A CRAZY VIOLENT TOUR DE FORCE BY TWO INCREDIBLE PERFORMERS
On tour Ireland 20th February – 5th March 2016 - FIRKIN CRANE THEATRE | SHANDON | CORK - SAT 20th FEB 8PM
Philip Connaughton & Ashley Chen have been performing together for over 10 years.
Philip has a scar from where Ashley threw his wife’s stiletto at him.
Another time Philip nearly broke Ashley’s toe.
Now they present Whack!!, an explosive work about two bodies colliding, shifting between comedy and tragedy.
Whack!! has had audiences of all ages in fits of giggles.
Whack!! is a new work, physically and technically demanding, shifting between comedy and tragedy, violence and tenderness, from two incredible and renowned performers, Philip Connaughton from Dublin and Ashley Chen from Paris.
Whack!! premiered in France, and is touring Ireland this spring 20th February – 5th March.
Having worked together for over a decade, via careers on stages across the globe, the two dancers have now created this violent tour de force, pushing their bodies to their absolute limits, colliding, dressed in suits in a bright white space.
It's a choreographic exercise in obstruction, the two performers negotiating each other as obstacles. Are they fighting? Is there a winner? Or are they just trying to communicate??
In one performance Philip broke a rib. He says, “It's funny at times but as a performer when I hear the audience giggle or laugh it's when I truly feel the darker side of this work. It's a little like laughing at someone else’s suffering.” Of the rib-breaking performance, he says, “I felt like I was in a Roman arena. Anyway I survived and it was an exciting performance.”
“It was particularly exciting to see how delighted the younger audience members were - afterwards they treated Ashley and me with an element of respect fit for wrestlers or superheroes.”
Whack!! is supported by the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Paris Réseau Danse (Studio Regard Du Cygne, Micadanses, Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, Etoile du Nord) and CCN de Tours/Thomas
CORK | DUBLIN | GALWAY | LIMERICK | CARRICK ON SHANNON | BRAY
FIRKIN CRANE THEATRE | SHANDON | CORK - SAT 20th FEB 8PM
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Philip Connaughton is a choreographer and performer originally from Dublin. He began dancing locally and then went on to train at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. As a choreographer, his first solo, Embody, was created during a residency at Movement Research (NYC), and since then he has been performing his work internationally. Philip was Associate Artist of Dance Ireland [2013/14] and Artist in Residence at Axis Ballymun  where he had the opportunity to create Mortuus Est Philippus for Dublin Dance Festival. In 2014, he created a large- scale ensemble piece Tardigrade which was nominated for Best Production, and won best design in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards. His lecture-performance Dance Uncovered (sensational) was featured in Dublin Dance Festival 2015. Philip has been accepted as a laureate for the residence Récollets 2016 in Paris, and has also just been announced a recipient of the 16 x 16: Next Generation Bursary Award. For more information philipconnaughton.com
Ashley Chen trained at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Danse in Paris. He did one project with Thomas Duchatelet in Lilles before joining the Merce Cunnigham Dance Company in 2000. In 2004, he moved back to Europe to be part of the Lyon Opera Ballet, where he danced works by William Forsythe, Trisha Brown, Phillipe Decouflé, Christian Rizzo, Mathilde Monnier, Angelin Preljocaj and Russel Maliphant. Since 2006, Ashley Chen has been a freelance dancer collaborating with choreographers in Europe such as John Scott, Liz Roche, Michael Clark, Jean‐Luc Ducourt, Michele Ann de Mey, Chantal Yzerman, Phillipe Decouflé and Boris Charmatz. In 2012, Chen created Compagnie Kashyl and has shown his work in Paris and New York. His next work, Chance, Space and Time, will premier at the CCN and tours in April 2016