Mairead Vaughan

 

 

 

MAIRÉAD VAUGHAN’s dance and choreographic research reflects on how our ‘inner’ sensed experience extends out to influence our ‘outer’ perception and our relationship with our environment. Her choreographic work explores ‘Third Space(s)’ - immersive spaces that elicit a felt, sensed, kinaesthetic or energetic response.
Mairéad’s PhD research into the symbiotic interconnectedness of body, mind and environment, has led to the creation of a somatic movement, compositional and performance practice called ‘Attuning’. ‘Attuning’ is designed to cultivate sensory, kinaesthetic and energetic awareness. This practice is informed by principles from Release Contemporary Dance and Choreographic practice, Improvisation and Iyengar Yoga.
Mairéad Vaughan graduated with a B.A. from Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK), an M.A. and an Arts Practice PhD, IWAMD, University of Limerick. Now working as an independent artist, Mairéad co-founded Shakram Dance and Music Company (1999-2014) creating a body of thirteen original choreographic works supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. Her work is multi-disciplinary in nature exploring dance with live voice & sound, video dance, site-specific and installation performance. She is currently interested in creating installation environments that reflect immersive, ephemeral qualities of movement, space and time.

 

inSkin: Activating Space

A subtle yet potent interplay, between movement, video projection, 7 white pillars, sound and space.
A choreographic re-configuring of a live performance space, into a virtual screen space, this work was created by dance artist Mairéad Vaughan, with the support of visual artist Tomasz Madajczak. It culminates Mairéad’s dance residency funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork County Council at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, 2019 – 2020. Dimensions of movement by live dance artists, 7 white pillars, and low-lying video projections, activate a felt sense of ground space, through a continuous re-organisation of one whole. Vertical and horizontal space, movement and stillness, structure and sensation, all simultaneously Activate Space. The original work inSkin, was a live performance installation created for a gallery setting by Mairéad Vaughan, in collaboration with an international group of artists: Tomasz Madajczak (POL), Charlie Dunne (UK), Lily Horgan (UK) and Helle Kvamme (SWE).

EVENT Released Friday 11 December at 1:30pm, available until Friday 18 December 2020

CREDITS
Performed and Choreographed by Mairéad Vaughan,
Dance Artist Performed Charlie Dunne (UK), Lily Horgan (UK)
Visual Art collaborators Helle Kvamme (SWE), Tomasz Madajczak (POL/IRE)

WEST CORK DANCE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT UILLINN 2019 -2020  Mairéad Vaughan's dance and choreographic research reflects on how our inner sensed and felt experience extends out to influence our perception of, and our relationship with our environment.

Research into the symbiotic relationship between body, mind and environment has led Mairéad to devise a movement, compositional and performance practice called ‘Attuning’ which is designed to cultivate sensory, kinaesthetic (position and movement of the parts of the body), energetic, awareness. It is informed by principles from release contemporary dance and choreographic practices (focus on breathing, muscle relaxation, anatomical considerations, and the use of gravity and momentum to facilitate efficient movement), improvisation, Yoga and somatic (relating to the body) practices.

During her two year residency at Uillinn, Mairéad devised and developed inSkin, a live video, dance, art installation, taking place in the main gallery space at Uillinn in 2019 with dance artists Charlie Dunne (UK), Lily Horgan (UK) and Visual Art collaborators Helle Kvamme (SWE), Tomasz Madajczak. In the same year, working again with Tomasz Madajczak, they created Mapping the Divide, a dance and art community project exploring the impact of technology on our body, mind, environment resulting in a site-specific performance, as part of Skibbereen Arts Festival 2019.

In 2020, Mairéad continued to work with Madajczak to further develop  'Mapping the Divide' and 'inSkin' projects. Their plans to work in the remote region of Bere Island with a group of primary school children - exploring how the mediums of dance, art and video might reflect specific qualities of space(lessness), time(lessness) and energetic imprints inherent within the region - were curtailed by the pandemic restrictions. However, they were able to access the studio at Uillinn to create a new video work inSkin Activate, shared as part of Uillinn Dance Season online and in the gallery. The installation aims to provide a window that opens up a third space - shedding light onto simple innocent qualities of our true nature, while transporting these qualities into a contemporary context. ​ 

West Cork Dance Artist in Residence at Uillinn is in partnership with Cork County Council and supported by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. 

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Image Credits: 
Headshot: Mairéad Vaughan
Event Image: Dance Artist Mairéad Vaughan, photograph by Tomasz Madajczak

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