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Bád Shiobhán

Please note, this event is SOLD OUT!

Bád Shiobhán (Siobhán’s Boat) is an honest, tender and authentic performance touching on themes of care, tradition, power and play in familial relationships.  The work centres around the relationship between choreographer Siobhán, her father, traditional boat-builder Pádraig Ó Duinnín, and a 3-hand West Kerry Naomhóg, a light-weight, wooden-framed, canvas-covered canoe usually rowed at sea on the west coast of Ireland.

In the performance Siobhán and Pádraig work with some of the boat’s materials including 22 foot, spruce laths and 10 yards of canvas. Set to an original score by composer Neil Quigley, with visuals by Dervla Baker, Bád Shiobhán weaves the traditional into a contemporary performance setting. 

Bád Shiobhán uncovers the nuances of an imperfect relationship, sharing heartfelt experiences of the joyful and sometimes tragic aspects of life in connection to the sea, rowing and boat-building.  This work celebrates an intimacy that evolves from building a boat and making a dance together.

Funded by the Arts Council, Cork City Council, Ealaín na Gaeltachta & Cork County Council – Arts Office.

Supported by Dance Ireland, Tyrone Guthrie Centre & Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh, Firkin Crane and Cork  Midsummer Festival.


Director/Choreographer: Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín
Performers: Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín, Pádraig Ó Duinnín
Composer and Sound Design: Neil Quigley
Rehearsal Director: Laura Murphy
Visual Design: Dervla Baker
Lighting Design: Hanan Sheedy
Costume Design: Deirdre Dwyer
Sound Engineer: Sandra O’Mahony
Produced by: Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín & Laura Murphy



Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín is a dance artist based in Cork, Ireland.  Her primary focus is on place-based and site-specific work manifesting in film and live performance. 

Trained in the UK and Ireland, Siobhán has performed with various choreographers to include: John Jasperse & Liz Roche, Mary Nunan, Joan Davis, Jessie Keenan, Junk Ensemble, Laura Murphy and Mary Wycherley. 

Her work has been shown at Salt Festival of the Sea and Environment (UK), Ullapool Dance Festival (SCT), Dublin Dance Festival, Dance Limerick, Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement, What Next Festival, Tipperary Dance Platform and Firkin Crane amongst others.  

Siobhán is Associate Artist at Dance Limerick & Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.  She is a recipient of the Decade of Centenaries Markievicz Award (2022) from the  Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media





SOLD OUT - €15 / €12


7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


15 September 2022


Dance Limerick St John’s Church
Limerick, Ireland


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