Slipped, Fell And Smacked My Face Off The Dance Floor | Lisa Freeman at Naylor’s Cove


Slipped, Fell And Smacked My Face Off The Dance Floor | Lisa Freeman at Naylor's Cove Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/06/2022 - 18/06/2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Naylor's Cove




Lisa Freeman’s new scripted performance Slipped, Fell And Smacked My Face Off The Dance Floor features actors, a saxophone player and a significant location: the once-busy sea bathing pool at Naylor’s Cove, Bray.

Drawing on the town’s history as a site of leisure and respite, this work positions the human body in this now-defunct site of relaxation. The actors create intimate moments of dialogue in this public space, where the script touches on ideas of therapeutic infrastructures, tourism and the body as an archive. These moments are woven through this site of failed architecture, set to a live musical score performed by a saxophone player.

This project stems from Freeman’s research into sites of failed and poorly designed civic architecture, and how these sites can negatively impact our health, identity and leisure pursuits.

Live Site-Specific Performances on a loop from 1-4 pm each day
Friday 10th, Saturday 11th
Friday 17th, Saturday 18th
June 2022

Free, all welcome – No booking necessary

Location: Naylor’s Cove, Bray Beach, Bray Co Wicklow. Meeting point at the Old Bray Hotel

Curated by Anne Mullee

Kindly Supported by An Arts Council of Ireland Project Award, Wicklow County Council Strategic Projects Award & Mermaid Arts Centre

Cast Biaina Ryan, Niamh McPhillips, Tadhg O’Rourke (Actors) Andrea Jones (Saxophone)

With thanks to Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Padraig Cunningham, Emma Conway, Jenny Sherwin, Julie Kelleher, Gerlanda Maniglia, Dennis McNulty, Astrid Newman, Claire Walsh.

Lisa Freeman works across scripted performance, moving image, text and installation. She investigates content from archival material, mainstream media and local knowledge to explore representation and precarious economies of labour. Through employing intimacy as a form of resistance, she aims to reveal social anxieties along with deeper economic and power structures.

 Freeman was awarded a Project Studio Award at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin (2022/23), an Arts Council of Ireland Project Award (2022), an Agility Award (2021) and Bursaries from the Arts Council (2022, 2020) and Wicklow County Council, (2021/22). She completed her MA in Art & Research Collaboration, IADT, Dublin (2020).

Recent exhibitions and performances include; Brows For Days at The LAB Gallery, as part of ‘Unassembled’ (2020). Green Skies, A Double Rhythm at The Curragh, Kildare (2019). Other projects include: The Talk That Talks, RHA Gallery, Dublin (2018), TBC TV, Somerset House, London (2018), More Mutable Clouds, Prenzlauer Kunst Kollektiv, Berlin (2018), PLATFORM, Draiocht Gallery, Dublin (2018), Solas Nua, Washington DC (2018).


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