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Jess Rowell

* Inclusive Dance Artist
Facilitator &
Multi Sensory Dance Theatre Maker

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*About Me

I am an inclusive dance artist, movement facilitator and maker of multi-sensory dance
theatre for young people with additional needs. Inclusivity is at the heart of my practice, and I am committed to making dance accessible and promoting equal access to all that the arts world has to offer.

I facilitate projects and create performances that engage young people, adults and artists
with intellectual disabilities.


I have performed, collaborated and directed work in both professional and community
contexts for the last 14yrs.

Places I've studied - London Contemporary Dance School, UK, Northbrook Metropolitan College, UK, The Freestyle Yoga Project, UK & Tattvaa Yogashala Rishikesh, India.

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Recent Work

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Making Waves

An immersive Dance Theatre Show for children and young people with mild to complex needs aged 8-13yrs.

National tour commencing in January 2024

Voices

International collaboration

Voices is an integrated dance performance celebrating inclusivity, individuality and identity. Choreographed by Jess Rowell (Ireland) and Hayley Earlam (Scotland) featuring a main cast of performers with and without disabilities (Anderson de Souza (Ireland/Brazil), Brian McSweeney (Ireland) and Alessandro Zangrando (Italy/Ireland). More info here

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Create Dance & Friends

Curated by Jess Rowell

A day of dance, inclusion, presentation & celebration curated by Jess Rowell as part of her 2022 dance residency at Draíocht. Over 50 dancers and facilitators came together for a joyous day of dance and connection in June 2022. Members from Create Dance, Draíocht, Traces Dance Ensemble, Brothers of Charity, Waterford & Anam Creative Arts Hub.

Link to film here

Ripples

An inclusive dance film presenting movement as an expression of inclusivity and individuality. Featuring members of Create Dance, Draíocht with Jess Rowell & Brian McSweeney

Link to film here

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Between Us There Is...

A dance film celebrating the 13-year movement relationship between Jess Rowell and Brian McSweeney a dancer with Down syndrome

Link to film here

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Making Waves 2024

We are hitting the road (high seas) again in Jan 2024 with a 9 week national tour supported by The Arts Council touring award, following a successful 4 week tour of Making Waves in early 2023 & a week of shows at Baboró International Children's Festival.

Our accessible touring model features schools & integrated family shows with wrap-around activities to support audience members, their teachers, carers and guardians deepening engagement for all.

BOOKING INFO HERE!

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Sept 2023

A brilliant week of action research with the wonderful students and teachers in St Catherine's School, Co. Wicklow. During the week we introduced dance artist Brian McSweeney to a range of techniques used in sensory dance theatre making. To say we had fun is an understatement!!!! This week was led by inclusive dance artist & facilitator Jess Rowell with mentor Libby Seward; supported by Meitheal: A Branar Initiative.

Watch our video HERE

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2020 - 2022

As Draíocht's Dance Artist in Residence (2020-2022) I have developed and expanded my knowledge of inclusive dance practice, engaged with other artists in the field, nurtured cross-arts relationships and received mentorship from Anna Newell amongst others. My work with Draíocht has been documented and presented on film, stage and live on RTE.

This residency is supported by Arts Council Ireland with additional funding provided by Fingal County Council and Draíocht, Blanchardstown.

Residency Blogs & RTE Interview

3yr Residency Youtube Playlist

2021 Blog - Part one

2021 Blog - Part two

RTE Interview - Between Us There Is...

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*Workshops

Please get in touch for more info and to book workshops - All workshops can be tailored to groups needs.

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Inclusive Dance

I deliver workshops and facilitate projects engaging children, young people and artists with intellectual disabilities. Most recently I have worked with Create Dance, Draíocht Blanchstown and previously with Traces Dance
Ensemble, a company for dancers with additional needs in Co. Waterford.

Duration of workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each individual group.

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Baby Boogie

Enjoy music and dance with your little one in a workshop specially designed for babies/toddlers and parents/guardians. Set in a calming and comforting environment Jess will guide you in an exciting exploration of movement, colour and rhythm. 

Age Groups: 0-1yrs or 2-3yrs   |   Duration: 50mins

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Making Waves - Promo - Jess Rowell & Draíocht Blanchardstown

Making Waves - Promo - Jess Rowell & Draíocht Blanchardstown

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Ripples - Jess Rowell and Draiocht Blanchardstown

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Chance to Dance - Jess Rowell and Draíocht Blanchardstown

Chance to Dance - Jess Rowell and Draíocht Blanchardstown

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Ripples - Behind the Scenes - Jess Rowell and Draíocht Blanchardstown

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“Thank you so much guys, this project brought genuine joy to Helena this past year. Anything that brings her a bit of joy, brings us a bit of joy, and that’s the truth of it. This has been a really really hard year and that was her only connection. It was just something very special. Since she has started doing this, her confidence has just skyrocketed!”

CHANCE TO DANCE

Jenny, Create Dance Parent

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*Contact Me

Dublin, Ireland

+353 (0) 85 2157001

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