Performance Art: Possession by Amanda Coogan
Tuesday 14 June – Saturday 18 June 2022
Possession by artist Amanda Coogan is a living installation focusing on the female figure and the ideas of re-discovery of lost female artists including Irish artist Teresa Deevy and artists featured in Eva Gonzalés is what Dublin needs. The performance by Amanda Coogan is in collaboration with the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf and South East Technological University.
Free, no booking required.
Accompanying the current exhibition Eva Gonzalès is what Dublin needs performance artist Amanda Coogan and collaborators join in the rediscovery of female artists of the past, echoing the themes of the exhibition in exploring the work of 19th century artist Eva Gonzalès. The work of another women, Irish artist Teresa Deevy, is the focus of The Possession Project. This performance will be an odyssey in eighteen episodes. Teresa Deevy was a playwright who wrote vividly for and about women in the Ireland of the 1930s. She was also deaf. Collaborating with deaf artists Lianne Quigley and Alvean Jones, Coogan explores Deevy’s unpublished script Possession, a ballet treatment. Deevy’s script for Possession is short—only three pages in total—and presents an outline of the story of the Táin told from Queen Maeve’s perspective. Irish Sign Language is the key choreographic tool. Describing The Possession Project Coogan says ‘Deevy takes a woman’s view of the story of the Táin and we are reading and creating it through our collective knowledge and understanding of Teresa Deevy’s work and her interests. The intersecting layers of knowledge, understanding and interpretation makes the project rich and exciting to work on.’
Coogan and company will occupy the galleries of the exhibition. On Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday, 14th, 15th and 17th June, Coogan, performing solo, will haunt the rooms of the exhibition and her installation. On Thursday 16th she will be joined by Staff and students of the Theatre Studies department of the South East Technical University. Coogan, Jones and Quigley have been developing the Possession Project with the group over the last five months. Deevy was a Waterford playwright and is the focus of scholarship and research by SETU lecturers Dr Úna Kealy and Dr Kate McCarthy who have brought their rich insights to the explorations. Coogan’s long term collaborators the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf will join her on Saturday 18th for the final live performance. The company of the DTD, dextrous physical performers, will invest the work with an embodied perspective.
Waterford playwright Teresa Deevy’s work is currently enjoying a renaissance. The Peacock and the Abbey in Dublin, the Mint Theatre, New York and Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford have produced Deevy’s plays in recent years. For a dramatist whose work fell into relative obscurity for many decades this is an impressive catalogue of interest and events. Adding to this momentum, performance artist Amanda Coogan, collaborating with artists and theatre makers Alvean Jones and Lianne Quigley, staff and students from SETU and the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf, will share their interpretation of Deevy’s little-known ballet Possession during Coogan’s residency in the Hugh Lane Gallery; 14 - 18th June. Coogan calls her current exploration of Deevy’s work The Possession Project. In 2017 Coogan directed Dublin Theatre of the Deaf in a ‘shapeshifting’ of Deevy’s one-act play, The King of Spain’s Daughter, called Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady in the Peacock Theatre. Quigley and Jones co-created and performed in that production which reimagined Deevy’s 1930s text as a contemporary commentary on how sexism, ableism and audism (prejudice against d/Deaf people) continues to impact on and in Irish society today.
Talk Real Fine was highly critically acclaimed confirming the Coogan, Quigley and Jones’ reputations as innovative and exciting interpreters of Deevy’s work. All three artists have unique insights into Deaf culture and Deaf experience as Coogan, an internationally renowned performance artist, is also a hearing CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) and Jones and Quigley are Deaf. Their consideration of Deevy’s work offers a uniquely interesting interpretation opportunity because Deevy was deafened in her early adulthood and created characters not simply through her use of dialogue and event but through inscribing action, reaction and intention on and through actors’ bodies and through her use of costume and stage properties.
Performance schedule and performers:
Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th & Friday 17th: Amanda Coogan
Thursday 16th: South East Technical University
Úna Kealy; Kate Mc Carthy; Jenny O’Connor; Catherine Bradley; Dawn Murray; Janice Lacharmante; Naja Klemperer; Liam Hickey; Brendan Ahern
With Alvean Jones and Amanda Coogan
Friday 18th: Dublin Theatre of the Deaf
Damien Owens, Breda O’Grady; Ela Cichocka; Mark Mc Caffrey. With Alvean Jones and Amanda Coogan
This performance at the Hugh Lane Gallery is presented as part of the Hugh Lane Gallery’s education programmes accompanying Eva Gonzales is what Dublin needs
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