Researchers at UCD


Finola Cronin


School of English, Drama & Film
Newman Building (Arts Block)

Tel: +35317168431


I teach in Drama Studies in the School of English Drama & Film. I am the current Head of Drama Studies, and director of the MA in Theatre Practice - a new UCD programme in partnership with the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin. 
My research interests are contemporary Irish and German dance theatre, and Irish performance. I lecture at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and teach a number of practice-as-research modules. 
My background is in dance as choreographer and as performer. I was a founder member of Company Vivienne Newport, Theater am Turm, Frankfurt (Germany) and a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal (director, Pina Bausch). I most recently performed with Raimund Hogue (Germany). 
Most recent publication The Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Studies Reader (with Eamonn Jordan) Carysfort Press, 2016 


Honours and Awards

Year: 1993.
Title: Eduard Von Der Heydt Prize (to Tanztheater Wuppertal Company Members)
Year: 1999.
Title: Dancer in Residence Award UCD
Year: 2001.
Title: Arts Council Choreographer Award
Year: 2002.
Title: Arts Council Commission Award


Association: Citog Dance Company, Function/Role: Board Member
Association: Siamsa Tire The National Folk Theatre and Arts Centre, Function/Role: Board Member
Association: The Association of Professional Dancers of Ireland;, Function/Role: 2000-2003 Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Conference Contributions

Finola Cronin (2016) On Embodied at the GPO Dublin, May 2016: Project & Process. [Invited Oral Presentation], Bodies Politic Symposium, NUI Maynooth , 25-FEB-16 - 25-FEB-16.
Finola Cronin (2016) Creating Tanztheater: Finding Ireland with Pina. [Invited Oral Presentation], Connections in Motion: Dance in Irish and German Literature, Film and Culture, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick , 31-OCT-16 - 01-NOV-16.
Finola Cronin (2016) Choreography as Intervention: Bodies, History, Memory. [Oral Presentation], 'Uprising 1916 2016' International Conference of Dance Research Forum Ireland & New York University, New York University , 21-JUN-16 - 26-JUN-16.
Finola Cronin (2016) [Conference Organising Committee Member], Corp_Real | Galway Dance Days: The Dance Artist's Survival Toolkit, NUI Galway , 08-APR-16 - 10-APR-16.
Finola Cronin (2015) Up Close and Personal: Siamsa Tire's What The Folk!: Bodies, Memory, Space. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society for Theatre Research, Institute of Technology Tralee, Kerry, Ireland , 22-MAY-15 - 23-MAY-15.
Finola Cronin (2013) Dance and the Performance of Place and History. [Oral Presentation], Dance Days 2013 & Art & Geography Ireland: 45th Conference of Irish Geographers, NUIG Galway , 16-MAY-13 - 18-MAY-13.
Finola Cronin; (2008) No Boundaries: Multiculturalism, Identity and the Dancing Body in Irish -based Contemporary Dance. [International Refereed Conference], Dance Research Forum Ireland, IT Tralee , 26-JUN-08 - 29-JUN-08.
Finola Cronin; (2008) Stop Making Sense: Bodies, Identity and Choreography in Fabulous Beast Productions. [International Refereed Conference], ISTR, UCD Dublin , 14-APR-08 - 18-APR-08.
Finola Cronin; (2007) In Different Dancing: Issues of Identity in the work of Irish Modern Dance Theatre. [International Refereed Conference], IASIL, UCD Dublin , 16-JUL-07 - 20-JUL-07.
Finola Cronin; (2005) Lyrical Violence in Fabulous Beast Dance Company's Production of Giselle. [International Refereed Conference], IASIL, Charles University Prague , 25-JUL-05 - 29-JUL-05.



Book Chapters

Finola Cronin (2016) 'The International Dance Festival Ireland of 2002: 'the time has come to dance'' In: Finola Cronin and Eamonn Jordan (eds). Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Studies Reader. Dublin Ireland: Carysfort Press. [Details]
Jordan, E. and Cronin, F. (2016) 'Introduction' In: Jordan, E. and Cronin, F (eds). Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Studies Reader. Dublin: Carysfort Press. , pp.1-12 [Details]
Finola Cronin (2017) 'On Peregrine Collaborations-Cindy Cuminngs' Tríur Ban: Woman, Disorientation, Displacement' In: Mc Grath, A. & Meehan, E (eds). Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Dance Performance and Practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.35-53 [DOI] [Details]
Bernadette Sweeney, Marie Kelly (eds.); (2010) 'Choreographing 'Cuirt an Mhean Oiche'' In: Bernadette Sweeney, Marie Kelly (eds.); (eds). The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre: 'Strays from the ether'. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
Deirdre Mulrooney (ed.); (2006) 'Finola Cronin' In: Deirdre Mulrooney (ed.); (eds). Irish Moves: An Illustrated History of Dance and Physical Theatre in Ireland. Dublin: The Liffey press. [Details]

Edited Books

Finola Cronin Eamonn Jordan (Ed.). (2016) The Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Studies Reader. Dublin Ireland: Carysfort Press. [Details]

Conference Publications

Finola Cronin; (2009) No Boundaries: Multiculturalism, Identity and the Dancing Body in Irish -based Contemporary Dance Dance Research Forum Ireland: Mediating Movement - Communication and Dance , pp.58-64 [Details]


Research Interests

My research interests include Postmodern Dance; Irish Dance Theatre; German Tanztheater; Pina Bausch; Dance and Cultural Policy; and the Theory and Practice of Performance. My current research is focusing on contemporary dance in Ireland - its histories and practice.