Linda Schirmer is a choreographer, dance artist and facilitator based in Clifden, in the West of Ireland. She teaches dance & theatre in various educational settings in Ireland and Germany. She studied at the University of Leipzig, Germany and University College, Cork and holds an M.A. in Theatre. She absolved a CPD Course in Laban’s Choreutic Studies as well as a Laban Dance Leader Course. She was educated at the Leipzig State Ballet School and has a strong Dance Theatre background. She performed a.o. at the Pina Bausch Exhibition, Kunsthalle Bonn and Leipzig Opera House. For several years, she worked at the Dance Archive, Leipzig, focusing on Rudolf von Laban’s legacy.
Linda’s artistic practice is deeply embedded in the land surrounding her and she especially enjoys site – specific work as she is interested in people’s connection to land, folklore and the environment. Her own dance work, often in collaboration with other artists, has been shown (a.o.) at Clifden Arts Festival, the Druid Theatre, Nun’s Island Theatre and Dublin Dance Festival. This year she is a recipient of the North-West Dance Residency, Baboró Mentoring Program and the Dance Commission Award from Interface Inagh.
Her work has been funded and supported by the Arts Council Ireland, Galway Dance Project, Interface Inagh, Clifden Arts Festival, Culture Night, Interkulturelle Bildung Thüringen e.V., Mehrgenerationenhaus, Volkshochschule Hildburghausen, Diakonie among others.
Dance Performance and Film is based on artistic and ecological research carried out at the Woodland Symposium at Interface Inagh during the last three years. This work reflects on our connection and dependence upon resources drawn from rural geographies. It explores the cultural practice of collecting firewood and puts the energy crises into focus. As part of her research practice she walked the Western Way in Connemara – through a landscape – strongly impacted by humans, thereby asking questions about managing & apportioning land, but also celebrating the access of green space. On her walk she did not only collect heating material, but also movements inspired by the topography of the Western Way. The artist treats walking as a performative resource and as a mindful art practice.
ÓR questions the use and value of land, diversity, and rewilding.
Collaborative Project with artist Helena Doyle
Photography: Aoife Herriott, Performance at Interface InaghShare: