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DELVE19: Meet the NCFI DELVErs

Congrats to ISACS members Elysia McMullen and Deirdre Griffin !

They have both been selected to take part in our DELVE programme at National Circus Festival of Ireland this November! For the fourth year in a row, our DELVErs will Discover, Explore, Learn Visualise and Engage with the artists and programmers at a selection of events specially selected by our festival partner and share their experiences and learning’s with you. 

Keep an eye on the hashtags #DELVE19 and #NCFI2019.

We will be retweeting and reposting what’s happening live at the events on: 
- Facebook (Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network @ISACSNetwork), 
- Twitter (@ISACSIreland), 
- Instagram (@ISACSIreland).

Who are the DELVErs?
Discover the DELVErs and what they expect from the NCFI programme.


Elysia Mc Mullen | ISACS Profile

Elysia graduated from Fontys Dance Academy in 2016, in Tilburg The Netherlands. She is now working as a performer and choreographer. Over the past two years she has become deeply involved within the Circus scene. She has helped curate a Circus and music festival in Chassey, France and has taken part in many other Circus/Dance/Street festivals around Europe including Brocante Italy, Chalon dans la Rue France, Passage Festival Denmark, Detmold festival Germany. In her work she has been integrating dance with circus elements such as clowning, acrobatics and handstands. She is currently working for Cie Woest, who are a Dance/theatre company, their current production Lucky Shots is performed outside on location and presents mainly at Street/Circus/Dance Festivals around Europe.  

Her knowledge and connections throughout mainland Europe within the Circus World is well established. Lately Elysia has been drawn back to Ireland, her goal being to become more connected as to what is happening back home, as a lot has changed over the past 7 years since she left.

Elysia hopes that DELVE will introduce her to some new people connected to the Circus world and festivals around Ireland, to mingle with fellow artists, have the chats and the craic!

And of course Elysia is ready to walk through any doors that ISACS and she may open while DELVEing!


Deirdre Griffin | ISACS Profile

Deirdre Griffin is a Dublin based dance artist and choreographer working across contemporary dance, aerial and acrobatics. Her company Headonbody creates works characterised by wild absurdity and high physicality. Soup, a collaboration with sound artist Craig Cox was programmed at First Looks Dublin Dance Festival in May and premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019. Deirdre was nominated for Best Performer and Radical Spirit Award.

As a performer, Deirdre has toured extensively with Ponydance theatre in Ireland, UK and Internationally. She has also performed with Junk Ensemble, Brokentalkers, Theatre Lovett and the international hit show RIOT by THISISPOPBABY. She performs and choreographs for the award-winning modern circus company Loosysmokes (IRL). Recently Deirdre Choreographed Kitt Phillipa's new music video Fahrenheit.

‘I have never been able to attend the Circus festival until this year and I believe it will be hugely beneficial to my 
physical practice aswell as my artistic development in my own work, connecting  dance and circus through physical theatre. 

DELVE will be an opportunity to see a programme of Irish and international work, participate in the physical workshops and network with the other artists and participants.
As an emerging art maker and performer in the circus and dance fields, it is my responsibility and wish to continue training and developing to be the very best I can be in my personal approach to creating great theatre works and help raise the platform of Irish Circus art.’
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