Live Collision International Festival, Ireland’s leading live art festival, promises an exceptional programme this April in the Project Arts Centre
Exploring diverse themes such as class, race, capitalism, Irish diaspora, political rhetoric, migration, feminism and displacement, the 2019 programme contains 18 eclectic events including 15 Irish Premieres and 2 World Premieres by 38+ groundbreaking artists from across Europe, the UK and Ireland.
In 2009 I returned to Dublin after living in London for a number of years, and I was keen to find my place in the hometown that I was, in effect, culturally estranged from. I created Live Collision as a way to build a meaningful community around art form, aesthetic and the politic of Live Art in Ireland whilst still working with my established networks of artists, producers and presenters across the UK and Europe. The festival is the public moment whereby artists and audiences come into proximity and dialogue. It’s been such a privilege to generate a collective space for Live Art in Ireland and to create a dynamic and experimental space in my home city for artists from across the world to meet, work and flourish.
I have a huge respect for our loyal audiences who are open-minded, trusting and inquisitive and have continued to grow with us on this journey. Like any 10 year old, this is just the start but we are running at the future with boundless energy and excitement!”
Lynnette Moran, Festival Director of Live Collision International Festival
This unique 4 day event will showcase artists of exceptional calibre – from seminal international artists making groundbreaking work across the globe, to Ireland’s most exciting new voices and next-generation of performance makers.
Festival highlights include; the Opening Event No Feeling Is Final, created in partnership with Dublin’s newest contemporary Art Gallery, Berlin Opticians Gallery. No Feeling Is Final is an interdisciplinary piece using two new paintings by Lee Welch, created especially for LCIF2019, and existing sculptural artworks by Liliane Puthod, to make an exciting installation space which Lee Welch will perform within.
UK-based artist, Rachael Young and her badass band of superhumans as they weave together Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones in NIGHTCLUBBING. This explosive new performance piece will bring visceral live music and intergalactic visions to start a revolution in Dublin.
ADMIN by Irish artist Oisín McKenna will explore the relationship between class, capitalism and health, shared from the perspective of being an ex-pat living in London. This work-in-progress is about being poor, precarious and lonely, and adding items to your Watched List on eBay in the hopes of feeling better.
Cock and Bull is a highly acclaimed theatre piece by Nic Green, originally conceived for the eve of the 2015 UK General Election. 3 females will convene to perform their own, alternative, party conference. Responding to the meaninglessness and repetition of empty political promise, the privilege of the governmental elite and the deep discontent of an increasingly disproportionate and divided society, this work is part protest, part catharsis, part exorcism.
2019 marks the 10th edition of Live Collision International Festival. Started in 2009 by Dublin artist Lynnette Moran, and with the support of the Jerwood Arts Foundation, the Festival has quickly evolved from an experimental grassroots programme into being Ireland’s leading live arts festival and industry trailblazer.
The Festival only curates work that has never been presented in Ireland before and deliberately embraces interdisciplinary and intergenerational work to create relevant and vibrant spaces for artists and audiences to engage and strike conversations around politics, provocations and experiences.
Live Collision also produces the work of Amanda Coogan, Lisa McLoughlin and Athletes of the Heart and previous artists include, Jesse Jones.
Further information about the programme and ticketing is available on the Project Arts website.
All images courtesy Live Collision International Festival; lead image NIGHTCLUBBING featuring Rachael Young – Photo Credit Marcus Hessenberg