Roisin Whelan - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Roisin Whelan - LAB Programme

At VISUAL, dancer Roisin Whelan will be developing an idea for a trio to artistically explore the hidden strength of women.

Inspired by the book 'Women Don't Owe You Pretty' by Florence Given, a book exploring how to reshape and transform the way we view ourselves. She will be researching how we can trick the audience's eye through film and movement, making them question what they're seeing and their thoughts about the female form; working on creating movement specifically for the camera.

Roisin began her professional training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where she completed her BPA and Masters in Performance, graduating with first class hons and receiving the Kathleen Tatterstall Leadership Award. Roisin was a dancer with Black Box Dance Company and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. In 2021 Roisin has worked with Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company on their new show ‘Turnstile’. Roisin is successfully funded by Arts Council Ireland (2020 and 2021). In 2021 she will be developing a new children’s show entitled ‘The Galaxy of Occupations’. Roisin also received Business to Arts funding from the Bank of Ireland, Begin Together fund to create ‘Man Down’. Roisin has been supported by LD Dance Shawbrook, Dance Ireland and Backstage Theatre Longford as artist in residence (2020) and will be creating her new works with the support of VISUAL Carlow, Tipperary Dance Platform, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Shawbrook Dance this year.