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AERIDHEACHT - Taking the Air

Tuesday 5th - Sunday 10th July 2016, Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16





Tony Fegan: Creative Director  

Dublin born Tony Fegan is a theatre director and arts learning practitioner. Tony was artistic director of BAC (Battersea Arts Centre) Battersea, London 1985-1988. Tony was Director of Learning at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) between1992-2007. He developed a wide-ranging and highly influential arts learning programme with national and international artists working with youth, community groups, schools and universities on long term artist collaboration including site specific events. He is a founder member of Project Phakama, inter-cultural youth arts exchange programme between London, Southern Africa, India and South America.He has extensive experience in creating multilingual performance through artist in residence projects in intercultural and international settings. In August 2007 Tony took up post as Director at Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin. Since 2007 Tony has repositioned Tallaght Community Arts as an arts development organisation working closely with communities in Tallaght and South Dublin County.




Jennifer Webster – Project Producer                                      

Jennifer Webster is a drama facilitator and arts project producer. Between 2003 and 2005 Jennifer was artistic director with community based Tallaght Theatre Group. She studied performance at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin. In 2007, Jennifer set up Carousel Theatre School based at Rua Red (South Dublin Arts Centre). Jennifer is a Drama Facilitator with Tallaght Community Arts Project Doors to Elsewhere, a weekly drama workshop for young adults living with a disability.  Jennifer was Project Coordinator on a community/intergenerational project If You Were In My Shoes commissioned by Nás na Ríogh Housing Association and led by Creative Producer/Director Tony Fegan, 2012/2013. Jennifer, in partnership with Tallaght Community Arts set up Act Up Theatre Festival – A One Act Theatre Festival for secondary school in South Dublin County. Her work as producer includes Flock – By Aoife Courtney at the Big House Festival 2013, From the Inside Out a TCA production supported by Community Foundation of Ireland, Creative Campus a TCA Project in association with South Dublin County Council Arts Office and NCAD.





Andrew Siddall – Production Manager

Andrew (Sid) Siddall is an artist, designer, technician, teacher and project director with 25 years of experience working internationally in theatre, education and community settings.

 He combines visual arts, celebration and performance to enable participants and audiences to cross borders of race, culture, geography, language and ability. He has a particular interest in youth oriented, site-specific, non-venue based events which involve space transformation, installation, exhibition and procession.

 Based in London, he is a founder member of Project Phakama (UK & South Africa), visual arts coordinator for Platform 11plus (Berlin), associate artist of Emergency Exit Arts (London) and Tallaght Community Arts (Dublin). Regular clients include schools, colleges, local authorities and festivals: most recently Central School of Speech & Drama, Rose Bruford College, Greater London Authority and Boomtown festival.

 Current projects include:

Project Manager: Emergency Exit Arts: celebratory arts specialists.

Technical Director: Spotlight: young festival producers’ training project.

Visual Arts Coordinator: Platform 11+: pan-European EU funded theatre making.





 Rudi Genbrugge Musical Director 

This Belgian musician kicked of his musical career at the age of eight with his first great love : the accordion. In 1988 he graduated in music and drama at the renowned ‘Studio Herman Teirlinck’ in Antwerp. He then started to compose music for theatre plays in which he frequently performed as actor-musician. Meanwhile he skilled himself as a multi instrumentalist playing guitars, bass, keyboards, drums & percussion and saxophone with various artists, sharing the stage ao. with Garland Jeffreys and Lou Reed. He produced CD’s for diverse Belgian artists and worked in several recording studios as a sound engineer.

His love for eastern martial arts condensed itself into zazen following the Soto Zen School. He got engaged in the study of Shiatsu therapist and Okido yoga teacher. With his teaching diploma and in the framework of the “life long learning programme” he aplied for and got a Grundtvig grant of the EU on the subject ‘informal adult education’ which he was happy to fulfill at TCA in Tallaght in 2014. Combining his interests and skills, he strongly believes in an holistic approach of teaching music and singing, focussing on the body as the most important instrument of the performer. Beside all that Rudi is a great nature lover, a passionate traveller and an outdour guy ‘pur sang’. 





Tadashi Kato - Designer

 Tadashi Kato is a visual artist and designer.  He was educated at Setsu Mode Seminar Fashion Illustration Arts School, Tokyo, Japan between 1986 -1989 gaining a Diploma in Illustration. He worked on window design for Green a major window display studio in Tokyo 1989-1990.

Tadashi moved to London in 1991.  There he worked as a Design Facilitator on Wyan Gulat – Balinese performance event at the South Bank Centre for the London International Festival of Theatre - LIFT ‘96. He was an artist facilitator and maker on the artist team for Factory of Dreams site specific performance, Group F, Brockwell Park Out of LIFT ’96.

In 2005 he relocated to Ireland.  He has worked with Helen Hugel of Helium Theatre Company as a designer maker on Bed Story 2008.  He worked  as a designer with Tallaght Youth Theatre in 2009 and with Tallaght Community Arts; Fields of Dreams 2010 &Trashcatchers 2011. He was designer and maker of the Kamishibai (Japanese paper theatre) for Message In A Bottle an international arts exchange project 2012 in Tallaght, London and Thurles. 

Since 201 he has been designer for Unwrapped  a site specific performance event in Tallaght working with other artists and up to 150 community participants to realise this celebration for the festive season.In 2013 He designed the bird headdresses for Flock, a site specific dance piece by Aoife Courtney at The Big House Festival. He recently acted as design consultant for choreographer Rionach Ni Neill’s new work, AMU at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght as part of the Dublin Dance Festival 2014. Tadashi’s performance design interests include working in paper as a part of a Japanese tradition of paper cuts and exploring the design potential of recycled materials.    


Ríonach Ní Néill – Choreographer

Ríonach Ní Néill is a dance artist and curator, based in the Conamara Gaeltacht She founded Ciotóg in 2006, for which she has choreographed 11 works in Irish and English, that have been performed worldwide, winning international awards. She was a longtime member of Tanztheater Bremen under the artistic direction of Urs Dietrich, and performed for many Irish choreographers including Finola Cronin, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, and Rex Levitates (now Liz Roche Dance). Rionach curates the Corp_Real |Galway Dance Days Festival, a platform for multi-disciplinary engagement with dance and social issues, in her role as Galway Dance Artist in Residence. She is the dance curator at Firkin Crane, Cork, responsible for artistic programming and development. Ríonach holds a PhD in Geography from UCD and has guest lectured in dance at the Bundesakademie für Kulturelle Bildung, Germany, Landscape Architecture MA programme at the University of Sweden, and numerous Irish institutions. She has developed dance programmes for older people, in both Irish and English, including the Macushla Dance Club in Dublin, now in its 10th year.