It was a pleasure and an honor to be part of Performance Mix Festivals #31 (Infinite Corridor) and #36 (Meeting the Moai: Head Over Heels.) In both instances, the artists were made to feel welcomed and truly celebrated for their work, as reflected by attention to publicity, technical needs, and convivial gatherings. This festival truly practices diversity, equity, and inclusion, as manifested in their roster of performing artists each year. Big thanks to New Dance Alliance, Karen Bernard, and the entire Performance Mix Festival team who make it such a fulfilling and joyful experience for artists and audiences alike.
At Cill Rialaig, I searched for a place to work and instinctively settled on a stone passageway between two rooms. In this excerpt, the ideas and issues that bubbled up in this residency are visible. I wear a black hooded sweatshirt, my face partly concealed, while my movement vacillates between the casual to the ritualistic. My feet scraping against the floor amplified create a soundtrack that heightens my solitude and confinement. Almost hiding from the vulnerability of this intimate performance, Green confronts the aching realities of living in a body that is devalued because of gender, because of age. A power-point provides juxtaposition between magnified photography images of buildings materials, landscape and exposed flesh.
Creation and Performance: Karen Bernard
Edit: Jil Guyon and Than Wixon
Cill Rialaig Project, Ballinskelligs, Ireland 2017