Áine began her artistic path in Cornwall, and graduated from London Contemporary Dance School with a first class honours degree. She has performed in works by Jasmin Vardimon (as part of the National Youth Dance Company ), Pascalle Merighi, Geir Hytten, Dam Van Hunyh and Liz Aggiss.
Áine is inspired to create performance work that collides with different art forms. Her collaborative work with designers from Wimbledon College of Arts was staged at the Robin Howard Theatre and she performed her solo ‘In brief ‘ at Center 151 Hackney. She will co-choreograph and perform a new work, ‘Fragmenty’, for Resolution festival 2018.
Áine is passionate about the communal and collaborative aspect of dance. As part of the female collective ‘The Yonis’, Áine has co-created and performed at emerging platforms such as Brainchild festival, Abeerance and WOMAN SRSLY.
Áine joined Tilted Productions as an apprentice dancer from London Contemporary Dance School in September 2017. [Apprentice dancers are postgraduate students who work with the company as part of their coursework at London Contemporary Dance School.]
How did you come to be a performer?
I’ve always enjoyed performing. I remember putting on shows in the living room for my family when I was growing up (I think I get it from my animated Irish Dad…he is quite the storyteller…). I think my first ‘real’ experience of performing was when I joined the Cornish dancing team in school when I was about 8 years old. I loved the feeling of sharing the dance with a big group of people, for a big group of people. So I continued to do this , and now here I am!
How do you feel when you perform?
It changes all the time, so I never know exactly what to expect from each performance. I feel alive, aware, visible, uninhibited, excited, grateful… Lots! Often it’s as if I am sharing something quite private. Sometimes it passes so quickly that I feel like I missed it completely.
What is your earliest memory?
I remember things about being at my grandparents old house in Lancashire. The smell of a lavender bush we would walk past on the way there. And sitting on their patio with buckets, spades and a washing up bowl filled with sand- pretending to be at the beach!
How does performing outside feel compared to inside?
I really enjoy dancing in outdoor spaces. There is a lot of information to manage and things are constantly happening outside of your control – but I find this unpredictability exciting. What I love is that it makes movement a part of life or the ‘outside world’ rather than existing in isolation to it. Performing inside is perhaps the opposite in the sense that the stage can become a completely illusory world which can take you away from reality.
If you weren’t a performer, what would you like to do?
I would be a writer, and I want to travel, so perhaps I’d combine the two! And I would love to do something related to gender/feminist studies. AND I would have my own coffee shop…. All at once?!?
What do you like to do on your day off?
I try and have a good rest, cook some good food, spend time with my friends, drink a beer, go for a cycle to somewhere nice in London. I like to go to Clissold Park in Stoke Newington to see some much needed greenery.