Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Claire O’Neil (MA in Dance Studies, University of Auckland) is a movement specialist, choreographer, performer and educator with 20yrs professional experience in the performing arts. She has worked with choreographers such as Hans Van Den Broeck, Douglas Wright, Michèle Noiret, Michael Parmenter, Michèle Anne de Mey and Sue Healy amongst others. She features in Sue Healy’s award winning dance documentary ‘Virtuosi’.
Claire is trained in contemporary dance techniques, physical theatre, yoga, composition, improvisation and music amongst other somatic and arts related practices. She has taught movement and improvisation techniques for dance companies, studios and freelance dance communities internationally. Her credits include Ultima Vez/ Wim Vandenkeybus, Need Company, Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods, The Paris Opera, , Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Company, Ballet Preljocaj., Cie. Philippe Découfflé, The New Zealand Dance Company, Red LeapTheatre , Unitec Performing Arts, University of Auckland and Douglas Wright Dance Co.
Claire founded Fidget Collective in 2001 and has created and collaborated on the following works NOWhere (Carte Blanche Cie Michèle Noiret/Tandem asbl Theatre Les Tanneur, La Reunion tour, Danse en Vol festival Theatre L’l Brussels & Montreal) LOST PROPERTY REPORT NO.1( CC Jacques Franck) Nowhere/Towards a new ready made (Nadine), LOST PROPERTY (co production Danse en Vol Festival 2004), LOST PROPERTY NZ (funded by Creative New Zealand), LOADED (supported by DCJ), and MTYland (commissioned by Footnote Dance NZ - Awarded the ‘Best Choreography from an Established Choreographer 2010, Tempo Festival Auckland, and presented at the New Zealand International Arts festival 2010). Claire has created several short works including SOUTHERN X (Footnote Dance, 2012), THE PICNIC PARTY PRISON PACK, (NZ School of Dance Graduation, 2012), BRINDO: UN CONTEXTO FORMAL (Unitec Dance Graduation, 2014), BODY ARCHIVAL (a performance lecture, winner of UoA Exposure Variety Showcase 2015). Her most recent work JUST BET/WEEN US (2015) for Footnote Dance Choreo Co. season won the Wellington Fringe Festival Best Dance Production 2015. She is currently researching a new full length work for Footnote Dance New Zealand.
Contemporary dance techniques and practices with Claire O’Neil.
The session is interspliced with three main interests for the moving body:
the technical use, articlation and flow/disruption of the bodyweight via body mechanisms
somatic practices and embodied presence
performance modes, provocations and analysis.
These interests are directed/enhanced/grounded by spatial and rhythmical awareness. They are recognising different movement languages. They are supported by an ongoing intrigue for meanings and motivations driving movement sensibilites, qualities and interactions. The aim is to empower dancers by celebrating individual approaches within comprehensive dance exercises, tasks and spatial structures.