ABOUT MAURICE /
'He knows exactly what to do to create a space of intense atmosphere - revealing what it means to be human. I deeply support his vision'
Kirsten Dehlholm | Artistic director | Hotel Pro Forma, Denmark
'A multidimensional masterpiece'
Andrea Bandelli | CEO Science Gallery International, on 'Hysteria' (2015)
“How interesting is this medium? And how interesting can I make it for me? And, by the way, who the fuck am I?”
London born artist Maurice Kelliher is a performance-maker with a background in theatre/acting/performance and contemporary dance. He trained as a dancer and choreographer —having also previously worked/trained as an actor/performer. Since 2010 he has focussed solely on making work—working across dance theatre, audio, and video.
He holds a BA (Hons) Dance from Trinity Laban, London (2007). In 2012, As a part of an international mentorship programme, Maurice was mentored for six-months of by Kirsten Dehlholm - the award-winning artistic director of international performance laboratory Hotel Pro Forma (Denmark).
Maurice’s practice has been supported by: The Arts Council (IE); Dublin City Council/The LAB; Galway City Arts Office; Dublin Fringe Festival; Dance Ireland; Science Gallery, and Dance on the Radio/Arts Council England.
His work has been described critically as "provocative", "moving", "compelling", and "stunning" - and it has been programmed and commissioned for exhibitions, festivals, and venues including: Laban theatre (London); Dublin Fringe Festival (2010, 2011, 2014); Project Brand New; Science Gallery Dublin; Official selection São Carlos Videodance Festival; Festival of Curiosity; Live Collision International Festival; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, São Paulo. In 2011 his work was nominated for the Spirit of the (Dublin) Fringe Commissioning Award.
In 2015 Maurice was commissioned by Science Gallery to create a video work for their 2015/2016 exhibition TRAUMA.
In March 2017, after responding to a call for proposals that answer the question—'what can dance on the radio be?—Maurice's response, 'Lost Broadcasts', won a 'Dance on the Radio' funding award; curated by Claire Hicks and Laura Sweeney—and supported by the Arts Council England.
Plans for 2017 include the R&D and production of the second phase of his SICK trilogy.