Global Water Dances takes place on the 8th – 12th June 2021 all over the world. This year marks it’s 10 year anniversary.


In Cork, we are joining the global movement – Come and join us!

We are Bodies of Water (BoW). BoW is a transdisciplinary performance, research, and advocacy network that investigates how we access, understand, and respond to water through the human body, art, culture, and public deliberation. The network comprises of artists, community organizations, and a cohort of academics, performers and students from Ireland and,usually also the US. Together, this network seeks to build a community with water and each other by exploring how this critical environmental resource exists beyond being merely subject to ownership or stewardship. Rather, BoW uses transdisciplinary performance and research to illuminate how water is us as much as it surrounds us. This year we are welcoming several environmental groups, experts and organsiations to this network.

Steering Committee:

Lisa Cliffe is a Cork based contemporary dance artist and movement educator. She has developed a large portfolio of collaborative work in a broad range of professional, educational and community contexts. Since 2015, Lisa has worked in partnership with Scoil Bernadette in developing a creative dance programme at the school. This work is supported by Cork City Council and NAPD. Lisa can be contacted on lisacliffe2018@gmail.com. She took part in the first GWD in Cork in 2017 and joined the GWD Cork steering committee in 2018.

Róisín O’Gorman is a lecturer in Theatre at University College Cork. From her background in theatre historiography, dramatic literature, theory, feminism and visual culture, Róisín’s current research lives between embodied practices and theoretical understandings of performance. She explores this interdisciplinary terrain through the somatic practice of Body-Mind Centering (BMC) which offers an embodied ground to her theoretical and media based work. Róisín completed her Somatic Movement Educator certification in BMC with Embody-Move Association in the UK with support from UCC and The Arts Council of Ireland (see: http://embody-move.co.uk/). BMC has been highly influential and innovative in the field of Dance, part of Róisín’s ongoing research is to examine how this mode can be applied to theatre and performance. (See also: http://www.bodymindcentering.com/)She has published on contemporary Irish performance and also on critical pedagogy in Text & Performance Quarterly and Transformations. She has co-edited a special edition of Performance Research “On Failure” (with Margaret Werry). In 2012 she collaborated with visiting Fulbright scholar, Michael Murphy, in developing a new intermedia performance, Sleepwalker, which was shown at the Triskel Development Centre, Cork. The piece was performed in Montana in 2013. More recently she has published an article in Performance Research on a practice-based research project. In 2015-16 she organized transdisciplinary events: Performance & Politics & Protest (see: https://performancepoliticsprotest2015.wordpress.com/) and Bodystories (see: https://bodystories2016.wordpress.com/ ) in collaboration with Women’s Studies director Dr. Sandra McAvoy. ‍ Roisin initiated GWD Cork in 2016 and has been on the steering committee ever since.

Maria Sinnecker offers a space for creative, and contemporary dance for children and adults that encourages creative choice, and devising together in her classes.  In 2018 she co-founded Collective Cork, a studio space for yoga, dance and therapy, located in the Triskel Arts Centre. Kindly supported by Cork City Council in 2014/2015, she trained as Community Dance Leader with The Laban Guild, in Belfast. Teaching Contemporary Dance since 2015, she spent 2020 training in yoga for children and teens. She first joined GWD Cork’s steering committee in 2016 and took on the organization for 2021.  Maria first came to Ireland to specialise in Irish drama and film during her MA English and German Studies at Rostock University and returned to complete an MA Drama and Theatre Studies at UCC (2000-2006). She is from Berlin, Germany, and believes it’s really worth fighting for equality around the world.

Fionn Woodhouse is a director, producer, and facilitator of drama/theatre with a particular interest in youth participation and learning through practice. Currently Fionn lectures in the Department of Theatre in University College Cork on Applied Drama & Theatre, Theatre Production, and Cultures of Movement and Place. Fionn is an active educational drama practitioner, having trained and worked with Graffiti Educational Theatre Company for over 14 years along with working across a range of Youth Theatres and community settings. Fionn’s research has focused on the impact of participation in educational drama workshops specifically if the impact aligns with the stated aims and objectives.


Eavan Aiken is an artist from Louth, residing in Cork. Working across media including film, installation and theatre. Her work is concerned with acts of resistance and deeply motivated by using the camera as a tool of witness. These observations become distilled – abstracted to gesture and frequency in order to produce affect over narrative meaning. Her current research interests are in the work of female revolutionaries, subbass frequencies and techno feminisms past, present and future.
Her film Toasted, made with Gregory Dunn, screened at Cork and Dingle International Film Festivals and won best short at The IFI’s Documentary Festival.
Eavan creates multimedia works collectively as a part of mink and Ground0. She is currently artist in residence in The Guesthouse Project, Cork.

Garry Jones is an Australian-born musician, composer, artist and musical instrument designer living in Lismore, County Waterford. He has toured his compositions and created art and music installations in parks, towns, cities, schools, disability centres, museums and private venues in Australia, the United States and Ireland. He has composed music for rock operas, musicals, children’s musicals and sacred spaces and landscapes in three continents including the Fire Eye Suite a five-movement composition with prelude as part of a world-wide celebration of the sovereign goddesses of the land of Ireland. For the premiere of the Suite he organised the relighting of the ancient sacred hilltop Bealtaine fires centred on the Hill Of Uisneach and supported by answering fires in thirty-six countries around the world. Garry has designed musical playground equipment for global playground manufacturers that are in parks, schools and homes world-wide and is devoted to bringing the possibility of music making to as many people as possible in accessible, inclusive and fun ways.


Carmen Lopez has a degree in Information Science and a Master’s degree in Cooperation and Cultural Management from the University of Barcelona, Spain.
This year she has just completed a course at the Cork College of Commerce on
“Advanced Marketing with Event Management” and has produced an online event
called “Celebrating your Culture”. She is currently working as an events assistant at
Passage West Maritime Museum. She has worked in various institutions and festivals as a cultural manager and educational project technician in Brazil, El Salvador and Colombia. She also worked as a librarian at the University of Greenwich in London and as a documentalist at the Spanish Senate in Madrid.

Gillian Mcilroy is a yoga teacher and illustrator  with a grá for community activism.  Originally from Co Antrim she has been working in Cork since 2013 co-founding Dervish Massage Coop and Cork Yoga Collective from which she and Helena Palmer joined forces with Eleonora sapienza and contemporary dance teacher Maria Sinnecker to create Collective Cork: a Dance, Yoga and Creative studio in the Triskel Arts Centre in the centre of Cork City. The aim of Collective Cork is to make dance and yoga accessible to the wider community, to dismantle the elitism that sometimes dominates and to give space for community minded teachers and  workshops. Gillian is also a member of Tracton Arts Committee and has helped organise its very popular Arts Festival in previous years and she looks forward to the return of such busy events.  Gillian is very concerned about the environment and the future of our water and thus she is delighted to be helping with the Global Water Dances Cork this year.



Natasha Bourke is a Cork-based interdisciplinary artist of Irish/Dutch descent with an extensive movement background (including contemporary, break, folk, jazz, ballet, poetic/authentic movement, contemplative dance, butoh, body weather, aerial/harness, acrobatics, physical theatre, swimming, yoga and tai chi). Her practice embraces performance, lens-based media, installation, archive, drawing and sound. Bourke is an Arts Council Next Generation Artist 2021 and she has presented solo work and collaborated in numerous live/filmic events across Europe since 2007. The artist’s roots, life and mixed experience of intense ballet training from infancy underpin her work which contemplates themes of self and society such as identity, isolation, institution, legacy, transience, perception, polarity, pathos and play. With a surreal, ironic and spectral aesthetic, Bourke continually investigates new ways to merge and refine the different strands of her practice into a unique coherent poetic language, whilst maintaining an open approach and process. She is in the final post-production stages of an Arts Council funded experimental feature film, Concrete Keys, and recently exhibited a sister installation, rubblebubble, for IndieCork. These works feature Coneface, an absurd performance alter ego, to poetically examine the individual’s place in a rapidly transforming vision of institutional society. T.U.G! Litter Womb is the starting point of an ambitious new water-based vision that Bourke is developing with support of the Arts Council, Echo Echo DTC, Firkin Crane and Cork City Council.


  • Bernadette Connolly is the Development Coordinator of Cork Environmental Forum.

Cork Environmental Forum’s vision is for a sustainable world which prioritises environmental quality, protects and restores habitats and biodiversity, where consumption and economics take cognisance of the limitations of our one planet and where there is a fairer and more equitable share of the earth’s resources.

Participation, awareness and education about sustainable development and how communities can be part of the process are on-going elements of all of CEF activities and actions. We strive to bring an environmental perspective to policy and do this through submissions and representation e.g. on the Public Participation Networks, Strategic Policy Committee and other local and national fora.


Linda Cullen studied aerial dance in Europe, specialising in fusing movement, theatre and dance. Her background is in street theater and performances that engage topics of body image, femininity and ceremony. Linda specialises in aerial/vertical dance and is a youth teacher and coordinator as part of Circus Factory Cork. Originally Linda trained in Circus Elleboog, Holland and at Carampa Circus School Madrid specialising in contemporary dance and swinging trapeze.  She has toured throughout Europe street busking and learning her craft along the way till she returned to Ireland and has toured Ireland with three different street shows since 2008.

Helga Deasy is a choreographer, dance artist and teacher. She has performed and presented work in Ireland, Europe, the UK and the US and received awards from the Arts Council, Cork City Council, Culture Ireland and artsandhealth.ie among others. Helga feels passionate about the empowering and transformative potential of dance. She works extensively in arts and health settings, is a facilitator on the Teacher Artist Partnership Programme and an early years practitioner with Graffiti Theatre Company. She is Dance Artist in Residence at the Firkin Crane with kind support from Cork City Council and works as Alumni Ambassador for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.


Zachary A. Dorsey is an assistant professor at James Madison University in the School of Theatre and Dance, and has also taught in the Department of Performance and Communication Arts and the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at St. Lawrence University. His research focuses on GLBTQ art and activism, musical theatre, and representations of violence. In addition to teaching, he works as both a dramaturg and a fight choreographer in the theatre, roles which require interdisciplinary approaches and that demand strong interpersonal communication skills. As most theatre/performance work involves collaboration, STEAM-based interactions and inquiries just seemed like a joyful, logical next step… Zachary is a graduate of the Performance as Public Practice Ph.D. programme in the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

Elaine Doyle has worked and volunteered in the area of sustainability and development for over 15 years. She studied Manufacturing Engineering in the University of Limerick and after working in biopharma completed an MSc Sustainable Development in DIT. Her career has spanned from windfarm planning to waste management to environmental social enterprise and she currently works as a Coastal Programmes Officer with An Taisce Environmental Education Unit. She spent time volunteering in Ghana and Guatemala on sustainability projects and is on the Board of Directors of Engineers Without Borders Ireland.

Marie Grandjean is a contemporary dancer from France, has been living in Ireland for 18 years. 2021 is her third time taking part in GWD in Cork.

Haru is an improvisational performer and dancer born in Tokyo,Japan. She is currently based in Cork , Ireland .


Gillian Hemme is a performer, writer, and teaching artist who uses play to challenge the status quo and to ask questions about how we live and why. She hails from Chicago, where she works with Piven Theatre Workshop. She is currently in Cork pursuing an MA in Theatre and Performative Practices at UCC so that she can investigate performance-based responses to the trauma of Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes.

www.gillianhemme.com, @gillinoise

Sara Hernandez, from Catalonia studied classical dance at the conservatory of dance “Institut del Teatre” in Barcelona and contemporary dance in “Area Dansa Barcelona”. She danced with the young dance company “Biarritz Ballet”, in Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain),“Cienfuegos dance Company”, in Valencia (Spain) and then in Ireland (2010-2012), with Inma Pavón in Cork. Sara has been working freelance collaborating on dance projects and dance films since then. She created her dance work “Samskaras” presented as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2017 and Skibereen Dance Festival 2018. Since 2016 Sara has also been working closely with Helga Deasy Choreographer on the piece “Helica” and “River Fragments”. In 2019, she created “Im- I am” a dance piece comissioned by the Butter Museum as part of the per cent for Art Scheme. Most recently she has been developing “Thrice Works” as part of Firkin Crane ReFrame Bursary Award 2020 in Cork. Sara has been teaching contemporary dance, both ballet and creative dance classes for children and adults, since 2008 in different schools in Catalonia and Cork. Graduated in Hatha Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga, Sara teaches regular yoga classes across Cork.


Patrice Ludwig
Patrice Ludwig finds great joy in working across disciplines as a way to solve messy problems. The learning curve for working across those disciplines can be steep and may present a barrier for participation. Dr. Ludwig works to address that issue by participating in multiple interdisciplinary projects and studying the impact of interdisciplinary experiences on student learning. She has a background in curriculum development, having served as a facilitator for regional and national course design residencies. She serves on both the assessment and undergraduate program committees in the Biology Department of James Madison University and has worked to redesign the department’s core curriculum with a great team of colleagues. Her experience as a Stanford Teaching and Learning Studio participant has further deepened her expertise in applying design thinking to interdisciplinary educational settings. Dr. Ludwig earned a B.S. and M.S. from the Department of Biology at James Madison University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Biology at James Madison University.

Joan McCarthy is currently studying in the UCC Theatre Studies program.

Seán McCarthy is an assistant professor in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at James Madison University. His teaching and research are situated at the intersection of community engagement and digital literacy studies, and he is particularly interested in how writing and digital media production inform and transform transdisciplinary university-community partnerships in local, national, and international contexts. He has served as a faculty associate with JMU’s Center for Instructional Technology (now Innovation Services) and is currently a university Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow. Seán co-designed and co-teaches an annual institute for faculty in digital humanities pedagogy at JMU and is involved in several university-wide initiatives that promote community and civic engagement.

Angela Molloy is an artist from Belfast.

My main discipline is video art where I perform to camera but I also enjoy painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. I have an interest in exploring the chaotic in nature and how this relates to the body and the mind. My practice gives the viewer an opportunity to question the human condition through an understanding of the chaos in nature.  I am introducing a body of work suggestive of a time or place but often revealing a state of mind.


Roksana Niewadzisz is a polylingual artist and researcher with a background in Theatre, Translations and Art History. Currently she is developing a PhD practice-based project on Post Human embodiment of Animal-Woman transformation folk tales across the Departments of Theatre and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the UCC.

  • Emily O´Carroll Marangos is the Clean Coasts Campaigns Officer, in the Environmental Education Unit for An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland

Clean Coasts is a charity programme that works with communities to help protect and care for Ireland’s waterways, coastline, seas, ocean and marine life. We do this through a number of ways like organising 100s of beach clean-ups each year, mobilising thousands of volunteers and removing large quantities of marine litter from our coastline.

Alongside our volunteer network, we work on reducing marine litter through awareness and engagement campaigns. One such campaign is ‘Think Before You Flush’. Everyday thousands of wet wipes, cotton buds, sanitary products and other unsuitable items are flushed down toilets in Ireland instead of being put in the bin. This causes blockages in our wastewater systems, ultimately leading to sewer overflows in our communities and pollution in rivers, on beaches and in the ocean. ‘Think Before You Flush’, operated by Clean Coasts in partnership with Irish Water, addresses the problems these items can cause in our marine environment and our wastewater systems if they are flushed.

Helena Palmer is from Cork. She started dance in 2016 exploring Tribal Fusion, Contemporary Dance, House, Popping & Vogue to present.

I started yoga in 2007 which was my first deep connection to a movement practice.
I’m one of the creators and teachers at Collective Cork alongside three other wonderful women and teachers and our extended teachers. I’ve also been involved with Dervish, a wonderful holistic sanctuary in the city since 2014 offering massage and energy work. My passion is anything to do with the body, because really, it is where it’s at. Breath, mind, body connection is the practice and finding this connection off the mat is what I’m into, how it translates into the constance of living.
Some more passions are music, the ultimate muse and photography. In this piece I set out to find wavey like movement, slow, controlled yet soft, I wanted to be like the river was on that day, yet highlight the issue with fluoride in our drinking water as my intention. I added some photography and video editing to top off exploring other mediums I’ve keen on getting to know better. With thanks to the global water dance for offering this space to share. I hope you enjoy.

Iona Nina Pegler lives in Cork City but was brought up in the countryside right by the sea in Rosscarbery on the Wild Atlantic Way.

I paint and I dance. I draw folk art flowers and trees. I love both. I’ve been involved in global waters for six years. My dance teacher Maria gave me the opportunity to take part. I used to help her out in her dance classes. I was her assistant before covid, teaching her young students. which I absolutely loved. I’ve danced since I was little. I’m not professional or advanced but I have done many different classes and workshops over the years. I have my own style and way of moving and dancing. Dancing makes me really happy and free. We are lucky enough to have clean, running water in Ireland and dancing for this cause is something I really value.

Stéphane Pigeon is the creator of myNoise.net.


Macha Shewolf  “A weaving channel of movement and prayer. Allowing truth and only truth to be heard.” Macha is an Irish, Cork based and born professional & internationally performed artist, using fusion dance skills, haunting voice work and her medicine fool to bring authentic cutting edge ceremonies to the public forum, in many stages from street to black box. Macha is now in her second year of a visual art degree in Ireland. “Water is our holy grail. Our wells, the place to honour and pray.” – Macha Ritual Performance Artist


Kerri Sonnenberg is a poet based in Cork. Her first book of poemsThe Mudra was published by Litmus Press. “Land of Plenty” is from a body of work in progress that explores ideas of place-making and local ecologies.

Aoise Tutty is a multidisciplinary Artist who is honing in on her musical abilities in the past year and allowing songs to come through as they wish to.

Trees Please is a new group that is planning to plant many native Irish trees around Cork City and Country. We want to do this not only to mitigate climate change but also to add to the biodiversity and beauty of the city. Helena Walsh and Tom Campbell are part of this group.


Linda Young is an interdisciplinary artist who is interested in the arts as community development. She has engaged in many scholarships and projects whilst studying at Crawford College of Art and Design that looked at the arts as community development and wellbeing. Currently studying Art therapy, with a strong interest in the creative process as a tool for expression and healing. 

PARTICIPANTS making this project come to life:

  • Martina Acosta Rama
  • Dermot Browne
    Cliona Byrne & Family
  • Chloe Cambridge
  • Tom Campbell
  • Aislinn Casey
    Marta Chowaniec
  • Emma Colwell
    Orla Collins

    Anne Doran
  • Ellen Dunphy
    Mona El Kafsi & Family
  • Eithne Fitzpatrick
  • Rachael Gough
  • Mya Hendrick
  • Ruby Joyce
  • Elixxchel Lily
  • Sophie Liu
  • Jeanienne McCarthy
  • Daithí MacDagda
  • Laura MacKenzie
  • Shannon O Rourke
  • Julia Poltorak
    Lisa Petersheim & Family
  • Orla Russell
  • Chaiyanin Sae Tan
  • Lauren Segretier
  • Lukasz Shivaya
    Dace Širina
  • Emilia Širina
  • Lijidia Sòla
  • Julia Terka
  • Helena Walsh

Please note: We have many, many collaborators this year, please bear with us, as we update everyone’s details shortly.