panel: Conflict Without. Conflict Within.


Friday 27th March 1pm

Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway

n/ASC (deriving from the Irish word meaning ‘connection’ or ‘connect’) explores cultural identity and integrity, and the issues that arise in intercultural dialogue and exchange. A duet and work in progress, the movement material stems from the performers’ personal experiences and stories. The dancers search to find positive connections, communication and relationship amid cultural friction, exploring the body as it divides, unites, provokes and resolves.

Music: ‘Cortége’ by Sierra-Leonian/Irish artist Loah


Micheal and Aisling met when Micheal auditioned and joined Discovery Gospel Choir in 2014. An intercultural choir and performance group, Discovery promotes cultural integration through music, theatre and dance, tackling issues relating to identity, prejudice and cultural diversity in Ireland. They danced together at a few choir performances in 2014 and began creative collaboration for this piece in February 2015. Their aim is to develop their dance practice in an intercultural setting and promote cultural integration in the arts.

Aisling McCormick is a dancer, singer, conductor and violinist from Ireland. After 3 years full-time dance training in Dublin (College of Dance) and London (Springs Dance Company Apprentice), she toured with elevate Dance Company (UK & Italy). Since returning to Ireland, she completed a BA Religions & Theology (TCD) and an MA in Dance (UL). Her choreography has been performed in Samuel Beckett Theatre (The Insanity of Mary Girard) and Dance Film ‘Cíor Crá’ shown in Wexford Opera House. Since 2012, she has directed an intercultural arts programme through Discovery Gospel Choir giving regular workshops in schools, universities and festivals teaching interculturalism through music and dance. She is training with the Laban Guild to develop her dance practice and continues to teach music and dance to ages 3-83!

 Micheal Chanda was born in Zambia where he learnt dance, drama, music and art from a young age. He has worked as an advocate for young people and a mentor for street children in Lusaka, using theatre and dance to empower young people to make positive life choices and learn about important social and environmental issues in their communities. He was an associate artist with the Emerging Artists Programme in Hope Street International Creation Centre, Liverpool in 2010 and performed with Barefeet Theatre Performance Company, Zambia until he moved to Ireland in 2013. Micheal has performed at Amaka Arts Festival, Lusaka, Zambia - 2012; Barefeet International Youth Arts Festival - 2006-2013; Shakespeare Festival, Poland - 2008; Grahamstown Festival, South Africa - 2009; HIFA - 2013; Contacting the World Festival, Manchester - 2008, 2010, 2014; Brouhaha Festival Liverpool - 2014.

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