Maiden Voyage is an artist-led commissioning company offering discoveries in dance with, by, and for, artists, audiences and participants.
We commission and produce distinctive dance performances across three strands; Maiden Belfast theatre venue based performances; Dance Exposed short new works for public space; and Off Spring new work for young and family audiences.
The company was established in Belfast by Artistic Director Nicola Curry in 2002. Maiden Voyage is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors and is a registered Charity with NI Charity Commission. Maiden Voyage is funded annually by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and by Belfast City Council and receives support from individual Trusts and Foundations for different aspects of our programme.
Maiden Voyage relies on a large number of freelance dance artists in the creation and delivery of our programme. This includes long term company members; Ryan O’Neill, Vasiliki Stasinaki and David Ogle who have been performing and working with the company since 2010. Dancers performing with us during 2021/22 include Adam Ashford, Clara Kerr, Michael McEvoy and Maeve McGreevy.
Dance artists under commission in 2021-22 include
Jennifer Rooney & Elaine Agnew for Turnabout to premiere online in Spring 2021
David Ogle for MORF a new work for young audiences to premiere in Spring 2022.
Resi-dance choreographers; Clara Kerr, Eileen McClory, Suzannah McCreight, Michael McEvoy, Vasiliki Stasinaki.
We offer professional development opportunities for professionals including regular prodance classes, specialist intensives and mentoring.
Our participation programmes include;
Belfast Movement Choir coordinated by Sandy Cuthbert with dance artists Aisling McCormick, Anna Treanor, Eileen McClory, Jane Mooney and Rosie Mullin. Belfast Movement Choir is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Move Fit is a physical and mental well-being programme for primary schools and is coordinated by Sandy Cuthbert and delivered by dance artists Sheena Kelly, Janie Doherty and Aisling McCormick. Move Fit is funded by Garfield Weston Foundation over three years and was supported in year one by Victoria Homes Trust with funding secured for year two from Halifax Foundation.