Tipperary Dance Platform 2018 Launch at the Tipperary Excel: Jazzman Chiodi, (TDP), Kerry Ryan (Board of Directors), Melanie Scott Arts Officer Tipperary Co. Council) and Alexandre Iseli
On Friday 23rd March 2018 Tipperary Excel Art Centre Board hosted the launch of TDP’18, Tipperary Dance Platform’s programme of activities for the coming year. Tipperary Dance Platform, which is an internationally recognised contemporary dance residency, curated by Alexandre Jazmin Iseli-Chiodi is celebrating 10 years of residency at Tipperary Excel.
As part of the launch the audience was treated to a short video presentation on the work of Tipperary Dance Residency and TDP’18 programme of activities, which was well received by everyone. Full details of TDP’18 Dance Programme, including Activities, Events and Festival can be found onwww.tpd.danceplatform.ie
The launch, which took place in the Art Gallery drew an enthusiast audience, including representatives from Tipperary Co. Co., Melanie Scott, Tipperary Arts Officer, local councillors, Michael Lowry, TD, Damian Dullaghan, Head of Tipperary Library Services, Tipperary Excel board members, members of staff as well Tipperary Excel Volunteers. Also in the audience were Petronella Clifton Brown, Ex Assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan and his wife Tina, members of Tipperary Musical Society and Joe Mulcahy and his wife Edel of Mulcahy Construction, the company who completed the works at Tipperary Excel to facilitate the relocation of Tipperary Town Library to the library.
During the evening, Tipperary Excel Board took the opportunity to officially welcome Tipperary Town Library to the art centre by presenting Damian Dullaghan with a trilogy of books on Tipperary Town and its people. This 21st century, state of the art flagship library is due to open its doors to Tipperary Town and its surrounding communities in the coming days. It will house cutting edge technology, the first of its kind in Europe. To commemorate the launch of TDP’18 and welcome Tipperary Town Library, Tipperary Excel displayed its unique photographic collection by Lady Clementina Maude. The collection, which is on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum was brought to Ireland by Tipperary Town and Tipperary Country Museum a numbers years ago.
Tipperary Dance Residency Background
Tipperary Dance Residency was created in 2008, as a result of a collaboration between four partners working towards the emergence of a contemporary dance culture in South Tipperary; namely Tipperary Excel Arts Centre, Arts Council of Ireland, Tipperary County Council Arts Service and the two artists in residency Jazmin Chiodi and Alexandre Iseli. Over the last ten years, great strides have been made by Tipperary Dance Residency is terms of developing an understanding and interesting of contemporary dance at local, regional and national level under the direction of Jazmin Chiodi and Alexandre Iseli. In addition to promoting contemporary dance in Ireland, both Jazmin and Alex have toured extensively at international level performing pieces, which have been created and crafted in Tipperary Excel. They created and performed a piece of work entitled Embodied at the GPO, Dublin in 2016, which was especially commissioned for the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations.
Lady Clementina Maude Collection
Lady Clementina (1822-1865) was an Englishwoman who has been recognised as a pioneer in early photography. She and her family lived at their Dundrum Estate, now Dundrum House in the mid-1850s before returning to London and it was while she was in Dundrum that Clementina took up an interest in photography. Clementina’s photographic work mainly involves her family and herself in various poses, including many photographs of her daughters at play. However she also photographed the other side of life at Dundrum Estate. For example, men hard at work in the fields and in the stables pause for her camera, perhaps not unwilling but slightly puzzled by this unfamiliar form of attention. In 1863, Clementina exhibited her work for the first time with the Photographic Society of London. She received a silver medal for the best contribution by an amateur and she was elected to the society. This exhibition is an opportunity to view a unique collection of photographs; a collection that forms part of our Tipperary heritage.