Immersive Outdoor Performances

Garden as Gallery

Anything can emerge as dancers, musicians and audience co-create in the freshness of the present moment. Authentic, passionate, and engaging with the miracle of our bodies and the earth. Breathing, feeling, moving, responding, aliveness.

GARDEN AS GALLERY is a wonderful daylong event of dance and sound, inspired by the present moment, the inter-connections of the performers and the powerful presence of the natural world.

Conceived by Joan Davis, four dancers, one musician and two hosts create an offering which is heartful and vibrant, expressing the world inside themselves in relationship with the outside world.

Set among four acres of gardens overlooking the Irish sea, GARDEN AS GALLERY is a visual delight for the senses. The audience impacts the creation through their presence making each performance unique

The day long performances take place throughout April, July, August and September 2023.

9:45 - 10:10: Park vehicles on Ballynamuddagh Road, Bray

10:30 - 1:30: Performance Event

1:30 - 3:00 Picnic lunch
3:00 - 4:00 Q&A/ Discussion and Closure

The following information will help to make for a very enjoyable day.

· Please bring a picnic lunch. Complimentary tea/coffee is available all day.

· Please wear clothing suitable for an outdoor event, footwear suitable for a steep garden, and bring rain gear.

· We regret that the gardens are not accessible for wheelchair users.

· The event is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

· No dogs (even on leads).

PLEASE NOTE - There is no parking on site.

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*Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access and the gardens are not suitable for buggies, prams or pets.*

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Joan Davis

Joan Davis has been exploring the nature of creativity, particularly from a body based perspective, for over 40 years. She pioneered contemporary dance in Ireland in the 70s & 80s and has experimented with collaborative art as a professional artist and therapist.

Joan has three children and four grandsons and is committed to the spiritual approach of Advaita Vedanta.

From 1996, when she moved to Wicklow, she developed the arts practice and performance offerings of Maya Lila.

Joan is a Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner, has studied Authentic Movement with Janet Adler, and Voice Work with Chloe Goodchild and Rajeswar Bhattacharya.

She continues to study developmental processes as well as embryology and early infant trauma. She has extensively studied Process Oriented Psychology (Mindell) and is a Hakomi Sensorimotor Trauma Psychotherapist.

She has undertaken trainings in Dynamic Attachment Repair Experiences (DARE) with Dr. Diane Poole Heller in Europe. She continues her studies with trainings in HANDLE an holistic approach to neuro developmental healing and repatterning. Joan completed her training as a teacher of the Discipline of Authentic Movement, with Julia Gombos as supervising teacher of her work, over a period of six years.

In 2013 Mary Wycherley, a dance filmmaker based in Limerick, Ireland, was funded to make a film of the work of Maya Lila. This film, called ‘In the Bell’s Shadow’ has been screened nationally and internationally since it premiered in 2015.

Joan offers ongoing one to one somatic therapy sessions as well as her group work and solo retreats. To find out more about Joan please visit