THE DIVINE NORMAL THE CROKE PARK EXPERIENCE @ TERRYGLASS ARTS FESTIVAL 2008 Contact: Fluxusdance at Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge Co Kildare. 045 448311 email@example.com “The Divine Normal” by FLUXUSDANCE Normal people - Normal activities- An Extraordinary Movement Event. The Divine Normal is a dance work created by Fluxusdance at Croke Park, for Croke Park and beyond. It dances at the edge of memory and recall and is an extraordinarily, powerful, delicate and visual journey exploring the visceral and emotional world of our unique national games of hurling and football. The Divine Normal brings the physicality of Gaelic Games and Contemporary Dance into a common arena, exploring the passion and commitment of both athletes and dancers and creating a unique representation of their common and diverse cultural worlds and celebrates the extraordinary occasions in everyday life which connect people with the human body in motion. Created by choreographer Cathy O‟ Kennedy The Divine Normal combines the work of a diverse and gifted group of dance, film, and music artists, and features dancers Lucy Dundon and Stephen O‟Rourke, The „Dance Action‟ is introduced to the audience with highly original sound score by the iconic GAA legend Micheál O‟ Muircheartaigh where he presents, and comments on, the dance preparations. Micheál s score blends the language of movement with the passionate rhythms of Gaelic Games and brings his unique linguistic virtuosity to the art of dance. The performances features an original sound score The Wounded Hero, written by Cork songwriter John Spillane for The Divine Normal and featuring the words of the poem “Inion Deichine”by Louis De Paor. The music of KILA is used throughout. The Divine Normal experience is further enhanced by two films created during the company‟s residency in Croke Park in 2005, by London based filmmaker Jana Riedel To dance IS divine and the use of the word divine in our title is linked to the words „divine normal beings‟ used by, contemporary dance pioneer Martha Graham to describe her dancers in the early twentieth century. The Divine Normal is a site specific performance, with the dancers weaving through the crowds and creating space for their dance interactions. There are three separate and related dance experiences within The Divine Normal- the opening, with Micheal‟s words, and the dancers warm-up, the second movement tells the story of the The Wounded Hero-the hurling hero whose team has not won the all Ireland on the day, and the dance finishes with a dynamic, high energy, football and team focused section, bringing the audience to the heart of the struggle on the field of dance and play. Fluxusdance Based in the midlands of Ireland, Fluxusdance was founded 1998 by choreographer Cathy O Kennedy. The company is an innovative force in the Irish dance scene, and is highly regarded for its originality of approach, its core of skilled and talented dance artists, its capacity to build insight and inspiration and its commitment to nurturing new forms of participation. The company has established a national and international reputation for its original approaches to and around inclusive practises. They won the E-Creativity Award at the Geneva World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 The company creates high quality dance performances characterised by a bold and imaginative performance style which is innovative in its devising, and accessible in its delivery. The result is a unique repertoire of works that pioneers concepts for presentation that supports and expands the roots of dance practices within Ireland. Cross arts collaborations are a feature of the company‟s repertoire and play a crucial part in the development of new work. The dance work of Fluxusdance is a vehicle for varied partnerships within local, regional, national and international communities and within dance, arts and education organisations. Press Reviews “Full of compelling push, shove, grip and drop ---- the implication isn‟t that dancing is nefarious: its life-and-death potential is more to the point.” Dance Europe for „Delicious Death‟ 2004………Choreography Cathy O Kennedy “A masterful mix of chance, luck and timing…viewers choreograph here, and the still moments speak as powerfully as the constant rushes of motion. O Kennedy‟s choreographic allure centres on inclusion, whether connecting dancers with those watching, or uniting performers of various backgrounds” The Irish Times THE ARTISTS OF FLUXUSDANCE Cathy O‟Kennedy - Artistic Director Fluxusdance Wexford born, Cathy O‟Kennedy has developed a distinctive dance language and discourse around her passion for, and commitment to bringing the art of dance and the „normal‟ into close association with one another. Her choreographic practice ranges in works with emerging digital arts and new technologies, to dances for local swimming pools. Internationally her choreography and co- productions include over thirty works with dancers and choreographers from USA, Canada, Denmark, France, England, Scotland and Wales. In a career that has spanned over two decades Cathy is a key figure in the development of dance, dance practices and infrastructures in Ireland. She was the Artistic Director of Barefoot Dance Company in Wexford for 12 years, served as the Director of The Dance Council of Ireland, was the founder and Artistic Director of „Movement Month‟ – Ireland‟s first International Dance Festival for a period of ten years. Cathy has been Dance Artist in Residence at Wexford Arts Centre, the Beckett Centre at Trinity College, with Dublin City Council, and with Kildare Co Council. She is a recipient of the Sunday Tribune Arts Award for her pioneering work in Wexford and is currently researching a PhD with the SMARTlab Media Institute, at UEL London. Lucy Dundon is a dancer known to dance audiences in Ireland for her lyrical quality. She has performed with the art of dance since she was seven in her native Wexford town. Lucy is a founder member of Fluxusdance creating and performing in the company‟s entire repertoire since 1998 including the collaborative works with artists from other disciplines. Lucy has also performed with Michael Foley Dance in New York and Florida. In Ireland she has worked with John Scott‟s Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Ireland and with Daghada Dance Company She began performing with Barefoot Youth Dance Company, and went on from there to professional dance training at The Laban Centre in London. Chosen to become a member of Transitions Dance Company she went on to tour with that company to Japan, Korea the USA, Greece and in Ireland and the UK. She has worked in film and television and extensively with Macnas. Lucy‟s has performed in The Secret Garden directed by theatre director Michael Caven. Stephen O‟Rourke trained as an actor at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin, where he first met and worked with Cathy O‟ Kennedy. While there he performed in "The Maids" (Phillip Zarilli), "Summer Of The Aliens" (Martin Drury), "Arabian Nights" (Karl Wallace) and "The Strip" (Annabelle Coymn). Since graduating theatre credits included: The role of Gwendolin in "The Importance Of Being Earnest" (Abbey Theatre), "Horst Bucholz and Other Stories" (Bewley's Cafe), "The Public" (Project), Macbeth (Second Age), "The Empty Chair" (Smashing Times), "The Importance Of Being Earnest" (Abbey Theatre) and "Cross My Heart" (Team Theatre Co.). Film and Television credits include: "The Fotunes" for Vision Independent Productions Ltd (VIP) and "Parents" for Paradise Pictures. Stephen has performed with Fluxusdance since 2004. , as a „Dance Detective‟ in “Delicious Death” and has been a core cast member of “The Divine Normal” from 2005 2008. Stephen has also created and performed ”Out Sources” with Fluxusdance. His most recent work has been “Baroque Moves“ with Fluxusdance and The Irish Baroque Orchestra.