Thursday, February 07, 2019


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If you're passing, it's always worth dropping in to La Cocotte, the café at the Alliance Française in Kildare St., to check out the latest exhibition.

It's not the ideal exhibition space but with a little application and imagination you can get the message.

Anne-Sophie is a French woman, from Grenoble, who has lived in Ireland for the last six years. She's a photographer and her current dance project took her three years to assemble. The idea is to "portray a variety of traditional dances using the most famous Dublin landmarks as a background".

I hope Anne-Sophie will forgive me for bringing you my favourite five out of the dozen or more prints exhibited. Signed limited edition prints, A3 size, can be purchased. Email Anne-Sophie for details.

Oisín Kelly's Chariots of Life sculpture depicting the figure of a charioteer, said to represents reason controlling the emotions, is neatly captured with the fountain frozen over as background to this "Russian" ballerina.

This one is my favourite. Will he save her or just let her go? And Grand Canal Dock makes a great Swan Lake.

Stoney's diving bell encapsulates much of Dublin's dockland history and echoes the dancing "belle" in a neat visual pun.

Irish Piano Tuner will certainly be happy with this transport of delight.

I like the dancer echoing the verticals.

The exhibition continues till 1/3/2019

Anne-Sophie's website

1 comment:

Póló said...

I had noticed that Anne-Sophie was from Grenoble. Now, in 1965 I stayed in Grenoble, actually in Crolles nearby, while on a French Government sponsored visit. I had got this while attending the Alliance for French classes. It was an excellent scheme called “Connaissances de la France” which introduced you to various aspects of French life.

While there, we visited a stunning church up the mountains in the village of St. Hugues de Chartreuse. I have recorded this on my website . Since Anne-Sophie was from Grenoble and in the arty world, so to speak, I thought she might be interested. I had no idea if she was even aware of the church.

Imagine my surprise when she replied that she knew it well as she had lived beside it. St. Hugues was her people's place. What an amazing coincidence.

I have had many contacts with France, the French, and their language, both personally and professionally over half a century. I had in mind sometime to document this, possibly in an illustrated talk, and there was a possibility at one stage that this might be at the Alliance, but that prospect has faded. I may yet find an excuse, this side of the other side if there is one, to inflict my musings on an unsuspecting public. Certainly, in the light of the above, St. Hugues will figure more prominently than first intended.