DI Residency: Jessie Keenan

Tue 23 Apr 2019 - Fri 7 Jun 2019
10:00 - 18:00

‘Don’t Anticipate the Ending’*: A Life’s Work in Progress

This is a creative collaboration between choreographer Jessie Keenan, IRC postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Zosia Kuczyńska, and composer-performer Robbie Blake.

Drawing on Brian Friel’s composition process for Dancing at Lughnasa, this project will explore the ways in which a major Irish playwright’s creative practice influences the work of contemporary practitioners.

Through a series of creative and critical responses to the Brian Friel Papers at the National Library of Ireland, Jessie, Zosia and Robbie will develop a new work that blends scholarship, movement and sound.

By interrogating the relationship between archive and performance and extending archival access beyond the reading room, this work asks how we use archival materials to set a legacy not in stone but rather in motion.

*Dublin, National Library of Ireland (NLI), Brian Friel Papers, MS 37,104/1. 

Jessie Keenan is a Dublin based choreographer making work that crosses over into science, visual art and architecture. She recently premiered her new work, Fragments, at Dublin Fringe Festival 2018. Other selected projects include: Fragments work-in-development, First Looks, Dublin Dance Festival 2018, Low Lying, a collaborative work with visual artist Ciara McKeon and musician Robbie Blake, Dublin Fringe 2016; Her Supreme Hour, a solo commissioned by the Dublin Dance Festival/GPO Witness History Public Art Commission for Embodied 2016. Jessie is a recipient of an Arts Council Next Generation Award.

Robbie Blake is a vocalist, conductor and composer based in Dublin Ireland. As an artist working across disciplines, Robbie has presented new work in festivals and venues across Ireland and internationally. Drawing on a range of influences, Robbie’s work focuses on the live act and shared communal moments, and as a non-binary artist, this work often explores relational themes, the in-between, and identity.

Zosia Kuczyńska is a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin. She completed her Irish Research Council funded doctoral thesis on ‘Time and Space in the Plays of Brian Friel’ at Trinity College Dublin in 2016 where she was supervised by Professors Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash. She was an editorial assistant on the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (OUP, 2016). A pamphlet of poetry, Pisanki, was published by The Emma Press in 2017.