People

Artistic Director / Chantal McCormick

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Chantal McCormick trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London School of Contemporary Dance. After graduation she became interested in aerial circus and trained at Circus Space, London. Chantal toured with established dance and circus companies in the UK from 1999-2008. Fidget Feet was founded in 2004 by Chantal (Donegal) and her husband Jym Daly (Cork). Chantal has directed, choreographed, and performed shows with Fidget Feet including; Wired and Free, Fairies Tail, Remember Her, Madam Silk, Raw, Hang On, Catch Me, Fire Birds and Elves and the Shoemaker. Chantal is also the Artistic Director of Irish Aerial Dance Fest.

Artistic Director / Jym Daly

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Beginning at the Crawford Municipal (Cork Art School). In London Jym attracted the attention of London’s avant garde scene by playing kitchen sinks along with chinese violins in nightclubs like the Camden Palace etc. Never feeling any one art form to be fully satisfactory, Jym later found himself involved in the development of a new sound which combined spiritual music from around the world with the emerging world of dance beats. Loop Guru toured the world for many years leaving a rich legacy of albums. During that time Jym also created videos for the band and created a cartoon which ran in a national music magazine. His eclectic artistic past has now culminated in Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, co-founded with wife Chantal McCormick, where music, film, dance, acting and swinging boats off cranes co-exist peacefully in the one expression.

Associate Artist / Lee Clayden

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Lee started dancing at the age of 21 and graduated from London Contemporary Dance School with a 1st degree. Lee’s first encounter with Fidget Feet was on the production RAW, in 2008 He is now associated artist with Fidget Feet and is one of company’s main performers, teachers and riggers. He has worked on The Snow Queen, Catch me, Hang on, Firebirds, A Fairies’ Tail and The Elves and the Shoemaker.

General Manager / Ayoma Bowe

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Ayoma is General Manager of Fidget Feet, a role which requires Ayoma to ‘think on her feet’ while bringing a steady hand to the day-to-day running of the organisation. She brings an array of talents to this role, including managing grant applications, financial management, ensuring staffing and organisational issues are on point, while supporting the development and implementation of Fidget Feet’s strategic plan.

Since joining in 2016 Ayoma has established herself as a core part of the Fidget Feet team. She brings with her over 10 years of experience within the Arts Community; working for several years in Poetry Ireland where she was instrumental in transforming the strategic development of the poetry sector in Ireland.

Ayoma shares the vision of Fidget Feet’s artistic director, Chantal McCormick, that access to the arts is fundamental to human development, and she works closely with Chantal to ensure that artistic engagement, collaboration and opportunities to experience artistic programmes of excellence are at the fore of the national and international agenda.

Rigger / High Performance Rigging

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High Performance are a European based organisation offering their specialist services worldwide.

Their specialist core team are former aerial & acrobatic artists who have worked and toured the world over, making liaison between artists and production with understanding and clarity.

http://highperformanceproductions.net/

The Fidget Feeters

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Aisling Ni Cheallaigh, Ashlene McFadden, Sianna Bruce, Kathleen Doherty, Kathryn Cooley, Cormac Byrne, Chrissie Ardill, Timothy O’Sullivan, Naomhan McKeon Joyce, Lee Clayden, Jym Daly, Chantal McCormick, Yolandi Daly, Maire Dee, Keira Martin, Marcus Lamb, Conor Delaney, Victoria McManus, Jennifer Paterson, Emma Insley, Richard McCurry, John-Joe Kelly, Mike McGoldrick, Damien O’Kane, Michael Rooney, Mikel Murfi, Clare Anderson, Ronan Brady, Blue Hanley, Beau Holland, Mark Hennessy, Ciaran Connolly, Ria Murphy, Justine Squire, Laura Cork, Anne Creighton, Helen Ahern, Johann Hattingh, Adam O’Keeffe, Josh Roxby, Carolina Cabanas, Rachel Strickland, Rosin Harten, Suzon Gheur, Adain and Amelie from Realta, Orna Vranic, Jonathan Walsh, Kim McAfferty, Kata Thor , Tinna Grétarsdóttir, Stephen O’ Rourke , Christian and Louis, Helen Aston , Naomi Giffen, Cat Ryan, Toby Gomme, Dawn Pascoe, Lindsey Butcher, Rachel Ni Bhraonain and High Performance Productions.

Fidget Feet Board Members

Chantal McCormick

Choreographer, teacher, facilitator and advocate for Aerial Arts throughout Ireland and abroad, Chantal trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London School of Contemporary Dance and the National Centre for Circus in London. From 1999-2008 Chantal toured with established dance and circus companies in the UK, Trinidad, Europe and Australia. Since 2004 Chantal directs, choreographs, and performs, indoors and outdoors, nationally and internationally with her own company Fidget Feet, Ireland’s leading and first Aerial Dance Company. Chantal is the Executive Artistic Director of Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, founding member of ISACS (Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network), Festival Director of IADF (Irish Aerial Dance Fest) and Professional Development Manager of the IACC (Irish Aerial Creation Centre).


Jym Daly

Studied at the Crawford Municipal, Cork Art School, Jym was involved in all aspects of local theatre from acting to set design. His first animation received an award from the Southbank Centre. After a one-man exhibition in the city, he was attracted to the emerging world of performance art. Forming a group, which left to take on the bigger playing field of London, Jym attracted the attention of London’s Avant Garde scene by playing kitchen sinks along with Chinese violins in nightclubs such as the Camden Palace. Never feeling any one art form to be fully satisfactory, he worked in several diverse fields, from playing with music groups Psychic TV to acting with theatre groups Wet Paint whilst still keeping a hand in the art world.

Jym later found himself involved in the development of a new sound, Loop Guru, who toured the world leaving a rich legacy of albums. Jym also created videos for the band and a cartoon that ran in a national music magazine. His eclectic artistic past has now culminated in Fidget Feet Aerial Dance company, co-founded with wife Chantal McCormick where music, film, dance, acting and swinging boats off cranes co-exist peacefully in the one expression. Jym is the Musical and Video Director of the company, creating bespoke musical scores and visuals. Sky Dance, created for NYFestival Dublin 2016 is Jym’s largest piece of work to date combining video mapping, a musical score, narrated sound bites and a zip lining performance to an audience in excess of 12,000+.


Mona Considine

Mona is General Manager at Backstage Theatre in Longford where she is responsible for programming and artistic development. Mona is also a member of the Touring Venue Networks, Nomad and Nasc, and has been a member of both networks since their establishment in late 2005/early 2006. Currently, Mona is a Board Director of the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge. She was Chairperson of Theatre Forum Ireland, the representative association for the performing arts in Ireland from 2013 to 2016.


Úna McCarthy

Director/Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA), Úna has worked in the arts sector in Ireland and the UK for the past 30 years. Úna’s experience includes working in the not-for-profit and public sectors. Prior to taking up the position at LCGA, Úna worked as Head of Festivals and Local Arts at the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon having previously worked in Belfast and Bristol where she was the first Arts Officer appointed to work for Bristol City Council. Úna brings an in-depth knowledge of the arts sector throughout Ireland and hopes this knowledge and experience will contribute to the next phase of Fidget Feet’s development.


Marie O’Byrne

Marie, Director of the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, has long been involved in the development and production of new artistic collaboration projects from her time spent at glór Irish music centre, her work with Open House festival, Belfast and her time at the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo over the past 6 years. Marie’s creative direction in terms of her work is progressive with an emphasis on the creation of new collaborative work. She holds a degree in Architectural Science from UCD, a Masters in Music Technology from DIT and a Masters in Traditional Irish Music Performance from UL.


Ulla Hokkanen

Graduating from University of Tampere in 2005 with a degree in Sociology, Ulla has dedicated her career to working in the realm of Circus Arts. She has been integral to the shaping Galway Community Circus’ reputation as the leading youth and social circus organisation in Ireland and as one of the most innovative and progressive arts organisations in Galway City.

She has built strong partnerships with key local, national and international organisations and has coordinated several European training, research and exchange projects including Circus+ European research project (2014-2016, 2017-) on third level education in circus arts. Ulla has been a Board Member of the leading European Youth and Social Circus Network (Caravan) since 2013 as well as a Board Member of the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) from 2012 – 2016 serving the final two years as the Chair. She now serves as Chair of Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre Company.

In 2016-2020 Ulla is the Artistic Director of ‘Wires Crossed’, an anchor project of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme.


Olivia O’Sullivan

Olivia is a communications and marketing consultant based in Limerick. With a background in graphic design, she holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Visual Communications from the Limerick School of Art and Design, and works across various sectors. In 2014 she held the role of Marketing & Communications Manager for Limerick City of Culture, working on events for companies such as Royal de Luxe and No Fit State.

She is creator of the Eat in Limerick food guide, and a founding member of the Limerick Food Group and Pigtown Culture & Food Series. Olivia is also a regular contributor to media in Limerick.


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