WILD ∞ West Cork Contemporary Dance Festival

Produced by Croi Glan + ALTERNATIVA

Saturday, August 11 - Saturday, August 18, 2018

A week of dance, technique, improvisation, contact improv, performance and community events at An Sanctoir, a 30-acre nature reserve with a beautiful hexagonal dance studio.

High level of creativity, physically challenging, immersive and interactive, from the local to the global, pulling from aesthetics from San Francisco to Berlin, Ireland, West Cork and beyond… experiencing the expansion of the surrounding environment, bodies in wild natural surroundings, drawing from collective of dance artists who stretch the limits of embodied research.

Wild environment | Wild dancing | Wild creativity | Wild perspectives | Wild embodiment | Wild coexistence

Come dance surrounded by a 30 acre nature reserve, the Atlantic ocean, Roaring Water Bay and its Islands, and the nearby unique mix of local and international cultural and artistic inclinations in the renowned village of Ballydehob.

Tara Brandel [Ballydehob] | Kathleen Hermesdorf [San Francisco] | Luke Murphy [Sheepshead] | Ruairi O’Donovan [Cape Clear] | Nicholas Nwosu [Nigeria] | Mairead Vaughan [Cork] | Cathy Walsh [Cork/Berlin]

• Monday-Friday 2 workshops per day [3 hours each]
Tara Brandel + Kathleen Hermesdorf [KH mornings M/W/F | TB mornings T/TH]

• Saturday workshops  [3 hours each]
Ruairi O’Donovan queer experimentation (11th)
Nicholas Nwosu Nigerian creative street dance (18th)

• Sunday workshop [6 hours]
Luke Murphy

• Performances:
Saturday 11th Luke Murphy + Ruairí O’Donovan + Cathy Walsh + Mairead Vaughan [film]
Friday 17th Kathleen Hermesdorf + Tara Brandel + Nicholas Nwosu

• Other Evenings -
Sunday 8/12        Contact Jam
Monday 8/13        Comfy Concert / Lea
Tuesday 8/14         OFF
Wednesday 8/15    Participants showing
Thursday 8/16        Croî Glan Lab


PRICES [option to pay more to subsidize other artists]
€300 - full series [Early Bird before June 15th] - includes camping w/kitchen + bathroom/shower
€400 - full series [Full Price after June 15th] - includes camping w/kitchen + bathroom/shower
€60/day [Available after August 1, subject to availability]

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WILD Artists

West Cork native Tara Brandel is a contact improviser, choreographer and contemporary dance artist from West Cork. She trained in Contact Improvisation as a teenager with Steve Paxton, Kirstie Simson and Julyen Hamilton and has been practicing CI for 35 years. She has taught internationally extensively including West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival, Seattle Festival of Alternative Dance + Improvisation and GLACIER, in the US; Chisenhale, London; TanzFabrik and Ponderosa, Germany; and in Melbourne, Sydney and Cairo, and was the featured teacher at the ORCIJ in Toronto '16.

Tara Brandel has been Artistic Director of Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company based in Cork, since 2006. She recently completed a two-year dance residency at the West Cork Arts Centre, which included a retrospective exhibition of 25 years of her choreography. Tara performed in Leonie McDonagh’s Elk and Sainty, nominated for Best Performance Ensemble at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2015, and in Gawky and Awkward at the San Francisco International Arts Festival 2015. As well as touring Cappaghglass, most recently she was commissioned to choreograph a site-specific integrated dance quartet at the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival 2017 in Cairo, Egypt; her short dance film CAR was Director's Choice at the Contact Dance International Film Festival in Toronto; and she performed with Croí Glan as part of Jess Curtis/Gravity's Intercontinental Collaborations #7, in San Francisco. Tara is currently doing an MFA in Dramatic Arts at UC Davis, for which she was awarded a Provost Fellowship.

Having studied with Anna Halprin and the Tamalpa Institute, Tara has an ongoing obsession with using CI principles to dance with nature. Tara delights in bringing her soft animal self to many outdoor environments and can often be found rolling with sand dunes, partnering with trees and dancing with rocks.


Kathleen Hermesdorf is dance artist, educator and producer based in San Francisco. She directs ALTERNATIVA, an apparatus for deeply integrated contemporary dance and music via collaboration, creation, improvisation, performance, production, curation and education, with musician Albert Mathias. Their art and action, including an annual FRESH Festival, workshops in the Bay Area, and residencies at universities, festivals and studios worldwide, engage an extensive population of artists, audiences and participants. Hermesdorf has been dancing in the Bay Area since 1991 and teaches, performs, improvises, creates and curates around the world. Her work has been presented in the Bay Area, New York, Seattle, Boston, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Dakar, amongst other locations; in commission for universities, companies and independent artists; and by invitation and in collaboration with an array of art partners.

Kathleen was a member of Bebe Miller Company, Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and co-director of Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells. She is the co-director of PORCH summer school at Ponderosa with Stephanie Maher in Stolzenhagen, Germany and WILD [West Cork Contemporary Dance Festival] with Tara Brandel in Ballydehob, Ireland. Hermesdorf brings over 20 years of experience from the field, studio and stage to her work and holds a BFA and an MFA in Dance Performance + Pedagogy. ALTERNATIVA is fiscally sponsored by Dancers’ Group and has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, CA$H Grant, CHIME/MJDC, the San Francisco Arts Commission and The Suitcase Fund. |





Ruairí Donovan works in and through both Gaeilge and English examining the effect of both languages on the moving body. Archipelagic Thinking will examine shared cultural identity across The North Atlantic Arc where Donovan has been conducting field research.

Performance [Saturday, August 11]
Archipelagic Thinking
Talamh an Éisc, An Íoslainn, Oileáin Fharó, Inse Ghall agus Oileán Chléire.
[Newfoundland, Iceland, The Faroe Islands, The Hebrides and Cape Clear]

Concept and Choreography by Ruairí Ó'Donnabháin /// Sound Composition by Seán Ó’Dálaigh /// Costume by Sarah Foley /// Artistic Mentorship by Jack Halberstam & Aedín Cosgrove

Archipelagic Thinking will examine shared cultural identity across The North Atlantic Arc.
Ag gluaiseacht le capaill agus míolta móra.
Aesthetic practices of care; Migratory dances in the living old style.

How does a body dance socio-economic issues, confront the devastation of marginalised communities and languages or dance with questions of indigenity? In Archipelagic Thinking, Donovan examines his interest in migratory patterns on Oileán Chléire, a Gaeltacht island off Co. Cork, Ireland; of both humans and animals, as well as flows of value and resource distribution; cod, whales, oil and water.