MAIDEN VOYAGE DANCE LAUNCHED THE TRIPLE BILL FEATURING DANCE INSPIRED BY LOVE, LOSS AND LIVING.
A brand new triple bill exploring sensitive issues such as miscarriage and infant death, relics of our past and lives lost, and the relationship between our physical and spiritual body premiered at The MAC by Belfast Dance Company, Maiden Voyage Dance. The three brand new commissions brings together local and international choreographers including the acclaimed, Rachel Lopez de la Neita from London, Oona Doherty from Bangor, Belfast based Visual artist Sharon Kelly, and writer Martelle McPartland from Lurgan.
Every Something has a Somewhere, created by Rachel Lopez de la Neita, focuses on the role and importance everyday objects play in human lives when associated with loss. Exploring how we attach a value to personal items, has inspired Rachel to question how much we attach similar values on people, thus objectifying them too.
The second commission focuses in on Körper & Leib, focusing on the relationship between our physical and spiritual self, using the two German words for the body. Körper relating to the physical body and Leib the spiritual body. This duet for two men created by Bangor born, international dance artist, Oona Doherty, sees the dancers moving in a skillful slow meditation. Doherty’s intention is to bring the audience into a place where they tune into the realms of the spiritual body. Influences in creating the work included representation of the male form in Renaissance art, the spiritual symbolism in gesture, the Tao connection to the body, nature and the universe.
The final performance, Landscapes of Loss is a collaborative project initiated by Sharon Kelly and writer Martelle McPartland, and developed with Maiden Voyage Artistic Director Nicola Curry exploring the physical and emotional territory of infant death, itself a very intense, deeply personal subject. Working collaboratively, the artists have developed a work reflecting their own personal experiences using movement and moving image to bring the grief and loss associated with stillbirth to a wider public understanding.
Gilly Campbell, Arts Development Officer for Drama and Dance, Arts Council, said: “Maiden Voyage has built a reputation for excellence for the quality and distinctiveness of both its dance programme and delivery and is seen as a leader in their field both within and, increasingly, beyond Northern Ireland. This triple bill features impressive work from three outstandingly talented choreographers, including the Arts Council’s current Major Individual Artist awardee, Oona Doherty. We are delighted to support Maiden Voyage with these brand new commissions which demonstrate the power and usefulness of the arts in dealing with difficult subjects.”
The performances were sold out at The MAC, so make sure you do not miss out and book your tickets for The Market Place Theatre at Armagh.
Tickets for the show in the Market Theatre, Armagh on Thursday 9 March 8.00pm, are available from www.marketplacearmagh.com or by calling the Box Office on 028 3752 1821.