Liadain Herriott (Ireland) at residency in Riga in frames of E-Motional Bodies & Cities


From August 6th – 21st, 2012, Irish dance artist Liadain Herriott lives and works on BETANOVUSS in Riga, Latvia. E-Motional Bodies and Cities is the project that brings her to Riga.

During her residency, she will create work based on the idea of perception.  Inspired by the quote of philosopher and scientist Korsybski (1879-1950) – “ The map is not the territory it represents, but if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness…” – Liadain aims to develop choreography influenced by her perception of Riga, a city she has never been to before.

 Korzybski taught that our perception of reality, of a place, is not reality itself but our own version of it, or our own “map”, unique to the eyes and senses that perceive the place, in time.  Through observation, we notice that both cities and bodies are full of movement.  However, in considering our surroundings, it is often necessary to appreciate a kind of inner stillness, in order to become closer to the essential.  Korzybski called this awareness “consciousness through abstraction” and also “silence on objective levels”.

Merging movement with stillness, and exploring where the external meets the internal, Liadain is working with local visual artist, Katrina Kalnina.  “Below The Surface”, the working title for the creation, will be performed at Noass gallery on August 20th, at 7pm. The evening event will include also presentation of Kristine Vismane about her residency time in Cyprus during July 1 – 29, 2012.

About Liadain

Dublin born artist Liadain Herriott trained originally as a classical ballet dancer.  She studied under Marika Besobrasova at L’Acadamie de Danse Classique in Monte Carlo and under Carmen Roche at Joven Ballet Internacional in Madrid.  On completion of her studies she was chosen to dance in Pedro Almodovar’s film Habla Con Ella. Since 2002, she has worked with companies including Cannes Jeune Ballet, Opera Ireland, l’Opera Royal de Wallonie amongst a variety of independent contemporary dance projects.  Working as a freelance choreographer since 2007, her own work has been performed in Dublin, Brussels, NYC and Bangalore.