Speckled Egg Dance Company’s practice is currently the focus of Rachel Parry’s doctoral practice-based research at the O’ Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway, Ireland.

Rachel is trying to find out, through the work of Speckled Egg Dance Company, whether these approaches have the potential to unlock new ways of thinking about choreography, both for disabled and non-disabled dance artists.

The research project began as a storytelling project, but has developed into an enquiry into non-narrative choreographic devices, for example, Chance, Contact Improvisation, and task-based forms. The project is investigating the legacy of early postmodern dance (1955 – 1972) in current international learning disabled dance and choreographic practice. In particular, it looks at the early ideas and work of Merce Cunningham, Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown and Steve Paxton from within the ongoing practice of a learning disabled dance company.


This research project is generously funded by
the Irish Research Council