Ruairí Ó Donnabháin

RUAIRÍ Ó DONNABHÁIN Is gníomhaí teanga agus choreografadóir é Ruairí Ó Donnabháin, tá sé ag thógáil uirlisí deasghnáth de treibh atá chaillte. Bíonn sé ag eagrú damhsaí in Éireann ó 2008. Tá Máistreach aige i Choreografaí ó DAS Graduate School Amstardam agus Céim Onóracha dhá ábhar i Béarla agus Dramaíocht ó Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh. Is as Chontae Chorcaí é Ó Donnabháin agus tá a taidhde faoi 'chleachtais aeistéitic chúraim'. Tá sé ag obair ar agus ag chur Oileán Chléire fuann. 

Ruairí is a language activist and a choreographer; he is making ritual objects for a tribe which doesn't exist.Ó Donnabháin has been making dances in Ireland since 2008. He is a Masters in Choreography Graduate from DAS Graduate School Amsterdam & holds a joint honors B.A. in Drama & Theatre Studies and English from University College Cork. Donovan is from County Cork, Ireland and his choreographic practice is concerned with ‘aesthetic practices of care’. He lives and works on Oileán Chléire, a remote island and Gaeltacht off the south west coast of Co. Cork investigating Gaeilge as a site of queer resistance and new materialist collaboration ‘in the wild’.
 

UILLINN RESEARCH RESIDENCY Ruairí received a research residency at Uillinn, DICKscheduled for 21 to 26 September &  2, 5, 23, 26, 27 November 2020, new dates will be rescheduled for 2021 due to government closures.

DICK is a multi disciplinary performance project by Ruairí Ó Donnabháin (IRL) and Julie E. Phelps (USA) to be presented in parallel in Ireland and San Francisco in 2021.

DICK is an exploration of truth and the production of knowledge which uses Herman Melville’s 1851 novel ‘Moby Dick’ as source material but ebbs and flows from adaptation to completely new rendering.

We are specifically interested in how spectacle has been employed throughout dominant western cultures to subjugate other knowledge forms. This project examines the methodology of spectacle, asking how myth gets made. Using intersecting mediums of spectacular reproduction – oral storytelling, scenic design, pyrotechnics and virtual or ‘mixed’ reality; ideological aesthetic forms are under research toward the creation of a live performance event across multiple mediums and interfaces.

The work is also intended to extend beyond the stage in multiple interconnected actions, installation and community engagement. To kick-off the project we initiated a community reading project to subsume the volume, the book in an oral retelling and communal ritual. We’re collecting the chapters of the book from 135 people, inviting both known and unknown contacts in the Bay Area and Europe to record themselves reading chapters in their mother tongue. We frame this exercise as an ‘an-archiving’ of Melville’s text, asking people to record during COVID-19 lockdown in their homes in, around or near water. This small ritual performance in the domestic frame produces a community portrait of intimacy through fragmentation.

During our residency at Uillinn we will focus on generating texts, capturing field recordings, learning folk songs, experiments with plastics and object work, research and development with ‘mixed reality’, VR, digital media and installation in nature. We first began discussing working with the western canon in September 2019 and have been developing this project remotely since a residency on Cape Clear Island off Ireland cancelled due to Storm Ciara making landfall in February 2020 and throughout the international pandemic

 

Image Credit
Headshot: Ruairí Ó Donnabháin

 

WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible.

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