Reference Code: IE 2135 N7

Title: The Fiona Quilligan Papers

Dates of Creation: 1987-2010

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium: 131 items (126 files)



Name of Creators: Quilligan, Fiona (b. 1958) and Rubato Ballet

Biographical and Administrative History: Fiona Quilligan was born in Dublin and studied dance at Du Laoghaire College of Art and the London School of Contemporary Dance.  She performed with Dublin City Ballet before founding Rubato Ballet in 1986.  Her vision for this collective of professional dance artists was to create new Irish dance works and to pioneer links with related art disciplines, such as music, art, poetry, and sculpture.  The company achieved high critical acclaim both in Ireland and abroad and was the recipient of the Nijinsky Medal from the Polish Artists Agency Warsaw (1990), the AIB Better Ireland Award for Arts and Culture (1992), and the ESB Environmental Awareness Award (1999).

In 1992, the company founded Rubato Community Arts Project in association with FÁS, which employed 14 artists to provide experiences of dance, music, and painting for primary and secondary school children and to establish a role for artists in the community.  Rubato Ballet was wound down in 2003, and a year later Quilligan continued her career as a freelance choreographer.  More information on Fiona Quilligan and Rubato Ballet can be found at

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Fiona Quilligan to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 12 April 2011.  Additional items received on 26 April and on 16 and 31 May 2011.

Scope and Content:  Posters, programmes, flyers, press cuttings, and photographs relating to the performances and other activities of Rubato Ballet and Fiona Quilligan’s subsequent career as a freelance choreographer.

Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to all items.

Finding Aid: PDF link below.


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