(Ruairí Donovan, Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company, Jessie Keenan)
First Looks offers Irish and international dance presenters, as well as audience members, a chance to view new works-in-development by Ireland-based artists. An initiative of Dublin Dance Festival and Culture Ireland, this year’s programme is a mixed bill of three studio-sharings.
Talamh an Éisc, an Íoslainn, Oileáin Fharó, Oileán Chléire. Working through Gaeilge and English, Donovan examines affect in both languages and the moving body. Ag gluaiseacht le capaill agus le míolta móra. Archipelagic Thinking explores shared cultural identity and migratory patterns of humans and animals across The North Atlantic Arc.
Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company
Merlin aims for a mix of animalism and finesse, in the choreography as much as in the movement. Filled with shadows, peopled with monsters, inhabited by an original soundtrack made of unknown languages and animal growls, Merlin delves into the ambiguous coexistence between our seemingly rational lives and our animal nature.
How true is anything that we remember? Fragments of information, stored in different parts of the brain, connecting in the present moment to reconstruct an event from the past…what could go wrong? This piece examines the mystery, fragility and strange beauty in the intricate processes of recalling autobiographical memories.