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 Joris Ivens: Performance and Discussion

On Sunday November 13th in collaboration with Cork City Council, LSAD lecturers Sean Taylor and Dr. Dara Waldron are taking part in a specially commissioned performance and public discussion honouring the work of the legendary Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens (1898-1989). Born roughly at the advent of film, Joris Ivens’ own place of prominence in that history was earned by his pioneering work in the documentary film, which combined a striking aesthetic with intense personal and political involvement. The screenings of his silent documentaries Rain and The Bridge will be accompanied by a new and contemporary soundtrack created for the evening by the Softday Foley Ensemble featuring Sean Taylor, Mikael Fernstrom, Foley artist Caoimhe Doyle and Foley recording artist Jean McGrath.

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The Softday Foley Orchestra with Caoimhe Doyle and Jean McGrath

Sunday, November 13th 2011, Live performance at 12.00pm, Main stage Cork Opera House. Public discussion with Q&A at 1.00pm,Upper Bar, Cork Opera House with Dr. Dara Waldron, Softday and Caoimhe Doyle.

In collaboration with Cork City Council, we present this specially commissioned performance honouring the work of the legendary Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens (1898-1989). Born roughly at the advent of film, Joris Ivens’ own place of prominence in that history was earned by his pioneering work in the documentary film, which combined a striking aesthetic with intense personal and political involvement. The screenings of his silent documentaries Rain and The Bridge will be accompanied by a new and contemporary soundtrack created for the evening by the Softday Foley Ensemble featuring Sean Taylor, Mikael Fernstrom, Foley artist Caoimhe Doyle and Foley recording artist Jean McGrath.
 
RAIN (Regen) 1929, Producers; Joris Ivens, Mannus Franken, THE BRIDGE (De Brug) 1928, Producer; Joris Ivens. Joris Ivens’ silent documentaries Rain and The Bridge are both considered masterpieces of the genre. Both also stand apart as poetic art projects, visual mediations at the tail end of the silent period. Rain follows the transformations of collective life which often go unnoticed. The Bridge documents the perfect symbol of human accomplishment in the face of nature’s challenges.
 

Softday are visual artist Sean Taylor and computer software designer Mikael Fernstrom who have collaborated on a number of high profile science and art projects. Both artists are interested in exploring the crack’s between expanded theatre, sound art, sculpture, music, dance and the application of new technologies. Caoimhe Doyle is an internationally renowned Foley artist, recently nominated for an Emmy. She has worked extensively on many feature films with directors as Robert Altman, Neil Jordan and Guy Maddin. Jean McGrath is a renowned Foley recording artist and has worked on films such as The Lovely Bones, Ella Enchanted and Ondine. Dr. Dara Waldron is a Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies at Limerick School of Art and Design, where he teaches film and visual culture.
More details at: http://www.softday.ie/

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