TITLE | LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE
MEN, MOVEMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH
SYMPOSIUM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FIRST FORTNIGHT | EUROPE
LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE is a symposium event concerned with Men, Movement and Mental Health, produced in collaboration with First Fortnight as part of their first European Mental Health, Arts and Culture festival. The symposium will focus on observing the barriers for men in accessing dance; exploring dance as a bio-psycho-social model of intervention within situations of isolation and incarceration; examining dance within the context of cultural diversity as a shift takes place within the youth dance landscape; recognising embodied practice within a mental health context or medical setting. The day will consist of live performances, films, talks, interactive presentations and panel discussions from National and International artists who have made work with, for or about communities of men.
This work was made possible by an Arts Council – Dance Artist in Residence Award 2018/19 – supported by South Dublin County Council, Rua Red Arts Centre and First Fortnight Festival.
Curated by Cathy Coughlan, Dance Artist in Residence at Rua Red Arts Centre, South Dublin and Ailish Claffey, Dance Artist in Residence at the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital.
TITLE | RAW PORTRAITS 2018
FILM INSTALLATION IN COLLABORATION WITH AILISH CLAFFEY
DANCERS | JOANNA BANKS | GLENNA BATSON | TOBI BALOGUN | AILISH CLAFFEY
RAW PORTRAITS is a dance installation (film triptych) that bring focus to a vast internal landscape, exposing and unfurling the intrinsic grace of vulnerability.
Funded by Arts Council Ireland, with support from South Dublin Co. Council,
through the Dance Artist in Residence Award. Also supported by Kildare
CoCo and The National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital.
RAW PORTRAITS premiered in May 2018 and was later shown as a film short for LightMoves Festival of Screen Dance 2018.
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL 2018
TITLE | FABLE
DANCERS | MATT SZCZEREK | TOBI BALOGUN | LEON DWYER | CRISTIAN DIROCIE
PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH | DANCE IRELAND
FABLE is a sinister dance-theatre production for young adults. An all-male cast of highly physical street dancers dissect modern life, revealing the disease that sits just under the skin. From the unanticipated consequences of new technologies to political conspiracy and manmade horrors and drawing on classic dystopian cinema and cautionary tales, these five short stories don’t shy away from the gruesome details. Choreographed by Matt Szczerek and directed by Cathy Coughlan.
*NOMINATED FOR A BEST ENSEMBLE AWARD
/GLITCH Festival @ RUA RED is Ireland’s leading Digital Arts Festival that brings together artists utilising media and technology.
TITLE | REMOTELY HUMAN
DANCERS | AILISH CLAFFEY & LAURA MURPHY
COMMISSIONED BY | SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL
TITLE | TRANS – BORDER
DANCERS | Matt Szczerek | Karol Szarek | Danielle NG | Tobi Balogun | Kamile Ciapaite
COMMISSIONED BY | SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL
TRANS-BORDER was a site specific work commissioned by South Dublin County Council for public art festival In Context 4.
Coaxing the audience into the outdoors, the dancers appeared in unlikely spaces, passing movements from one dancer to the next. The audience were given a map of performance sites. The piece included live performance, film and a collaboration with Tallaght Community Arts group, Doors To Elsewhere.
Launch of In Context 4 Sep 2016
TITLE | O I L & W A T E R
RUA RED GALLERY | FILM | INSTALLATION | PERFORMANCE
Oil & Water do not mix – they are described as immiscible, contrasting textures, conflicting ideologies. However these substances move around each other, without contamination or compromise, one assisting the other to rise, both eventually settling back in their place of comfort.
RUA RED gallery became a pop up ‘digital theatre’ space for three days in June 2016, where dancers from a variety of artistic backgrounds and movement techniques collaborated with Cathy (Havoc Dance Company), to present a series of new multidisciplinary works.
Havoc chose to collaborate with a group of artists who, through situation or location, did not necessarily access or require a traditional theatre structure. Oil and Water created an opportunity for live performance to be expanded through digital media allowing the dancers to fully investigate the concepts and themes within their work.
Two walls of the gallery operated as a fluid canvas or backdrop for each performance, magnifying movement and unraveling narrative. Each performance was connected through film and projection. Artists were facilitated in making their work site specific. The recordings take in the length and breath of the country, from the bogs of Connemara, to the lakes of Cavan, to the grittier parts of inner City Dublin.
This work explores themes of isolation, conflict and mutual support as the dancers look for points of intersection and moments of synergy between the digital world around them and their physical body.
Four artists were invited to collaborate with Cathy Coughlan on this work. Artists involved include Ailish Claffey, Magdalena Hylak, Jessie Keenan and Matt Szczerek (Human Collective). READ MORE ABOUT ARTISTS
The piece was presented in gallery 1 & 2 at RUA RED ARTS CENTRE over three evenings.
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The term non- verbal is often used to describe dance as ban art form. It is also one of the most crucial spectrum distinctions, in the diagnosis of Autism in young children. Children imitate common hand gestures and facial expressions. They learn to read the body from an early age. This is how they learn social behaviour and basic communication skills. But what if they don’t? Can we imitate them? Try and inhabit their world? And what do we use? Elbows? Knees? Our centre?
Non – verbal – The manifestation of a child in your body after he/she has left it.