By Amanda Coogan

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A durational live performance

I’ll sing you a song from around the town is a new collaborative live performance.Co-ordinated by Amanda Coogan this four-hour performance will see a dynamic collision of solo performances by Nick Bryson, Karen Glesson, the Dublin Theatre for the Deaf and Amanda Coogan. Bringing the ingredents of these different practices together I’ll sing you a song from around the town will be an evolving and shifting durational performance.

Working in a loop, the performers will repeat, re-visit, revive and re-evolve their performances in the live communal moment. Time is a key material in Coogan’s practice. The extended duration of this work invites instability and chance, exposing and exploring our contemporary metabolism for consumption.

Artist Info

Amanda Coogan is a performance artist working primarily with the body and time in live performance. She is at the forefront of some of the most exciting and prolific durational performances to date. Her extraordinary work is challenging, provocative and always visually stimulating. ISL is an underlining structure in her practice (Spit Spit, Scrub Scrub, 2011, The Passing, 2011, Medea, 2001, 2011) Her work is filled with references to ISL vocabulary and is deeply informed by Deaf culture.

Nick Bryson, from Belfast, was Co-Artistic Director of Legitimate Bodies Dance Company for five years and performed with Daghdha Dance Company and Elena Giannotti. As choreographer he has an international profile with Hanging in There with Damian Punch, the trio Touching Distance (Ireland/Mexico), the co-choreographed 2012 quartet Second Hand Landscapes (Ireland/Cyprus/Bulgaria) and the duet with Jeff Wallace Balls to Receptivity. Bryson will create a provocative structure for his performance, working with five balls he will reacting to his attempts to juggle.

Dublin Theatre of the Deaf is the Deaf–led community based theatre company producing two plays annually in Irish Sign Language serving the Deaf community nationally. Importantly, all our company members are ISL users, that is they choose ISL as their preferred language and therefore identify as culturally Deaf. We appeal for your support for the legal recognision of ISL in Ireland.

Karen Gleeson is a professional dancer from Dublin. In 2003, she graduated from Inchicore college after completing her Royal Academy of Dance teaching qualification for classical ballet. She received a First Class Honours for both her Bachelors Degree in Contemporary dance at Artesis Hogeschool in Antwerp, and for her Masters Degree in U.L.  Karen has worked for choreographers such as: John Scott; Nick Bryson; Julian Samaca; Liz Roche; Catherine Young; Emma Martin; Charles Linehan; Luke Murphy. Karen received a travel and training award from the Arts Council of Ireland for an internship at Movement Research, New York City. Currently she is busy creating her own choreographic work after receiving the Artist Support Award by the Wicklow County Council. Gleeson will present her new performance You have to give up exploring a circuitous cycle through chaotic energies towards release.

Aine Fay, sound designer. The soundscape is based on the aria Zeffiretti, Che Sussurate from Vivaldi’s 1723 opera Ercole su’l Termodonte. The opera, based on the Labors of Hercules, sees the Greek hero perform an atonement for the murder of his children. The opera focuses on the 9th labor of Hercules where his task is to capture the sword of the Amazon Queen Antiope; this aria is an Amazonian love song. Fay is a radio producer and music technologist, working in Dublin.

This new work was developed with the assistance of the Arts Council of Ireland Bursary and, while on residency at DanceHouse Ireland at the invitation of the artist Peter Duffy.

Place: Cube, Project Arts Centre
Date: 26 April
Time: 16:00-20:00
Tickets: Free