Works

  • Conceptual design by 1iing heaney in collaboration with Emily Aoibheann
  • Georgina Cassels, June 2022. Photograph: Monika Palova
  • Georgina Cassels, June 2022. Photograph: Monika Palova
  • Georgina Cassels, June 2022. Photograph: Monika Palova
  • Georgina Cassels, June 2022. Photograph: Monika Palova
  • Georgina Cassels, June 2022. Photograph: Monika Palova
  • Conceptual design by Mona Power in collaboration with Emily Aoibheann
  • Conceptual design by 1iing heaney in collaboration with Emily Aoibheann
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Emily Aoibheann in residence at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Conceptual design by Mona Power in collaboration with Emily Aoibheann
  • Conceptual design by Mona Power in collaboration with Emily Aoibheann
  • Photos of Georgina Cassels by Emily Aoibheann, with conceptual designs by 1iing heaney
  • Georgina Cassels performs choreography by Emily Aoibheann, January 2022. Photograph: Emily Aoibheann
  • Georgina Cassels performs choreography by Emily Aoibheann, January 2022. Photograph: Emily Aoibheann
  • Georgina Cassels performs choreography by Emily Aoibheann, January 2022. Photograph: Emily Aoibheann
  • Conceptual design by Mona Power in collaboration with Emily Aoibheann
  • Photos of Georgina Cassels by Emily Aoibheann, with Caravaggio and Gentileschi.
  • Presentation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation with audience participation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation at Dance House. Photograph: Noel Shelley
  • Presentation at Dance House. Photograph: Monika Palova
  • Presentation at Dance House. Photograph: Monika Palova
  • Presentation at Dance House. Photograph: Monika Palova

A Year of the Heart

A Year of the Heart  delves into themes of transformation, ecstasy and courage, and celebrates grand gestures of human expression inspired by the poetic tragedy of life. Drawing on the musical tradition of Requiem from 13th century Franciscan ‘Kyrie’ to György Ligeti in the 1960s, the artwork takes the spine and heart as choreographic starting points and expresses the divine emotional, spiritual body through dances of melancholic opulence. The project incorporates ambitious and conceptual stage design, developed in collaboration with a broad creative team. 

The photos document two weeks of development and public presentations while in residency at Dance House, Dublin in March and June 2022. During the presentation in March, audience members were invited to dance to Ravel's Boleró; they are featured in a selection of photos from the event. Other images include scenographic designs by artists Mona Power and 1iing heaney. Also included are reference artworks The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio (1602) and Mary Magdalene as Melancholy (1622–1625) by Artemisia Gentileschi. 

Photos of aerialist Georgina Cassels by Monika Palova, June 2022 and during an earlier development period by Emily Aoibheann, at Courthouse Arts Centre Tinahely. All other photos of Emily Aoibheann by Noel Shelley, March 2022. 


Acknowledgements:

A Year of the Heart is conceived, written and choreographed by Emily Aoibheann.

Artistic team include aerialist Georgina Cassels; artist facilitator Abby Evans; scenographic design by Mona Power and 1iing heaney. Special thanks to Jane Hackett, Jessie Thompson and Noel Shelley for their creative contributions, enthusiasm and support. 

This work is made possible through a residency award from Dance Ireland and financial support from Dublin Circus Project, Catalyst Award and Fingal County Council artist bursary. I would like to extend a special thanks to Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely for their ongoing support.