SPRING 2013 In a season of concerts, seminars and music projects, FUAIM brings together artists, scholars and audiences to reflect and celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of Music at UCC. Engaging with diverse communities of sound, FUAIM amplifies the Universityâ€™s contribution to the rich cultural life of the city, region and country.
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Donal ‘Doc’ Gleeson Awards Concert (concert) Marie Kelly (lecture) PhD Presentations (lecture) Collage with Julie Feeney (concert) Art|Works (symposium) Conall Morrison (perforum) Kristin McGee (lecture) Seán Ó Riada Memorial Lecture 2013 Dr Aileen Dillane (lecture) Hup 2 (concert) Danny McCarthy and Mick O’Shea (lecture) Pro/schema (concert) Ann Cleare (lecture) Elision (concert) Laurent Aubert (lecture) ensemble cross.art (concert) Mary Wycherley (perforum) Christopher Smith (lecture) Telephones and Gongs (concert) Goffredo Plastino (lecture) Vanbrugh String Quartet with Adrian Mantu and Andreea Banciu (concert) Marie Kelly (perforum) Victor Lazzarini (lecture) Hidden Handel (concert) PhD Presentations (lecture) UCC Choir with John Spillane (concert) Arts Practice Research: A Symposium (symposium) GAITKRASH (perforum) Performing Thought, Thinking Performance (symposium) FUAIM: Theatre and Music (symposium)
Unless otherwise stated, FUAIM events are open to the public and admission to concerts and lectures is free. For more information on FUAIM events, please see: www.music.ucc.ie
FUAIM Team: Mel Mercier Paul O Donnell Jeff Weeter Grainne McHale Chris Morris Sasha Dundjerovich John Hough Carmel Daly Maura O’Brien Eimear O’Callaghan Jason Shannon Ioannis Tsioulakis
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Cover photo features Julie Feeney by Epic Productions Design: Gareth Jones (www.gazjonesdesign.com)
Following a period of unprecedented innovation over the last twenty years, Music at UCC is currently more progressive than at any time in the past. Through its cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary curriculum, Music at UCC celebrates the diversity of contemporary musical experience and offers students the richest music education in Ireland. The Spring 2013 season is the 7th in the increasingly successful bi-annual series of FUAIM events. FUAIM Spring 2013 features an exciting mix of local and international artists and scholars, and admission to every event is free. The programme kicks off with the annual ‘Doc’ Gleeson Awards concert, featuring four of the most talented current students of music at UCC. Later in January, UCC Music graduate Julie Feeney returns for a concert at Triskel Christchurch. Clocks, Julie’s latest CD, recently won the ‘Irish Times Best Album 2012’ award and her profile as one of Ireland’s most innovative and unique performers and composers continues to grow on the national and international stages. For this special concert Julie joins the popular group, Collage, which is composed of graduates of Music at UCC under the direction of Music lecturer Paul O Donnell. Artistic collaborations also feature prominently elsewhere in the programme, with a joint concert by traditional musicians from UL and UCC, a performance of Brahm’s String Sextet no. 1 by members of the Vanbrugh and ConTempo quartets, and a concert featuring new arrangements of some of John Spillane’s best known songs, performed by the singer-songwriter himself in the company of UCC Choir. Finally, in this Spring season we present a series of colloquia which explore a range of creative arts related themes, including the relationship between music and theatre, and the development of arts practice research in Ireland. We invite you to join us at these and the many other concerts and lectures in the FUAIM Spring 2013 season. Mel Mercier Head, School of Music and Theatre —3—
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DONAL ‘DOC’ GLEESON AWARDS CONCERT / Fri 11 January Roisín Lowry voice/piano Michelle Foy fiddle Shane Keating uilleann pipes Eric Browne electric guitar In memory of their colleague, Donal ‘Doc’ Gleeson, the Dublin Postal Clerks Branch of the Communication Workers Union has established a fund to enable the University to provide a number of Instrumental Tuition Awards. Four awards are made each year to outstanding students in the Department of Music to help defray the cost of their instrumental or vocal tuition. We are delighted to present a performance by this year’s recipients: Eric Browne, Shane Keating, Michelle Foy and Roisín Lowry. 1.10 pm Glucksman Gallery Free lunchtime concert
Gregory Ellis violin Keith Pascoe violin Simon Aspell viola Christopher Marwood cello
Vanbrugh String Quartet / Fri 18 January The members of the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet have been living and working in Cork since 1986 when they became the fourth ensemble to hold the RTÉ string quartet residency. The members of the quartet were appointed artists-in-residence to University College Cork in 1991. The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet is one of Europe’s most successful ensembles, internationally recognised for its beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation within an unusually wide and varied range of repertoire. The quartet has nurtured, inspired and supported countless young Irish musicians and has commissioned and championed dozens of new works by Irish composers. In this, their first of two concerts in the FUAIM Spring season, the quartet performs works by Deirdre McKay and Franz Schubert. McKay “mr shah stares to the heavens” Schubert String Quartet No. 13 in A minor (Rosamunde Quartet) 1.10 pm Devere Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn, UCC Free lunchtime concert
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Collage with Julie Feeney / Fri 25 January FUAIM goes to town, to the beautiful setting of Triskel Christchurch, for this concert, which features the combined talents of Collage, an ensemble featuring current and graduate students of Music under the direction of Paul O’Donnell, and very special guest, Julie Feeney. Collage combines tightly knit vocal harmonies with sophisticated rhythms and harmonic textures in its performance of original arrangements of contemporary popular music. The group is joined by another UCC Music graduate, award-winning composer, singer, orchestrator, conductor and producer, Julie Feeney. Julie has recorded three critically acclaimed albums, pages, 13 songs and Clocks. She won a Choice Music Prize for pages and the ‘Irish Times Best Album 2012’ award for Clocks. Rooted in the classical music idiom, Julie’s unique musical creations resonate with innovative pop sensibilities and her live shows are often highly animated theatrical events. The concert celebrates the launch of Art|Works, a new UCC platform for the creative arts and industries. Art|Works brings together arts practitioners, students, graduates, employers and academics to share ideas about the productive intersection of Arts degrees and the cultural sector. Collage Catriona Hickey vocals, percussion Paul Brady vocals, percussion Fiona Kiely vocals, percussion Pat O Donnell vocals, guitar Paul Dowling bass Colin Kirwan drums Paul O Donnell keyboard, percussion, vocals 1.10 pm Triskel Christchurch Free lunchtime concert
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Hup 2 / Fri 01 February Hup 2 celebrates the vitality of Irish traditional music at the University of Limerick and University College Cork. Following the success of the first Hup! concert in September 2011, we are delighted to present some of the best current UL and UCC student traditional musicians and dancers in a joint concert of new compositions and old tunes. Music performed will include tunes retrieved from UCC’s recently digitised collection of Henebry and O’Neill wax cylinders, arrangements by composer Seán Ó Riada, and rarely heard pieces from Aloys Fleischmann’s Sources of Irish Traditional Music. Hup 2 is presented as part of Tradfest 2013. 1.10 pm Glucksman Gallery, UCC Free lunchtime concert
Pro/schema / Fri 08 February Pro/schema is a new quartet formed by Greek musicians residing in Berlin, Bristol and Cork. Building on their experiences within the Athenian music scene they left behind, Pro/schema explores new routes for Greek popular music, inspired by modal systems of the Eastern Mediterranean, jazz improvisation and Greek poetry. The ensemble performs new arrangements of Greek traditional music, reimaginings of 20th-century music through the use of modal harmony and Balkan rhythms, as well as new music composed by members of the band. Lia Pantazopoulou vocals, ney Dimitris Varelopoulos vocals, Greek lutes Kostas Tsioulakis percussion Ioannis Tsioulakis piano 1.10 pm Aula Maxima, Main Campus, UCC Free LUNCHTIME concert
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Elision / Fri 15 February Elision is Australia’s leading new music ensemble. Since 1986 the ensemble has developed an international reputation for Australian new music and performance practice through its exploration of musical virtuosity and complexity, and unusual and challenging musical aesthetics. In this concert, Elision performs works by four contemporary composers, including to another of that other by UCC Music graduate Ann Cleare. Ann is currently undertaking a PhD in Composition at Harvard University under the supervision of Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku. Richard Barrett new work for trumpet and electric guitar with effects Franco Donatoni Short for solo trumpet Liza Lim Sonorous Body for Bb clarinet Ann Cleare to another of that other for bass clarinet, trumpet and trombone 1.10 pm Aula Maxima, Main Campus, UCC Free LUNCHTIME concert
ensemble cross.art / Fri 22 February ensemble cross.art was formed in Stuttgart in 2008 as an adventurous platform for new music. The ensemble specialises in cross-arts collaborations, working with composers to bring new works to the stage. To date, the ensemble has worked in this collaborative fashion with fifty composers from twenty-two countries. As part of its debut tour in Ireland, ensemble cross.art presents a concert of music that has been written for the ensemble and set to short films. From scenes in which pieces of wood are constantly morphing into new formations, to the movements of William Forsythe slowed down to half speed, the audience will experience how music interacts with and affects the visual. Céline Papion cello Junko Yamamoto piano 1.10 pm Ó Riada Hall, Music Building, Sunday’s Well Road Free LUNCHTIME concert
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Telephones and Gongs / Fri 01 March with Colin Dunne (dance), Nick Roth (saxophone) and Matthew Sweeney (poetry) The UCC Javanese gamelan – a set of 66 bronze gongs and metallophones, drums, flute, spiked fiddle and zither – was made by Java’s greatest living gong-smith, Pak Tentrem Sarwanto, in summer 1994. The instruments, all hand-forged and hand-carved, were made over a period of three months by thirty instrument makers and craftsmen under Pak Tentrem’s supervision in his small traditional forge in the court city of Solo in Central Java. In the summer of 1995 the full set of instruments was played for the first time by a group of leading Solonese musicians as part of a traditional naming ceremony. The UCC Javanese gamelan was given the name Nyai Sekar Madu Sari (Venerable Flower of Honey Essence). After a sea journey of three months the instruments arrived in Cork. Since that time Javanese gamelan has been studied at UCC and the ensemble presents a public performance at least once every year under its director, Mel Mercier. This year, together with special guests, dancer Colin Dunne, saxophonist Nick Roth, and UCC writer-in-residence Matthew Sweeney, the ensemble presents a programme of new compositions and traditional Javanese gamelan music. 1.10 pm Ó Riada Hall, Music Building, Sunday’s Well Road Free LUNCHTIME concert
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Vanbrugh String Quartet with Adrian Mantu (cello) and Andreea Banciu (viola) / Fri 08 March In this concert, the Vanbrugh Quartet is joined by Adrian Mantu (cello) and Andreea Banciu (viola), members of the ConTempo String Quartet. This exciting collaboration between members of the two ensembles is part of the innovative approach to concert programming developed by the Vanbrugh Quartet in recent years. ConTempo was formed in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania and is recognised as one of the world’s leading string quartets. In 2002, the quartet was established as ensemble-in-residence in Galway. Through its many concert performances, workshops, mentoring work and collaborative projects in the last ten years, ConTempo String Quartet has made a significant contribution to the musical life of the city and region. Together with UCC artists-in-residence, Gregory Ellis, Christopher Marwood, Keith Pascoe and Simon Aspell, Adrian and Andreea perform Johannes Brahms’s magnificent String Sextet no. 1. Brahms String Sextet no. 1 in Bb I. Allegro ma non troppo (3/4 time) II. Theme and Variations: Andante, ma moderato (D minor, 2/4 time) III. Scherzo: Allegro molto (F major, 3/4 time, with a central, Animato trio section) IV. Rondo: Poco Allegretto e grazioso (2/4 time) 1.10 pm Glucksman Gallery, UCC Free LUNCHTIME concert
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Hidden Handel Where Light and Shadows Merge / Fri 15 March Soprano Deirdre Moynihan joins Irish Baroque Orchestra Chamber Soloists, Claire Duff (baroque violin), David Adams (harpsichord) and Aoife nic Athlaoich (cello), to perform some of Handel’s most joyous and profound opera arias. A graduate of Music at UCC, Deirdre has performed as a soloist with many operatic, orchestral, choral and chamber music groups in Ireland, Europe and America, including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Ulster Orchestra and the Crash Ensemble. She is also an accomplished traditional fiddle player. 1.30 pm Honan Chapel, Main Campus, UCC Free LUNCHTIME concert
UCC Choir with John Spillane / Fri 22 March John Spillane, one of Ireland’s most successful singer-songwriters joins the University College Cork Choir in a unique celebration of choral and folk music. The concert will feature the first performances of several new choral arrangements of some of John’s most popular songs, including The Ballad of Patrick Murphy, All the Ways you Wander and The Mad Woman of Cork. Directed by Dr Eva McMullan and accompanied by Dr Rhoda Dullea, the UCC choir comprises students from the UCC School of Music and Theatre as well as staff members from across the university campus. 1.30 pm Honan Chapel, Main Campus, UCC Free LUNCHTIME concert
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Symposia Art|Works / Friday 25th January
1.00 pm – 10.00 pm Theatre Development Centre, Triskel Arts Centre Art|Works is a new UCC platform for the creative arts and industries. Art|Works brings together arts practitioners, students, graduates, employers and academics to extend professional networks and share ideas about the productive intersection of Arts degrees and the cultural sector. At this public launch event of Art|Works successful figures from the visual arts, music, theatre and media – many of them UCC graduates – will share their experiences of careers in the cultural sector and explore opportunities and strategies for professional development. The event is interspersed with free performances of live music, short film screenings, theatre, poetry readings and Sound Art. The symposium begins at 1.10 pm with a lunchtime concert featuring Collage and special guest Julie Feeney. For further information, please see www.music.ucc.ie/drama
ARTS PRACTICE RESEARCH: A SYMPOSIUM / Saturday April 13 10.30 am – 6.00 pm Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL
Arts practice research is a growing area of interest in Irish Higher Education, as indicated by the increased opportunities to pursue arts practice doctoral research in Ireland, as well as the growing number of academics pursuing arts practice related research activities. This one-day public symposium, coordinated by the School of Music and Theatre, University College Cork and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of limerick will offer a number of short presentations by doctoral students at UCC, UL and elsewhere currently pursuing arts practice PhD research, as well as a panel presentation and discussion of relevant issues, including the current debate around key performance indicators in arts practice research. For more information, please see www.music.ucc.ie or www.music.ucc.ie/drama or www.irishworldacademy.ie — 18 —
Performing Thought, Thinking Performance / Friday 14th June Times and Venue TBC
The Performance Working Group, an interdisciplinary project funded by the School of Music and Theatre, hosts a one-day public symposium featuring discussions, workshops and performances. Focusing on the productive engagement between theory and practice, and informed by recent developments in research on performance, the symposium will consider the potential and limits of an exchange in which theory is understood as a form of practice and practice is understood as a form of thought. Further details of the event will be available at www.music.ucc.ie and www.music.ucc.ie/drama/
FUAIM: Theatre and Music Saturday 15th / Sunday16th June The School of Music and Theatre presents FUAIM: Theatre and Music, a symposium on the multiple creative interfaces between Music and Theatre. FUAIM Theatre and Music aims is to bring together practitioners and scholars in theatre, music, sound and related performance arts for an open dialogue on creative intersections between theatre and music and to showcase current research and experimentation in this area. Not only has music been built into the genetic code of theatre from its origin but in the last few decades contemporary theatre has been increasingly influenced by the idea of theatre as music. From the use of language as music and the actor as a musical performer in Beckett’s plays, which mark the beginnings of postdramatic theatre, to the transformation of stage, props, actors and images into musical instruments in recent productions of Simon McBurney and Heiner Goebbels, contemporary theatre has often appeared as most exciting, innovative and provocative when inspired by music. Further details of the event will be available at www.music.ucc.ie and www.music.ucc.ie/drama/
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— LECTURES —
Thursdays 11 am – 1 pm Ó Riada Hall, Department of Music, Sunday’s Well Road FUAIM lectures are open to the public and admission is free. For more information, please see www.music.ucc.ie
Marie Kelly / Thursday 17 January
Casting Consciousness: Frames of Mind in the Casting of Contemporary Irish Theatre
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SEÁN Ó RIADA MEMORIAL LECTURE 2013 AILEEN DILLANE / Thursday 31 January 5.00 pm Ó Riada Hall, Music Building, Sunday’s Well Road Aislings and Avatars: Irish (Traditional) Music, Performativity and Cultural Intimacy. In Aislings and Avatars, Dr Aileen Dillane examines the different registers of ‘identity’ performed through Irish (traditional) music in the diasporic sphere. The presentation draws on extensive fieldwork and historical research carried out in Chicago and focuses on the tensions between the role of Irish music in the mediation of expressions of public/ civic sentimentality and private, emigrant/ethnic experience.
Dr Marie Kelly joined the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies at UCC as a lecturer in September 2012. She has an MA in Modern Drama and Performance (2005) and a PhD in Drama Studies (2011), both from the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin. Prior to that Marie was at the Abbey Theatre where she set up the Abbey’s existing Casting Department. She recently coedited The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre: Strays from the Ether (Carysfort Press, 2010) with Dr Bernadette Sweeney of the University of Missoula, Montana (and formerly of University College Cork).
PhD Presentations / Thursday 24 January Department of Music doctoral students – Gareth Young, Siobhan Mannion and Conal Ryan – discuss their PhD projects.
KRISTIN MCGEE / Thursday 31 January Remixing Jazz Culture: Dutch Crossover Collectivities and Hybrid Economies in the Late-Capitalist Era Kristin McGee is Assistant Professor of Popular Music at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Her research highlights the performative nature of musical cultures as constituted by the ideologies of gender, race and sexuality. Her book Some Liked it Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television, 1928–1959 considers the role of audiovisual media in the performative lives of American jazz women in the first half of the twentieth century. She has also published on the aesthetic and cultural boundaries between popular music and jazz of various historical periods. — 20 —
Aileen Dillane is an ethnomusicologist and Irish traditional musician based in the Irish World Academy, UL. She is co-editor of Morrissey: Fandom, Representations and Identities. Current research projects include co-editing a collection of essays from the recent David Bowie Symposium (UL, 2012); Limerick Soundscapes (an interactive, ethnographic-based mapping of the music/sounds of limerick and its citizens); and Songs of Social Protest, which looks at the Irish singer-songwriter tradition of performing counter-hegemonic narratives.
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Danny McCarthy and Mick O’Shea (The Quiet Club) / Thursday 07 February
Christopher Smith / Thursday 28 February
The Quiet Club is Mick O’Shea and Danny McCarthy. Formed in 2006, the Quiet Club has met with considerable success and is now recognised as one of Ireland’s leading sound art improvisation groups. The Quiet Club continues to push the boundaries of sound making and listening by employing a wide range of sound-making devices, ranging from stones, homemade instruments, electronics, amplifed textures, theremins and field recordings. Danny and Mick often collaborate with special guest artists, including Viv Corringham, Christian Carley, Harry Moore, Simone Barbara, Giordai Ó Laoghaire, John Godfrey, SAFE, Mark Wastell, Mel Mercier, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Niall Vallely.
Christopher J. Smith is Associate Professor, Chair of Musicology/ Ethnomusicology and Director of the Vernacular Music Center at the Texas Tech University School of Music. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Indiana University and as a guest lecturer at University College Cork and the University of limerick. His research interests are in American and AfricanAmerican Music, 20th Century Music, Irish traditional music, improvisation, music and politics, performance practice and historical performance. His current book project is Minstrelsy and the Creolization of American Culture. As an instrumentalist, he performs on Irish bouzouki, tenor banjo, button accordion, slide guitar, saz, lute, gittern, Turkish lavta and percussion.
ANN CLEARE / Thursday 14 February
Goffredo Plastino / Thursday 07 March
Beyond the Art of Listening
The Sound of Akimbo Culture: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Antebellum Sonic Imagination
Recent works: the square of yellow light that is your window
The revival of Calabrian Lyra
Ann Cleare studied composition at UCC and IRCAM, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Composition at Harvard University. Ann’s music has been performed in Europe, New Zealand and North America by many ensembles, including Ensemble SurPlus, 175 East, Crash Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble and Collegium Novum Zürich. Recent and future projects include new works for clarinettist Carol McGonnell and the Argento Chamber Ensemble, ELISION, Ensemble Nikel and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
Goffredo Plastino is a reader in Ethnomusicology at Newcastle University. He completed his PhD in Socio-Anthropological Sciences at University of Rome “la Sapienza” in 1993. He has also received a Diplôme D’Études Approfondies in Social Anthropology and Ethnology at the l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales of Paris in 1992. Dr Plastino has undertaken fieldwork in Southern Italy and Spain, and has published on ethnomusicology, organology, rap, music and/in literature, opera, jazz and photography. He is the editor of Mediterranean Mosaic: Popular Music and Global Sounds and the co-editor of Jazz Worlds, World Jazz with Philip Bohlman.
Laurent Aubert / Thursday 21 February
Victor Lazzarini / Thursday 14 March
Gods Never Die: A Danced Ritual in Kerala (South India)
Author of the influential book Music of the Other, Laurent Aubert is the Director of Ateliers d’Ethnomusicologie (ADEM), which he founded in Geneva in 1983. From 1984 to 2011 he worked as a curator for the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève (MEG), where he was responsible for collections of musical instruments, and the international archives of popular music (AIMP). He has conducted extensive research in the Indian subcontinent and has a particular interest in North Indian classical music, issues of caste among musicians in Nepal, the ritualistic performances of Kerala and Sufi music in Kashmir.
The Development of Music Programming Languages
Victor Lazzarini is based at NUI Maynooth where he is a senior lecturer at the Department of Music and Director of the Music Technology Laboratory. A graduate of the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil, he completed his doctorate at the University of Nottingham in 1996. Dr Lazzarini’s work is focussed on a number of areas within computer music, including computer music languages, object-oriented systems, computer instrument development and musical signal processing.
PhD Presentations / Thursday 21 March
Department of Music and School of Music and Theatre doctoral students – Tom Lane, William Hollas Longton and Fiachra Ó Corragáin – discuss their PhD projects. — 22 —
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— PERFORUM —
Wednesdays 6 pm – 7.30 pm Theatre Development Centre, Triskel Christchurch, Tobin Street, Cork Perforum events are open to the public and admission is free.
POWER ELITES AND DYNASTIES: PALESTINIAN RICHARD II IN THE MIDDLE EAST / January 30 Conall Morrison
Internationally renowned theatre director Conall Morrison talks about his production of Shakespeare’s Richard II with the Palestinian theatre group, Ashtar, at the Globe Theatre in London. The production was staged as part of the Globe Theatre’s Globe to Globe Festival and in the West Bank in April/May 2012.
FRAMING PERFORMANCE: A PRACTICECENTERED PERSPECTIVE ON MOVEMENT, THE BODY AND FILM / 27 February Mary Wycherley
In this practice-led-research presentation, choreographer/performer and filmmaker Mary Wycherley discusses her interdisciplinary practice through a focus on the interplay between the body, performance and film in her most recent works, including her threescreen film installation, The Dance of Making. Mary is the recipient of several awards, including the 2011/12 European Modul Dance Carte Blanche programme and numerous Arts Council of Ireland awards. From a body-centered point of departure, drawn from the fields of contemporary dance and somatics, her presentation integrates a wider engagement with media, culture and space.
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QUESTIONS ABOUT CASTING / Wednesday March 13 Dr Marie Kelly
Casting has been described by the theatre director Garry Hynes as ‘the single greatest interpretive act’ of theatre making. Marie Kelly, lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies, UCC, and former Casting Director of the Abbey Theatre, talks about the fascinating process of theatre casting and her development of a new methodological frame for the analysis of this process in performance.
CABINET OF CURIOSITIES / Wednesday May 15 GAITKRASH
GAITKRASH (Bernadette Cronin, Regina Crowley and Mick O’Shea) explore performance possibilities at the intersection of Sound Art and Theatre. Cabinet of Curiosities emerged from the ensemble’s first collaboration in 2007. Cabinets of curiosity, a phenomenon of the Renaissance, traditionally presented the rare, the exceptional and the marvelous, encompassing both ‘God’s creation’ and man’s art. Performed by hands in the twelve mini-theatres of the cabinet, curious objects – animate and inanimate, organic and inorganic - shift, morph and mutate under the spectator’s gaze. The visual images wrestle, dance and pause in conversation with unique sound sculptures. No stories or narratives are offered – these take shape in the mind of the spectator. This wondrous cabinet of sound and vision beckons the spectator to dream-time. The performance will be followed by a ‘Question and Answer’ session.
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Graduate Studies in the School of Music and Theatre Postgraduate students join a thriving research culture in the School of Music and Theatre. Committed to a diversity of scholarly traditions and forms of creativity, including composition and performance, our staff are internationally recognized for their innovative research. Staff in Music apply a broad range of scholarly methods (including source studies, ethnography, critical/cultural theory, interdisciplinary studies and practice as research) to Western art music, traditional musics, non-Western musics and music in mixed-media forms such as film and theatre. Staff in Drama and Theatre Studies foster advanced critical inquiry into interculturality, interdisciplinarity and intermediality, providing depth and diversity to our postgraduate studies. Employing traditional research methods or innovative practice-as-research approaches, postgraduate students take a leading role in the Department’s active research culture.
Postgraduate Degrees in Music The Department of Music offers the Higher Diploma in Arts (Music) and three taught masters programmes: MA in Composition; MA in Ethnomusicology; and MA in Music and Cultural History. Advanced work may be undertaken for the research degrees of PhD, MRes or MPhil: in composition or in scholarship (musicology or ethnomusicology). We welcome proposals involving interdisciplinary research, practice as research, or any of the specialisms of our academic staff. For further information on graduate studies in Music at UCC, please see www.music.ucc.ie/index.php?/postgrad/
Postgraduate Degrees in Drama and Theatre Studies The Department of Drama and Theatre Studies offers the research degrees of MRes (Masters by Research), MPhil and PhD. The Department is developing several new postgraduate programmes, including a taught masters degree, postgraduate diploma and postgraduate certificate. For further information on graduate studies in Drama and Theatre Studies at UCC, please see www.music.ucc.ie/drama/postgraduate/
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Claudia Schwab BA Arts-Music 2009-12 MA Ethnomusicology 2012–13
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