Robbie Blake, 'Running the ending' score
This is Robbie Blake’s original graphic score (pp. 1-5) for their live performance piece ‘Running the ending’, which is featured in this exhibition as a short film and which was inspired by Blake’s engagement with the Brian Friel Papers at the National Library of Ireland.
The graphic of the score represents three things:
run (vertical dots and dashes)
dance (irregular curls and loops in a continuous line)
shake-out (groups of short diagonal lines and dashes)
The performer ‘reads’ and performs the score by translating the graphic notation into physical movement and gesture. Each page of the score represents a minute. The piece is around 5 minutes in total and the performer uses a stopwatch to keep track of the timing in their performance
Running the ending
This is a film, directed by Robbie Blake, about exhaustion, self-expression and joyousness. Blake’s score uses a graphic notation to represent three states: run, reset/shake-out, dance.
Robbie Blake interview, extract 1
Robbie Blake talks about the origins and development of their film ‘Running the ending’.
Running the Ending, UCD Humanities Institute
This collection of video clips is taken from the first full recordings of Robbie Blake’s ‘Running the ending’ filmed in and around the UCD Humanities Institute on 12 May 2019.