Congratulations to dancer, performance-maker and educator Monica Muñoz who is the 7th and latest Draíocht recipient of a CCI Residency Award (2023/2024), one of 46 Artist Awards announced today by our partners in Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris.
Draíocht is delighted to continue our partnership with CCI (one of 19 partnering organisations), supporting an artist to travel to Paris to participate in the 2023/2024 Residency Programme, tapping into the resources of the CCI and the city of Paris, as well as having the opportunity to showcase their work on an international stage.
The recipients of Draíocht supported residencies are artists working in any discipline with a clear focus on children and/or young people.
To date, 6 artists have been awarded a Draíocht Supported Residency; theatre makers Mary Lou McCarthy and Dan Colley (2018/2019); writer and theatre maker Sian Ní Mhuirí (2019/2020), theatre artist Deirdre Dwyer (2020/2021), writer Liam McCarthy (2021/2022) and writer & theatre maker Paul Curley (2022/2023).
"I am thrilled to be a recipient of a CCI Residency Award (2023/2024). As part of my residency I will continue my work for and with children, and bring them as the centre point of my research. I propose to spend time to look at how a city like Paris has embedded different cultures. What does it mean for children to grow in a multicultural space, what are common points between a child living in Dublin 15 and one living in the 19th arrondissement? I will also make connections with venues presenting work for children in the Paris region." - Monica Muñoz
Biography: Monica Muñoz is a dancer, performance-maker and educator originally from Barcelona and based in Dublin since 2014. She graduated at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen/Germany and completed an MA in Dance Education at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. As a dancer she worked for over 20 years throughout Europe and performed across the globe with choreographers and companies such as: Tanztheater Heidelberg-Freiburg (GE), Cie Toula Limnaios (GE), Rui Horta (PT), Joachim Schloemer (GE), Cie Drift (CH), Konstantinos Rigos (GR), Tabea Martin (CH) and Public in Private (GE) among many others. She was nominated Upcoming Dancer by the magazine Ballet International/TanzAktuell.
In Ireland, she has collaborated frequently with CoisCéim Dance Theatre as performer, assistant and teacher. Monica is passionate about facilitating dance for all ages and abilities, from toddlers to elders and also professionals in education and community contexts. She has facilitated explorations into the creative body for Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, the Creative Schools Programme, BA in Contemporary Dance at the University of Limerick, Dance Theatre of Ireland, Step Up Project and CoisCéim, amongst others. In 2018, she received the Docklands Arts Funds from Business to Arts to bring access to performances and dance workshops to schools from the Docklands area. Last year, Monica created Groovy Movers, a dance participation programme with young children and parents/caregivers supported by Dun Laoghaire County Council. Her dance show for young audiences, Princesses Can Be Pirates, has toured nationally to 12 venues supported by the Arts Council, and to Germany supported by Culture Ireland. Recently, The Ark selected her to participate in an artists’ lab as part of the PUSH+ Creative Europe project for artists working with young audiences. Currently she is undertaking a research period supported by the YPCE Bursary Award from the Arts Council about dance for and with children in the early years.