Jean Butler has been dancing for over 30 years. Credits include, The Chieftains (soloist 1987-93), Riverdance (co-choreographer and original principal female), and Dancing on Dangerous Ground (producer, co-choreographer and principal female). In April 1999 she was awarded the prestigious Irish Post Award for her outstanding contribution to Irish Dance. Butler holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Birmingham University, England and an M.A. in Contemporary Dance Performance from The World Academy of Music and Dance, Limerick University (Artist in Residence, 2003–05, 2010). During this time, Butler became interested in a different physicality. Butler’s first contemporary solo piece, does she take sugar? ran at Project Arts Centre, Dublin and was awarded “most innovative production” in the critics’ survey in Ballet-Tanz Magazine Yearbook 2007. In 2009-2010, Butler had the privilege of working with Tere O’Conner on DAY, a solo commissioned by the Abbey Theatre and presented by the Abbey and Dublin Dance Festival 2010. Butler’s contemporary solo works have been commissioned and supported by the Irish Arts Council, Dublin Dance Festival, Culture Ireland, Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Daghdha Dance Company (Limerick), Plankton Productions (Japan), Movement Research (New York), the Abbey Theatre (Dublin), and by Danspace Project (New York) with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Butler will begin teaching at NYU Ireland House in September 2012.
During her Process Space residency, Jean Butler will dedicate her time to research and develop her next solo work, which will premiere at Danspace Project in the winter of 2013.
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