Portrait: Marion Cronin
Marion Cronin is a dance artist based in Dublin, Ireland. She holds a BA Honours Degree in Contemporary Dance from The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. Since graduating in 2012 she has toured extensively across Ireland and internationally. She has worked with choreographers and companies including Laura Murphy, Rob Heaslip, Tamsyn Russell, Jessie Keenan, Junk Ensemble, Lucia Kickham and Theatre Lovett. Her international touring has brought her to Gramhamstown Arts Festival, South Africa; Agitart, Figueres, Spain; Ramalla Contemporary Dance Festival, Palestine; and Tanzmesse, Dusseldorf.
While dancing for different choreographers Marion continues to develop her own artistic practice. What inspires and drives her dance practice is her collaborations with other artists; visual artists, writers, sound artists and film makers. She also has a strong passion for dance improvisation and street arts, both feed into and influence her practice. Her work is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council.
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
Rehearsal, 3 September 2020
These photographs were taken by Zosia Kuczyńska during project workshops and rehearsals at Dance House on 3 September 2020.
So what is surfacing
This film, directed by Jessie Keenan, is set in the stunning surrounds of the Museum of Literature Ireland. Three dancers - Lucia Kickham, Marion Cronin, and Sarah Ryan - move between their individual interior world and their collective exterior world.
Dance House, 11 August 2020
In this recording, Jessie Keenan teaches dancers Marion Cronin, Lucia Kickham, and Sarah Ryan the first part of a dance phrase. This phrase was taken from footage of Jessie rehearsing a live dance improvisation to audio she recorded in response to the question ‘So what is surfacing?’, adapted from a phrase written by Brian Friel during the composition process for Dancing at Lughnasa (1990).
Dance House, 13 August 2020
This is a recording of dancers Marion Cronin, Lucia Kickham, and Sarah Ryan performing the second part of a dance phrase taught to them by Jessie Keenan.
Dance House, 3 September 2020
This is a recording of a live improvisation by dancers Marion Cronin, Sarah Ryan, and Lucia Kickham whilst listening to Zosia Kuczyńska’s placeholder recording of the opening monologue from Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa (1990).