Suitable for all ages
From the age of twelve Maeve Brennan studied classical piano. Despite being an accomplished pianist she suffered from such extreme nervousness that her performance was impeded, at times shaking so much that she could not control the placement of her fingers. However well she had rehearsed, performing before a live audience would consistently induce this physical reaction, highlighting a separation between intention and physical control (mind and hand).
In a series of live piano recitals throughout the night Brennan will negotiate this disparity and its evolution, as she repeats each piece. The artwork will call into question various expectations of the performer and of performance in general – finding interest in the awkward and real qualities of the mistake and its potential to rupture an otherwise familiar format. The recital may take an unpredictable and uneasy course but it promises to be a performance without histrionics, embracing the inconsistency and liveliness of an anxious performer.
Ruth Ewan's collaborative and participatory projects often explore the idea of music as an agent for social change. Her work has been shown in venues including Tate Britain London, ICA London, New Museum New York, CAAC Seville and Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe.
Maeve Brennan's work investigates sites and figures of social and political poignancy, developing intimate and subjective relationships to broader historical narratives. She studied at Goldsmiths, U of London and was the recipient of the 2011 Hamad Butt Memorial Prize.
Rainbow Cinema Market Square, 80 Front Street East
This project is indoors.