About Maurice Joseph Kelliher is an artist/performance maker who works across dance/theatre/video/performance/and documentary
'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
London-born Maurice Kelliher is a performance maker working across dance/movement/theatre/sound/and video—whose work has been shown in England, Ireland, Albania, and Brazil.
He trained formally as a contemporary dancer and choreographer—having previously worked/trained as an actor-performer. He holds a BA (Hons) Dance from Trinity Laban, London (2007). Since 2010 he has focussed exclusively on making work. In 2012, as part of an international mentorship programme, Maurice was mentored for six-months of by Kirsten Dehlholm - the multi award-winning artistic director of international performance laboratory Hotel Pro Forma (Denmark).
Maurice’s practice has been supported by: Arts Council England, 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.
His work has been described critically as "provocative", "moving", "compelling", and "stunning"—and it has been programmed and commissioned for venues, events, and festivals 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; PROBE festival @Trinity College Dublin; Centro Universitário Maria Antonia (USP), São Paulo; and Official Selection for Tirana International Film Festival, Albania.
In 2011 his work was nominated for the coveted Spirit of the (Dublin) Fringe Commissioning Award.
In March 2017, after responding to a call for proposals that answer the question—'what could 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 2018 include the R&D and production of the second phase of his SICK trilogy.
Outside of art hours, Maurice is a co-founder of Bureau—where he makes radio documentaries and podcasts, as a side-project with collaborator Shaun O'Boyle.