On Saturday night I went along to one of the most lively and interesting creative showcases that I've seen in Dublin. Curated by Tracy Hanna and Emer Lynch, Foaming At The Mouth presented their fifth event in the Polo Clubhouse, Phoenix Park. The venue was an excellent choice - right size, beautifully lit stage, seats (!), conveniently placed bar, burgers, free entry (!); really what more can you ask for?
Lots more apparently! The physicality of many of the performances and the range of forms and disciplines was refreshing and I think really energising for the audience. I was excited about seeing Sue Rainsford, Eoghan Ryan, and Claire Potter in action. I'd had a sneak peak at Sue's short fiction piece, "Aporia's Circle" beforehand but she added very smart erasure elements for the performance and her transition through the forms was seamless. Also, the way that Sue read, her voice, her spirit, drew me into her piece.
I had heard a lot about Eoghan Ryan's work in advance of his performance and justifiably so. It was captivating from the moment he breezed past me en route to the stage with hip hop blaring around the room. The interaction between video, sound, text and his own stage presence pulled my brain in different directions, leaving me to concentrate on everything separately and together all at the same time.
Claire Potter's thoughtful and physical performance entitled "Lads of Aran" focused on the figure of the lad, in both English and Irish contexts. Claire's investment in her material was clear from her considered performance. I loved the glimpses of her personal connection to the figure of the lad referenced in the link to her adolescence in St Helen's, Merseyside. That personal connection helped to illuminate some of the more complex issues in her work. Like Eoghan Ryan, Claire is right in there at the centre of her work. I loved that each of Sue's, Eoghan's, and Claire's work had so much of themselves throughout.
I really had fun! I'll be on the look out for more events and projects by Tracy Hanna and Emer Lynch in the future.