‘Relocate’ Screening at The Junction in Dungannon

On Saturday 18th May The Junction in Dungannon hosted the latest screening of ‘Relocate’. This follows on from the film’s premiere in April.

‘Relocate’ is a dance film project from Sutemos and Suteminis bringing together children and adults from the traditional communities within Dungannon and newcomer children and adults. The project was supported by both Dungannon Youth Resource Centre and South Tyrone Empowerment Programme (STEP).

The sixty strong audience – including some of the young participants and their teachers – was delighted and moved in equal measure by the film and its themes of migration and settlement.

Thanks to our funders:

DU Dance (NI) Principal Funder: Arts Council of Northern Ireland
BBC Children in Need
Community Relations Council
This project has been supported by The Executive Office funded through its District Council Good Relations Program
in partnership with Mid Ulster District Council

DU Dance (NI) to Feature in Short Film Showcase

DU Dance (NI)’s short film work will be showcased as part of the Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival.

On Sunday 19th May at 4pm the Strand Arts Centre will screen a collection of shorts films by John Deery, DU Dance (NI) and McGill University in Montréal. The event will also feature a panel discussion.

For more information about the event, click here.

About Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival

NIMHAF is a festival highlighting mental health by showcasing arts and film events across Northern Ireland. The festival runs from 6th-31st May 2019.

Click here to find out more.

DU Dance (NI) Featured in Research Article

DU Dance (NI)’s ‘Heroes on the Hill’ project is the subject of an academic research article by Katharine Scrantom and Katrina McLaughlin. The aim of this study was to investigate the psychosocial benefits of the project as an example of a cross-community, intercultural dance programme for youth in Northern Ireland.

The study concludes that “Arts-based programmes like Heroes on the Hill should not be underestimated in their dynamic ability to address such complex issues; in fact, they must be considered crucial in promoting integration, diversity, and inclusion in Northern Ireland.”

Click here to read the research article in full.

About ‘Heroes on the Hill’

‘Heroes on the Hill’ was an intercultural dance and drumming project involving schools and community groups and delivered in partnership with STEP (South Tyrone Empowerment Project).

For more information about ‘Heroes on the Hill’ click here.

Unanimous 2019

An enthusiastic audience was in attendance as UNANIMOUS once again brought together some of the most exciting youth dance groups from across the island on Sunday 28th April 2019.

This was the eighth annual Unanimous youth dance showcase event – and the first to be held in the MAC, Belfast’s flagship contemporary arts space.

Thanks to all the wonderful groups who participated this year:

– Alternative Energies, Ballymoney
– Brona Jackson Youth Dance Company, Derry
– Company B, Dublin
– Connect Youth Dance, Enniskillen
– Dublin Youth Dance Company
– FYI Dance Club, Wicklow
– Limerick Youth Dance Company, Limerick
– Sutemos, Dungannon

Thanks also to our two wonderful MC – Sean O’Neill and Lisa Ryan – and our photographer Joe Fox and the rest of our team of volunteers and staff.

Read on to see photos of the showcase or click here to find out more about Unanimous!




Cultures Come Together for Performance Project in West Belfast

Over the last six weeks a number of community organisations brought together different people living in West Belfast, those who are new to the area and those who are long-term residents, to work on a performance project which was showcased on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March at An Culturlann on the Falls Road.

DU Dance (NI) collaborated with partners An Culturlann, Beyond Skin and Falls Women’s Centre – to involve women, teenage girls and children from several countries – including China, Ireland, Lebanon and Syria – in an exploration of the common experiences of those who lived in West Belfast in the height of The Troubles and those who have recently moved to the area from places of conflict or challenge.  The women’s stories of how they hold their family together in such circumstances were moulded into a dance theatre piece that the participants themselves performed under the aspirational title of “Faoileoireach” which means “to soar high”.

These women and young people, including pupils from Gaelscoil an Lonnain, had never performed before but shared the stage with professional musicians from Beyond Skin and singers from Clanmil Women’s Ensemble led by Siobhan Brown.

The capacity audience on both nights – of local people, family and friends – travelled this journey with the performers and fittingly on what the BBC is celebrating this week as #Dance passion one audience members remarked “such an emotional story beautifully told with such dedication and reverence, a truly moving experience.”

Aisling Ní Labhraí, Executive Director at Cultúrlann said “The use of physical movement and multiple languages to tell the story of these women and children is a magical concept. It celebrates the richness of cultural diversity and artistic expression whilst highlighting the human experience as a universal one. We have been delighted to partner with DU Dance (NI) on this wonderful project and hope that it will be the first of many.”

The project was made possible by a number of funders – Belfast City Council, Good Relations; Community Relations Council; Community Foundation Northern Ireland and The Honourable The Irish Society.

Chair of the Shared City Partnership Councillor John Kyle said “The telling of stories through dance and music can be both powerful and therapeutic, the effects made even greater when the experiences portrayed were born in conflict as this performance illustrates.”

Gavin O’Connor, Youth Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said, “The Arts Council is delighted to see this collaboration between three of our funded organisations which has brought communities in West Belfast closer together to tell their powerful and inspiring  stories through the arts.  Congratulations to all involved.”

Filming Concludes for ‘Relocate’

That’s a wrap! Filming for ‘Relocate’ finished earlier this week – and thankfully the weather was a bit kinder to everyone this time around.

‘Relocate’ is an intercultural project from Sutemos exploring themes of migration and settlement. It’s wonderful to have a project like this encouraging families to work together.

Well done to all involved!

Faoileoireach / Soaring


DU Dance (NI) working in partnership with Beyond Skin, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich and Falls Women’s Centre present two public performances featuring dance, music, film, storytelling & song involving women and young people from West Belfast and those who have made this area their home.

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th March, 7:30pm
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich
216 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6AH
Tickets £5
Tel. 028 9096 4180

Everyone welcome.

‘Relocate’ Film Project Underway

Filming has begun for ‘Relocate’: a Dungannon-based project from Sutemos and Suteminis which explores themes of migration and settlement.

Well done to all the participants and thanks to everyone who has supported the filming – especially given the weather which included wind, sleet and hailstones. Some well-earned hot chocolate was definitely in order!

The red carpet will be rolled out for the film’s premiere in The Square Box, Ranfurly House, Dungannon on 17th April 2019, 6-9pm.

Save the Date(s): Primary Schools Dance Festival 2019

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Primary Schools Dance Festival will be taking place on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May. Watch this space for more details!

If you want your school to get involved, contact us via email (info@dudanceni.com) or telephone 028 9033 0956.

Dance Passion – Get Involved

Driven by social media and the BBC’s unrivalled reach, #DancePassion will showcase the country’s dance sector in all its variety. Facilitated by BBC Arts and One Dance UK, companies and artists will celebrate this diverse art form with performance and insight including behind the scenes access, rehearsals and conversation.

In Spring 2019, BBC Arts and One Dance UK want to work with dance companies and independent artists in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to shout about and share stories, performances, insight and archive to celebrate this art form. From 1st-6th April, everyone will work together to create a national moment in celebration of dance. This is an opportunity for dance organisations and artists from Northern Ireland to get involved.

To find out more information on how to get involved, click here.