Let’s Meet While the Tide is Out

Emerging artist: Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín (Ireland)
Residency place: Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone, UK)
Practice: Dance artist / Filmmaker
Local artist: Gemma Riggs
Curated by: Georgie Scott

Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín is a dance artist from Ireland, who had the residency in Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone, UK), as the result of her residency, Siobhán presented an art-piece named Let’s Meet While the Tide is Out. It was a tidal walk, film screening and discussion exploring the important and reciprocal connection between the human body and land, in particular, a stretch of shoreline in Folkestone leading down from the East Cliff to Folkestone Warren.

Artist Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín during her Magic Carpets residency in Folkestone (UK) / Photo by Mindaugas Drigotas / Nanook

The final project was made up of 3 elements; a tidal movement walk ‘Let’s Meet While the Tide is Out’, an artist book ‘An Experiential Field journal to Folkestone Warren’ and a dance film ‘Slowly Moving Seaward’ made in collaboration with film maker Gemma Riggs and voice by geologist Melanie Wrigley.

Artist Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín during her Magic Carpets residency in Folkestone (UK) / Photo by Mindaugas Drigotas / Nanook

The 3 elements engaged with people on 3 different levels.

  • The walk was to share Siobhán’s knowledge, research and process with people that she’d gathered from walking with local experts along the shoreline; enabling people to understand Siobhán’s process and research method and where she’d drawn her inspiration from.
  • The field journal is for people to take with them to use at their own leisure when exploring the Folkestone Warren. Helping them to draw attention to different details and aspects of the Folkestone Warren.
  • The dance film, which was screened in a shipping container on Folkestone Harbour Arm, engaged people with Siobhán’s connection she’d developed with the Folkestone Warren on a very intimate level. The dance film was made up of 3 parts which looked at 3 different textures on the shoreline; clay, rocks, and seawater.
Artist Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín during her Magic Carpets residency in Folkestone (UK) / Photo by Mindaugas Drigotas / Nanook

Siobhán arrived in Folkestone with no knowledge of the people or place. Over her research period she began to develop a deep connection to the place through walking daily along the same stretch of shoreline, sometimes inviting people to join her to share their knowledge and stories.

Her aim was to have a sincere and meaningful connection with the people and the place in Folkestone; to share her relationship with the place and to encourage others to share their knowledge and stories; reconnecting with the land that they live on and in.

Artist Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín during her Magic Carpets residency in Folkestone (UK) / Photo by Mindaugas Drigotas / Nanook

Author of the text: Georgie Scott

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