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
Maurice Kelliher is an artist working across dance/physical performance/theatre/sound/video. Work has been shown in England, Ireland, Albania, and Brazil.
In addition to a professional background as an actor-performer, he also trained as a contemporary dancer and choreographer—and holds a BA (Hons) Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban, London. 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).
Since 2010 he has focussed exclusively on his own artistic practice, which has been supported by: Arts Council England, The Arts Council (IE); Dublin City Council/The LAB; Galway City Arts Office; Dublin Fringe Festival; Fringe Lab; Dance Ireland; Science Gallery, and Dance on the Radio.
His work has been described critically as "provocative", "moving", "compelling", and "stunning"—and 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 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 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, and the launch of 'We Call It Paradise'—an annual, 24hr, online festival of performance for the camera.