In 1975, the Miami Showband were crossing the Irish border. They were stopped at a checkpoint. It was not a real checkpoint. Only two of the band members survived.
OXBO are developing a new multi-disciplinary piece of theatre that seeks to investigate the impact of the border in relation to memory, culture, and artistry. Jennifer Aust, Lisa Nally and Matt McGowan will use their time at The Complex to develop core parts of the text, to play tunes on the piano, and to ask each other about how our preoccupations with North and South matter to who we are and where we’ve been.
The Complex invited artists of all disciplines to present their ideas for a contemporary performative and interdisciplinary arts platform called THE ART FACTORY which provided a setting for theatrical experiments in a raw, naked space. Below are the five chosen projects.
Phantasmagoria explores physical manifestations of dreams and trauma, and is brought alive by a collaboration between a group of dancers, a light artist and a music producer. Together they aim to create multidisciplinary performance which exorcises commonly experienced ghosts and innermost fears.
Aliina Lindroos is a Finnish dancer, performer and choreographer. She has worked for, collaborated and researched with international choreographers and companies such as Raimund Hoghe, Protein Dance Company, John Scott, United Fall and Jeremy Wade among others. Majority of her work deals with issues around identity and human relationship with environment.
Ella Bertilsson is developing a performance which explores mutual consent through body movement and interactions described through a series of encounters.
Ella Bertilsson (SWE/IRE) is a recipient of FSAS Digital Media Bursary Award (2019) and her work is included in OPW State Collection (2019). She is currently undertaking a studio residency at Rua Red (2019-2020). Forthcoming: HOST with Child Naming Ceremony at TBG&S; Studio 6 (Oct 17th 2019) and Orphan, publication by James Merrigan (Nov 2019). Recent: Beyond the Sandy Suburbs, Pallas Projects/Studios (2018) and Carrier of Memories, Dráiocht Inagural Commision (2018). Residencies include; PSsquared, Belfast (2019), the RHA, Peer Residency, (2018-2019) and NKD, Norway (2018).
Image: Beyond the Sandy Suburbs, Pallas Projects, 2018.
Photo credit: Kasia Kaminsky.
Sex! Anxiety! Pregnant spiders! coMORBID askes the question, how possible is it really to accurately represent real life in art?
Began in February 2019, coMORBID is a multimedia performance piece written and performed by Tadhg Ó Ciardha, with an original score by nimf, video by Finn McGinty O’Neill and scenography by Ingmar Kviele. The project is an experiment in magical realism and non-narrative storytelling; combining autobiography, docu-drama, poetry, comedy, dance and drag performance. coMORBID explores Tadhg’s comorbid diagnosis of OCD, Autism, ADHD and Depression and seeks to render audio-visually the individual psychic landscape. The recent life history of the performer is reinterpreted by nimf and Finn, through the lens of their own psychological experiences.
coMORBID Productions is a newly founded Dublin performance collective bent on radically amplifying the voices of artists affected by disability or mental health issues, through experimental art forms.
Their past work includes “A History of Madness in Ireland,” presented as part of National Heritage Week 2019, as well as “Autism Moms: A Tragedie in Three Acts” and “Autism Through the Ages,” presented at Light it Up Comedy Gold; Ireland’s first Autistic Comedy Night. Comorbid Short Plays Festival takes place in October at the International Comedy Club, with work by Jody O’Neill, Kate Conboy Fischer, Ollie Bell, Finn McGinty O’Neill, Nathan Patterson and Aisling Walsh.
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David Fennelly is a theatre and film actor and writer from Dublin. Having performed in FATDAD last year he is delighted to be collaborating again with the Complex Theatre as part of the Art Factory.
David previously wrote and starred in “Fishes”, a stage play which was made into the short film “The Caller” that premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh and was aired on RTÉ in 2018
Most recently David has written and co-written three new short films that are all scheduled for production later this year.
Other notable work includes ‘The Shaughraun' (Smock Alley Theatre); This Lime Tree Bower’ (National Tour); ‘Killing Bono’ (Paramount) and ‘Everyday Objects’ (UNA Films).