Croí Glan present


UNSEEN is a multidisciplinary hour long performance looking at the notion of things that are invisible but vital parts of an ecosystem: from benevolent microscopic organisms, to hidden disabilities, and the invisible forces that change the course of lives.

A collaboration between abstract painter Stacey White, and contemporary dancer Tara Brandel, Unseen is a live performance and visual arts installation layering video projection, contemporary dance, sound, text, and mixed media paintings to make the invisible, present and felt, with video design by Luca Trufferelli and sound design by Niall O’Caroll.

Focusing on the invisibility of plankton (a life giving microscopic organism that produces 50% of the world's oxygen) and the unseen forces of nature, both benevolent and malevolent, Unseen is an examination of what gives life.

Since 2019 Stacey White has gathered waters from multiple global locations to develop microscopic images of plankton which she used to create an extensive body of abstract paintings of plankton. Spanning 4 years of interdisciplinary collaboration between dance and visual art, and extensive research on plankton, including working with UCC plankton scientists at Loch Hyne Marine Reserve, Unseen is finally premiering as a performance as part of Uillinn Dance Season 2023.

UNSEEN Croí Glan

Image credit: Tomasz Madajczak 

Choreographer, performer: Tara Brandel
Visual Artist, performer: Stacey White
Sound Design: Niall O'Carroll
Video Design: Luca Trufferelli
Publicity Images: Tomasz Madajczak
Producer: Gwen van Spijk
Publicity: Stephanie Dickenson

Croí Glan Bio

Led by Artistic Director Tara Brandel, Croí Glan is an award winning Contemporary Dance Company celebrating diverse bodies on stage, and a flagship company for EDI with a case study in the new AC EDI handbook.
Creating 22 works since 2006, Croí Glan has toured nationally and internationally: highlights of the company’s body of work include Tara Brandel’s Sputnik for the Unlimited Festival/Cultural Olympiad London Southbank 2012, Liz Roche's An Outside Understanding (Dublin Dance Festival 2013, nominated Best Performers Dublin Fringe 2012), the multi award winning short film Armour Off! (in collaboration with Invisible Thread, Caroline Bowditch and Linda Fearon), and David Bolger's On the Wall (performed in 25 locations including Miami, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Barcelona, Bern, and Turku).

Croí Glan’s most recent productions include TILT, an integrated aerial dance show (Cork Midsummer, Tipperary Dance Festival and Dancer from the Dance Festival); and In Place a site specific performance made at IMMA. CG is EDI Company in Residence at Uillinn Arts Centre 2022-25.

Tara Brandel 

Tara Brandel is an award-winning choreographer, contemporary dancer, aerial dancer and contact improviser originally from West Cork. She has been choreographing extensively since 1990, with 27 works to date including 13 integrated dance works. Her integrated work has been commissioned by the Unlimited Festival/Cultural Olympiad London Southbank 2012; D-CAF Cairo; David Teevan/Junction Festival; and Propeller Integrated Dance Company in Ottawa, Canada.

Tara holds a Masters in Interdisciplinary Performance from UC Davis, where she was awarded the Della Davidson Award 2019, the Mondavi Fellowship, and the Women's Research Center Fellowship for her show Circus, which toured to San Francisco International Arts Festival, Seattle International Dance Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival and FRESH San Francisco 2020. Her dance film CAR was Director's Choice at the CDIFF in Toronto 2017.

Tara is also Artistic Director of Croí Glan Integrated Dance and for Croí Glan has most recently created TILT an integrated aerial dance show which has toured to Cork Midsummer, Tipperary Dance Festival and Dancer from the Dance Festival; In Place a site specific performance made at IMMA; and Unseen a multidisciplinary performance about plankton and enduring love.

Tara is currently developing an Environmental Dance training programme in conjunction with the Environmental Research Institute at UCC.“Brandel crafts some sublime moments defined by power, elegance, and beauty” The Arts Review.

Stacy White

Stacey White is an abstract visual artist from Northern California. Stacey graduated in 1989 with a BA in Art from UC Davis, and UC Davis’s advanced painting summer programs. Influenced by the natural world, historical botanical prints and raw textured surfaces; her paintings present a dialogue between abstraction, botanical and microscopic imagery. She has had six solo shows and numerous group shows in Davis and Sacramento California. Her work is in many private collections. She recently relocated to West Cork, Ireland.

Unseen is funded by an Arts Council Arts Grant and Cork County Arts, and supported by Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Ballina Arts Centre, Tipperary Dance International residency programme and Tenerife LAV.