a one-night only dance and video event

Thursday, May 18, 2006 – 6:30-8:30pm – FREE

echo - 2006 Location One presents ECHO, a collaborative project created by visual/media artist Andrew Duggan and dancers Jonathan Kelliher and Joanne Barry of Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. For one-night only traditional Irish dance will be transported from the South West coast of Ireland to Location One’s Gallery space in New York City. Impromptu street performances and filming will take place in NYC at undisclosed locations leading up to the event. The resulting project will be presented at Location One.The event will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2006 (6:30-8:30pm). The video installation will be continuous throughout the presentation, with dance performances at 7pm and 8pm (approximately 10 minutes in length). The event is free and open to the public.ECHO is a multidisciplinary project that examines the creative dialogue between dance and video. The work explores folk movement vocabulary in an urban context. With a focus on the complex nature of ‘looking’, it breaks down some of the perceived barriers between art forms. In keeping with folk tradition, a crossroads becomes a symbolic space through which the dancers have a physical dialogue, questioning the origin of the echo. At its core, ECHO creates crossroads between traditional and contemporary forms, rhythmic structures, the physical dance space, and cultures.Andrew Duggan’s media and installation work investigates the space between tradition (fact/folk/lore, etc..) and contemporary space and time. He plays with cultural representations and perceptions and has presented many projects in the public domain. In Kerry, the Bán/Blane series (2004) were projected on to a building reputed to have been prepared for the escape and arrival of Marie Antoinette. He frequently collaborates with dancers, musicians and cultural institutions. In CentreStage, he worked with the National Folk Theatre of Ireland to create an installation on the traditional (Irish) crossroads and the nature of looking. Born in Cork and raised in Dublin, Duggan lives and works in Dingle (West Coast of Ireland). He studied at the Crawford College of Art and design, Cork; the National College of Arts and Design, Dublin; and the University of Ulster, Belfast.Siamsa Tíre (pronounced shee-am-sah tir-a: enjoyment of the ground), the National Folk Theatre of Ireland was founded in 1974. Its mission is to reflect Ireland’s great wealth of music, dance and folk tradition for the stage, through vibrant, colorful theatricality and to continue to create new folk theatre presentations, drawing on their traditions and rich cultural reservoir. The company has performed their unique brand of folk theater at venues all over Ireland, and in the US, Canada, Brittan, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Spain, South America, and Australia.Andrew Duggan has been an artist-in-residence at Location One since September 2005. His residency is supported, in part, by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon (Ireland).video documentation:[display_podcast]