Garter Lane Arts Centre and the Arts Council of Ireland (with support from Waterford City & County Council) are delighted to introduce, Choreographer/ Independent Dance Artist, Dee Grant as the centres DAnce Artist in Residence.
The award was approved in early 2020 and on hiatus in 2021, supports the creation and development of an accessible programme of participatory dance engagements, along with the creation of new dance work and the development of practice, providing Dee the artist with the time and space necessary to create, develop and reflect.
Dee Grant is delighted to return to Garter Lane Arts Centre as the Dance Artist in Residence and this year is looking at an ‘introspective’ type of dance residency, practice-driven & research-based. Throughout the summer months, Dee will take her residency into the dance studio to work on research and development of a new visual publication entitled “Prompts for the Mover – post-pandemic world”
Dee Grant will look at producing a soft-touch printed publication / visual guidebook for professional dancers who want to re-ignite, restart, recover their practice, directed at dancers that may have experienced a pause due to injury, the pandemic, or recovery from illness.
Leading from her own practice in Somatic Movement Education and 28 years of contemporary dance practice, Dee will focus her writings & observations on creative & poetic improvisational prompts that help the body mobilise, reconstruct and regenerate. This visual guidebook will essentially be a guide for dancers who feel lost or stuck in their dance practice. Dee hopes to disseminate her work to the professional dance community in Waterford and at Dance Ireland through workshops later in the year.
This publication will be image-led, utilising fine art photography and anatomical drawings. For this project, Dee will be reunited with her brother, Fine Art Photographer, Padraig Grant .
The publication will be released in October/November 2022.
About Dee Grant
A Wexford native, Dee Grant graduated from Middlesex University with a BA (Hons)Dance degree in 1993. Since then, she is no stranger to bringing professional dance to the fore, a former Artistic Director of Myriad Dance (1999-2013) in Wexford, producing numerous choreographic dance works that were shown nationwide, including Dublin Fringe Festival and Dublin Dance Festivals to mention two. In 2008, Dee retrained in Somatic Dance Education with Joan Davis, Maya Lila, Wicklow, a practice that was to have profound effect on her current theatrical & community arts engagement.
Dee remains a passionate instigator, educator and dance advocate for the development of contemporary dance practice in Ireland. She has worked intensively with Arts Officers in Mayo, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow and Leitrim Local Authorities, developing several large-scale contemporary dance performance projects & events for professional dancers, participatory groups, youth dance companies and the learning disability sectors.