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National Dance Archive of Ireland

Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre

Reference Code: IE 2135 N37

Title: The Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre Papers

Dates of Creation: 1986-1989

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium: 32 items (27 files)



Name of Creator(s): The Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1979-1989)

Administrative History: In September 1977, Karen Callaghan and Joan Davis co-founded the Dublin Contemporary Dance Studio in Harold’s Cross, Dublin to pioneer modern dance in Ireland.  Two years later, they established the studio’s performing company, the Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre, which rapidly built up a varied repertoire of both original and guest choreographers’ work.  Many of Ireland’s key choreographers and dancers began their professional careers with this company.  In spite of its distinguished track record, the Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre was forced to fold in 1989, when the Arts Council cut its funding.  Its spirit lives on in Dance Theatre of Ireland, founded by the company’s former co-Artistic Directors Robert Connor and Loretta Yurick.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Robert Connor and Loretta Yurick of Dance Theatre of Ireland to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 8 November 2011.

Scope and Content: Prospectus, repertoire, promotional material, programmes, and photographs illustrating Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre’s activities during the five final years of its existence.

Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to all items.

Finding Aid: PDF link below.


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