Katherine O'Malley - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Katherine O'Malley

Katherine O'Malley is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer. She also recently qualified as an Amatsu Orthopath, a Japanese natural healing art and movement philosophy.

Throughout 2021/22 Katherine will work to develop and deepen her practice as a dance artist through mentored research with visual artist and curator Michelle Brown and choreographer Liv O’Donoghue. During this time she also embark on researching the emerging field of embodied cognition that develops new perspectives on the mind body relationship. To help her navigate this new area she will be mentored by eminent neuroscientist Dr. John Kealy. This will further inform her own artistic dance practice and methodologies while also culminating in an exciting programme of movement workshops for mothers and their babies in the Carlow community. Rounding off an exciting year, an illuminating one-day symposium will draw together national and international artists in dialogue concerned with motherhood, community, and the critical discussion in support of ‘parenthood as work’ within society.

Katherine’s practice is rooted in body experience and looks at arenas of perceived physical identity, embodied cognition, how we know ourselves and what we ‘need’, both as autonomous individuals and in interaction with others and society.

As part of her dance career she has always loved trying to see things from more than one perspective so working with many different artists has been utter joy. She has worked with Liz Roche Company, Mary Nunan, Liv O’Donoghue, John Scott Dance – IMDT, Sara Rudner (USA), Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Cíotog Dance Company & Macushla Dance Club, Maiden Voyage (NI), Splinter Productions with Morleigh Steinburg and Oguri (USA), Thomas Lehmen (GR) and Rebecca Walter, Pappa Tarrahumara (JP), Abbey Theatre, Pan Pan Theatre, Bedrock Productions, Landmark Productions & The Helix and Opera Ireland. Her recent choreographic/director credits include: Some Destroyed Sites (2019) with collaborators Ella Clarke and Jason Byrne, Bias (2016) a solo produced by Liz Roche Company. As a teacher she has worked with dance and theatre companies teaching professionals, non-professionals, actors, singers, including students in national schools and colleges and with Active Retirement and Over 50’s groups. More recently with The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL on both BA and MA courses, College of Dance (Dublin) and as movement Director for Pan Pan Theatre’s Elizas Adventures in the Uncanny Valley 2018. Starting work with Pan Pan Theatre again this April on their new production The First Bad Man - named after a novel of the same name by Miranda July.