Off the Rails #OTR is a project-based dance theatre company, located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, founded in 2010 under the direction of choreographer Eileen McClory.
Off the Rails Dance mission is to create choreographic works that explore topical themes by delving deep into the realm of social conventions and finding hidden voices.
Our choreographic quest is to investigate the honesty of the performer's imperfections by creating raw, highly-physical movement material that explores the human condition.
OTR have developed a strong track record of creating daring and innovative work. OTR has presented various short works and two evening-length works S(e)nsored 2011 Pick n Mix Festival, Belfast and The Dutiful Wife 2015, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, The MAC, Belfast.
The company has received commissions from The Ulster Hall, The Crescent Arts Centre, Banjax Ltd and the Playhouse, Derry. They have also received support from the Joint Sectoral Dramaturgy Project (JSDP) in association with TinderboxLtd, The MAC, Belfast and Dance Resource Base, Northern Ireland.
OTR is continuing to develop an exciting catalogue of work by experimenting with site-specific, immersive/non-traditional theatre spaces and performance incorporating film, projected visuals, archive documentation, social histories and collected testimony with movement and physicality at the helm of the work.
As an established Dance Artist, Eileen has received commissions from Maiden Voyage Dance Company: Untitled 2020, The Playhouse Derry: TURF 2018, Tinderbox & Theatre Company: CUCK 2017.
As Artistic Director of Off the Rails Dance #OTR Eileen choreographed and produced The Dutiful Wife 2016, and S(3)nsored 2011 and received an Artist Career Enhancement Award from Arts Council NI in 2018 to develop #theSHAMEproject for production in 2020.
Residencies: 2019 Creative Europe/Galway Theatre Festival’s Make-a-Move: Incubator lab, Galway. 2017 SPACE PROGRAMME, The Performance Corporation (IRE). 2016 Dansmakers, Amsterdam: The Game Show supported by Arts Council NI. HATCH Artist, The MAC Belfast, 2013/14.
Eileen has worked extensively in Higher Education, most recently as a guest choreographer at the University of Cumbria and throughout her post as Teaching Fellow and Course Director of the BA Dance Program at Ulster University, Derry 2014-2017, in which she was responsible for leading the dance programme during its phase-out.
Eileen is completing an MA in Contemporary Performance Practice at Ulster University, Derry, She received her BA Dance from Liverpool John Moores University (04) and completed two-year Professional Training Programme at Dance New Amsterdam, New York (09).
Eileen has worked with: The Playhouse, Derry; Tinderbox Theatre Company, Theatre of Pluck, Replay, ponydance, Accidental Theatre, DU Dance, Bruiser Theatre Company and Assault Events (UK). Performing in international festivals such as Bauhaus Summary (DE) Christchurch Festival, Taranaki Arts Festival (NZ), Darwin Festival (AUS), Greenspace Festival (USA), Belfast Festival at Queens, Feile An Phobail, Pick n Mix Festival, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Outburst Arts (all in NI).