Deirdre is a dance historian, writer/director, and author of books Irish Moves, an Illustrated history of dance and physical theatre in Ireland, and Orientalism, Orientation, and the Nomadic Work of Pina Bausch (her PhD). Her films have been broadcast on RTE, TG4, and selected for festivals worldwide, from Lincoln Center NYC Dance on Camera Festival to Light Moves Festival of Screendance, Limerick, and Bloomsday Film Festival at the IFI.
As part of her ongoing project to re-inscribe the body into Irish cultural history, (notably 1940s Irish-German modern dance pioneer Erina Brady), Deirdre is reclaiming misunderstood modern dancer Lucia Joyce as a significant artist, from her 2019 RTE Lyric FM BAI-funded feature radio documentary “Dancing with Lucia”, to her short dance film “Lucia Joyce: FULL CAPACITY”; Arts Council Agility Award supported interdisciplinary event “Come and See Me, I’m a Crossword Puzzle” at Dublin’s James Joyce Centre on Saint Lucia’s Day, December 13th, 2022, and her new play “Brancusi Bird” which received scene readings at Ranelagh Festival in May 2023.
Among other projects Deirdre is working on a creative non-fiction partly based on her Joyce Studies Annual essay “Fail Better: Lucia Joyce and the Abbey Theatre Ballets”, also supported by an Arts Council Agility Award.
For more see www.deirdremulrooney.com