Bernadette Divilly

Somatic Dance Psychotherapy, Dance Diversity, Choreography

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Photo Credit: Maria Gibbons

‘Home’ is activated in relationship. Relationship within the constellations under my skin including all intelligent systems, supported by bone, nerve and blood. ‘Home’ is also my culturally conditioned response worth investigating in order to lubricate my perceptions. I find ‘Home’ through connection. ‘Home’ is experienced as a landscape inside and out.

Where is our first ‘Home’? Is there ‘Home’ before the initial co-creation between mother and child. Does ‘Home’ begin with deep implantation in the womb and growing our own tree of life? Here we begin to landscape. We also begin to understand welcome, navigation of mutuality and also hostility and unsafety, depending on the conditions of the pregnancy. This is the beginning of states of consciousness around ‘Home’.

‘Home’ has been my direction for research in 2018, supported by a conversation with Barbara Dilley , primarily on the subject of influence in 2017, I begin. This research impulse was re-stimulated in 2017 at the Eco Art Incubator Cyprus: Sites Embodied, EDN and Atelier Akamas: Nature Embodied Cyprus (Supported by Dance Ireland and Dance Gate Lefkosia (EDN Members).

I studied the ‘Language of Home’ in dance studios in Dublin, Galway, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Lefkosia. My awareness expands and condenses as I explore location, who the studios and spaces are shared with, what’s missing, who’s missing, what’s present and who’s present. Exploring ‘Home’ as a shifting state of being.

My artistic investigation into ‘Home’ has been supported by:

Dance Ireland 2017: I begin searching for the ‘Language of Home’.

January 2018: January Workshops and Long Dance with Nancy Stark Smith. Continuation of research and my 60th birthday.

March 2018: International Contemplative Dance Day – A Celebration of Barbara Dilley’s 80th birthday.

April 2018: Emerging into ‘Homing’ – A Collaboration with Maria Gibbons at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre looking at relationships and landscape. This continues until October 2018.

June 2018: Global Underscore

July 2018: The Create Cultural Diversity summer school – Big experience of coming home.

July 2018: Galway International Arts Festival – Tracing the theme of ‘Home’

October 2018: Working as a dramaturge in Cyprus with Arianna Economou on ‘Home as a Journey’. Workshop exploring borders, boundaries and landscapes of ‘Home’ using contemplative dance.

November 2018: Return to Dance Ireland. Creating a dance performance lecture on ‘Home’ research, titled ‘Be Home’. Also, workshopping Home with the dancers using both principles of Underscore and contemplative Dance.

December 2018: ‘Return Home’. Dance lecture performance and workshop at Galway City Museum.

Each of these events will be documented further on this page in due course.