Katherine O'Malley (Ireland)

Fri 14 Oct | 7.30 pm (Double-bill with 'REVOLVER')
Excel Arts Centre, Tipperary town
20 min | All ages | Adults 10€ / Concessions 8€ / Children 5€ / One free class with each show ticket purchased

“Extremely compelling… casts a spell and a stillness that ultimately captivates.” The Examiner’s 2016

Every day we make split second judgements, and we deal with the consequences. What logic underlies these unconscious decisions? What patterns are we repeating? What cognitive short-cuts are we taking?
Do we suffer by taking the path of least resistance taught to us by our experiences? Do we benefit from listening to the clamour of voices who want to influence us? We are composed of our biases, for better or for worse. Should we trust these inclinations?
Bias is a collaborative work between dance artist Katherine O’Malley, composer Daragh Dukes and film maker Mark Linnane. Bias originates from a growing awareness in Katherine’s process of how much time is spent negotiating her own biases. The work has evolved in observation of some of these biases, stating, restating and reframing them in a series of new environments, and from new perspectives. Each new environment is a sounding board, a testing ground where biases and inclinations will be revealed”


Choreographer/Performer: Katherine O’Malley
Composer: Darragh Dukes
Film: Mark Linnane
Dramaturg: Fergus Byrne
Lighting Design: Aideen Malone
Costume: Saileog O’Halloran

About the artist

Choreographer/Director – Katherine O’Malley is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Katherine is a foundIng member of Liz Roche Company (1999) and Associate Artist since 2008. She holds an MA from UL and trained at London Contemporary Dance School and Perm State Choreographic Institute, Russia. In 2014 Katherine choreographed and performed “Wake” with director Maeve Stone produced by Chamber Made Opera (AUS) and commissioned by Limerick City of Culture 2014. At the beginning of 2016 Katherine qualified as an Amatsu Practitioner with the Amatsu Therapy Association Ltd. As a dancer Katherine has also performed work by Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Sara Rudner (USA), Liv O’Donoghue, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Maiden Voyage Dance, Dylan Quinn, Splinter Productions with Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri (USA), Thomas Lehman (GR) and Catapult Dance Company, The Abbey Theatre, Pan Pan Theatre, Bedrock Productions.


A big thank you to the creative and production team and crew, everyone at Liz Roche Company, the Arts Council of Ireland, all at Dublin Dance Festival, Live Collision, The Complex and Justine Doswell. Also sincere thanks to Corn Exchange, JC and all at Project Arts Centre, The Company, Jose Miguel Jimenez and Maria Nilsson Waller, Bryan O’Connell, Carl and Katherine O’Malley. Sincere thanks to our supporters – Dance Ireland’s New Moves Initiative Residency programme, TRY Residency Tipperary, Dance Limerick, Project Arts Centre and Firkin Crane. This work is funded by an Arts Council Project Award 2015 and is presented as part of Originate 2016, a platform for new and recent choreographic work made in Ireland supported by Dublin Dance Festival, Dance Ireland, and Culture Ireland.


Every day we make split second judgements, and deal with the consequences. Bias is a composition of environments and images exposing the dancer’s biases.