This June, GIH faculty member, renowned Irish dance practitioner and contemporary choreographer Jean Butler returns to The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts for a second year with her ever-expanding project Our Steps, Our Story: An Irish Dance Legacy Archive. A collaboration between Butler's Our Steps Foundation (OSF) and the Library's Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Our Steps, Our Story: An Irish Dance Legacy Archive is the first archive solely dedicated to preserving the solo steps and stories of Irish dance master practitioners and style influencers from An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha. Butler’s residency at the Library will take place from June 3 through June 13, 2019.
This innovative original documentation project has collected over 100 hours of recorded video and audio material including 50 previously undocumented dances dating from 1950-1994 which trace the lineage of master New York teachers Peter and Cyril McNiff, Jimmy Erwin, Donny Golden and Kenny Verlin. Our Steps, Our Story: An Irish Dance Legacy Archive will foster a critical dialogue between generations of Irish dancers, dance scholars and enthusiasts, connecting Irish dance to the greater dance landscape.
Patrons will be able to visit the workshop during public hours in the Library’s Astor Gallery from 1 - 1:30 PM and 4:30 - 5:30 PM on June 4-7; and 1 - 2 PM on June 11, 12, and 13.
Our Steps Foundation, founded by Jean Butler, is a non-profit organization that creates and produces artistic and academic projects that inspire and expand the way we think about the history, practice and performance of Irish dance. Our Steps Foundation legitimizes Irish dance as a source of inspiration, research and creativity, connecting it to the larger dance landscape. Our Steps Foundation is generously supported by Eileen Murray in honor of her mother, Bridget H. Murray, a champion of Irish music and dance and with support from Glucksman Ireland House, NYU. Ourstepsfoundation.org