Deirdre Mulrooney, dance historian, documentary filmmaker, author of Irish Moves, an illustrated history of dance and physical theatre in Ireland, and host of Dance Ireland’s 30th Anniversary podcasts presents a virtual illustrated talk on Irish Dance. Presented as part of Princeton University’s 2020-21 Fund for Irish Studies series.


This virtual event is free and open to the public. Audience Q&A follows the talk.

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Meeting ID: 971 9158 0361


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The Fund for Irish Studies affords all Princeton students, and the community at large, a wider and deeper sense of the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, history, politics, and economics not only of Ireland but of “Ireland in the world.” The series is produced by the Lewis Center for the Arts and the 2020-21 edition of the series is organized by Paul Muldoon.

The Fund for Irish Studies is generously sponsored by the Durkin Family Trust and the James J. Kerrigan, Jr. ’45 and Margaret M. Kerrigan Fund for Irish Studies.


deirdre with long blonde hair in white fur coat

Photo of Deirdre Mulrooney by Ishmael Claxton

Deirdre is author of Irish Moves: An Illustrated History of Dance and Physical Theatre in Ireland (2006), and Orientalism, Orientation, and The Nomadic Work of Pina Bausch (2002). Deirdre has contributed to anthologies, and to several books on theatre and dance. A dance historian, as well as her feature radio documentary and short dance film reclaiming Lucia Joyce’s modern dance career, Deirdre has a forthcoming long scholarly essay on the subject. She hosted Dance Ireland’s 30th Anniversary podcasts. She is a sporadic contributor to RTE Sunday Miscellany, and has penned multifarious Arts journalism and writing over many years. Deirdre produces and directs her own creative film documentaries including ‘Dance Emergency’ (TG4), ‘1943 – A Dance Odyssey’ (RTE), the short dance film ‘Lucia Joyce: Full Capacity’, ‘TRUE NORTH’, and many more BAI-funded, commissioned, and Indie projects with her own production company, Out There Productions. In addition to her original academic work, teaching, broadcasting, and original feature radio documentaries, Deirdre occasionally curates exhibitions. Deirdre curated Mother Tongue at Kilkee’s Cultúrlann Sweeney, which is scheduled to travel to UCD Festival, where she is a UCD Creative Fellow.

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Princeton University