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The Incubator, a new intergenerational hub of co-creation

We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless.” Rumi

Are you interested in trying a new approach to dance and movement? You are invited to join dancers Ailish Claffey and Glenna Batson for “Incubator”, a 5-day movement workshop with dance artists Ailish Claffey and Glenna Batson at The ACRE Project, Celbridge.

What is an incubator? – a communal space, a hatchery, a nest, that gives birth to a new sense of yourself.

Throughout the 5-days, we’ll immerse ourselves in playful movement improvisation and mindful practices. Together, we’ll create a joyful and imaginative landscape for the benefit of self-care and our collective spirit. We’ll engage creatively while learning to take care of ourselves all along the way.

Adults at all ages and stages of life are welcome to join. No previous dance experience is needed to participate – only a curious and open mind and a willingness to jump in. 
Participation in the workshop is complimentary and funded by Kildare County Council Arts Service’s Arts, Health & Wellbeing Programme.

The ACRE Project, Celbridge
Monday 17th – Friday 21st October
10.30am – 3.30pm daily (participants are enouraged to bring their own lunch).

Places are limited and early registration is strongly advised. 
Registration and further information: 


At 74, Glenna Batson, remains an active teacher and mentor of movement, both in the USA and Ireland. For five decades, she has honed a trans-disciplinary approach to the study of embodiment. Since 2017, she has collaborated with Ailish Claffey on community dance and artistic projects. Glenna is professor emeritus of physiotherapy (Winston-Salem State University, USA), and co-directs the Alexander Technique Centre training (Galway). Glenna believes in the power of movement to transform conflict into cooperation, and hopes her last bloom to be the brightest.

Ailish Claffey is a dance artist, choreographer and curator based in Kildare. Ailish has worked with diverse groups within the community developing her co-creative and Dance for Health practice. Exploring the complexity of human relationship and examining the lived experience of those she works with lie at the heart of Ailish’s choreographic work. Ailish is currently exploring the use of scored work in a desire to move away from creating written work, kindly supported by a Dance Bursary Award 2021, The Arts Council Ireland and Platform31 Award for Kildare 2022. Ailish is the recipient of the inaugural Artist in Residence programme at The ACRE Project, Celbridge, a partnership with Kildare County Council Arts Service.

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