I'm thrilled to be co-teaching The Ume Group's 12 Week Physical Theatre Course with Yokko from February-April 2017. In this course, students work to grasp the fundamentals of the company's 3 primary disciplines: yoga, butoh and devising. The variety of technical, analytic, meditative, and creative course components are aimed at creating for each student a deeply embodied understanding of critical concepts for the physical theatre such as energy lock, active stillness, whole body listening, soft landing, neutrality, embodiment, resonance, ensemble play and more!
October 20th & 21st from 12-2p. Chashama's Performance Art on the Plaza. Location TBA.
'how do we belong together?' places pairings of people in front of the authorial eye of passersby. Spectators are asked to anonymously narrate a relationship between the subjects based solely on appearance. Through The Ume Group and their extended network of acquaintances, Keelie Sheridan explores how the bodies of performers and civilians communicate meaning through simple movement. 'how do we belong together?' is a celebration, interrogation and meditation on perception and assumption in one of the world's most diverse cities.
Don'tcha remember what I told ya when we first go partnered up?
That the worst mistake is to think you know the city.
Director Keelie Sheridan
Set and Costume Designer Valentin Eisele
Lighting Designer Bill Woodland
CSM Grainne McKnight
Assistant Stage Manager Evie McGuinness
Chief LX Sheila Murphy
Set Construction Barry O’Donovan
Sound Design Co-ordinator Niamh Cooke Escapil
Wardrobe Supervisor Beatrise Leikuca
Scenic Artist Roisin Kavanagh
Preview 9th July, 8.30pm,
11th July – 13th July, 8.30pm
Matinee 13th July 1.00pm
Tickets Available HERE.
GRIMLY HANDSOME premiered in New York City in January 2013 at Incubator Arts Project’s Other Forces festival.
"And now you’re here. I saw you. The camera saw you. And by the way, might I add, you all look terrific. You really do. You look happy. You look together."
He turns to take a selfie with the audience. Flash.
"I was there, too. I mean, I am here, too. Now. With you. The camera saw us. We’re happy. We’re together. We’re a part of something. And I have proof. "
I had the opportunity to collaborate with three of the MFA Theatre Design students on an evening of design showcases inspired by T. S. Eliot's "The Wasteland." It was a different approach to creating performance than I've engaged in previously; using design as the leading element and developing narrative and performance from the visual concept for the piece.
I worked with Valentin Peter Eisele on a piece inspired by this portion of the poem:
If there were water
And no rock
If there were rock
And also water
A pool among the rock
IF there were the sound of water only
But there is no water
I worked with Ciara Murnane and Bill Woodland on a piece inspired by this line:
My feet are at Moorgate, and my heart
Under my feet
More photos and video to follow.
I'm just over a month into my residence in Dublin and studies at The Lir/ Trinity College Dublin. The Tiger Dublin Fringe Fest and the Dublin Theatre Festival have provided infinitely fascinating viewing opportunities and I've been submersing myself in the city (and country)'s rich theatrical talent. I'm very grateful to the US Ireland Alliance for the George J Mitchell Scholarship which supports my year in Ireland.
More updates to follow!
I had a wonderful experience shooting Gila Film's The Last Frankenstein in Amsterdam, NY this summer, directed by David Weaver. I play Paula- a corrupt nurse with a sordid past who assists Jason Frankenstein with his gory tasks. The stills below are courtesy of Jorge Luna Photography. Release information and screening dates forthcoming- check back!
Void Theater Company is so grateful to all who came to see our newest incarnation of Capricho on June 30th at Dixon Place.
Capricho challenges performers to wrestle with their weakest links- their biggest challenges as artists. Individual struggles become group examinations as the women of Void attempt to very publicly do what they don't do best. Capricho is a dance of vulnerability and insecurity and unflattering beauty.
Directed by Leni Mendez
Lights by Robin Dill
Including sound by Emilio Cordero Checa
Rebecca Lloyd Jones
Keelie A. Sheridan
What a gift it was to be included in Ren Gyo Soh's First Anniversary Party, celebrating a year since it's initial founding. I was able to perform an excerpt from The Ume Group's Dream Dances and premiere a new piece choreographed by Ren Gyo Soh's Yokko; a Butoh exploration of Hamlet entitled The Name of Action.
The Void Theater Company is working on a research process in several stages.
We invite you to be a part of it.
Your feedback keeps the work growing and your ticket-by-donation helps to sustain Void- an ensemble of independent artists from NYC.
Directed by: Leni Mendez
Music by Emilio Cordero Checa
Lighting by: Robin Dill
Keelie A. Sheridan
Almost everyone has played 'truth or dare.' Most people know its rules and regulations. You have the choice to either answer a question as truthfully as possible or perform a dare, but you are always at the mercy of your fellow players. Even in the most familiar and intimate circles, the game can quickly turn dangerous.
$10 admission- CASH ONLY.
253 W.28th St (black unmarked door west of 253 entrance). RSVP to email@example.com.
The Céilí Ensemble Showcase
Friday, April 10th- 8p
The Church of Grace & St. Paul- 123 W. 71st St., NY, NY
Under the direction of Keelie A. Sheridan, The Ume Group's Winter/Spring 2015 Training Ensemble invites you to join them for a FREE evening of traditional (and not so traditional) Irish social dancing. Be sure to bring a dish, drink or dessert to share at the potluck celebration to follow. This is an Ume Group tradition, not to be missed!
There is no fee for admission. Make a donation if you have a good time!
Click here to RSVP on Facebook.
Read my article on the process of modernizing Irish social dance- Contemporizing and Recontextualizing Tradition on The Ume Group Blog.
Watch a video of The Céilí Ensemble dancing with strangers in the Times Sq. Subway Station on St. Padraig's Day 2015.
The Ume Group's Dream Dances began development in October. Through five months of training (butoh, gymnastics, yoga nidra, physical theatre), dream journaling and sketching, the ensemble- Kate Douglas, Fabio Motta, Mike McNulty, Byron Hagan and myself- led by director Jordan Rosin (assisted by Yokko and Christian Leadley) devised what has been one of the greatest sources of pride and growth in my career thusfar. Resisting the urge to be easily classified or marketed as 'all this' or 'all that,' we were led through a process that challenged our limits as performers, building new skills and developing new senses for intimate, authentic and resonant storytelling. I have nothing but gratitude for Jordan, the team and the wildly supportive and enthusiastic audiences that shared this journey with us. On to the next.
Photos by Jorge Luna Photography.
I grew up in an Irish dancing family, which meant St. Padraig's day was huge in my house. My sisters and I were excused from school each year to tour New York's Capital Region with our dance school, The Wild Irish Acres School of Irish Dance, performing at assemblies, in pubs, in parks and of course at the local Ancient Order of Hibernians. We'd stop between gigs for ice cream from Stewarts (free cones if you wore green!) and corned beef & cabbage and stay out way too late for school aged kids, generally having an absolute blast. My favorite part of every performance was the ceili- a social dance where everyone's a participant.
It's been years since I've been able to celebrate with my first dance school, but the joy of ceili has stayed very present in my mind and in my creative practice. I'm currently directing The Ceili Ensemble with The Ume Group- we're working on contemporizing the form while revering the tradition and embracing it's interactive, participatory roots- and we had a rehearsal scheduled for the 17th! It, of course, made perfect sense to bring our work to the people of NYC spending the night out celebrating Irish culture!
A simple sign explained our antics and we paused frequently to welcome onlookers and newcomers. Some stood and watched. Some filmed. Some danced. What an honor.
It was, to be brief, a smashing success. Like magic, friends and strangers emerged from the crowd and jumped in to share the Bonfire Dance, the Bridge of Athlone and the Siege of Ennis. It was a privilege and an honor to witness the beauty of strangers coming together to enjoy music, movement and each other's presence.
Save the date- on Friday, April 10th at 8p, The Ceili Ensemble will host a ceili at 123 W 71st St. Free to all!
And a very special thanks to Jorge Luna for the photos and video.
Things got delightfully weird at JackNY the past two weekends as The Harper's Play, presented by Chooptown. What a privilege it was to play with Sarah Buffmanti, Matt Kohlrais, Aron Cantor and Andre Harris under the direction of Marty Brown, with an insane and brilliant script by Paul Ketchum, stage managed by Sophie Silleck and designed by Sarah Bruning Johnston and Sarah Engelman Brown.
Don't think you've heard the last from this team.