MATCH MAKE – SOUL SLEEP

Match Make is a new Maiden Voyage commissioning initiative that brings dance artists and artistic collaborators together to work apart on short commissions during lockdown.

Soul Sleep is a dream journey in movement and words from a colllaboration between dance artist Rosie Mullin and writer Kat Woods and was created in June 2020.

Soul Sleep can be veiwed here:

https://vimeo.com/444189592

Rosie Mullin, 25 is a Belfast based dance artist who started her professional training in Belfast Metropolitan College in 2013. She relocated to Preston, England for one year to achieve a BA (Honours) Degree in Dance Performance and Teaching. On returning to Ireland she joined the advanced training performance programme in Ulster University where she performed ‘DUST’; choreographed by Eileen McClory, artistic director of Off The Rails Dance. In Rosie’s professional work she has continued to work with OTR, most recently performing ‘TURF’ in 2018. Rosie has also worked with Pony Dance performing ‘HOODIES’ in 2018; a duet dance work choreographed by Emily McDonagh. She was one of 6 dance artists selected from a competitive open call for Step Up in 2019; a IWMC & Dance Ireland inititative which bridges the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.

While Rosie’s passion lies in contemporary dance she continues to develop her craft with styles of circus and acrobatics pushing her interest in live performance art.

Kat Woods is a writer and director from Co. Fermanagh in N. Ireland. She has a particular interest in staging works that provide a platform for those from the Underclass/Benefit class background. Works that are representative of her community. Works that redefine the discourse surrounding the poverty stereotype. Kat is an Associate Artist at The Pleasance Theatre London and an Associate Writer at Omnibus Theatre. She is a Royal Court/Kudos TV writers group alumnus. Kat is currently under commission with the MAC, Tinderbox Theatre and Abbey Theatre Dublin, and has been selected to take part in both this year’s BBC Writers Room and BBC Belfast Voices.

Kat’s work has been performed across the UK, Ireland, Finland and the USA including New York. Select credits include Belfast Boy, Wasted, Mule and Killymuck. She is a three times recipient of the Peggy Ramsey award; an awardee of the Royal Literary Fund and her work has gauged critical acclaim winning The Stage award for Excellence and the Fringe review award for Outstanding Theatre.

Maiden Voyage are principally funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and supported by Belfast City Council.