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Red Waltz

2015

Performance

I start the performance under a pile of red chiffon. A soundtrack plays of a baby (my daughter) vocalizing in a cathedral. This track transitions into the sounds of the Angelus bells, or the church bells that play at 12 pm and 6 pm in order to indicate times of prayer and reflection. These bells currently play on Irish national television and radio stations (RTE). I start to slowly crawl, echoing the actions of my infant daughter as she attempts to negotiate the strength and coordination of her limbs. As I move from the pile of red chiffon, it becomes apparent that it is attached to me as a 10 meter cape, trailing a river of red behind me. I reach a plinth with a music box on it. A distorted sound of bells emerges from the music box. The sound is responding to a heart monitor so they are controlled by the beating of my heart. I pause and then slowly begin to rise and grow, twisting my body in a broken solo waltz. As I rise and turn, the red chiffon wraps around me until I am fully immersed in a cocoon, no longer able to move my limbs. The inspiration for this work comes from the anxieties surrounding my experience of being pregnant and becoming a mother in Ireland. An in-progress version of this work was presented at the Sirius Arts Centre at the end of my residency there. Photographs by Miranda Driscoll and Jed Speare.

     
   
     
     
     
   
 
 
     
     
   
 

 

 
     
     
   
 
 
     
 

 

 
   
     
     
 

 

 
   
     
     
     
   
     

 

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