Fidget Feet and Bird & Bat
Talk | Ireland/Iceland

International Collaboration - Is It Worth It?

A discussion chaired by Eibhlín de Barra of Belfast Children’s Festival, about the delights and challenges of designing, funding and delivering an international performance project.

A presentation by Chantal McCormick, Fidget Feet (Ireland) & Tinna Grétarsdóttir, Bird & Bat (Iceland) on the delights and challenges of designing, funding and delivering an international collaborative performance project in the making of Strange Feathers, part of this year's festival performance programme.

Tickets: FREE  - Booking required

Eibhlín de Barra 

Director of Young at Art, Northern Ireland’s leading children’s arts provider. Established in 1998 as the creator of the country’s first international arts festival for children and young people, Young at Art has grown both Belfast Children’s Festival and its year-round programme. The organisation incorporates the charity Young at Art, the social enterprise agency Young at Art Events, and the creative writing centre Fighting Words Belfast.

Eibhlín holds a MSc in Cultural Management (University of Ulster), a BA (Hons.) in Drama & Theatre Studies (University of London) and trained in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London). Following a 12 year career in Stage and Production Management, including senior positions at Lyric Theatre Belfast and Abbey Theatre Dublin, Eibhlín has been an arts leader in Northern Ireland for the last 10 yrs working in theatre, opera, contemporary dance and work for young audiences.

Chantal McCormick 

Choreographer, teacher, facilitator and advocate for Aerial Arts throughout Ireland and abroad, Chantal trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London School of Contemporary Dance and the National Centre for Circus in London. From 1999-2008,Chantal toured with established dance and circus companies in the UK, Trinidad, Europe and Australia.

From 2004 to present, Chantal directs, choreographs, and performs indoors and outdoors, nationally and internationally with her own company Fidget Feet, Ireland’s first and leading Aerial Dance Company. Chantal is the Executive Artistic Director of Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, founding member of ISACS Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network, Festival Director of the Irish Aerial Dance Fest and Professional Development Manager of the Irish Aerial Creation Centre.

Tinna Grétarsdóttir  

Tinna worked as a dancer in Norway and Iceland for many years before she started choreographing. Tinna started the group Bird & Bat in 2011, the first Icelandic dance company focusing on work for young audiences. Their goal is to create a magical world that children can enter in theatres and kindergartens alike. 

In addition to her choreographic and dance work, she was Project Manager for the Reykajavík Dance Atelier, Producer of ASSITEJ International performing Arts Festival in Iceland, and Rehearsal Director for the Iceland Dance Company.

International Collaboration - Is It Worth It?
Made possible with the support of the Creative Ireland Programme