The ISACS Network and SpringMoves Dance Festival were delighted to bring back Where Dance meets Circus in partnership with Wexford County Council and the National Opera House.

This year Where Dance Meets explored collaborative practice and presentation between the art forms of Circus and Dance. Cikada Circus came to Wexford for a 2-day event where they performed their show ‘Cikada’ on Saturday and delivered a Masterclass in the spaces of the National Opera House on Sunday.

As part of the initiative, ISACS provided discounted rates and two bursary supports to ISACS Members to participate in the Artistic Development Programme. The selected artists were Jude O’Neill and Eimhin Shortt. Here is what they said about their experience:

I enjoyed the street dance and acrobatics shows, and the exhibition battle. It was lovely to meet some of the breakdancers, contemporary and organisational rep people there. Revisiting some basic acro and acro dance technique was very nice and some skills from there can apply to my own group work.

-Eimhin Shortt


I was thrilled to be able to go to Springmoves again! I jumped in feet first and was met with great craic and mad, magical experiences. I learned how to sean nós dance in the morning and joined a break dance battle as a freestyler in the evening.

Cikada Circus’ workshop on the Sunday was beautiful and really strengthened my approach to collective creation in circus.

Getting the bursary meant I could make the most out of my visit to wexford. I got to stay extra nights which meant I didn’t have to miss anything and I had plenty of time to meet other artists, talk shop, make some plans, hit the beach and build on connections. Springmoves is a fantastic festival, nothing short of inspirational.

-Jude O’Neill

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