Rubato, founded in 1986 by choreographer Fiona Quilligan, is a collective of
professional dance artists committed to excellence in the creation and performance of new
Irish dance works. Under its artistic director, Fiona Quilligan, the company has achieved
high critical acclaim in Ireland and abroad. In 1990, Rubato was proud to
receive the Nijinsky medal from the Polish Artists Agency Warsaw, AIB Better
Ireland Award for Arts and Culture in 1992 and an ESB National Environmental
Awareness Award in 1999.
||Rubato have commissioned renowned Irish artists in the
creation of acclaimed new dance works as seen in Janet Mullarneys fleeting
dancing figures for Dance Strokes 1, Michael Mulcahy whose person and art
enhanced a very special year for the company in Images of Nijinsky , the haunting
voice of Paula Meehan in performance of The Wounded Child, Elizabeth Copes
vitality of line and colour in rehearsals for Monkey Rib, James McKennas
inspiration and innovation expressed in figurative sculpture for Bull Dance.
commitment to new music commissions include Fergus Johnston for Signals
and The Wounded Child, Raymond Deane Bull Dance, Martin
OLeary A Close Shave and Live Sax, Frankie Lane Dark
Pigeons and Cúchulainn a Chroí, Paul Kelly for Miss Monaghan.
Rubato has pioneered links with these related art disciplines, building a special
relationship between choreographers, composers, dancers, artists, musicians, poets, and