Reference Code: IE 2135 N38

Title: The Dance Theatre of Ireland Papers

Dates of Creation: 1989-2012

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium: 5 boxes (201 files)


Name of Creator(s): Dance Theatre of Ireland

Administrative History: Dance Theatre of Ireland was founded in June 1989 by Robert Connor and Loretta Yurick, former members of Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre.  Since its inception, the company has created and produced some forty dance works for theatre, festivals, and television, and presented and commissioned work of international choreographers to introduce dance in its wider context to the Irish audience.  The company has toured most major venues in Ireland and participated in some of the most prestigious festivals and theatres in Europe, Korea, and the USA.  In 2000, with the support of the Arts Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, and Dunloe Ewart Properties, Dance Theatre of Ireland opened a purpose-built Centre for Dance to provide a permanent home for the company, rehearsal space for new work, and a venue for dance classes and workshops to dance enthusiasts of all ages.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Dance Theatre of Ireland to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 1 November 2011.




Scope and Content: Prospectuses, press profiles, and promotional material providing background information to the origins and development of Dance Theatre of Ireland; and posters, flyers, promotional material, photographs, and recordings relating to dance works created by Robert Connor, Loretta Yurick, and other artists for Dance Theatre of Ireland and the company’s collaboration with other international dance groups.

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

System of Arrangement: Documents have been divided into two series.  Series 1 contains prospectuses, press profiles, and generic promotional material relating to Dance Theatre of Ireland and has been arranged into sub-series according to the form of the items.  Series 2 contains material relating to individual choreographies and has been arranged chronologically by date of creation.





Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to most items.  No access to video tapes until contents have been digitized.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Standard copyright regulations apply to all items.  For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult with the staff.

Language/ Scripts of Material: English, with a small number of items in French and Korean.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: Paper documents and recordings in good condition.  Items 2/2/7 and 2/17/7 require a video recorder.  Items 1/2/22/1/62/3/32/4/82/5/92/6/62/7/6-72/8/72/11/62/12/62/13/62/14/62/15/62/16/72/18/62/19/62/20/7-82/21/82/22/5-62/23/6-72/24/62/25/12/26/12-13, and 2/27/3-4 require a DVD player.  Items 1/2/11/2/4, and 2/27/5 require a PC or laptop.  Item 1/2/3 requires a PC or laptop with Quicktime Player (installer on disc).

Finding Aids: A hard copy of the descriptive catalogue is available at the Special Collections and Archives Department, Glucksman Library, University of Limerick.




Related Units of Description: Additional material relating to Robert Connor and Loretta Yurick’s early career in the Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre can be found in collections N37 (The Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre Papers) and N39 (The Joan Davis Papers) of the National Dance Archive of Ireland.




Archivist’s Note: Papers arranged and described by Anna-Maria Hajba.

Rules or Conventions: This description follows guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd edition, 2000; Irish Guidelines for Archival Description, 2009; National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; and EAP Guidance on Data Protection for Archive Services, 2018.

Date of Description: February 2012.  Revised July 2020.


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