New Work

Portrait: Sarah Ryan

Sarah Ryan is a dance artist based in Dublin. For the last 9 years she has worked as a professional performer and facilitator for a wide and varied range of choreographers, directors, companies and artists spanning across many artistic genres. These include Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Laura Murphy, Philip Connaughton, Áine Stapleton, Junk Ensemble, Opera Theatre Company, John O’Brien, Pan Pan Theatre Company, Mary Wycherley and Selma Daniel, amongst many others.  

Sarah is particularly passionate about interdisciplinary work. She enjoys the challenge, growth and richness that comes with numerous perspectives of inspiration and crafting.


These portraits capture a specific moment in time for eight individuals. The unwavering single-shot focus of the camera offers a poignant and intimate closeness to each subject. They were filmed in April 2021 in locations specially chosen by each subject: a place of sanctuary within the five-kilometre radius of their home. The films are inspired by Andy Warhol’s Screen Test from the 1960s and Jane McCormick’s This Moment capturing the significant people behind the TownHall Cavan Arts Space. The films pay homage to the dedication and talent which sustained the Don’t anticipate the ending project.

Directed by Robbie Blake
Filmed and Edited by Steve O’Connor

Don't anticipate the ending Creative encounters with the Brian Friel Papers

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Presented in partnership with the National Library of Ireland