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Performance Event: Towards A Consideration of All Bodies at The LAB Gallery

7 Nov 2018 (Past)

The LAB Gallery, Foley Street, Dublin 1

People with disabilities have bodies that function differently from the socially ‘normal’ body that is accepted and assumed. Towards A Consideration of All Bodies is a platform for artists with disabilities to engage and examine this proposition through interdisciplinary performance.

The ‘normal’ body is the body the world considers and is designed for. The artists Hugh O’Donnell (live-art), Mairéad Folan (theatre) and Phil Kenny (poetry) respond to their experience of interactions with their family, others on the street, in public spaces, in finding work, friends and relationships, accessing services and buildings. These artists make exciting and thought-provoking performances around disability rather than about it.

Towards A Consideration of All Bodies is curated by Róisín Power Hackett, who also has a disability. The event is supported by Sheena Barrett (The LAB), Dublin City Council and the Arts Council.

Hugh O’Donnell is originally from Tallaght Dublin and based in Belfast N.I for the past 21 years. He has been educated in University of Ulster Belfast with a BA in Fine Art and a Masters Degree in Fine Art (M.F.A). He has exhibited his work in a national and international capacity and has also facilitated many art workshops nationally and internationally. Hugh has completed many art residencies on a national and international level. Hugh’s work is of an auto-personal nature, abstract and conceptual and sometimes questions disability, sexuality and human rights. This work for Towards a Consideration of All Bodies 2018 is titled Aixelsyd Doesn’t Harm Your Health II.

Mairéad Folan is the Artistic Director of Galway-based theatre company NoRopes. She has been a bilingual freelance theatre practitioner since 2005. Mairéad was one of the artists in residence on Druid’s FUEL programme in 2017/18. She recently was awarded a New Work award supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect Scheme managed by Arts and Disability Ireland. Mairéad has also recently been appointed onto the Irish language national theatre’s, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Board of Directors. Her debut as a playwright, Meet Luke, asks some tough questions about society and the perceptions that we have on those who do not follow societal norms. Towards A Consideration of All Bodies is the final performance of Meet Luke 2018 tour.

Phil Kenny is a poet based in Dublin, he has performed at Knockan Stockan and Electric Picnic and has been published in Storytellers edited by Anna Fox. He is performing Auto-matic (A Reflection of the World), a series of poetry specially written for Towards A Consideration of All Bodies. The poems he will be performing are personal, sensory, sometimes normal (relatively) and often surreal and abstract. He has mild Asperger’s Syndrome, which connects the world in a way he is familiar with, but often appears obscure to others. Writing and speaking has ever been a way of connecting people to that world. Please talk to him if you like. He would love nothing more.

Admission is free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite.