National Dance Archive of Ireland (NDAI)ContemporarydanceDublin Contemporary Dance Theatre


Reference Code: IE 2135 N37
Title: The Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre Papers
Dates of Creation: 1986-1989
Extent and Medium: 32 items (27 files)

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Name of Creator(s): The Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1979-1989).

Administrative History: In September 1977, Karen Callaghan and Joan Davis co-founded the Dublin Contemporary Dance Studio in Harold’s Cross, Dublin to pioneer modern dance in Ireland.  Two years later, they established the studio’s performing company, the Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre, which rapidly built up a varied repertoire of both original and guest choreographers’ work.  Many of Ireland’s key choreographers and dancers began their professional careers with this company.  In spite of its distinguished track record, the Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre was forced to fold in 1989, when the Arts Council cut its funding.  Its spirit lives on in Dance Theatre of Ireland, founded by the company’s former co-Artistic Directors Robert Connor and Loretta Yurick.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Robert Connor and Loretta Yurick of Dance Theatre of Ireland to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 8 November 2011.


Content and Structure 

Scope and Content: Prospectus, repertoire, promotional material, programmes, and photographs illustrating Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre’s activities during the five final years of its existence.

System of Arrangement: The items have been arranged into three series according to the activities to which they relate.  Section 2 (performances) has been further subdivided by choreography and arranged chronologically by date of creation.


Conditions of access and use

Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to all items.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Standard copyright regulations apply to all items.  For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult with the staff.

Language/ Scripts of Material: English.


Allied Materials 

Related Units of Description: For additional material relating to the Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre, see N39 (Joan Davis Papers) at the National Dance Archive of Ireland.  For Dance Theatre of Ireland, see N38 at the National Dance Archive of Ireland.


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