Queen of Vacation

Queen of Vacation is a multi-media choreography created in response to Áine's time as artist in residence at Bee Time in Andalucia, Spain. You can read more about Bee Time here: http://beetime.net/

Queen of Vacation was shared as a work-in-progress as part of Art Works 2018 at Visual Carlow. Art Works is curated by Sean Kissane, Curator of Exhibitions, IMMA, artist Orla Barry and Emma-Lucy O’Brien Curator, VISUAL. 

 Queen of Vacation was also part of a conference exhibition ‘Learning From The Bees conference’ in the Netherlands, in August 2018, which was curated by Bee Time Artist Residency and Dutch artist Kyra Cramer. The written language score is also included as part of an upcoming publication called ‘HOLON’.

This work will be expanded and adapted into a 30 minute film in 2019/2020.

Choreographic score: Part One (excerpt)

She is semi-transparent and fervently dances a potent pattern that connects her to all possible dimensions at once. When her dance becomes infinite she notices that her actions are artificial and she forgets part of her process. Expressing reverence for the natural world she speaks “What is aggressive and what is abuse?.”

She gets dressed and is no longer see-through. She approaches her audience with less consideration or sensitivity. Because she is more protected, she acts more like she can do whatever she wants. Making a buzzing noise like angry bees and with less control she spreads out, excavating the area. Her body transforms into a nice wall painting of birds from the 5th Century A.C. She speaks the line “Maybe they were different times” and the ground beneath her quakes taking her to the floor, where she resembles a sea urchin.

From her low position and through unnatural means she moves her body in a way that is irregular, changeable, and shows the effects of change. Lights blackout. She emits a faint buzzing sound and a single blue light shines towards the audience from her direction. As the lights fade back up her buzzing merges into a busy silence that says much about her relationship to her audience. She does nothing. The only way to break the silence is to make a bridge. In her bridge shape and with bees on her lips she sings for the bees.