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Yes, But Do You Care? is an evocative new art piece by Marie Brett and Philip Connaughton exploring rights to make a bad decision, care-giving and Ireland’s new capacity legislation. The dance work-in-progress will be hosted on 20 and 27 August 2020 as part of IMMA’s invited artists pop-up events in The People’s Pavilion, a dedicated outdoor space.

This collaborative, cross-medium art piece by visual artist Marie Brett (E.gress, Torpedo, Amulet) and choreographer / dance artist Philip Connaughton (Assisted Solo, Mamafesta Memorialising) explores how issues of capacity, autonomy and dementia care-giving are raising dilemmas amid Ireland’s new capacity legislation. The work is informed by an extensive participatory project with members of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network and contextual advisors in law.

Both artists have already accomplished strikingly poignant earlier works that express the essence of life’s fragility in relation to dementia and brain disease. They originally met at IMMA when Brett was exhibiting and touring E.gress and Connaughton created a dance response to the piece. Brett then attended a Law Society human rights event, sparking her interest in Ireland’s new capacity legislation and its potential effect for dementia carers; and went on to research the area while an IMMA artist in residence. Meanwhile Connaughton created Assisted Solo and Mamafesta Memorialising.

Event details
Public viewing of this dance work-in-progress will be available at The People’s Pavilion (outdoor space):
20 and 27 August
12 noon to 4pm (intermittently)
This is a free, drop-by event. No booking required.

Yes, But Do You Care? is supported by The Arts Council, Create, IMMA, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Dublin City Council and Dublin Dance Festival, with thanks to advisory panel members, Axis: Ballymun and Poetry Ireland.

The final body of work will be presented by IMMA at a later date during this winter period.


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