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ABOUT

Dance artist, choreographer and creative producer, Justine trained at Legat and Central in the UK.

Resident in Dublin since 1997, she has worked with numerous notable Irish and international choreographers, directors and companies, including Liz Roche Company (formerly Rex Levitates) / Jodi Melnick US; John Scott's Irish Modern Dance Theatre / Fabrice Dugied FR / Sean Curran US / Sara Rudner US; CoisCéim Dance Theatre; Ballet Boyz UK / Charles Linehan UK; Dance Theatre of Ireland / Les Carnet Bagouet, Dominique Bagouet FR; Charleroi Danse BE / Merce Cunningham USA / Paul Taylor Dance Company US / Karole Armitage US / Lucinda Childs US / Joachim Schlömer DE; The Abbey Theatre, Landmark Productions, Opera Ireland amongst others.

 

Inspired by dynamic structure and living systems her choreographic practice is rooted in collaboration and has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Culture Ireland, Dance Ireland, Dublin Dance Festival, Dance Limerick, Dance Cork Firkin CraneShawbrook, Tipperary Dance/Grand Studio BrusselsIrish Modern Dance Theatre Liz Roche Company/The Lir Academy, THEATREClub, Dance Resource Base Northern Ireland, axis Ballymun and the Complex.

Justine Doswell Photo:Martin Mai

Photo: Martin Mai

Recent choreographic highlights include the premiere of her new full length creation, Messier 45, presented by Dance Cork Firkin Crane, November 2023 and DYAD - a live performance film in St Patrick’s Cathedral - presented by Dublin Dance Festival 2021 for their Summer 2021 Digital Edition and in 2022 presented by Dance Limerick as a live performance.

 

In addition, Justine’s short dance film, Is there balm in Gilead? made in collaboration with filmmaker Luca Truffarelli and commissioned by Irish Modern Dance Theatre, premiered at Dancer From The Dance Festival July 2022 in partnership with the Irish Film Institute. Footage in development was included at The Pina Bausch Centre’s Under Construction Festival May 2022. The film has since enjoyed international success in 2023. Film Festivals include Dance Camera West, Los Angeles supported by Culture Ireland; Worldfest, Houston (Silver Remi winner); Cannes World Film Festival (Best Dance Film); San Francisco Dance Film Festival; The Outlet Dance Project, New Jersey, Leeds International Film Festival and Covent Garden Film Festival, London.

 

Theatre and Opera include: Joyce’s Women (The Abbey – The National Theatre of Ireland), Elvis is My Daddy (Olympia Theatre/The Everyman, Cork), Heresy (Project Arts Centre), The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse (Northern Ireland Opera) and Dusk (The New Theatre).

 

Over the years, Justine has taught for a multitude of organisations and has participated in an extensive range of outreach projects. In partnership with municipal arts offices, she has also enjoyed being resident in various primary and post-primary schools across Dublin County. Additionally, Justine was responsible for the Junior section of Dublin Youth Dance Company (12-17yrs) led by Artistic Director Mariam Ribon, September 2016 - July 2022.

 

In relation to her choreographic practice, Justine is an Arts Council of Ireland Next Generation 2021 recipient, Irish Modern Dance Theatre 2021-2023 Associate Artist and currently, University College Dublin's (UCD) Creative Futures Academy's (CFA) Trapdoor Dance Artist in Residence 2024, funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council's Arts Office.

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