First Looks Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín / Isabella Oberländer / Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company
This year’s First Looks programme is a chance for audiences to experience three exciting new works, still in their early stages.
Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín
Bád Shiobhán (Siobhán’s Boat) is a new work by choreographer Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín featuring her father, traditional boat-builder Pádraig Ó Duinnín. The piece is a subtle reconfiguring of life experiences they share, particularly those that have been moulded by the culture and tradition of boats and boat-building. Performed by Siobhán and Pádraig, Bád Shiobhán is a delicate unpicking of a daughter-father relationship through movement, text and song. Using traditional boat-building materials of wood and canvas to create textures that are both playful and striking, the work is an invitation to view tradition, familial and otherwise, in a different light.
Alienation, otherness and sweaty dancing
Unmade/Glisten is an inquiry into what is already felt but not yet visible. It is a performative exploration, deeply rooted in the dancing body. It strives to excavate how the experiences, reality and imagination of otherness manifest in the physical. Embracing the provocations of the Xenofeminist manifesto, it offers an invitation to imagine multiple visions of a non-binary speculative future.
Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company
Teaming up with Canarian dance artist Daniel Morales for this new work, Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company exposes the body as an explorative territory. The protagonists surrender to invisible arms. A mesh of palpable connections links sensitive bodies, textures, time and place. They sketch a human cartography decolonised from their own principles on meaning and form: an invitation into a poetic space that gives us a chance, perhaps, to envision bodies without dominion.
Producing recurring thoughts, our mind seems to confine us and establish its dominion over a colonised body. Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company continues to explore their own prejudiced hierarchies relating to the value of surface and depth. Toppling this hierarchy brings a breath of fresh air, a sense of poetry and an invigorating freedom.