New NI dance piece almost defies gravity at the MAC

Dancers from Maiden Voyage perform Porous
Dancers from Maiden Voyage perform Porous

Porous, a new dance piece by Maiden Voyage (-the only Northern Irish dance company to be selected for the prestigious British Dance Edition, 2014 -) aims to bring dance into public spaces and will accordingly be performed at The MAC and at the Ulster Museum as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s.

Choreographed by Fearghus Ó Conchúir from Waterford, this newly commissioned premiere uses dance to ask questions about the relationship between bodies and buildings and how this shapes our experience.

For Porous, Ó Conchúir will create a performance that “maps the relationships between dancer and audience, between the performance and the space it inhabits, and between the traces of what has been and of what is to come”. The dancing is set to new music by Alma Kelliher.

“These are free dance performances in public spaces,” says Fearghus. “Because this is contemporary dance the movement is often very free and not strictly defined at all; it’s fluid and expressive and sometimes free-form, using interaction with a wall or floor as part of the movement.

“I see Porous as a dance piece that explores how we move through a particular space or building. I hope the audience will enjoy the exhibition of beautiful movement.

“I make dance to raise questions really and I hope audiences - through the movement of the dancers - might be inspired to consider our bodies and the space they move through differently.”

Porous by Maiden Voyage, October 19, The MAC; October 20, Ulster Museum, as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s.