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PopLives #77: Philip Connaughton

Every week this Q&A finds out what interesting people in music, film, fashion, theatre, literature, performance, tech stuff, and whatever else are consuming.

Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 13:02


Continuing the Fringe series of PopLives Q&As, #77 is choreographer, dancer and actor, Philip Connaughton.

What are you reading?
Two books at the moment; Melville’s Moby Dick and Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation. I consider them both work and pleasure, the latter being more work than pleasure.

Last film you saw and your verdict?
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Horse riding machinegun-wielding chimps: Awful and incredible at the same time.

Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
Went to see Tardigrade’s composer Michael Gallen’s band Ana Gog at Le Cheile Festival and loved it.

Last stage production you saw and your verdict? 
Liv O’Donoghue’s Double Bill at Project Arts Centre – loved it.

Last gallery / museum / exhibition you visited and your verdict?
Really loved IMMA’s Summer Rising Festival last month. Got very excited about the Hélio Oticica exhibition and finished the night off with THISISPOPBABY’s performance art club extravaganza. Mad fun!

You have a golden ticket to Easons, what magazine is first on your list?
Wallpaper* Magazine – Design, Architecture, Fashion… All so inspiring

What are your most clicked bookmarks?
EBay, ASOS. I love old second hand furniture. I just bought an upright piano on adverts.ie for 60 quid and it’s in great shape. My enthusiasm might give away the fact that I’m in love with online shopping generally. I’ve just recently recovered from a bout of buying Christmas decorations – it’s a winter wonderland at my gaff.

Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme?
A friend recently recommended Tara Brach’s talks and meditations and I am kinda hooked. I started meditating about 3 months ago and I’m finding it to be such an incredible experience – getting rid of al that crazy internal dialogue. I don’t talk to myself on the bus anymore.

Give us a tip for 2014…
Quit sugar/ stop eating crap

When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
Yogic hip opening exercises are what I’m into at the moment but generally Sci Fi documentaries before I sleep.

What song should we listen to right now?
I just choreographed a new music video for Cloud Castle Lake and don’t know if am even supposed to mention the track but I can’t stop singing it. It’s totally sensational… watch this space.

Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
I don’t possess any boxsets. Not cazy about TV.

Which app do you use the most?
I’m torn between Twitter, which I love more every day, and Hailo but the Tiger Dublin Fringe App is gonna be smoking hot in a few weeks time. Smokin!!

Do you play video games or mobile platform games, and if so, what’s your favourite at the moment?
I recently discovered Heads Up Charades on my iphone and wowed my nieces and nephews with my ability to imitate koalas, Komodo dragons and such.

What is your favourite club night of all time?
I barely ever go out clubbing but if I had a go to place I guess Mother is fun. Have had a good few nights there.

What was the last country you visited and what were you doing there?
France. I’m collaborating with French choreographer Ashley Chen on a new piece we are performing in Paris together next year.

If you could transport one international cultural outlet to your home town, what would it be and why?
Yikes, that’s hard. I once did a residency at La Cartucherie in Paris and thought it was absolutely incredible. A beautiful hub of experimental creation in incredible surroundings. The Pheonix Park would be a good spot for that – when do I move in?

And finally, if you check out one show in the Fringe (apart from your own) make it…
Deep Aerobics by New York choreographer Miguel Gutierrez. I know and love his work and I’m so excited that we have him here in Dublin. A crazy imaginational workout experience. Don’t Miss It!!

Philip Connaughton’s latest show Tardigrade runs at the Samuel Beckett Theatre from Sep 9 -13 at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014.

Previously on PopLives: Tanya TagaqRichie EganAlison SpittleRex RyanCharlene LydonAvril StanleyMary NallyColm Mac Con IomaireAnna RodgersTara FlynnJohn ButlerDon WycherleyMaserRubberbanditsJames WolfSinead GleesonOlwen FouéréLe GalaxieCian O’BrienCian Ó CiobhainKatie HollyElaine MaiAisling FarinellaBrendan CantyMelanie MorrisTaylor MacTemper-Mental MissElayenousFez Fa’ananaChris JudgeXnthonyDavid MullaneJo ManganDerek O’ConnorBeardymanLynnette MoranRob DelaneyJulie Chance,  Conor O’BrienNial ConlanWallis BirdAdrian CrowleyTegan QuinEllie MacnamaraSteve RyanMumblin Deaf RoRick O’SheaGrace DyasMark O’HalloranAmy ConroyLouise McSharryMaeve HigginsRay YeatesNialler9Jeanie FinlayKevin BarryBrigie De CourcyJohn ScottWillie WhiteNiall MuckianPhil BoyleAngela DorganRoise GoanJoshua GordonMick MinogueEilis BoyleAnnie MacBen FrowMichael McDermottSinead O’Connor,  Shane LanganKathy ScottEoghan KidneyMichael Roe, and Phillip McMahon.