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Abi Ighodaro - Experiments in drawing and dance

Abi Ighodaro graduated with a BA Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art, London 2002. In the same year she received a University college London Expedition Grant to research traditional dance and festivals in Senegal, Mali and Niger.

Since then, Abi have undertaken a number of commissions, exhibitions, residencies and performances including ‘Bag Lady’ at Portlaoise Biennial: Urban Interventions’, 2007 and the Mentoring Programme in Dance and choreography at Daghdha Dance company, Limerick, 2006 / 2007.

Ighodaro was also assistant project coordinator at the Mediated Bodies: Media Technology in Dance project and worked in the Baldoyle Family resource centre, in their community education programme in African dance and folktales.

At her time inNo.72 Abi will explore dance and drawing through performance

and installations.

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I had been working on a short movement piece for a while and I eventually got a recording I was happy with.  Once I began to work with the video piece something else began to happen.  Video has its own language and is full of decisions, precision, timing and rhythms.  I began with a feeling about the piece and the title and then the rest happened from there.  Each decision leading to another and then those few parts of the video that you know aren’t quite right so you try different things until something fits.  

Music and sounds

This piece wasn’t made to this music but it was playing when I finally got a recording that I was happy with and well it just fitted really!  The sound of the breath was from the movement piece itself and some of my own spoken word was playing in the background.

So the next decision where do I place the music track in the video sequence?  If I attempt to sink the music and the dance completely in pace and dynamic, then they are unified and move as a unit…so what happens when I don’t ?

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With theme in memory and with memory’s influence, I recorded various explorations at different times of the day.

Layering time and space, word, movement and sound. I had been previously inspired to record the thoughts (about time) of a visitor to No.72. His name is Colm Gray. It was only once the video process had begun and I was beginning the search for sound that I realised the potential of this recording and so it came to be ……]

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