A symposium concerned with Men, Movement and Mental Health, curated by Cathy Coughlan, Dance Artist in Residence at Rua Red Arts Centre, South Dublin and Ailish Claffey, Dance Artist in Residence at the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital.

• Observing the barriers for men in accessing dance

• Dance as a biopsychosocial model of intervention within situations of isolation

• Cultural shifts - engaging the next generation

• Recognising embodied communication, within a mental health context

This day long symposium will consist of live performances, film, talks, interactive presentations and panel discussions from National and International artists who have made work with, for or about communities of men. Artists include; Cai Tomos (Dance Artist psychotherapist and trauma councillor), Oona Doherty (Dance Artist), Catherine Young (Dance artist and DP Activist) , Vukasin Nedeljkovic (Visual Artist and DP Activist), Matt Szczerek (Director of Dance2Connect), Tobi Omoseto (Director of Top 8) and Tony Fagan (Director of Tallaght Community Arts) with more artists, panelists and specials guests to be announced.



10 - 10.30am - Introduction and key note

10.30 - 11.30am Live Performance [Performance space]

(1) Cai Tomos (UK) Dance Artist, Psychotherapist and Trauma councillor

Title “All I can manage, more than I could”

(2) Philippa Donnellan in collaboration with Lee Clayden (IRL)

Title “Body of Work”

11.30 - 1pm Interactive performance [Studio Space]

(3) Matt Szczerek - Director D2C Festival and (4) Tobi Omoseto - Director

Top 8 - Dublin Dance Festival “Engaging youth - a history of the Cypher”

1pm - 2pm Curated meal/Installation [Performance Space]

(5) Jennie Moran - Luncheonette

2 - 2.30pm Short Documentary film [Performance Space]

(6) Catherine Young discusses working within the direct provision system.

(7) Vukasin Nedeljkovic - DP survivor, artist/activist responds to the work.

2.30 - 3pm Film and Talk [Performance Space]

(8) John Scott discusses (9) Oona Doherty’s process in making

“Hard to be Soft”

3pm - 3.30pm Film and Talk [Performance Space]

(10) Clare Reynolds (UK) from Restoke - discusses project “Man Up”

3.30 - 4pm Presentation [Performance Space]

(10) Ailish Claffey - Dance in a medical setting

4pm - 5pm Panel Discussion

Panel includes Tony Fagan - Tallaght Community Arts, Cai Tomos, Clare

Reynolds and Vukasin Nedeljkovic. Chaired by Paul Johnson CEO Dance Ireland

This project has received support from The Arts Council (Dance), Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre, South Dublin County Council - Arts Office, and the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital.

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