Artistic Director / Chantal McCormick
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
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
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.
Rigger / High Performance Rigging
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.
The Fidget Feeters
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, Jennifer de Brún, 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
Jennifer de Brún (Chairperson)
Jennifer de Brún is a Limerick based ethnochoreologist, aerialist and dance artist. She is Performing Arts Coordinator at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Limerick and she is also a qualified Ceccchetti Classical ballet teacher with the Imperial Society of Teacher of Dance.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Maria Fleming has over 20 years’ experience working as a general manager, producer, programmer and arts consultant with Ireland’s leading companies and theatre artists. Maria was recently appointed General Manager of Dublin Theatre Festival. Her role as Theatre Programmer at The Ark from 2012 to 2017 included curation of the family seasons at Dublin Theatre Festival across six years, programming Irish and International work for audiences aged 2 to 12 years. Previously, Maria worked as General Manager of Barabbas Theatre Company and Calypso and was administrator of Druid Theatre Company. As a freelance producer and arts consultant, she has worked with, among others, Hot for Theatre, The Performance Corporation, Donal O’Kelly Productions and Irish Modern Dance Theatre.As Chair of TYA Ireland, the national membership association representing and promoting professional artists working in theatre for children and young audiences, Maria was on the steering committee of the 2016 ASSITEJ festival ‘On The Edge’ in Birmingham.Maria has a love of all things theatrical and in particular enjoys physical theatre, immersive theatre and contemporary circus. Maria is passionate about social justice and in 2017 travelled twice to the island of Chios in Greece to volunteer with refugee support group CESRT (Chios Eastern Shore Response Team).
Siobhán is a practising barrister.