Science Gallery Dublin commissions alumnus for new exhibition

Maurice Kelliher

Trinity Laban graduate Maurice Kelliher has been commissioned by Science Gallery Dublin to create an installation for its forthcoming exhibition, TRAUMA: BUILT TO BREAK.

The commission, entitled Hysteria, sees Maurice project a World War I video from 1917 onto the body of a dancer, graphically documenting the visible manifestations of trauma. This takes place at night, to be viewed from the street outside the gallery. It is performed as part of a series of exhibits questioning whether trauma is easier to remember or to forget.

Summarising his work for TRAUMA: BUILT TO BREAK, Maurice says: “Hysteria is a large format dance/performance video installation which looks at the suffering mind manifested through ‘the screaming body’. It considers the limits of language to describe experience, the ‘invisibility’ of pain, and what the viewer is confronted with when profound distress ‘bleeds’ out in physical actions.”

British dance-artist Maurice graduated from the BA Dance Theatre in 2007. Since graduating, Maurice has gained a wealth of experience as a performance-maker. Integrating movement, text, sound and video, his creations have been programmed by the likes of Dublin’s Festival of Curiosity and Project Brand New. His work for the Dublin Fringe Festival won him the Spirit of the Fringe Commissioning Award in 2011, and critical reviews describe Maurice’s projects as "provocative", "haunting", and "stunning".

Maurice has spoken positively of how his training at Trinity Laban prepared him for all of this: "There is a deep intelligence and bold vision that underpins the work of Trinity Laban. These vital conditions make it an outstanding place to study at - where strong technical dance training is integrated with an education that develops individual creative practice and critical ways of seeing."

The free exhibition runs in Dublin from 20 November 2015 to 21 February 2016, prior to an international gallery tour.

To find out more, visit the Science Gallery Dublin website.