy and Performance - Quincy Robinson (Brigham Young University, Utah)
  • The Aesthetics of Salsa and its Communication at Beginners Level

Dance Identity

  • No Boundaries: Multiculturalism, Identity and the Dancing Body in Irish- Based Contemporary Dance - Finola Cronin (UCD)
  • Competing with Gender: An Examination of Techniques Employed by Women, their Motivations and Experiences, within the Irish Dance Competition Scene - Kathleen Keenan (Queens University Belfast)
  • A Methodology for Researching the Relational Aspects of Improvised Music and Movement: A Communication between Music Therapy Research and Dance Research - Simon Gilbertson (UL)

Dance Methodologies & Media

  • From Text to Figural - Renate Bränninger (Liverpool Hope University)
  • Out of the Museum: Communicating Dance by Notation: The Case of Dance Notation in the Nineteenth Century and Nowadays - Gabriella Asaro (University of Palermo)
  • Reclaiming the 'Art' in Arts Research:   Weblogs and Dance Praxis - Sheila Creevey (UL)

Irish Dance Perspectives

  • Aspects of the History of the World Championship - John Cullinane Irish Dance Commission
  • Competing Nationalism(s), a Northern Narrative - Patrick McHugh (UL)
  • Performance Audience Communication
  • Glitz and Glamour or Atomic Rearrangement: What do Dance Audiences Want? - Dee Reynolds (University of Manchestor)
  • Connecting the Music and the Dance - Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain (UL)
  • Dancing the Music and Playing the Dance - Mats Melin (UL)

The schedule, outside conference hours, was very well received. On Friday night the delegates travelled to St. Johnâ¿¿s Art Centre in Listowel. There, they experienced a Mamuska night, organised by Catherine Young, local Dancer-in-Residence. Between acts the delegates mingled with the locals, had a glass of wine and discussed previous dances. On Saturday night, they observed the rich North Kerry step dancing tradition at Siamsa tire.

Kathrina Farrugia, from the Royal Academy of Dance, London  commented â¿¿it was truly wonderful conference, the warm welcome, engaging conversations, and sheer good fun.â¿¿

Speaking on behalf of the Institute of Technology Tralee, Sharon Phelan, and local organiser of the conference commented that â¿¿The conference was a step forward for dance in Ireland and it is appropriate that it took place at IT Tralee, as dance has been a significant component in the development of the humanities for over a decade.â¿¿