Lisa Freeman, Slipped, Fell and Smacked My Face off The Dance Floor, with an introductory text by Dennis McNulty
The video of Slipped, Fell and Smacked My Face off The Dance Floor offers a compelling viewing experience of the site-specific performance of the same name by Lisa Freeman presented in June of this year with Mermaid Arts Centre. Her flair for activating the now defunct sea bathing pool at Naylor’s Cove in Bray is evocatively captured in this twenty minute work. Freeman’s intricate staging and choreography reveal a complex interplay and overlay of ideas around health, leisure, emotion and the body that are amplified by her rhythmic and pathos-infused script.
Dennis McNulty opens up the work even further in his accompanying introductory text. Drawing on a rich set of references, ranging from Beckett to the semiotics of fashion, the text weaves seamlessly between concept and context. McNulty considers the significance of the cove, the physicality of the performers and the styling of their costumes to capture the exquisite energy of Slipped, Fell and Smacked My Face off The Dance Floor.
This ‘aemi online’ screening is available with closed captions. The captions were produced by Eat the Pips in collaboration with the artist. To activate the captions, click the CC button and select English (Ireland) CC.
Lisa Freeman, Slipped, Fell and Smacked My Face off The Dance Floor, 2022, 4K digital video, Colour, Stereo Sound, 21 minutes 12 seconds