Thursday, February 16, 2012

Soul Juncture by PaperDolls

Soul Juncture

A cross-roads, a juncture, a meeting point - PaperDolls' fantastical glimpse of the soul revealed through play, ideas, vision and music. 'Soul' emerges through interruptions of consciousness and in synchronous moments when we are open to the abundance of the universe. It bubbles up from the unknown, sometimes coaxed, sometimes sudden, but a constant nonetheless. Feelings of connectivity are fundamental here. Those who are witness to the Soul Juncture are lulled into a calm and meditative space through the mesmeric elements of sound and movement of visuals. Here, we offer a space of openness and feelings of connectivity to evoke sensations of 'soulness'.

Photos by Simon Crawford photography

 Soul Juncture by PaperDolls
As part of Picturing the Soul
The Back Loft, La Cathedral Studios
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February 
€10 tickets on the door

Thursday, February 2, 2012

In knots.

What can I say really? I like to climb ropes, I also like to wrap people up with them... I've been learning the techniques of Shibari, or Japanese Rope Bondage - and this is my friend Jennifer Evans. Jennifer is a musical enigma with a voice as deep, dark and ancient as the ocean. And like the ocean, she embodies a generous, wise and powerful soul, qualities which abound in her music. She has just finished her new (debut) album which she hopes to release some time this year. I was lucky enough to hear one of the tracks and oddly, it was so overwhelming and wonderful that I started to cry. Her music has a profound effect on me - and she makes a beautiful rope model. Expect to see more of this and her.

Colours of Bruises (by Jennifer Evans)

Get along, sometimes, I'm right on the edge of my own design
A sad dream too early in the morning.
Times decanting, nursing a yearning, learning tricks birch wood burning.
The colours I'm using beats colours of bruising
I should be your accessory.
All the pain I never felt I'm feeling it now
If I could I would sleep and never come around.
This place gets hotter one day to another
Anyone else feel hopeless undercover?
Being self contained, arachnid, talking distant, infinite, romantic
The language you used it's edge fared dull the language you used
It's edge fared dull got me into trouble.
Through my mind the filth worked it's way all around
How I missed you, I couldn't sleep it was fantastic.
The colours I'm using beats colours of bruising
I didn't find it bad though.

I lost my motive. Don't know where I can find it. When I get lazy I get
Stuck in the mud, pushed with the shove, sucking my thumb, blowing my trumpet.

Heading down to that part of my darling, feeling isolated and numb,
Heading down to that part of my darling.
You have called me like a dog and I answered to it too
I wasn't there I left my body of service to you.

Three dolls in a hoop...

"Creativity lives in paradox: serious art is born from serious play" 
Julia Cameron 

After months of *hefty* physical training, PaperDolls (myself, Karen and Elaine) have finally  enjoyed some creative time to develop a new piece. Here are some stills taken from rehearsal videos of us exploring our ideas. Playtime is a wonderful tonic for the head and the heart, and the more I play, the more effectively I work. Our new trio hoop act will be debuted at a private cabaret event in Belfast Circus School on the 11th of February and performed as part of 'Picturing the Soul', a multi-disciplinary performance and exhibition, in the Back Loft (Dublin) on the 18th and 19th of February (see previous post). The piece itself is a conscious work in progress which we hope to develop over a longer period of time and through a variety of performance contexts, giving us an opportunity to learn from live situations and repeated presentations - the polar opposite to how PaperDolls have come to produce in our first year of existence with big ideas and short timescales; which of course, has benefits too.

In the spirit of originality and resourcefulness, we have decided to use music by Cixous Ghost, my solo music project, and I am busy working on a new composition especially. I also hope to collaborate with a certain young Irish experimental musician as we develop the content. In the meantime, here's a snippet of the as yet unfinished music:

   Cixous Ghost: sleeping beauty clip by Emily Aoibheann