About This Artist

Ruairí Ó’Donnabháin is a choreographer from Co. Cork, Ireland. He lives and works on a small island; Oileán Chléire, an hour off the Irish mainland researching the effect of his native language and dances in the body.

 

About This Project

In 2017 Mica Sigourney and Ruairí Ó’Donnabháin walked alongside the 303 mile disputed border between The Republic and The North of Ireland.

Two Irishmen walk into a theatre: one from America and one from Éire.

Two men walk Irishly into an amharclann.

Two Irishmen walk the border between the Republic and The North, then into a theatre.

This duet traces a border, looking for midlands, mid folks and in-betweeners. It describes the familial lineages of an Irish emigrant and an Irish native, both aerach; both with aspirations to discover or uncover a future by squinting at the past.

mic tíre is a performance in three language sets: Gaeilge, English and Dance.

Ag teacht abhaile. Leaving. Coming and going.

“499 km de theorainn chun siúl – níl a fhios againn cé chomh eile a freagra a thabhairt ar cad atá ag tarlú.”

Eipic Miotaseolaíoch Aerach Éireannach i dtrí chuid; ar dtús an tsiúlóid, den dara an dán agus sa triú dísréad le cadhc.

Cailleann agus faigheann an fheidhmíocht seo i gcleachtais deabhóideach le oilithrigh, laochra agus neasghaolta Bandia.

Baile Átha Cliath, Dún Dealgan, Béal Átha Conaill, Dúthamhlacht, Annaghmakerrig, Cluain Eois, Newtownbutler, Inis Ceithleann, Beéal Cú, Loch Naman, Béal Leice, Béal Átha Seanaidh, Paiteagó, Loch Dearg, An Doire, Port a Doras.

Ag teacht abhaile. Ag fágáil. Ag teacht agus ag imeacht.

Upcoming Events

The CounterPulse Festival 2021

with FACT/SF, tinypistol, curbAlert, Krista DeNio >> Moving Ground, Faluda Islam / Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Meg Foley, Skybridge, Marc Kate & Julie Phelps, Performance Primers, ArtSpan, and more
September 9-18, 2021

my beloved comet + Saint Leroi

tinypistol
September, 2021

Radius

Instigated by Julie Phelps and Marc Kate in collaboration with KD >> Moving Ground (Krista DeNio)
Sat, Sept 11, 2pm PDT at The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and Sat, Sept 18, 5pm PDT at Djerassi Resident Artists Program

The ABJD series: Prologue 1009 آغاز ۱۰۰۹ and Heaven 58 جنة ۵۸

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto with Faluda Islam
Fri & Sat, Sept 10 & 15 in-person

Archived Events

Murals of the Tenderloin Walking Tour

Tenderloin Museum & CounterPulse
Sat, Jul 17, 12pm-2:30pm PDT

City Stories Workshop

San Francisco Creative Writing Institute
Thursdays, July 1 & 15, 12pm-2pm PDT at CounterPulse

Beyond Gravity 2021

Jess Curtis/Gravity
Fri & Sat, Jun 25 & 26, 7pm-8pm PDT

ArtSpan Virtual Reception with Elvira Dayel and Emily Gui

ArtSpan & CounterPulse
Thu, Jun 17, 6:30pm-7:30pm PDT

Blog Roll

  • Reverse Chariot I

    While at CounterPulse I first felt out the space and listened to mentor Joanna Haigood and used the first moments to get into my body and meditate on how I wanted to utilize it as a tool to begin telling these stories which I am still learning but that also live within me. I did […]

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  • Glitch Crush

    “Primeiro estranha-se, depois entranha-se” (At first it’s strange, then it gets into your veins) – Fernando Pessoa I am part of the Human/ID team, a collaboration with StratoFyzika and Ian Heisters that probes how identity is rendered legible (or illegible) through movement and technology.  Tagging onto the notion of digital flaws and their rich potential […]

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  • IDENTITY AND MOVEMENT: MOTION TRANSFER WITH NEURAL NETWORKS

    Deep fake dancing and breaking technology I’ve been talking with the StratoFyzika team about how identity resides in the body for their residency in CounterPulse’s Combustible program. We’re researching surveillance technology, machine learning, and dance for a performance in spring 2020. The research is conceptual as well as practical, and the following comprises my notes in building a first […]

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