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Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory

After a COVID-enforced hiatus in 2020 Wicklow Screendance Laboratory returns on March 29th– April 3rd with an exciting online programme of workshops, discussions and performances celebrating dance and dance on screen. This is an incredible opportunity to train with international artists, and witness stunning performances and dance films.

This year’s festival gives dancers the very unique chance to study the repertoire of modernist icon Martha Graham with former company members Jean-Baptiste Ferreira and Rafael Molina! WSL welcomes back screendance experts Marisa Hayes, Franck Boulègue and Blas Payri as well to facilitate world-class training in the art of merging choreography and cinematography. Also, in response to this difficult time, dancer & neuroscientist Bianca Paige Smith introduces the meditative dance practice “Mantra” to explore the strength in vulnerability and the search for connectedness.

WSL 2021 also features a full-day symposium to look at the art of screendance and the work of Martha Graham, and an Artist’s Salon – an informal and interactive show-and-tell sharing of new work and work in progress, in which the virtual audience can participate in the discussions. Screenings of local, national & international dance films and performances will take place throughout the week, culminating in a showing of the Graham masterpiece, Helios.

After what has been an extremely trying year, especially for artists, WSL is offering an amazing week of dance and film – and we are eager to share our festival with participants across Ireland.

Tickets are available at https://www.gr8events.ie/wicklowscreendance/index.php, and you can see the full programme and contributing artists at www.screendance.ie.