Laura’s overall intention is to heighten awareness of the blind and deafblind communities in Ireland but also the metaphorical blindness we can actively lift through our awareness in order to live more mindful, fulfilled, compassionate lives together. Through a number of creative mentorship and residency programmes*, Laura has created a daring exploration of the role of the senses, inviting you to find fresh vision and become a part of this investigative journey into metaphorical and physical blindness.
Interview while Dancer in Residence at Rua Red, Arts centre and Laura’s work towards the 2017 accessible production:
*Residencies and mentorships to date:
- Dancer in Residence at RUA RED, South Dublin Centre for the Arts
- Artist in Residence at Fringe Lab Dublin
- Dance Ireland Mentored Residency Award with Tom Pritchard
- Dance Ireland Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Award
- Artist-in-the-community at the Anne Sullivan Centre for DeafBlind
During residency periods with both Fringe Lab Dublin and RUA RED South Dublin Centre for the Arts, Laura led research labs and integrated dance workshops with dancers, actors, and members of the deafblind community exploring sensorial awareness, metaphorical blindness, concepts of dance in its sensory, tactile and linguistic forms, social pressures based on physical appearance and questioned modern society’s over-reliance on the use of sight and its consequences.
In the following video, Laura talks about the ideas and process behind making Running Blind in reference to the 2016 production:
The support of joint Mentors- Amanda Coogan (Performance artist, CODA and sign language interpretor) and Tom Pritchard, international dance artist working in arts participation, was an instrumental part of the process in developing Running Blind.
The showing of Running Blind in the Scene + Heard festival, Smock Alley, was the first incarnation of a performance that will in time be developed into a fully accessible installation.