Panel Discussion

Talk: Approaches to Creating Dance for Children

Join Irish and international industry experts for a panel discussion on creating dance for a young audience.


Tony Reekie (Chair) has worked in the children and young people’s performing arts sector for far too many years. He is currently International Director of ASK (Arts Space for Kids) in Shanghai, China. He has been Associate Director of the Spark Festival, Leicester, England since 2016 and is guest Director of the of the 2019 Take Off Festival in Durham, England. He also works for Lyra, an arts organisation for young people working in Craigmillar, Edinburgh as a Strategic Producer.

Loa Carlslund is co-founder of Teater Minsk, a touring company from Denmark which produces dance performances for children, and present their show Sky (Himmel) for ages 18 mths - 5 yrs at this year's festival. Loa, a graduate of The Danish National School of Performing Arts, creates and performs in the company's productions. Meeting the audience is her principal driving force, along with the desire to communicate a physical language relevant to a young audience. Teater Minsk's performances tour nationally as well as internationally and have been presented at festivals in South Africa, Japan, Poland, Germany and China.

David Bolger is Artistic Director of CoisCéim Dance Theatre. David and members of CoisCéim will be taking part in a special creative development residency as part of Baboró and will be onsite throughout the festival working on a new show for people of all ages, FRANCIS FOOTWORK. CoisCéim presented The Wolf and Peter at Baboró in 2015, which was the first show the company created for young audiences. The Wolf and Peter has since toured extensively in Ireland, the UK and to Australia.

As part of this year's festival, David and members of the company will also deliver a masterclass for performers (Wednesday October 17). Full details here.

Erik Kaiel is Artistic Director of Arch8. Erik also performs, choreographs and teaches throughout the Netherlands, Europe, and the world. Erik is the Director of Tetris by Arch8, a show for ages 5-12 showing at this year's festival. Erik has been making dance for many years; in subway stations, sculpture gardens, empty swimming pools, city streets, and occasionally on stage. In 2003, after a decade in New York City, he moved to the Netherlands. In 2010 he won the Dutch national prize for choreographic talent, and the No Ballet competition in Germany.

As part of this year's festival, Erik will deliver a workshop for performers to help them develop their creative practice in making work for young children (Tuesday October 16). Full details here.

Parking: There is no parking at this venue. There is is a large carpark located in the nearby Eyre Square Shopping Centre and charges €2.50 ph.

Public Bus: All Galway City Centre buses stop at Eyre Square which is an 8 minute walk to the Mick Lally Theatre.

Walking: The Mick Lally Theatre is located on Druid Lane off Quay Street and is approximately a 12 minutes walk from the Town Hall Theatre.