Chance to Dance Film - Jess Rowell and Draíocht Blanchardstown

January 22, 2021


We are so delighted to share with you our latest film, ‘Chance To Dance’, made during 2020 with Draíocht’s Dance Artist in Residence Jess Rowell (March to November 2020), members of Draíocht’s Create Dance Project (estb. 2013) and guest dancers from Traces Dance Ensemble.

‘Chance To Dance’ explores and captures the power of communication through movement and the exchange of gestures between dancers in space and on camera.

"It brought me so much joy to connect with these wonderful dancers throughout 2020, a bright light during dark times. Witnessing the dancer's creativity and progression week to week was so inspiring. One of the overarching aims of my residency in Draíocht last year was to build a relationship with Create Dance members. 2020 brought many challenges but we certainly made it happen."
Jess Rowell, Dance Artist in Residence 2020

“Thank you so much guys, this project brought genuine joy to Helena this past year. Anything that brings her a bit of joy, brings us a bit of joy, and that’s the truth of it. This has been a really really hard year and that was her only connection. It was just something very special. Since she has started doing this, her confidence has just skyrocketed!”
Jenny, Create Dance Parent

"Chance to Dance takes us into the creative process of Draíocht’s Dance Artist in Residence, Jess Rowell and our Create Dance participants as they develop a piece together while having to work apart. The engagement, the fun, the importance of connection, the importance of access for everyone to be our creative selves is captured in this film. It demonstrates the commitment from all involved to make this project happen against a backdrop of ever-changing circumstances. It is a beautiful thing and a joy to watch."
Emer McGowan, Director Draíocht

Create Dance is a core part of Draíocht’s programming which began in early December 2013 and has since become a much beloved part of our access programme. Create Dance welcomes children aged 6–18 years old, with a love of dance, to meet for weekly workshops in Draíocht with their dance facilitators, parents and siblings. Jess Rowell began her Dance Residency with Create Dance at the beginning of March 2020, just as Covid-19 entered our lives and adapted the project accordingly, working online weekly, using a mixture of pre-recorded classes, video messaging, emails and live workshops.

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

Directed by Jess Rowell and captured by film artist Conor Donelan.


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