Turas – A Dialogue between Traditional Irish Music and Postmodern Dance Practices
September 27 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Presenter: Mariah Maloney
Fulbright U.S. Scholar and former Trisha Brown Dancer,
Mariah Maloney offers a lecture demonstration with audience
participation and discussion. Mariah’s Fulbright project is
dedicated to exploring the intersectionality of traditional Irish
music and dance forms and live music culture in dialogue with
postmodern choreography and dance improvisation practices.
Mariah invites audience members inside her process, offering an
opportunity for each audience member to try on the structures
and movement scores evolving out of current research and
Mariah’s signature work, Irish Solo (Turas) 2008.
“Irish Solo: Turas (thruss) began on a Sunday afternoon in Dublin’s
Temple Bar where I witnessed three musicians playing vigorously on
a tiny corner stage. This vibrant solo dance is infused with the mood,
rhythms and textures of traditional Irish music played by Lad Lane.
The traditional music of Ireland – the instrumentation and the vocals
all resonate deeply for me… the challenge and excitement of this
project is to further discover and express the spirit of this music in a
solo dance.” Mariah Maloney