Jul 2021

Glisten preview: Isabella Oberlander  dance finished

Alienation, otherness and sweaty dancing.

Glisten is an inquiry into what is already felt but not yet visible. A performative exploration striving to excavate how experiences, reality and imagination of otherness manifest in the physical.

Embracing provocations of the Xenofeminist manifesto, it offers an invitation to imagine a realm for multitude - a speculative future.

Presented as part of the I Am What I Am exhibition programme of events. 

Admission: Free. Booking essential. 

Isabella Oberländer is a freelance dance artist and choreographer based in Limerick, Ireland, and originally from Mistelbach, Lower Austria. Isabella studied at the Institute for Dance Arts – Anton Bruckner University Linz, Austria. She has been guest teacher at the University of Limerick world academy of music and dance, the Firkin Crane in Cork and Dance Limerick. Her work engages in choreographic frameworks that encourage the performer to be present and articulate in body and thought. In addition to her own practice, she curated ‘Mind in the Flesh: Female Bodies in Contemporary Performanc’ in conjunction with Dance Limerick in 2014. Isabella is Chair of the Dance Strand at LACE, Limerick Arts and Cultural Exchange since 2015. She is a member of Limerick Dance Collective (LDC) since 2015, which facilitates open laboratories, peer to peer exchange and performance opportunities

Isabella has worked with Vivienne Dick on the experimental film ‘Red Moon Rising’, which premiered at London Film Festival 2015, and with Amanda Coogan's ‘I’ll sing you a song from around town’ performance installation at Limerick City Gallery of Art.

I Am What I Am is a nuanced celebration of queer artists who work with gender, sexuality, identity and queer politics. This adventurous exhibition within Ballina Arts Centre will bring together artists from all backgrounds to unite in a diverse exploration of queer art in Ireland today.

The title hails from the song finale in the 1983 Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles written and composed by queer writer Jerry Herman. The song was covered by Gloria Gaynor that same year and has been an empowerment anthem for the LGBTQ+ community ever since. 

I Am what I Am is a stronghold in the form of resistance against adversity in an ever evolving and dissolving world. The exhibition runs from 5th June - 29th July.