Zoë Ashe-Browne is a dance artist and maker from Dublin. She graduated from English
National Ballet School in 2009 and has danced with The National Ballet of Ireland,
English National Ballet and Opera Ballet Flanders (formerly the Royal Ballet of
Flanders) and guested with Company Eastman Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Her choreographic
work is informed by her performance career, bringing in classical, contemporary
and multi-disciplinary practices to her creations. Zoë has recently showcased two
of her works at the What Next Festival 2022 in Limerick.
What did you do with your Bursary award?
bursary afforded me the time and space to create a movement text with 3 dancers
initially and later 4. As the R&D took place during the pandemic, I omitted
partnering and physical closeness, working with two couples either side of
imagined corridors. These parameters made me focus more on the movement language
for the singular dancer which is where I did most of my artistic stretching
with this bursary. The completed work was eventually programmed at the Gent
Festival in September 2020 and later with Opera Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp.
The same work was seen in Ireland at the What Next Festival in Limerick 2022.
What has receiving a Bursary award meant
to you as an artist/for your career?
the bursary has meant that I am afforded valuable time to engage with my
practice in a way that wouldn’t be possible without. Having the chance to
create a short term infrastructure to work with artists in a dance space,
exploring tasks, themes and pathways as a collective allows for me to develop
on my existing knowledge.
this support provides me the space and time to re-engage with my practice in
tandem with my professional performance career. With every year that passes my physical
knowledge evolves, and receiving bursaries while I still dance allows me to
creatively strike while the iron is hot.
How would you describe your creative
is a lot of unpredictability despite my preparation leading up to a creation
process. If I give myself tasks and clear instructions to follow through for
the day then more often than not an interesting idea is organically born in the
studio. Nothing ever happens off the cuff for me.
What would you say is your biggest
challenge as an artist?
What is the best piece of advice you
received as an emerging artist?
work, don’t be too picky when you’re starting out. The only way to do it is to
What or who has influenced your practice
are many people and for different reasons. There are makers with incredible
visions, wonderful communication styles, and infectious studio energy.
biggest influences so far have been Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alain Platel, Bryan
Arias and Crystal Pite.
What are you doing next?
just completed work as a movement director on an independent Irish film (as yet
untitled) and on a music video with an Irish band which will be released later
in the final stages of completing a podcast mini-series with Makeshift Company.
This is supported by the 2021 Markievicz award. I’ve interviewed 6 female Irish
choreographers on their choreographic practice and life’s work for the pod.
with Opera Ballet Flanders (as a dancer) towards a premier of two works by Sidi
Larbi Cherkaoui and Pina Bausch.
be attending Avignon Festival this summer in a creation by Belgian
choreographer Jan Martens.