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Deirdre is author of “Irish Moves – an illustrated history of Dance and Physical Theatre in Ireland”, and “Orientalism, Orientation, and the Nomadic Work of Pina Bausch” (her PhD). As well as her ongoing freelance journalism for top Irish publications, Deirdre has contributed to several books on theatre, dance, and to RTE Sunday Miscellany Anthologies. In 2010 Deirdre wrote about sculptor Danny Osborne’s work with Lava in the book “Red Hot Lava Sculpture”.  Among other projects, Deirdre is currently working on a biography of enigmatic Irish-German 1940s Modern Dance pioneer, Erina Brady.  An adaptation of Deirdre’s script for her TG4 documentary “Dance Emergency” was translated to German and published in the April 2015 edition of the prestigious publication Tanz Magazin (Berlin), with the English text appearing in the magazine’s online edition.  The Goethe Institute (Dublin), published a bilingual version of the script for Dance Emergency online.  Deirdre’s biographical essay ‘Erina Brady: Irish-German Harbinger of Modern Dance to 1940s Ireland’ was launched at NUIG Moore Institute in February 2015 in the volume Cultural Translators: Irish-German Biographies (Trier: WVT Verlag), edited by Sabine Egger.  Deirdre continues her original research on this topic in a new chapter entitled ‘Erina Brady: Mary Wigman’s Irish Disciple?‘, in forthcoming book Dance and Modernism in Irish and German Literature and Culture: Connections in Motion (ed. by Sabine Egger, Catherine Foley & Meg Harper, Lexington Press, 2019).

Orientalism, Orientation, and the Nomadic Work of Pina Bausch, 2002

Frankfurt: Peter Lang GmbH, 2002; Dublin: Grand Canal Publishing, 2015.
Deirdre’s ground-breaking PhD thesis exploring and transcribing German choreographer Pina Bausch’s “city-pieces” Viktor, Palermo, Palermo, Ein Trauerspiel, and Tanzabend 2 in light of Edward Said’s theory of Orientalism, and Erich Fromm’s books “To Have or to Be” and “The Fear of Freedom” was published by Peter Lang in 2002, and was published as an ebook by Grand Canal Publishing in 2015.

Irish Moves, 2006

​​An Illustrated history of dance and physical theatre in Ireland. (Dublin: The Liffey Press, 2006).

Irish Moves broadens our notion of what ‘Irish dance’ can mean… there is a truth in the body that exists outside of narrative and of language.  Irish Moves admirably excavates that truth.”
-Rebecca Troeger, New Hibernia Review

“Ground-breaking and provocative”
-Joe Jackson, Hot Press

“…an engaging and highly readable story of a neglected area of our cultural history… Creating an awareness of dance history, Deirdre Mulrooney’s book has made a timely appearance.”
-Seona Mac Reamoinn, Magill Magazine

A selection of essays and books which Deirdre has contributed to.

RTÉ Sunday Miscellany

​​A Selection from 2004 – 2006​
Deirdre’s radio essay was entitled “Yoko Ono Says Yes” on running in to Yoko Ono in Paris while interning for Paris Passion Magazine.  That was fun!

RTÉ Sunday Miscellany

​​A Selection from 2006 – 2008​

Deirdre contributed a radio Essay entitled “Everything Happens for a Reason”, on how she ended up visiting Danny Osborne and his family up in the Canadian Arctic, and what a small world it can be.  

An Auld Cockle Picker

​​by Percy Lovegrove (2009)

Deirdre was honoured to be invited contribute the foreword to his autobiography, about his late wife Doreen Cuthbert who was an original dancer in WB Yeats’ and Ninette de Valois’ Abbey Theatre Ballets (1927 to 1933), and subsequently brought the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus to Kenya in the 1950s.

Theatre Talk (2002)

Voices of Irish Theatre Practitioners​

Deirdre contributed an interview with theatre maker and actor Peter Sheridan on his life and work in the theatre.

Theatre Stuff (2000)

Critical Essays on Contemporary Irish Theatre

edited by Eamonn Jordan

Deirdre contributed an essay on the work of Tom Mac Intyre entitled “Tom Mac Intyre’s text-ure”.

The Theatre of Mac Intyre – Strays from the Ether (2010)

​edited by by Bernadette Sweeney & Marie Kelly

 Deirdre contributed an interview with Tom Mac Intyre, John Scott, and Carolyn Swift on the Peacock Theatre Production of “You Must Tell the Bees”.