Friday 3 February, 6-8pm
Leave the Door Open is an evening of new performances and music for St. Brigid’s Day at Hugh Lane Gallery. Taking the wild plays of the Biddy Boys for inspiration, the evening will be hosted by artist Isadora Epstein with musicians/artists Aisling-ór níAodha, Stéphane Béna Hanly, Róisín ní Haicéid, and Meabh McKenna.
Traditionally on St. Brigid’s Eve, the front door would be left unlocked to welcome in St. Brigid and on 3 February the Hugh Lane Gallery will be open late to welcome in audiences. St. Brigid’s Eve was a time when the Biddy Boys, local mummers, would go from house to house in masks and put on plays and dance with brooms. As Brigid’s Day marks the change of seasons and beginning of Spring in the Celtic calendar, the event will joyfully welcome spring by imaginatively moving audiences through paintings, the seasons and folkloric worlds.
IMAGE CITATION: The Photographic Collection, National Folklore Collection, UCD. H032.18.00018 ‘St. Brigid's Day and Brigid's Cross: Brídeóga, Kilgobnet.’ Photographer: Tom Munnelly. 1 February, 1974 from.
PERFORMERS / MUSICIANS
ISADORA EPSTEIN writes and makes performances from her research of art history and folklore. Her work brings together an ensemble of artists working in visual art, experimental music, and dance. Living and working in Dublin, Epstein has had performances atTemple Bar Gallery & Studios, Sirius Art Centre, Royal Irish Academy, Ormston House, KuVa Exhibition Lab, Helsinki, and IMMA.
AISLING-ÓR NÍ AODHA is an artist and musician based in Dublin. Through the mediums of sound, text, sculpture and radio broadcast her practice interrogates the enactment of colonial ideologies and state institutions upon the body. Her practice draws upon performance studies,queer theory and Irish folklore. The early stages of this research regularly informs her monthly radio show ‘Lowlands/ Ísealchríoch’ on Dublin Digital Radio. Lowlands /Ísealchríoch on Dublin Digital Radio (2020-present).
RÓISÍN NÍ HAICÉID is lead singer and songwriter for Banríon, her lyrics deftly and gently tackle her own experience with disability, love, & the ever-changing city they live in and are cursed to love. Banríon have been dubbed as ‘one of the most thrilling forces in Irish indie-rock’ by Hot Press.
STÉPHANEBÉNA HANLY is an artist and performer working in Dublin who uses combinations of performance, sculpture, sound and video to bring to life fantastical scenarios inspired by the world around us.
MAEBH MCKENNA as a classical soloist harpist has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and held the position of principal harpist for the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the DIT Symphony Orchestra, Trinity Orchestra, the Hibernian Orchestra, the Ulster Youth Orchestra and the Co-Orch. She has participated in recitals for the Georgian Society, the Pepper Canister Church, Culture Night (2012-2019). In 2019 she opened the RTÉ Folk Awards as a featured artist in Vicar Street with her harp trio. Méabh is an active board member of Cairde na Cruite, an organisation which promotes and platforms the learning and performance of the Irish harp.
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