Rob Heaslip works across Ireland and Scotland, where he makes his own ensemble work, as well as collaborative works. As a dance artist playing within an ultra-folk context - folk meets sci-fi, neon lights, synth music and contemporary design his works address themes of unconscious, unsought & unexpected behaviour. He tells stories about people, how they think, move and act amongst each other.
He began his career with Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, then training at both The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and The University of Limerick. As a maker he is interested in how he can re-interpret folk for the viewer of today. He asks - how can the performing body be a vessel for intertwining dance, folk and language?
In 2012 he created his first ensemble work MEITHEAL which has been performed numerously throughout The UK and Ireland. He has since created FREAGRA | A Blurred Expanse in 2016 and is currently creating his Trilogy A Glimpse of Flesh and Blood.
He collaborates regularly with Irish Artist Laura Murphy and together they have created Wunderbar in 2014 and You and Me, and You in 2016.
Rob was the Director and Choreographer for Glasgow Youth Dance Company until 2016, creating numerous works.
He also works in dance for screen, creating Strange Attractors dance film with film-maker Marie Liden, as well as choreographing scenes and opening credits for the internationally acclaimed TV series Outlander. In 2010 he was assistant choreographer at the Handover Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at New Delhi, India.
As a teacher Rob has worked at The Royal Conservatoire of Glasgow, The University of Limerick, Dance Base Edinburgh, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, and Dance House Glasgow.
Festivals in which Robs work has been presented at include Dance International Glasgow, Dublin Dance Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dance Live Aberdeen, The Merchant City Festival Glasgow, Resolution! London, Cork Midsummer Festival and AGITART Spain.