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February 22, 2008

Laban In Practice - Dance Workshops

Kildare County Council

Kildare County Council Arts Service presents

Laban In Practice

Laban In Practice

A weekend of Laban based dance workshops with Anna Carlisle and Cathy O’Kennedy

29-30 March 2008
Middle Loftus Hall, South Campus, NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Laban In Practice is a series of related workshops designed to support and inform a broad range of dance practices including Community Dance, Dance in Education, Choreography and Dance Making and Integrated Dance Practices.

In the revision of techniques and fundamentals, Laban In Practice provides an opportunity for Laban students, graduates, community dance practitioners and dance artists to progress their understanding of Laban’s work and practical application in their own work and practice.  It will introduce participants to different approaches and indicate that there’s more to be learned.

The programme of events also includes: lunchtime performance of Pieces of Elsewhere, a new  work by Counterbalance, Integrated Dance Company, film screening of Shade a new dance film by Louise Costelloe and the  launch of When We Danced, a new publication documenting Kildare’s dance development programme.

The Tutors
Acclaimed choreographers Anna Carlisle and Cathy O’Kennedy will facilitate these workshops.

Anna Carlisle, President, Laban Guild
Anna was Head of Dance at Lewes College and Lecturer in Choreological Studies at LABAN, London.  She has taught extensively on the international circuit.  Choreographic projects have run in Copenhagen, Iceland, France and Ireland and choreographic commissions for the Brighton Festival include Dances Sacrees et Profanes with the Musicians of All Saints and the Community Opera, Figlia del Mago.  Recent site specific works for her inter-generational Community Dance Group, Thin Skin, include The Rise of Spring and Where the Land Meets the Sea for the Arts Council Big Dance, summer 2006.

She is currently Director of the Phoenix Project, a Professional  Development Course in Laban Studies for Dance and Theatre practitioners  based at Royal Holloway College, London.  Anna was awarded the MBE for Services to Dance in 2002.

Cathy O’Kennedy, Artistic Director, Fluxusdance
Cathy O’Kennedy is an Irish dance artist and choreographer with over three decades of experience of teaching, performing and creating dance in community and education settings in Ireland.  She is currently the creative director of Counterbalance Integrated Dance Group and is the Artistic Director and choreographer for Fluxusdance.  Cathy is currently a PhD candidate with The University of East London.

Weekend Schedule

Saturday 29 March

10am – 12pm  Workshop 1
12pm – 1pm  Break
1pm -1.50 pm  Performance, Pieces of Elsewhere by Counterbalance
2pm - 4pm  Workshop 2
4pm - 5pm  Film Screening, Shade by Louise Costelloe

Sunday 30 March

11am – 1pm  Workshop 3
1pm – 2pm  Break
2pm - 4pm  Workshop 4
4.30pm-5pm  Presentation of awards, Community Dance Leaders Course and refreshments. Launch of When We Danced, a new dance publication

Fees: €70 for 2 Day Workshop or €40 per day. 

Booking and information: Contact Nicola Dunne, Kildare County Council Arts Service,
Tel: 045 448328 or email:

Download Laban In Practice 2008 Booking Form ( MS Word 215 KB)