Choreographing War

Panel: The Practice of Conflict

Friday March 27th


Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway

As an artist, how do I cope with the thousands of explicit images of violence, war, death, starvation, abuse and trauma that I have been exposed to over the years? How do I stage a scene of violence that preserves the dignity of those that have actually experienced that violence, while affording the viewer clear access to reflect profoundly on the presented conflict? 


Ella Clarke’ choreographies include the 2008 Irish Times Theatre Award Best Production winner Phaedra’s Love, A Midsummers Night Dream and Anatomy of a Seagull  for Loose Canon Theatre Company, Only an Apple, Comedy of Errors, Big Love, Romeo & Juliet and Woman and Scarecrow for The Abbey Theatre, Wedding Day of the Cro-Magnons for Bedrock, Macbeth, Shutter and Titus Andronicus for Siren Productions, Adaptation of a Meeting and Behindtheeyeliesbone for Myriad Dance Company, Don Gregorio and Transformations for Wexford Festival Opera, Sweeney Todd for The Gate Theatre, 200 Feet for Project Arts Centre and The Fall and The Anointed for Ella Clarke Choreography. 

Her work as a performer includes productions for Genesis Collective, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Ciotóg Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Ireland, 2nd Nature (Vienna), Scottish Dance Theatre, Rex Levitates Dance Co (Liz Roche Company), Siren Productions and The Abbey Theatre.

From 2004 - 2011, Ella co-directed Genesis Project Dublin; a practise-based project for radicalisation in the art form of dance and body-based art with centres of practice in Philadelphia, Brooklyn and L.A. She has commissioned and performed four of distinguished choreographer Deborah Hay’s solo works and the trio A Lost Opera and was Meath County Dance Artist in Residence 2013 – 14.

Ella has been lecturer in dance at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama since 2002 and is currently associate artist with Solstice Arts Centre, Navan.

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