The Cove / Vertical.Nature.Base.

Daniel Shipsides, Steven Batts

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The Cove: a Legacy Trust UK funded collaborative dance/art performance project building on research established during Vertical.Nature.Base – VNB (2011).My contribution to The Cove further developed the conceptual and physical framework from VNB.The research developed the embodied strategies established at the public, 3week residential VNB project located at a remote cove on the Donegal coastline involving members of the public, dancers and climbers. The experiential nature of living and working in this environment led to various outcomes including ‘Platform’ and ‘Public Art Commission HVS 4a+’. ‘Platform’ was a temporary interactive art installation - an aluminium platform built in the cove. ‘Public Commission HVS 4a+’ is a new rock climbing route - a concrete and conceptual public artwork with a QR code to a digital presence and history. Both outcomes were later re-published; ‘Platform’ in a public exhibition in Derry (Echo Echo) and ‘Public Commission HVS 4c+’ as part of the Artlink Public art commissions (100x100 Inishowen) and also as an online entity additional funding Echo Echo and I further took the context and research of this process and developed a touring dance performance titled ‘The Cove’. My role was in developing the platform installation as an interactive artwork acting as dynamic set for this new phase. The production has toured 7 venues in Northern Ireland and the ROI and is intended to be toured nationally and internationally. The platform is also intended to be shown in other contexts as an autonomous artwork in itself – outcomes pending.The 3 year research development is also published online: / Legacy Trust UK:The Cove. £42,000 Vertical.Nature.Base. £24,000 VenuesPort a Doris, Donegal: VNB residential public project, Public Commission HVS 4c+Echo Echo Studios, Derry: VNB Exhibition and performances.The Cove Tour: in 2014 at Echo Echo Dance Theatre.Reviewed:Irish Times 11th Oct pg 13.Irish Theatre Magazine Northern Ireland
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 11 Oct 2012
EventThe Cove - 7 regional and national venues in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
Duration: 3 Oct 201217 Oct 2012

Bibliographical note

Original production tour was in 2012
A re-staging of the Cove took place in 2014
Performance type: art
Event (other): The Cove
A re-staging of the Cove in Derry-Londonderry
Echo Echo Dance Theatre
14-05-2014 / 17-05-2014


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