Following in the footsteps of previous postholders including Suzanne Lacy, Oona Doherty, Amanda Coogan and Leonie McDonagh, this year’s BIAF Artist in Residence is Belfast based choreographer, Eileen McClory.
Eileen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from Liverpool John Moores University and went on to complete a two-year professional training programme at Dance New Amsterdam in New York, before returning to Belfast to study for a MA Contemporary Performance Practice at Ulster University, which she has just completed this year with distinction. Her most recent work, BRINK, was made for Maiden Voyage Dance and reflected the ongoing climate of insecurity around Brexit with dancers performing on a 1.5 metre high table. As part of her residency, Eileen will spend time at the prestigious CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble.
As an established Dance Artist, Eileen has received commissions from Quotidian: Word on the Street: At the Margins 2021, Maiden Voyage Dance Company: BRINK 2020, The Playhouse Derry: TURF 2018, Tinderbox Theatre Company: CUCK 2017.
As the creator of Off the Rails Dance #OTR Eileen has choreographed and produced The Dutiful Wife 2016 Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and S(3)nsored 2011, Pick n Mix Festival and received an Artist Career Enhancement Award from Arts Council NI in 2018 to develop #theSHAMEproject.
This residency is generously supported by the British Council in France.