Tidal Choreography

Tidal Choreography is a new film by Tania Candiani, made following a residency in the coastal village of Glin on the south shore of the Shannon Estuary. On Saturday 25 February, Ormston House will screen the film at the Ceol Corbraí Community Hall in Glin at 7pm. Tania will be there to introduce the film inspired by the River Shannon and to share photographs from her stay in the village. Admission is free and all are welcome.

During her residency, the artist observed the interconnected rhythm of the village and the tidal river. In particular, she spent time with local swimmers as they made their way daily to the water at high tide. Tidal Choreography brings together footage above and below the waterline, at high tide and low tide, field recordings and local tunes, Irish words relating to water. Local artists have contributed traditional and contemporary airs, voiceover, and physical performance. On her final day in Glin, over fifty local swimmers joined the artist to feature in the film. Through this combination of sources, patterns are created, gravity shifts, and ecological worlds revealed.

Tania Candiani is interested in the translation between phonic, graphic, linguistic, bodily, symbolic and technological languages systems. By reordering, remixing, and playing with correspondences between technologies, knowledge systems, and ideas, she invents new ways to organize creative and critical thinking. As a non-academic researcher, she uses historical records and archives as weaving materials. She is particularly interested in projects developed for specific sites due to the socio-historical interconnections that they can offer as well as the possibility of co-creating and interweaving ideas with specific communities.

Tania has been a fellow at the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte in Mexico since 2012, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2011, and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2018. She received an Honorary Mention for the CERN Collide Award in 2020 and will take part in the Guest Artists programme to engage with CERN’s research community. The artist represented Mexico at the 56th Venice Biennale and her work has been exhibited widely around the globe.

The River Residencies are funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Invitation to Collaboration scheme, led by Limerick Arts Office in partnership with the Arts Offices in Cavan, Clare and Tipperary. The River Residencies are curated by Caimin Walsh and Mary Conlon at Ormston House, as part of the Museum of Mythological Water Beasts (2017-) about, along and on the River Shannon.


Tidal Choreography (2023) by Tania Candiani will be exhibited as part of the River Residencies exhibition at Ormston House until Saturday 8 April 2023.
Performer Jean McGlynn. Swimmers Amy Adams, Elaine Buckley, Noelle Cox, Nuala Culhane, Ronan Culhane, Theresa Culhane, Maura Cullinane, John Egan, Juliette Egan, Victoria Egan, Agnes Fitzgerald, Carmel Fitzgerald, Marie Fitzgerald, Nora Fitzgerald, Norma Harnedy, Ailbhe Healy, Eileen Healy Mulvihill, Fergus Healy, Rachel Healy, Siobhán Healy, Conor Henderson, Grace Holly, Bernadette Kelleher, Aisling Kennedy, Mai Kennedy, Úna Kennedy, Aoife Norah Lyons, Máire Lyons, Betty-Ann McSweeney, Tríona Mulcahy, Caoimhe Mulroe, Sinéad Mulroe, Geraldine Mulvihill, Thomas Mulvihill, Eva O’Connor, Pat O’Connor, Sarah O’Connor, Maria O’Mahony, Owen O’Shaughnessy, Helen O’Sullivan, Sarah Prendiville, Ann Riordan, Alan Ruttle, Lisa Ruttle, Geraldine Shine, Kate Sweeney, Siobhán Sweeney, Ann Wallace, Edel Wallace, Jennifer Woods. Film crew Steve Hall, Shane Joyce, Wojciech Kwiatkowski, Shane Serrano. Audio recording Mícheál Keating, Caimin Walsh. Music Pól an Eas played by Diarmuid O’Brien. Plassey Air written and played by Padraig O’Donoghue. Voiceover Joanne Ryan. Irish language consultant Manchán Magan. Acknowledgements Conways, Glin Community News, Glin Development Association, Glin Men’s Shed, Glin Tidy Towns, O’Shaughnessys, Out and about in beautiful Glin, The Community of Glin.
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