Over the course of one weekend we gathered 5 dancers of different stages in their careers and lives at D-Light Studios Dublin to research a new choreography; B l u e b e l l s . Since we all live in different parts of Ireland, both urban and rural, we deicided to meet virtually for practice and rehearsals during a few weeks in advance. In this online presentation we invite you into the studio with us, and share some of the choreographic scores and process material.
B l u e b e l l s . was created during our time as Dance Artists in Residence at D-Light Studios, supported by the
Irish Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Project Arts Centre and DCC/NEIC 2020/2021.
Film by Stace Gill.
Choreography by Maria Nilsson Waller.
Camera: Agata Stoinska, Stace Gill.
Music: The Sei
Featuring: Sara Ezzell, Millie Dempsey-Daniel, Lucy Cassidy, Maria Nilsson Waller, Stace Gill.
My name is Bluebell, Im a whale, I love my surroundings and my body sings. Im not the only one. I wonder why Im here sometimes, and for how long? I’ve been lit up. I don’t know the time, except where I should be. I follow the sun and the force of the ocean. My name is Bluebell, Im a trail, of life echoing in all directions. I am my own home. I dreamt a shell once, and wings.
My name is bluebell.
I came from far away, from the north. I travelled on the wind and on the sea. I used to be a lot bigger, and bumblebees used to love to come visit. They would tickle me on my belly and I would laugh. My laughter sounds like little silver bells they say, perhaps thats why they gave me my name.
I am also blue. I can’t help it. In the moonlight my blue turns to almost fluorescent purple, glow in the dark. It’s like I have a light of my own in my colour. Like electricity.
Here in Ireland my kind is a bit smaller, curlier and somehow of a different shape. I guess the sea, the forest and the winds are a bit different here.