Lynnette Moran from Ireland works in residence in Riga, Latvia

Irish Director, Performance Maker and Creative Arts Producer Lynnette Moran is in residence in Riga between August 21st and September 3rd, 2012, developing a project in collaboration with Irish Dance Artist, Emma O’Kane, as well as six local artists who have joined them in the studio and ten international artists contributing online. The final presentation of the residency will be held on September 2nd, 2012, 19.00 on Noass. Working title of a work-in-progress is: Together We Say Hey.

Lynnette is researching and developing a contemporary live performance piece that will come to full fruition in Spring 2013. The final work will consist of a cast of trained dancers, live artists and performance makers. The work itself will be a live performance piece suitable for presentation in both white spaces and theater spaces. Beginning with the ‘city’ as a point of research, in relation to centralized areas, ideological epicenters, and the socio-political ecology/architecture of the city. While also examining the notion of the ‘local’ in our contemporary society and digitized world, where the ‘local’ is just one click away as opposed to only existing in our immediate physical surroundings. Communication and travel networks mean we ‘undo’ time and space, but through this disruption we create new pockets of time and space that before never existed. From this the question is posed, what becomes possible?

Riga has had a significant impact on the work and Lynnette’s logic for being resident here has extended through the work. She is interested in how individuals and society negotiate city spaces. How the socio-political framework of the city informs the cultural environment both ideologically and physically. Part of the work is preoccupied with how socio-political & cultural frameworks of cities relate or collide with the society occupying that city and how this manifests in the bodies of individuals and collective groups.

‘I think the city is still the future of humanity…of course the information era may relieve such phenomena but for the sake of efficiency and due to the extent of humanity’s craziness people can’t live without the city’ Ai Weiwei interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist; Sustainability – A Post-Olympic Interview; Penguin; 2011

News stations broadcast daily reports of uprising whereby people occupy, populate and maneuver using their bodies as mass declarations of solidarity and defiance – human bodies become shields in battles against the socio-political fallouts from our ever-decreasing reserves, both in populated groups and in individual acts of heroic declaration.

Together We Say Hey examines how we continue to identify ideological epicenters both within the locality of our surroundings; the city and infrastructure, as well as within our physical bodies and in our sense of self. What is this dynamic of physical memory, genetic blueprints that live in the fiber of our body tissue and how do they guide us to the future? How does the landscape of the city and the body inter-relate and what is our intellectual purpose in that relationship?

This work tries to look at how we as people and bodies in space negotiate the city in its entirety both socially and politically. What is the relationship of the body to the city when it is displaced, separated, dislocated, refused entry – what becomes of the future when access to the ideological epicenter is in jeopardy?

Lynnette Moran Biography – 2012

Lynnette Moran is a Director, Performance Maker and Creative Arts Producer working across and between art forms. In 2009 Lynnette founded Live Collision, an international producing template redefining the ways artists create, engage and collide through live performance and digital platforms. In the same year she established Live Collision | Bite Size, an annual international festival and residency; generating a significant platform for the creation, articulation and presentation of dynamic contemporary performance in Ireland.

Lynnette has directed over 25 performance pieces for theatre and gallery spaces, as well as for screen and digital media. From 2000 – 2009 she lived in Britian where she studied, trained and began her career, before returning to base herself in Dublin from 2009. Previously in 2005 she founded ‘mouth to mouth’, an international performance collective, alongside Kate Craddock. mouth to mouth are based in eight countries around the world, rehearsing and devising online before the performances land. They are renowned as one of the first performance companies in the UK to use Skype and other domestic technology as an integrated element of the creation and presentation of performances, as outlined by Greg Giesekam in Staging the Screen: The Use of Film and Video in Performance. Previous commissions include LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre, UK), Arnolfini (UK), Wunderbar Festival (UK), Absolut Fringe Festival (Ire); Northern Stage (UK), Dance City (UK), Whitechapel Gallery (UK), Culture Lab (UK), BScene (Switzerland), University of Victoria (Canada) and BAC (Battersea Arts Centre, UK).

Most recently Lynnette created and directed TRASH, a live art electro trash band presented in Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Solas Nua (Washington DC), HERE Arts Centre (New York) and GIFT (Gateshead International Festival of Theatre, Gateshead).

Lynnette is Research & Development Producer for Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. She initiated, edited and produced The Collaborative Arts Performance Pack, a limited edition art work/publication and ready-made kit containing all the elements needed to develop a lecture-based performance exploring the relationship between socially engaged practice and theatre. The Pack was launched in June 2012 and is the first of its kind in Ireland. Since 2009 Lynnette has been co-curator and producer of Project Brand New (PBN), a platform for experimentation and the development of new work. In Feb 2011 Project Brand New were awarded the Irish Times Theatre Award – Special Judges Award ‘for their long-term dedication to supporting and providing a platform for the gestation of innovative new work’. In 2011 Lynnette was associate producer at Cork Midsummer Festival.

Lynnette originally cut her teeth at BAC (Battersea Arts Centre, London) as assistant to the Artistic Director, David Jubb. Producing Apples and Snakes, Peggy Shaw,1927 and Kneehigh, as well as assistant directing Lose Your Mind with Julian Maynard Smith of Station House Opera, and Ringside with Mem Morrison as part of YPT.

Lynnette has been selected by the European Festival Association (EFA) to take part in ‘Atelier’ for Young Festival Directors in Ljubljana 2012, following on from her involvement in SPACE (Supporting Performing Arts Circulation in Europe) managed by ONDA, Paris. She is Board Member of Rua Red Gallery, Dublin. Lynnette curates, hosts and takes part in a number of public fora. She is an advisor, commentator, educator, a self-proclaimed cultural leader and an initiator of many types of platforms that carve out new ways of making and presenting live performance work, as well as critically engaging both artists and audiences.

She has a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Film Making from University Wolverhampton (UK) and in 2004 graduated with an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths College, London.

Website: www.livecollision.com

The Residence in Riga is hosted by the Association of Professional Contemporary Dance Choreographers of Latvia and is supported by:

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.