Rachel Ní Bhraonáin


Rachel Ní Bhraonáin

Rachel Ní Bhraonáin

Independent Artist

Rachel is a performer and maker of multidisciplinary shows and short films, based in Waterford. She works across the fields of circus, dance, film and theatre.

Currently a participant on the 8th International Pan Pan Mentorship programme, Rachel is researching a new show and is also a recipient of Dublin Theatre Festival’s Futures commission 2021. Her latest short film, Marian, was selected by AEMI to be screened at Gaze Film Festival 2020. Her show Losing Your Body won the Wild Card Award at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 and was nominated for an Irish Times Award for Best Movement Direction.

Recent highlights include receiving a 2020 Arts Council Dance Bursary, Hot Desker residency at Dublin Fringe and Firkin Crane’s ReFramed Bursary. This year Rachel is working on an exciting variety of projects that will see her collaborating, directing, dancing, vertical dancing (aerial), mentoring and being mentored.

Losing Your Body delivers a beautifully constructed tale with some superb visual sequences. A story that speaks to the heart and heartache of being a dancer… Indeed, everything in “Losing Your Body” speaks to a simplicity and directness that’s deeply moving. — The Arts Review (Losing Your Body)

breathtaking…an arresting rallying cry. It’s a spectacular and delicate reminder of the layered emotions that surround the upcoming vote — Dazed Digital (The Undecided Vote)

Compassionate… Ní Bhraonáin hopes to both increase people’s empathy, but also shed light on the hypocrisy” — ELLE (The Undecided Vote)


1. Rachel Ní Bhraonáin in Marian directed by Rachel Ní Bhraonáin. Photo credit: Gerard O’Keeffe (2020)

2. Rachel Ní Bhraonáin in Losing Your Body created by Rachel Ní Bhraonáin. Photo credit: Hayley Stuart (2019)

3. Rachel Ní Bhraonáin & Magalie Lanriot in Born of The Trees, directed by Rachel Ní Bhraonáin & Magalie Lanriot. Photo credit: Georgius Portugalus (2018)