E.gress Special Closing Event | IMMA | 14 July
A Special Closing Event of E.gress will take place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on Thursday 14th July 2016.
This closing event marks the final stage of the E.gress National Tour; a mapping of reflections, inspiration and learning gathered along the way, together with a presentation of new artworks and responses.
FILM SCREENING | 5pm – 6.30pm
E.gress will be screened on a loop
DE-COMPRESSION ROOM | 5pm- 6.30pm
Drawing Room, Johnston Suite
An interactive installation of tour responses engaging all the senses with “reflection bureaus” … sit, write, make, create
DURATIONAL PERFORMANCE & CONVERSATION EVENT | 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Mapping the Tour by Ciaran Smyth of Vagabond Reviews, and audio/visual artist Suzanne Walsh, followed by a live dance response by Philip Connaughton, and a vocal response by Mellow Tonics choir. Special guest speaker Grainne Humphreys, Director of the Dublin Film Festival will respond to the filmic work and Sarah Bowman of Mercers Institute of Successful Ageing / Trinity, will then lead a conversational event with E.gress artists, tour partners and audience members, followed by a Q&A.
DRINKS RECEPTION | 7.30pm – 8.30pm
All events are free and everyone is welcome.
Attendance to the screening and decompression room are on a “drop-by” basis and places do not need to be booked.
Attendance to the durational performances and conversational event will need to be booked via the IMMA website.
Irish Museum of Modern Art,
Sarah serves as Director of Public Engagement at Trinity College Dublin’s Centre for Research in Ageing (Trinity EngAGE), The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), and Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital. In this capacity, Sarah coordinates the public engagement efforts of principal investigators and researchers in Ageing. Sarah has 18 years of experience as a public engagement specialist, guiding teams and ensuring that programme goals, work plans, and products advance initiatives. She has served as project manager for engagement focused publications for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, AARP and others. Sarah has edited publications on community engagement for The New York Times, Men’s Health Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, ITE Journal, Michigan Municipal League, Quebec Ministry of Health, U.S. National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board, Better! Cities & Towns, and Unleash Magazine.
In 2009, Sarah co-founded the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, serving as the Institute’s first chief operating officer and director of educational programming. During her tenure, Sarah assisted more than 1,200 communities in community engagement projects, ranging from single-day workshops to multi-year planning and design efforts. Recent activities include: serving in an advisory capacity for local government and non-governmental agencies in both the United States and Ireland; facilitation of the Science Foundation Ireland exemplar project Engage with Science; creation of the FutureLearn Massive Open Online Course: Strategies for Successful Ageing; the award-winning Universal Design Innovation Student Symposium focused on Ageing; and coordination of the Mercer’s Institute Annual Lecture Reflections on Ageing and Memory
For more information visit: EngAGE Trinity
Philip Connaughton is a choreographer/performer originally from Dublin. He began dancing locally and then went on to train at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. As a choreographer, his first solo, Embody, was created during a residency at Movement Research (NYC), and since then he has been performing his work internationally. Philip was Associate Artist of Dance Ireland [2013/14] and Artist in Residence at Axis Ballymun  where he had the opportunity to create Mortuus Est Philippus for Dublin Dance Festival. In 2014, he created a large-scale ensemble piece Tardigrade which won best design in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards. His lecture-performance Dance Uncovered (sensational) was featured is Dublin Dance Festival 2015. He created Whack! in collaboration with Ashley Chen of Compagnie Kashyl in Paris in April last year and just completed a very successful Irish and French tour.
Also working in theatre and opera, his credits include Der Vampyr for Cork’s Midsummer Festival, The Gate Theatre’s production of The Threepenny Opera for Dublin Theatre Festival and Noel Coward’s The Vortex – also at The Gate. He was choreographer/ass. director on Faust at The Everyman and The Bloody Irish for PBS TV, America. Most recently, he choreographed I’m Your Man for THISISPOPBABY for the Dublin Theatre Festival.
As a teacher Philip has taught professional classes and workshops for Dance Ireland, Galway Dance Project, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Step Up, Dance Limerick. The University of Limerick, Penn. State University and Drexel University, Philadelphia.
For 2016, Philip has been accepted as a laureate for the residence Récollets 2016 in Paris, and has also just been announced a recipient of the 16 x 16: Next Generation Bursary Award. He’s using this award to research and develop a new work which will be shown in 2017.
Grainne has worked in film for over 20 years, at the Irish Film Institute, she was in charge of specialist programming including the documentary and French festivals. She has been the Festival Director of the Dublin International Film Festival since 2007.
Mellow Tonics Choir
Mellow Tonics is a new, mixed-voice choir formed in Dublin’s city centre and led by conductor/composer Norah Walsh. Their repertoire is a compelling and imaginative combination of classical contemporary works from Ireland and abroad alongside off-beat popular arrangements. Earlier this year the choir was delighted to win a second place award at the Navan Choral Festival and followed this success with their debut full-programme concert at the Freemason’s Hall in Dublin.
Suzanne Walsh is a writer and audio/visual artist from Wexford based in Dublin. Her work often has a performative element with sound or text, with recent performances in IMMA (with Hissen sound group), International Literature Festival, The New Lacanian School Congress in Dublin Castle, and Art and Ethics symposium in the Burren College of Art. Texts published most recently in Critical Bastards Issue 12, on Fallowmedia website and in Gorse Issue 4.