Programme 2 of Take Off Festival at Dance Cork Firkin Crane
THE PLEASURE OF STEPPING OFF A HORSE WHEN IT'S MOVING AT FULL SPEED Courtney May Robertson
Through a combination of poetry, dance, and song, Courtney May Robertson travels across landscapes of personal desires, memories, and conflicts in the pleasure of stepping off a horse when it’s moving at full speed. Robertson uses the metaphor of a rider taming a wild horse as a starting point for her solo. She looks at the struggle between embracing one’s desires, and regulating behaviour in accordance with societal pressures.
The space acts like a time capsule; intimate home videos are spliced with samples from YouTube, documentaries and old films. Visual projections encapsulate the performer within a large octagon. the pleasure of stepping off a horse when it’s moving at full speed is Robertson’s attempt to embrace the sometimes messy contradictions that make up a multifaceted human.
Please note - due to circumstances beyond our control, Courtney May Robertson will perform in Programme 2 instead of the advertised COMME UN SYMBOLE (FORME COURTE) by Alexandre Fandard / Cie Al Fa.
Choreography, Performance & Projections: Courtney May Robertson
Dramaturgy: Merel Heering
Outside Eye: Kristin de Groot, Yoko Ono Haveman
Technical Support: Edwin van Steenbergen, Arthur Duijzers
Trailer & Video registration: Paul Sixta
Press Photos: Anna van Kooij
Music: AAR - A01 & A02, Empty Set - Order, Cities Aviv - Title Piece, Death Grips - Disappointed
Producer: Dansateliers Rotterdam
Financially Supported by: Municipality of Rotterdam & Kickstart Cultuurfond
With Thanks To: Bas de Geus, Adam Peterson & Nik Rajšek
Courtney May Roberston is presented in the framework of
Aerowaves, co-funded by the European Union
A DANCE Magdalena Hylak (Ireland)
A DANCE is a site-specific, non-story based and improvised performance that invites the audience to experience a new form of ritual made from repetition, high physicality, loudness, sound glitches and noise.
A DANCE is an ongoing artistic research through raw movement and sound that translates into public performances. Choreographer Magdalena Hylak and sound artist Lionel Kasparian explore the relationships and tensions between public-personal, inside-outside, visible-invisible.
Important Notice: This performance contains loud audio. Children are required to wear headphones or earplugs. It is suggested that hearing aids are adjusted to a lower volume or turned off during the performance.
Choreography & Performance: Magdalena Hylak
Live Sound/Sound Designer: Lionel Kasparian
A DANCE is a performance idea born in 2022, in the context of The Arts Council Dance Bursary Award, and developed in residence at Dance Cork Firkin Crane. Magdalena Hylak is the recipient of 2022’s Galway County Council Artist Support Scheme.
About the Artists
Alexandre Fandard is a French visual artist and choreographer. His choreographic writing stems from an interest in portraying what cannot be said with words.
Magdalena Hylak is a dance artist based in Clifden, Co. Galway, in the West of Ireland. She is working and touring both nationally and internationally with French Compagnie Nacera Belaza, and John Scott (Irish Modern Dance Theatre). In 2021, she started collaborating with Brussels-based sound designer Lionel Kasparian, with whom she is developing her artistic project. She is the recipient of funding from the Arts Council and Galway County Council.