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Choreographic exhibition created in response to Irelandís legislature opens at IMMA

An unconventional new work by the distinguished Austrian choreographer Michael KliŽn, created following a two-week sojourn in DŠil …ireann, will be presented at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from Tuesday 4 to Sunday 9 October 2011. In SILENT WITNESS Ė A DANCING MAN KliŽn will present a response, in the form of a performance, to the workings of Irelandís legislature, based on his personal observations and on his interaction with a range of individuals during his stay.

As the title implies, the work consists of two distinct elements. SILENT WITNESS refers to KliŽnís period in the DŠil during which time he took on no specific role beyond that of an observer in unfamiliar territory, studying the structures of daily life in the legislature and the means and manner in which it organises its affairs. KliŽnís access to the Houses of the Oireachtas was facilitated by Jan OíSullivan, Minister of State for Trade and Development, and Mark Mulqueen, Head of Communications at the Houses of the Oireachtas, as well as Superintendent Paul Conway.

A DANCING MAN refers to KliŽnís choreographic response, expressed through live performance in the galleries at IMMA, to his experiences in DŠil …ireann. These performance sessions will last throughout the Museumís opening hours, with the exception of occasional breaks and possible interactions with exhibition visitors.†

Commenting on his experiences in DŠil …ireann and his preparations for the opening at IMMA KliŽn said: ďI would like to avoid making a direct link between the time spent Ďembeddedí in the Irish legislature and the choreographic exhibition at IMMA.† The work in IMMA is not an illustration or interpretation of my experiences in the Dail. Both works are a meditation on government, a critique, maybe even a form of protest, but their relation to each other is open-ended, poetic, circular.Ē

KliŽn plans to carry out similar experiments on Chinaís production lines and in the New Yorkís Stock Exchange over the coming year.††
Since his early 20s, KliŽnís work has been concerned with the theoretical and practical development of choreography. Committed to deconstructing our assumptions on choreography, dance and culture, he has set out to redevelop choreography as an autonomous artistic discipline concerned with the workings of patterns, dynamics and ecologies. Responding to the many urgent issues facing our contemporary environment, this new conception of choreography harnesses its social potential to pursue conditions where new orders of human relations and patterns can emerge.
Born in Austria in 1973, Michael KliŽn studied choreography in Vienna and London. He received a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and has lectured at many prestigious institutions (including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, and the Laban Dance Centre, London). KliŽn was co-founder and Artistic Director of the London based arts group Barriedale Operahouse (1994Ė2000) and Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company (2003Ė2011). KliŽnís choreographies have been performed in many countries across the world. Commissions include Ballett Frankfurt; ZKM Centre for Contemporary Art and Media, Karlsruhe; Tanzquartier Wien and the Vienna Volksoper. Recent projects include Choreography for Blackboards at IMMA and the Hayward Gallery, London and Standing in Ink at the Crawford Gallery, Cork.

Opening hours:
Tuesday 4 October to Sunday 9 October from 12noon to 5.00pm

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3 October 2011

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