Claire’s work, while mainly focusing on dance, spans vocal and sound art, eco-somatic and performance art. During her residency she will deepen her current research on improvisational scores interweaving vocalisations and text within energetic movement architectures. Underpinning this exploration is a drive towards performances of the erotic – modes of empowerment that recognise a chaos and vulnerability in difference. Claire draws on queer and neurodivergent perspectives of otherness, heightened sensitivities, states of transformation and becoming.
Her credits this year include performing in Broken Crow‘s physical theatre production “Our Tethered Kin” at the Everyman and the Peacock, a Dance Ireland Residency in March to deepen her practice, leading a dance and voice workshop for DLBridge and Junk Ensemble’s “Cauldron” project, a performer with Isabella Oberländer in Bea McMahon’s art film, “Another Shot at Love” for EVA 2023 and was a dance plant for Siobhan Ni Dhuinnin’s “Big Dance Night” at Cork Midsummer Festival 2023.
Her residency at Dance Limerick will enable her time and space to deepen her current research on improvisational scores interweaving vocalisations and text within energetic movement architectures, working with the untamed voice, sounding, speaking, singing, and weaving these into the fabric of a dance performance.
In her latest exploration, titled ‘Guth Gan Anim – The UnT(n)amed Voice‘, Claire will use Pauline Oliveiros’ Deep Listening practices and her sonic meditation scores, alongside Hijikata’s butoh-fu as starting points to creating scores for movement and voice, exploring freedom and failure, sensory fields, and raw expression in the interrelation of human and more-than-human worlds.
She will be collaborating with artists Bea McMahon, Haru, Isabella Oberländer, Mícheál Keating, Sophie Hutchinson and Teresa Collins.
The Autumn Associates Programme is a partnership between Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.