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2023 in review with our associate artist Mutufau Yusuf

November 20, 2023

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Our Associate Artist programme creates meaningful and beneficial opportunities for Associate Artists to work with Liz Roche Company at the highest artistic level over a three-year period. Mufutau Yusuf is our Associate Artist 2022/2024. We caught up with him as he rounds out what's been a thrillingly busy year. A highly collaborative artist, the images were created with documentary and portrait photographer Linda Brownlee.

Tell us about where you are and how you feel as an artist now versus this time last year?
I feel I'm in a good place right now artistically. I'm maturing and facing new challenges in my artistic projects and endeavors. Compared to this time last year, I'm being presented with new and bigger opportunities that require a deeper level of engagement, making me reevaluate my vision and approach. This is informing my current work which I'm excited to share next year.

How will you be spending Christmas this year?
As every other Christmas, with my family.

What are your plans for 2024?

My main plan is to continue developing my new work Impasse and prepare for the premiere at Dublin Dance Festival in May 24, and hopefully a good tour thereafter.

If you had to summarise 2023 in one word what would it be?

What was the highlight of 2023?

Receiving support to create and develop my new work.
Is there anything you would have done differently in the past year?
Spend more time with loved ones.Why is dance an important art form for the times we live in?It has an immense power to build and deepen connections, educate and inform us on the complexity of life, appreciate the multiplicity of our human experiences, and embrace our shared humanity.

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