IN CONVERSATION & IN ARGUMENT (WITH THE SEA)
Diaskari (Green) Beach, Maykri Gialos, Lasithi Region, Crete
3.38 minutes Video performance, July 2017
Solo female figurative performance piece, in which 2 seperate improvisational
dance-based movements were created in response to a conflicted relationship with the sea. Filmed on a remote beach devoid of other personal interaction, waves alone provide a rhythm both to converse with, and rebel against.
Exhibited at glor Gallery, Ennis for Haclyon Days Oct 2017-Jan 2018, & 11th Annual Members Exhibition, 126 Artist Run Gallery, Galway June 2018.
TILE ROOF / PINK ROOM DANCE
Ruins rooftop in the Village of Agios Ioannis, Ierapetra, Crete
2x 3 minute performances, June 2017
Pink walled ruin in the Village of Agios Ioannis, Ierpetra, Crete
4minute Video Performance
These performances were inspired by props found in the desolated ruins of Agios Ioannis village, seeking a connection with the untold social histories of this abandonment. Choreographed by very personal attachment to place, they incorporate steps common to both traditional Irish dance and Cretan Epirus dance. The first is a slow and silent walk performed on 5 kitchen tiles, as recovered from an abandoned kitchen ruin. The second is an improvisational dance inspired by the isolation of an abandoned bedroom against the stark personality of pink bedroom walls.
THE PAPER DRESS PERFORMANCE
Limerick School of Art & Design, Campus Foyer
3hours durational piece, September 2014.
Elements: A spool of invisible thread, heavy duty wire steel needle, pair of scissors, 20 black markers, white paper gown, single female model.
Solo female figurative performance piece (mute) , in handmade paper gown black with markers attached by invisible thread. The public were invited to inscribe messages, contructive, negative or otherwise. onto the gown and figures body, as a physical blank canvas for reflection, submission and alternative constructing of an artistic concept.
Model was non-interactive throughout, and silently cut out of the gown by accompanying scissors to end the performance.
I WANT THIS
Limerick School of Art & Design, Main Reception Area
40 minutes approx, October 2014.
3-Way Collaborative Performance
Performers: Sara Dowling & Naomhan McKeon Joyce
Video Photographer: Kieran Grace
Study of sins Lust vs. Pride as a modern day application. This performance was a play on dominance, submission and conflicted relationship dynamics - directed by choreography, control and literal attachment. Hand-stitching and handwriting were simultaneously acted out by both performers until totally intertwined, at which point the female figure cut free each stitch, leaving the male performer alone on the mirror around which each step was confined.