NDAI: Shakram Dance Company

Reference Code: IE 2135 N9
Title: The Shakram Dance Company Papers
Dates of Creation: 2001-2011
Extent and Medium: 40 items (40 files)

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Name of Creator(s): The Shakram Dance Company; Mairéad Vaughan (b. 1971).

Administrative/ Biographical History: Dancer and choreographer Mairéad Vaughan (b. 1971) graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds with a degree in Performing Arts (Dance) and from the University of Limerick with an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance.  In 1999, she and composer Dara O’Brien co-founded Shakram Music and Dance Company (later renamed Shakram Dance Company) following their return from India and their respective studies in Indian classical dance.  The company’s distinctive aesthetic drew heavily on Bharatanatyam, a South Indian classical dance form, and was further informed by Vaughan’s studies of ethnic dance in Peru, Equador, Malaysia, Borneo, and Thailand and the rhythmical, gestural, and spatial nature of these art forms.  Shakram Dance company toured nationally and internationally and created thirteen original dance works before dissolving in 2014.  Since then, Mairéad Vaughan has continued her career as a dance artist, choreographer, researcher, and lecturer.  She is the recipient of a number of Arts Council awards and bursaries, including Dance Ireland’s Choreographic Development Initiative in 2008, and an Arts Council bursary through four consecutive years to fund her doctorate in Arts Practice (2016).

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Mairéad Vaughan to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 23 March 2011.  Photographic images donated by Mairéad Vaughan on 2 August 2011.


Content and Structure 

Scope and Content: Posters, flyers, brochures, press cuttings, images, and a recording relating to Shakram Dance Company’s dance works and performances.

System of Arrangement: The material has been arranged into two series: general material (Series 1) and dance works (Series 2).  Series 2 has been divided into eight files by dance work and arranged chronologically by date.


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, one item in Norwegian.


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