Time to Dance Riga presents performances from Ireland & UK

The Association of the Professional Dance Choreographers of Latvia presents in the frame of its yearly “Time to Dance” Festival two shows that are parts of the E-Motional performance exchange strand.

Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped off
by Iona Kewney un Joseph Quimby (UK)
June 15th, 2012, 21:00 Rigas Doms Courtyard

Iona Kewney: „ We do not write about our work as yet…”

It is the rawness of humanity in all its powers and failures and extremes of vision, emotion and hysteria in a relentless halluciantory ‘other worldlyness’.

“I witnessed the suffocating intensity of Iona Kewney and could barely speak afterwards- a feral, mesmerising performance -somewhere between dance , improvisation and ritual. ” – The Guardian. Performance Highlights of 2011. Andy Feld.

“There are few originals in any art form…dancer Iona Kewney has the unique combination of skills and experience to count as one of them.”  – Gareth K. Vile.2009.

“Loud and fast a single body pushing beyond extremes, a celebration of possibility founded on immaculate technique , “Self-interrupted exhibition” is butoh in expression if not in detail, a profound attempt to make the invisible visible.. she covers unknown ground and forces the audience to gather their own responses.. Iona is for the HARD CORE” – Edinburgh Festival 2009. Gareth K. Vile.


TEN: white/grey studies in movement
by Liv O’Donoghue & Maria Nilsson Waller (Ireland)
June 16th, 2012, 19:00, Daile’s theatre small stage

Choreographer: Liv O’Donoghue
Composer: Tom Lane
Dancers: Liv O’Donoghue & Maria Nilsson Waller

Photographer: Luca Truffarelli

TEN explores the idea of bodies constructed in shape in space. Through an articulated, nuanced vocabulary, connections between the dancers are lost and found again. Themes of birdsong, touch and conversation are amplified in a landscape of movement and sound.TEN was created following a year of movement research facilitated through a Bursary awarded by the Arts Council.

Liv O’Donoghue trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in the UK, graduating with the Outstanding Achievement award in 2007. As a choreographer, her work has been shown as part of the Dublin Dance Festival, DancEUnion at the Southbank Centre  (London), The New Choreography Showcase (London), Bealtaine Festival (Sligo), Immersia/LEAP (Berlin) and the DMJ International Video Dance Festival (Japan). To date, Liv has worked with companies and choreographers including Henri Oguike, Carol Brown, junk ensemble, Material Sequence, and Darshan Singh Bhuller. Liv has been working with Liz Roche Company since 2009, touring throughout the USA and Europe. Liv is an Associate Artist of Dance Ireland. www.livodonoghue.com

Maria Nilsson Waller is educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet School (contemporary) and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. After graduation she worked with Cannes Jeune Ballet (artistic directior Monique Loudieres) where she also choreographed a number of pieces for the company. She has danced in pieces by, among others, Swedish choreographers Per Jonsson, Helena Franzén and Bo Arenander, New York-based Susan Rethorst and French choreographer Hervé Koubi. Since her moving to Ireland in 2009 she has, beside her own work, also danced in pieces by Fiona Quilligan, Aoife McAtamney, Liadain Herriott and Liv O´Donoghue.

Tom Lane is a composer, singer and muli-instrumentalist living in Dublin. He studied composition at Balliol College Oxford, the London Royal Academy of Music and the Berlin University of the Arts.  Music for stage works includes: Sometimes we break (Junk Ensemble at Tate Britain), Bird with Boy (Junk Ensemble at ABSOLUT FRINGE 2011),  Ten: white grey studies in movement (Liv O’Donoghue at New Movements 2010 & Dublin Dance Festival 2011), Listowel Syndrome (Emma Martin at ABSOLUT Fringe 2010/Dublin Dance Festival 2011), Experimental Evensong and COROKINESIS for the choir of Christ Church Cathedral (ABSOLUT FRINGE 2010 and 2011), Abenteuer Im Einrichtungshaus (Opera by Tom Lane, Berlin/Hamburg/London 2009 and 2010).

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