A few stills from our video project at Portumna Workhouse in Ireland. Manager Donal Burke and the staff at the Irish Workhouse Centre were extremely gracious and allowed us access to all exterior and interior spaces. They also steeped us in the history of the place with detailed and harrowing stories of those whose lives were forever changed there. Our project honors and remembers the trauma suffered here as a way to acknowledge the many unresolved injustices against people across the globe in the past and present. We were also very fortunate to encounter the work of artist,Kieran Tuohy. His sculptures formed from ancient wood unearthed from the bogs of Ireland express the turmoil, suffering and devastation of the Irish famine.
Video now in post production. Dancer/collaborators: Kelli Chapman, Abra Cohen, Halley Gerstel, Megan Minturn and Cecly Placenti.
Catherine Gallant, (choreographer) has been creating work in NYC over the past 30 years. Catherine Gallant/DANCE brings dance to new audiences through direct interaction with the public. Ms. Gallant's work has been performed in Times Square, a pedestrian block of E. 91st Street in Manhattan, Green-Wood Cemetery, and Inwood Hill Park. She has also presented work at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center, City Center Studios, WestFest, Danspace St. Mark’s (Dance Access), American Dance Guild and Jacob's Pillow's Inside/Out Series. Ms. Gallant’s work has been supported by Jody and John Arnhold, LMCC, Chashama, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Partnerships for Parks/City Parks Foundation. Catherine is also the director of Dances by Isadora which, since 1989, performs, teaches and collaborates with dancers throughout the world. Catherine is the US performer of Jerome Bel’s recent work, Isadora Duncan. She began her study of the technique of Isadora Duncan in 1982 with Julia Levien and is a founding member of the Duncan Archive duncanarchive.org. Catherine has been the full-time NYCDOE dance educator at PS 89 in Manhattan since 1998. She and her students were featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, PS DANCE! Catherine is on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University.www.dancesbyisadora.comwww.catherinegallantdance.com