Sutemos Perform at ‘Take 5’ Health Gala


On 21st November 2019 Sutemos dancers hopped onto a bus from Dungannon to the Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown to perform at the Take 5 Health Gala. Their dance piece explored the impact social media has on young people’s mental health and it was very well received by an audience of 330 people from across the mid-Ulster area.

The gala, the first joint venture by the Northern and Southern Health and Social Care Trusts and Mid Ulster Council, illustrated the benefits of arts for health and wellbeing.

BBC IN Person – Call for Young People Aged 18-24 to Participate

The BBC is running an ‘IN Person’ event for young people aged 18-24 in BBC Northern Ireland on Thursday 13 February (12:15-17:00).

It will be an interesting and interactive afternoon which will help the BBC to understand the tastes and interests young people have, what they value from media and what more they would like from the BBC. All refreshments will be provided free of charge and participants will receive a personalised certificate and a £25 Love2Shop voucher to thank people for giving up their time.

The majority of the session will be focused on table discussions (with the help of a facilitator) and there will also be a creative task (about ideas for improvements to BBC content, products and services) which will include each table ‘pitching’ their ideas to the wider group (but no-one will be asked to present unless they want to).

If you are a young person aged 18-24 from Northern Ireland who is available on this date and would be happy to give your opinions, you can sign up here.

Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Dance at The Crescent

The Crescent Arts Centre has a range of dance classes beginning in 2020. A wide variety of styles is on offer – including contemporary, Argentine tango, ballet and more.

Visit The Crescent’s website for the full list of classes.

Maiden Voyage Dance Double Bill

7 February – 8 February 2020, The MAC, Belfast
12 February 2020, The Marketplace Theatre, Armagh

Boundaries and belonging are at the forefront of this Double Bill of dance commissioned and presented by Maiden Voyage Dance.

A new duet from choreographer Eileen McClory. Brink negotiates the fragile balance for survival when our future is entrusted to another. Brink is performed by Ryan O’Neill and Vasiliki Stasinaki with original music by Katie Richardson and lighting by Stephen Dodd.

The Here Trio
When all around is changing, all we have is now

This is a new piece from acclaimed choreographer, Liz Roche, challenges preconceived ideas about site, history and the right to belong in a place. The Here Trio is performed by Ryan O’Neill, Sarah Cerneaux and Gloria Ros Abellana with lighting by Stephen Dodd, original music by drummer Bryan O’Connell and sound design and visuals by Luca Truffarelli. The Here Trio is co-produced in partnership with Liz Roche Company.

To find out more, visit Maiden Voyage Dance’s website here.

Co-Motion: Dance & Borders Conference

On 25th & 26th October 2019, Ireland’s first all-island dance conference took place at The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. This was an opportunity for the wider dance sector to get together, network and just simply catch up with all that is going on. The conference featured some interesting seminars, workshops and performances and our artistic director, Mags Byrne, was part of the closing roundtable.

We look forward to hearing the developments and legacy of this important event. Well done to all involved.

Hot off the press… there is an exciting follow-up event planned for October 2020 to further explore some of the themes raised at the conference with another all-island conference planned for 2021. Look forward to it!

To read more about the conference click here.

Dungannon Culture Night Roundup

Sutemos and Suteminis teamed up to deliver an energetic performance as part of Mid Ulster Culture Night on Friday 20th September.

The pop-up performance took place at sunset outside Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre in Dungannon and followed on from two multicultural dance workshops earlier in the day.

Good Relations Week ‘Relocate’ Screenings

Our short dance film ‘Relocate’ has been screened as part of the Community Relations Council Good Relations Week – “People Making Change for Peace” 2019.

The first screening took place on Wednesday 18th September at Dungannon Youth Resource Centre followed by two screenings for a combined audience of 90 pupils and staff of St Patrick’s College, Dungannon – with the film’s exploration of migration and settlement resonating with the viewers.

Work Underway for Latest Young Carers Short Film

Work has begun on the latest short dance film in our ongoing project with Barnardo’s NI young carers. Over the next number of weeks, we will be working with young carers based in the Magherafelt area in preparation for filming at the end of October.

Watch this space for news about the project…

Northern Visions Partnership

Northern Visions Television (NVTV) will be producing a short film exploring the work of the company – with a particular focus on our Youth Engagement Projects (YEPs).

Watch this space for more information…

(LA)HORDE – To Da Bone

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Friday 25 October – Saturday 26 October 2019
£13.75 – £21.75
Ages 12+

Look out for this must-see performance as part of the 2019 Belfast International Arts Festival.

To Da Bone, presented by French arts collective (LA)HORDE, explores youth culture, identity and expression. In a world in which daily life is increasingly being lived online, this production takes a closer look at a youth subculture called Jumpstyle.

In exploring the role of Facebook and YouTube in mobilising crowds and in creating opposition movements, (LA)HORDE has cast 11 jumpers from nine European countries via the internet to create this pulsing and electrifying performance with powerful intensity and emotion.

For more information click here.


(LA)HORDE will be working with 20 young people from DU Dance (NI) in a special workshop tying into these performances.

Thanks to Belfast International Arts Festival for facilitating this session.