Works

  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Conceptual design by Mona Power in collaboration with Emily Aoibheann
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Conceptual design by 1iing heaney in collaboration with Emily Aoibheann
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Conceptual design by 1iing heaney in collaboration with Emily Aoibheann
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Conceptual design by Mona Power in collaboration with Emily Aoibheann
  • Conceptual design by Mona Power in collaboration with Emily Aoibheann
  • Photos of Georgina Cassels by Emily Aoibheann, with conceptual designs by 1iing heaney
  • Conceptual design by Mona Power in collaboration with Emily Aoibheann
  • Photos of Georgina Cassels by Emily Aoibheann, with Caravaggio and Gentileschi.
  • Presentation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation at Dance House. Photograph: Monika Palova
  • Presentation at Dance House. Photograph: Monika Palova
  • Presentation at Dance House. Photograph: Monika Palova

A Year of the Heart

Next public in-development performance is 1st July, Dance House. 
Entry is free of charge, book here.

New and embryonic work, A Year of the Heart (with a secret title of Death, A Year of the Heart) delves into themes of transformation, ecstasy and courage, and celebrates precious beauty inherent in life's tragedy. The artwork takes the spine and heart as conceptual, choreographic and visual points of departure, with a view to heal the emotional body and evoke spirit through gestures of melancholic opulence, incorporating ambitious stage design, aerial fabric choreography and written text to be adapted musically at a later stage of creation. 

The photos here depict moments from a week of development and public work-in-progress presentation, while in residency at Dance House, Dublin, March 2022. Other images include concept art designed in collaboration with artists Mona Power and 1iing heaney. Other photos from Emily Aoibheann feature aerialist Georgina Cassels executing choreography from an initial development period at the Courthouse Arts Centre in January 2022. Also included as reference artworks are The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio (1602) and Mary Magdalene as Melancholy (1622–1625) by Artemisia Gentileschi. All other photos by Noel Shelley and Monika Palova.


Acknowledgements:

A Year of the Heart is conceived, written and choreographed by Emily Aoibheann.
Collaborators in the development of the piece include Abby Evans, artist facilitator; Mona Power and 1iing heaney. 
Special thanks to Jessie Thompson and Noel Shelley for their creative contributions, enthusiasm and support. 

This work is made possible through a residency award from Dance Ireland and financial support from Dublin Circus Project, Catalyst Award and Fingal County Council artist bursary. I would like to extend a special thanks to Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely for their ongoing support.


Profile picture: Emily Aoibheann in residency at Dance Ireland in March 2022, photo by Noel Shelley.