Performance Art


Previous Irish Wave exhibitions in China included a performance art collaboration at the opening of Instruments of pleasure (March 2012) at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing.

NCPA clapping performance N Cunningham

I wanted to explore the gesture of appreciation and how rhythms can tell stories in them selves.  I invited contemporary music composer Grainne Mulvey (an old school friend from Carlow, Ireland ) to compose rhythms for a clapping score. This exciting collaboration was performed by a team of five professional musicians based here in Beijing: Maisie Wu (sound engineer), Wang Gang (composer), Yin Hao (singer), JinShan (singer), Catriona Crimmons (violinist) and myself.

It was a wonderful experience to work, listen and facilitate trained ears challenge, experiment and adapt in this collaborative work. There were three separate scores carried throughout with only occasional merging. It was fast and intense.

“Applause – Irish Wave”  was also performed at the opening  reception for  exhibition Intimate Revolution at Siemens Art Space , 798 , March 2012.

Swim Duck Taipei 2017


Northgate Shuffle Songzhuang 2018 with Fion Gunn and Gulistan

Swim Duck QingDao 2017


May our paths cross again- Dongxiaokou 2020

Self Print – Guanlan Print Base 2018


Swim Duck Beijing 2018

Northgate Shuffle at CAFA with Fion Gunn and Gulistan (background art Marc Quinn exhibition)