Libby Seward is a dance artist, choreographer, movement director and collaborator who holds a Masters in Dance and is a Laban graduate. She is the movement tutor on the professional actor-training course at the Gaiety School of Acting and is a Feldenkrais practitioner.
Her movement directing credits include Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and Cavalli’s Ormindo for the RIAM; Puccini’s La bohème and Monteverdi’s Orfeo for Opera Theatre Company; Eric Sweeney’s The Invader for Theatre Royal, Waterford; Anáil na Beatha with visual artist Alanna O’Kelly as part of Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger; Whose Feet? GPO performance art installation with Frances Mezzetti; Noël with Eoin Colfer; Stormy Petrel An Post GPO: Witness History Public Art Commissions Award; Closer Encounters and Re-imagining Beckett for Imagine Arts Festival. She makes her Irish National Opera debut in Madama Butterfly.
She delights in creative exchanges with artists of all disciplines, and her collaborators include theatre and opera director Ben Barnes, composer Andrew Synnott and mezzo-soprano Karolina Blixt, playwright Jim Nolan, poet Mark Roper, visual artists Ben Hennessy, Alanna O’Kelly, Brian Hand and Una Ryan.
As the Artistic Director of Animated State Dance Theatre and Arts Council-appointed Dance Artist in Residence (2010 to 2015) she has created a significant body of original dance theatre productions promoting dance as a unique, vital and accessible art form.