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DAvid Bolger - Artistic Director/ Director & Choreographer

David is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of CoisCéim Dance Theatre.

Over the past 17 years he has directed the Company to gain international recognition. David has directed and choreographed 18 original productions for the Company, many of which have toured both nationally and internationally - receiving prestigious awards for their innovation, performance and choreography.

CoisCéim have performed throughout Ireland, UK, Scotland, France, Germany, USA, China and Tasmania and at The Venice Biennale. The Company was awarded two coveted Fringe Firsts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for two consecutive years running (2006/2007). Recent productions for the Company include, touch me, faun, the award-winning swimming with my mother and Steve Reich's cello counterpoint for the Reich Effect Festival at the Cork Opera House.

In 2003, CoisCéim Dance Theatre was commissioned to create a large scale performance A Dash of Colour involving 75,000 people for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, which was televised worldwide and Intimate Details, a dance spectacle based on the human and animal ornamentation found in the Book of Kells for the Opening Ceremony of the Ryder Cup 2006, also televised and broadcast to over 10 million people. Other large scale events include the opening ceremony for the uefa europa league at the AVIVA Stadium Dublin and numerous other arena events for the European Rugby Union for SULU Event Management.

David has received many commissions for his work notably Ausserhalb Der Gelfahrenzone for the Tanztheatre in Freiburg/Heidelberg, RAW for Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company (2008) and On The Wall for Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company (2009).

His collaborations with director Trevor Nunn include The Relapse, Tom Stoppard's The Coast Of Utopia, Love's labor's lost and Nick Hytner's production of The Man Of Mode (National Theatre, London).

Work at the Abbey Theatre includes Tarry Flynn, The Colleen Bawn (both also at the National Theatre London), The Secret Fall Of Constance Wilde, She Stoops to Folly, The Marriage Of Figaro, The Man Who became a Legend and Big Maggie. In 2012 David will work as Choreographer and Movement Director on the world premier of James Joyce's the dead a new adaptation by Frank McGuinness directed by Joe Dowling.

For Druid Theatre Company David has collaborated with director Garry Hynes on the award winning Synge Cycle and the silver tassie and was an Associate Director for druid murphy. Other work for Druid includes the playboy of the western world, Sive, Sharon's Grave and The Year Of The Hiker.

Other movement direction and choreography projects include The Merchant Of Venice (Second Age Theatre Company), Buffalo Bill has Gone to Alaska (Pigs Back), Hurl (Barabbas), DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Théatre du Nouveau Monde Montreal and Lyric Theatre Belfast), king ubu (Galway Arts Festival), off plan (RAW Theatre) and in 2007 David directed madison's descent composed by Mícheál ó Súilleabháin, based on a story and paintings by Page Allen (MontClaire State University, New Jersey).

David was Musical Stager and Choreographer for Cameron Mackintosh's production of Martin Guerre, which toured the UK and USA in 1999/ 2000. Other work on musical theatre includes Stephen Sondheim's FOLLIES (National Concert Hall Dublin), GUYS AND DOLLS, (Leicester Haymarket/ Groundwork), GONE WITH THE WIND directed by Trevor Nunn (New London Theatre) and Direction for MACBECKS (Longroad). For The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, David has collaborated with director Joe Dowling as Musical Stager and Choreographer on THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and most recently H.M.S PINAFORE, which was broadcast on PBS ARTS and for which David was honored with an IVY Award for outstanding choreography.

David made his Opera Direction debut in 2004 with Gluck’s ORFEO which received an Irish Times/ESB Theatre Award for Best Opera Production before being the first Irish Opera Production to be invited to perform at the State Theatre in Wiesbaden (2005). Other work in Opera includes HANDEL'S IMENEO, nominated for the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Opera Production, Benjamin Britten's A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (Opera Ireland), Assistant Director and Choreographer for LA TRAVIATA (English National Opera) and Choreographer for the world premier of Nicholas Maw's SOPHIE'S CHOICE directed by Trevor Nunn (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden).

In 2001 David co-wrote the dance film HIT AND RUN which received several awards including The Paula Citron Award for Choreography for the Camera, and The Jury Prize in the Dance On Camera Festival, Lincoln Centre New York. In 2002 David was nominated for an American Choreography Award for his work on the film, one of the highest standards of achievement in choreography throughout the entertainment Industry. In 2010 David wrote and choreographed the international award-winning short film DEEP END DANCE produced by WILDFIRE FILMS for RTÉ Dance On The Box. Other work in film includes FLATBED, MICHAEL COLLINS and DANCING AT LUGHNASA with Meryl Streep.

In 2007, David was elected to membership of Aosdána, which honors artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the Arts in Ireland.



Philippa Donnellan trained at the Martha Graham School, New York. She has worked as a dancer, teacher and choreographer for a number of companies including: Middlesex University; Adventures in Motion Pictures; Institute del Teatro, Spain; Rosas Dance Co, Belgium. From 1998 to 2005 Philippa worked with Green Candle Dance as Education Officer and Community Dance Artist, leading dance projects in a variety of education and community contexts. Following an inspiration journey to Brazil for carnaval in 2004, she choreographed LA FOULE for The Company of Elders - a performance group for the over 60's at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London.

In 2006 Philippa worked as Dance Consultant for Hammersmith and Fulham Council, London on a professional development project designed to enable teachers to extend their dance teaching skills within the education curriculum.

Philippa joined CoisCéim Dance Theatre in 2006 to set up CoisCéim Broadreach - an outreach dance programme designed to increase opportunities in dance for people of all ages and experiences. Most recently Philippa worked with other members of CoisCéim in the creation of La Vie en rose- dancing to the music of edith piaf. A CoisCéim/ Dublin City Council  partnership, this was a Dublin wide dance project for people aged 50+. It culminated in a dance performance by participants to the songs of Edith Piaf at City Hall as part of Bealtaine 2009.



Jenny has produced all of CoisCéim's shows and tours both nationally and internationally since 2004.

She worked for many years in the Arts Council in the areas of music, theatre, dance, arts education and venue development. She was General Manager at Project Arts Centre from 2001 - 2004.

A clever, entertaining and suspenseful dance drama...full of surprises

Out of Harm's Way - 2006

Irish Independent