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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.††
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