‘Between Us There Is…’ - that’s a wrap!

November 23, 2020

‘Between Us There Is…’ - that’s a wrap!!

The final stage of filming took place last week on our main stage with Draíocht’s Dance Artist in Residence Jess Rowell and dancer Brian McSweeney via zoom, from Theatre Royal in Waterford.


The work…

A new collaborative dance work, originally created for stage recently adapted for film, as part of Jess Rowell’s Dance Residency at Draíocht 2020. A short film featuring dance artist and project director Jess Rowell and Brian McSweeney a dancer with Down syndrome, from Traces Dance Ensemble Co. Waterford, with an original sound score written by Dublin based composer Stefan French, filmed by film artist Conor Donelan, with lighting design by Eamon Fox. The work explores and celebrates the unique 13 year movement relationship between Jess and Brian and their shared passion for dance. 


The making…

This collaboration between Jess, Brian and composer Stefan began earlier this year and was due to be performed live as part of ‘Threads’, an evening of live dance performance and film, focusing on disability and inclusiveness in arts practice. ‘Threads’ would have included the premiere of ‘Chance to Dance’, a film featuring members of ‘Create Dance’ Draíocht’s special needs dance programme, and marked the completion of Jess Rowell’s dance residency at Draíocht in late November.

During the initial stages of rehearsal for ‘Between Us There Is…’ new government restrictions were announced which meant that rehearsals could not go ahead in person. Despite these roadblocks, rehearsals were moved online with the support of the technical team at Draíocht. Jess, composer Stefan and project mentor Libby Seward worked from Draíocht and Brian attended the devising sessions via Zoom from a dance studio in Waterford. This enforced distance between the dancers began to inspire the theme of the work in very interesting ways. After further restrictions were announced in October Jess made the decision to continue the project virtually and adapt the existing work, making ‘Between Us There Is…’ into a dance film. The film captures the beauty of distance, connectivity and the unique movement relationship between two dancers.

We are very grateful to Theatre Royal in Waterford for hosting Brian during the project's final days of filming.


‘Between Us There Is…’ and ‘Chance to Dance’ will premiere online for public viewing in January 2021.

Jess Rowell’s Dance Residency was supported by The Arts Council, with additional funding provided by Fingal County Council.

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