Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company
(Republic of Ireland)
On the Wall
(2009, SF Premiere)
Gawky & Awkward
(2013, U.S. Premiere)
Presented by Croi Glan and SFIAF (duration 60 minutes)
Croi Glan creates work "of considerable power and, it must be said, surprise" (The Irish Times)
The Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company is a professional contemporary dance company based in Cork, which performs work that includes both disabled and non-disabled dancers. Croí Glan aims to promote the cutting edge artistic value of Integrated Dance by creating high calibre work which can tour nationally and internationally. The company has earned a reputation for its commitment to integrated innovative dance both in its performance and education. It has broken down the barriers for disabled dancers in Ireland, working with esteemed choreographers from Ireland and abroad.
Tara Brandel, Artistic Director
Tara is a contemporary choreographer and performer originally from West Cork, Ireland. She trained at the Laban Centre, London and with Steve Paxton, Nigel Charnick and Lloyd Newsom. She studied Integrated Dance with Axis Dance Company and Alito Alessi, and in 2005 had a year's residency at Beaumont College, a college for people with disabilities in Lancaster, England.
Her work has been performed at Firkin Crane, Triskel Arts Centre, and Cork Opera House, Cork; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Stukke Theatre and Ponderosa Festival, Germany and Spring Loaded, The Place Theatre and Chisenhale Dance Space, London. She has danced for Ka Rustler (Berlin), Emilyn Claid, (London) Jo Krieter(SF), and Kim Epifano(SF). She was a Co-Director of 848 Community Space, San Francisco from 2002-2004. Dance Theatre Journal writes, "Brandel's work has a startling raw honesty...ambitious and oblique