DELVE: Discover, Explore, Learn, Visualise and Engage – aims to support artists to experience and be inspired by art through a range of festivals and programmes throughout Ireland. We go, we see, we watch, we listen, we learn, we connect with art and art makers and we get inspired.

We are delighted to bring DELVE back to life in 2023 with a visit toDublin Dance Festival with the selected artists Emily Aoibheann and Chloé Commins.


Emily and Chloé will be involved in the following programme of activities:

  • Wed 10 May, 1 pm – Kick-off Meeting & Dinner with ISACS Director Lucy Medlycott
  • Wed 17 May, 10 am – Ondrej Vidlar Masterclass @ Dance House
  • Thu 18 May, 10 am –  Caroline Gravel Masterclass @ Dance House
  • Wed 24 May , 10 am – Oona Doherty Masterclass @ Dance House
  • Wed 24 May, 7.30 pm – Navy Blue by Oona Doherty @ Abbey Theatre
  • Thu 25 May , 10-7 pm – Kindred by Liz Roche & LightScape @ ESB, Outdoors
  • Thu 25 May, 7.30 pm – The Sudden By PanPan @ Project Arts Centre
  • Fri 26 May, 5.00 pm – Alien by Taneli Törna @ Outdoors 
  • Fri 26 May, 7.30 pm – Best Regards By Marco D Agostin @ Project Arts Centre
  • Fri 26 May, 9 pm – King | Shrine by Emma Martin @ Complex

About the Artists

Chloé Commins

Chloe Commins Head ShotChloé is a Dublin-based aerial performer and instructor who specialises in aerial hoop. She trains and performs fabric nationally & internationally – in Croatia, Costa Rica and with Bliss Circus Goa in India. Regionally she has performed at the RDS, Electric Picnic, The Sugar Club, Wild Roots Music Festival Sligo and is a resident artist at The Circus Academy. In the last year, she has been creating a show – RESONANCE – based on her experience growing up CODA (Child of Deaf Adult), of which she showed a work in progress at the Scene & Heard Festival Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, last February.

Emily Aoibheann

Emily Aoibheann Emilia Pasón Oct 22 2Emily Aoibheann is an Irish auteur, visual artist and aerialist. Her varied background leads to an original integration of multiple art forms crossing cultural contexts. Realised with a broad artistic and technical team, Emily’s aerial dance and contemporary circus practice acts as a lens through which to explore ideas of all kinds: political, philosophical, ecological, architectural, historical, magical. She creates experimental methodologies for physical performance and education, including circus-inspired dramaturgy, which inform her work as an artist and as an artistic mentor. She is founder of the Experimental Circus Award, a pilot programme currently in its second year, to nourish intellectually engaged and unconventional circus practice in Ireland. Her recent work concerns bodies without context and ‘dances of dissolution’; the heart and spine; language, displacement, dwelling and death.


Her work in 2022/ 2023 is supported by the Arts Council Arts Grant Fund 2022/ 2023, as a Markievicz Award recipient 2022, Animation Ireland Immersive Innovation Award 2022, Fingal County Council Artists’ Support Scheme 2022, Dance Ireland Hatch Award 2022, and as a visiting artist at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Courthouse Arts Centre and Mermaid Arts Centre, co. Wicklow.