Dr. Mary Nunan

Mary Nunan is an independent artist, choreographer and performer. She is currently Course Director of an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick.

Early Training:

Mary Nunans training as a dancer was primarily in Hawkins and Limon techniques which she studied in New York from 1977-80. She has also studied Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Release techniques, Yoga and mind-body training through meditiation. As part of her early training she studied Physical Education, including Dance, in Thomond College of Education from where she graduated with a B. Ed. Degree in 1976

Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre:

Her professional dance career began in 1980 when she became a member of Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre. She worked as a performer, choreographer and teacher with this Company for five years. During this time she performed in original works created by prominent U.S choreographers, including Sara and Jerry Pearson, Martha Bowers, Martha Renzi, Mark Taylor and Yoshiko Chuma. She also created a number of choreographies and solo works which were performed as part of the Company’s repertoire. These programmes were toured extensively throughout Ireland and the UK.

Dancer-in Residence:

In 1986 Mary was appointed Dancer-in Residence in Thomond College of Education in Limerick.

Daghdha Dance Company:

In 1988 she founded Daghdha Dance Company <mary.nunan@ul.ie>. She was the Artistic Director of the Company from its inception until the time of her resignation in 1999. Under her Directorship Daghdha established itself as a Company with a unique and highly acclaimed artistic identity. Works she choreographed for the Company were performed by invitation at venues throughout Ireland and at international dance festivals in Berlin, Munich, Paris, Barcelona, London and Mexico. In 1997 Mary collaborated with film director, Donal Haughey to produce a screen adaptation of her dance theatre work “Territorial Claims” which was premiered at the Cork Film Festival and selected for screening at the Lincoln Centre’s prestigious Dance for Camera Festival in New York.

Independent Choreographic Commissions:

Mary has also choreographed for other companies. Most recently she collaborated as a choreographer and performer in “The Yellow Room” (2003) and 2x2x5 (2001) for Daghdha Dance Company under the directorship of Yoshiko Chuma. She was commissioned by Irelands first International Dance Festival of Dance to create a work for it’s 2002 Season. This solo entitled “Claim Reclaim” was created and performed in collaboration with cellist Ferenc Szucs. In July 2001 She choreographed a Site Specific work “On the Waters Edge” in collaboration with Myriad Dance Company for Wexford Youth Dance Company. For the National Folk Theatre, Siamsa Tire, she 1999 she choreographed “Clann Lir” again in collaboration with the core company of professional dancers. In September 1999 she performed in the “Secret Project”, a Half Angel/Firkin Crane production which was completed during a residency and at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada.

Choreographic Research:

As and independent artist Mary is interested in focussing her creative energy into researching and renewing aspects of her choreography. To this end she has been greatly assisted being invited to participate as a choreographer in two choreographic residencies at the Institute for Choreography and Dance at the Firkin Crane in Cork. In January 2002 she was invited by internationally renowned mentor Peter Bonham to undertake a three week choreographic residency with his professional dance company Le Groupe in Ottawa, Canada. She is currently involved in on-going research and performance projects with independent artist Joan Davis.

Contact Details:

Mary Nunan,
Room No: IW1.21
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
University of Limerick,
Limerick, Ireland

tel: +353-61-213464
fax: +353-61-202589
e-mail: mary.nunan@ul.ie

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