Robyn Byrne, the 2022 NDRP recipient will spend 5 days at dance Cork Firkin Crane
Robyn Byrne, the 2022 NDRP recipient will spend 5 days at dance Cork Firkin Crane, using the time to continue devising a new work, Queen of the Meadows, whilst also building invaluable connections across the major dance organisations in the country. The inspiration for this work came after the passing of her grandmother, and wanting to honour her life through dance and performance, and pay tribute to a generation of women, who along with their folklore are slowly disappearing. Robyn has been devising this work in collaboration with Danish dancer Susanne Engbo-Andersen, but during her time at Dance Cork Firkin Crane she will be using the time to focus on text and working with a dramaturg to deepen current concepts.
Robyn is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Westmeath, working across dance, theatre, film, and spectacle - always with dance as the driving narrator. Her 2020 screendance ‘O before I,’ has been screened nationally and internationally, most notably being Leeds International Film Festival 2021. Her most recent performance credit is ‘Night Dances’ by Emma Martin/United Fall for Dublin Theatre Festival 2021, where her own work ‘Heat Sink’ also had a sharing. Upcoming projects for this year include ‘Glimmer’, co-directed by Robyn Byrne & Rachel Ní Bhraonáinfor for LIve Collision International Festival , and a work-in-progress sharing of "Queen of the Meadows" as part of the Originate Showcase at Dublin Dance Festival. Robyn will also be performing in Junk Ensemble’s new production ‘The Cold Sings.’
The NDRP is a partnership between Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane, Galway Dance Project and Tipperary Dance to provide a networked support to choreographers in the production of new dance work. By coming together, the partners acknowledge that our collective infrastructure and resources can go further and encourage more ambition in the dance sector.