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Hanne Tierney

Drama for Strings in Three Movements: Light, Sound, Gesture


This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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In the first movement of the abstract drama, the artist illuminated materials which she moved about on almost unseen strings. Long conduit pipes created sound in the second movement. In the third movement, rubber tubing and two disembodied hands took on strangely human qualities under her controlled manipulation. Throughout, she spoke in different voices for her characters.

Artist Statement

Drama for Strings is a theatrical work on the process of theater, and on the dramatic potential of sculpture with the dimension of time added to it.

Each of the three movements, light, sound, and gesture, concentrates on an element of the theater, on the part each element plays to evoke a knowledge of drama in the spectator, and on the tension created by the relationship of these elements to each other.


Hanne Tierney: February 13 - 14, 1987
About The Artist
Hanne Tierney is the Artistic Director for FiveMyles, a performance and exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY.

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