The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art is excited to present a new work by renowned performance artist Amanda Coogan, Deaf artists Lianne Quigley and Alvean Jones with Dublin Theatre of the Deaf (DTD) and students from the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) at Trinity College Dublin. Freude! Freude! is a live exhibition, an embodied performance and installation which translates Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy chorus into Irish Sign Language (ISL) and reinterprets the entire symphony through the lens of the Deaf experience. Using ISL as a choreographic language, Coogan, Quigley and Jones have worked with DTD and students from the CDS to produce an aural, visual and immersive feast that will be presented through a series of performances and exhibition installation.
Francis Upritchard, born in New Zealand and now resident in London, makes figurative sculpture that treads a line between realism and fantasy; while in some respects flamboyantly theatrical, it is also keenly observant of human nature. Made from polymer clay, painted, and clad in colourful textiles, the figures are displayed on elaborate bases; they seem, very often, to be taking part in a pageant or masquerade, for their expressions and gestures appear to be orchestrated and conceived in unison.
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