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Lydia McGlinchey MadDoG


Lydia McGlinchey MadDoG

performance DAG VAN DE DANS work-in-progress
SA 27.04 18:00

A carefully tangled knot of apparent opposites.

A knot can hold together contradictions. Thinking from the knot demands an attentiveness to how the material world is underwritten by violent histories. The knot exposes the way different material, historical, stylistic objects are tied together, as well as the way in which power is tied into and structures particular constellations. Taking on a Bataillean conception of ‘base matter’, 'MadDoG' disrupts the distinction between high and low: the bimbo is materially made up of the prophetess, the carpet is also disco ball, the body is at once dog and human, thriving is entrenched in decline.

In 'MadDoG', dancer and choreographer Lydia McGlinchey works with spoken text, dance, and vocal work. With this piece, she wants to enmesh viewers in a dense ‘knot’ of interlaced but distinct materials and layers, informed by a textile practice of weaving and lace work. This work takes influence from gothic/horror and heavy metal.


Lydia Mcglinchey was born in Sydney, Australia, and is cur­rent­ly living in Brussels. She is a dan­cer and per­for­man­ce maker. She also wea­ves tex­ti­les, which she uses as scenography. She stu­died in P.A.R.T.S for five years whe­re she recei­ved her MA in cho­re­o­grap­hy and trai­ning in dan­ce. Lydia has wor­ked with Alix Eynaudi on her pro­ject 'Noa+Snow' pre­sen­ted in Tanznacht Berlin and Wien Modern. Additionally she has made con­tri­bu­ti­ons to the final publi­ca­ti­ons of the 'Noa+Snow' book/​catalogue which laun­ched at the Austrian Museum of Folk Art in Vienna and publis­hed by BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE.