Rachel Sweeney: crow-glove / croagh love performance, and ‘Viewpoints and Composition ’ workshop

May 9, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Events, What's On


Performance: Rachel Sweeney: crow-glove / croagh-love


the dead bird’s wings flapped / her heart a worn glove map


This short solo is a butoh influenced movement piece, inspired by the story of Christopher McCandless and his travels across North America in the early 1990s. The piece addresses questions of wilderness, survival tactics and boredom through short bursts of movement attention within a choreography of steel wire, suspended rock, ice, flesh and bone. The body becomes the site for live writing in response to pre-planned physical instructions while the audience provide individual readings of the performance according to the erosion and blurring of each individual surface over time.

crow-glove / croagh-love is a meditation on place, history and map making that explores choreographic language through a negotiation with textured objects. Interactions between dancer and object are actioned through mobile transfers between porous skin, displaced weight and kinaesthetic response, whereby the dancer’s own presence becomes absorbed into the materials, then – through a natural weathering process – the materials becoming absorbed into the space. The performance itself is located in the transition between frozen and melted, between the hard and soft edges of time passing.


Biography – Rachel Sweeney

Rachel is an interdisciplinary dance artist with a passion for moving in extreme locations. She has received several awards for her independent research into the Japanese dance art of Butoh from the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin Corporation, as well as two solo performance commissions from Butoh UK (2003) and Dance in Devon (2009).

Rachel is co-director of a transnational terrain arts and ecology partnership together with Australian dance artist Marnie Orr. Ongoing projects have been supported by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts, Perth, the Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth, a Lisa Ullmann dance scholarship and Dance in Devon.

Rachel currently teaches dance at Liverpool Hope University, UK where she also runs cross disciplinary research forums between Performing Arts and Environmental Science and has published on dance ethnography, dance ecology and cross cultural performance training.



Rachel’s workshop was accidentally omitted from the timetable but is indeed scheduled for Saturday May 12 at 4:30. This will turn up on all late-issued programmes.


workshop with Rachel Sweeney

Over the past 25 years, Viewpoints training has ignited the imagination of choreographers, actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs and writers.

Viewpoints is a comprehensive training system adapted from Anne Bogart’s innovative approaches to contemporary performance devising and is taught all over the world and used by countless theatre artists in the rehearsal process.

Viewpoints can be described as….

  • a philosophy translated into a technique for training performers, building ensemble and creating movement for stage.

  • a set of names given to principles of movement through time and space; these names constitute a language for talking about what happens onstage.

  • The selection and synthesis of specific points of awareness that a performer or creator makes while working.

In terms of its role in composition, Viewpoints operates as a contemporary method for creating new work and is the systematic practice of selecting and arranging the separate components of theatrical language into a cohesive work of art for the stage.I particular, Viewpoitsn promotes generative dialogue with other art forms, as it borrows and reflects the other arts.

Frisch and Sweeney combine their respective directorial and choreographic practices to develop a workshop integrating the theories as well as the practices of this performance approach.

Workshop is open to up to 20 participants for students and professionals from all performance backgrounds.

Duration : 90 min


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