HAVOC is a remote company (web based initiative) established through Cathy Coughlan’s research into screen based technology and collaborative dance practice, supported by Create’s – Artist in the community | Bursary Award, with continued support from The Arts Council, through the Dance Artist in Residence Award. The project is managed through a cooperative of dance artists, including Michelle Cahill, Ailish Claffey and Cathy Coughlan. At the core of this initiative, is an interest in producing high quality outcomes from socially engaged practice and in generating a wider audience for dance in general.
As a ‘stand alone’ project, HAVOC considers the expanding possibilities of what dance can be. It aims to open the process of dance making, enable a broader understanding of the art form and gather an archive of dance works created in a socially engaged context. It also provides resources and technical support to artists working collaboratively with communities such as educational material, symposium/festival material, a template for best practice and the opportunity to present images and video of work in progress.
HAVOC is a home for embodied practice outside of the traditional theatre setting, capturing and archiving the work that dance artists engage in to deliver work within communities of interest or place. This is work that may not always make it into the public arena but is, none the less, imperative to the development of audiences for professional dance, both in Ireland and internationally.