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Body of Water

Coastal and Island Residency Project - Ongoing

This ongoing research and performance project launched while Laura was  inaugural artist in residence at the Baths Artist Studios in Dún Laoghaire in 2023 where she offered a program of unique workshops in the water, by the sea and movement research in the dance studio. She developed and performed: Dance Dialogues - Moving Conversations, Ode to The Sea -Site specific community performance and SeaScores- research and performance practice.


    This project was awarded a Residency at Áras Eanna on Inis Óirr island supported by Galway Dance Project (December 2023) and Áras Inis Gluaire in Mayo for the Summer of 2024 - where workshops and performances are created in collaboration with the local community exploring their unique landscape, the Irish language- Gaeilge, relationship with the sea and coastal-climate concerns, supported by the Arts Council, Mayo County Council and Ealaín na Gaeltachta.

As a continuation of Laura's Baths Residency work she developed SeaScores Performance Project exploring climate cares and concerns through dance, embodiment, eco-somatic and nature based practise, with an outdoor site specific performance by the Sea in May 2024 with a Community Picnic and Conversation aferwards, supported by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown county council. 


This work aims to bring awareness, community connection, creative opportunity, and artistic expression to all places connected to the Sea and Water.  Contact Laura to see how your community can be involved! 

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Dance Artist in Residence: 2023

As inaugural artist at the Baths Artist Studios in Dún Laoghaire in 2023, Laura focused on exploring our interconnection with the Sea:


Diving into the context and stories of this historic landmark in exchange with local bathing and swimming community.

Exploring our inter-relationship, impact and care of

water, the Sea and coastal landscapes. 

Investigating our physiological water make-up, sea rites and rituals,

& our innate desire to dip, swim and get-in the water! 


With a program of land and water-based movement workshops, sea scores, talks, dance & dip events, pop-up performances & more! 

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Join the dance this Summer with sea and studio-based workshops, open studio conversation and pop-up events at the BATHS in Dún Laoghaire!

This is an opportunity to share your stories, explore your own water-dance, connect with community and find joy in movement! 


Laura Sarah Dowdall

Artist / Performer/ Choreographer

Laura Sarah Dowdall is an innovative dance artist creating engaging performance that is experiential, immersive and permeable to audience interaction, incorporating site-specific performance, spoken word and film.

Laura travels internationally performing, giving workshops, talks, trainings and retreats. She is a socially-engaged artist who is actively engaged in the community. Her inclusive dance project Running Blind empowers people of all abilities to enjoy the creative freedom and enjoyment of dance.

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