OPEN CALL NATIONAL PROJECTS
In the Shadow of the State
Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones
The first public performance as part of In the Shadow of the State will take place in Derry on 12 March.
In the Shadow of the State is a collaboration between visual artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, exploring statehood from the perspective of the female body. The artists are collaborating with experts in medicine, law, material culture and music, as well as with women's groups through a series of legal drafting sessions and participatory live events in historically resonant spaces in Derry, Dublin, Liverpool and London. The launch event on 12 March is taking place in domestic space, where the artists intend to use the home as a space of latent power, occupying it for activities such as feminist consciousness-raising but also extending it outwards to ‘domesticate’ institutions of the state. The event, featuring performer Louise Mathews and a score by Alma Kelliher, will explore how the lives of women have been touched by the law.
In the Shadow of the State is co-commissioned by Create (Ireland) and Artangel (Britain). For more information visit www.create-ireland.ie and sign up for newsletters at www.intheshadowofthestate.org/
A Poet’s Rising
Launch event at the Irish Writers Centre on 31 March 2016
The Irish Writers Centre has commissioned six poems, one for each day of the Rising, from influential contemporary poets, Theo Dorgan, Paul Muldoon, Thomas McCarthy, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Jessica Traynor. The poems reflect on significant figures and events associated with the Rising, including James Connolly, Patrick Pearse, Dr Kathleen Lynn, Elizabeth O'Farrell and Michael Joseph O’Rahilly. Each poet has been filmed performing their poem at relevant and resonant locations, including Moore Street, City Hall, the GPO, Liberty Hall and the Garden of Remembrance. The films will be released during the anniversary week of the Rising.
The launch event on 31 March will see the poets recite their poems live, with original music composed and performed by Choice Prize nominee, Colm Mac Con Iomaire. It promises to be a night to remember in the historic Parnell Square.
For more information and details of how to apply for tickets, please visit www.irishwriterscentre.ie.
A NATION’S VOICE
2.30pm, 27 March 2016
A Nation’s Voice is an open-air, free performance taking place on Easter Sunday at The National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin. It will include the world première of One Hundred Years a Nation, a major new orchestral and choral work commissioned for the occasion by RTÉ from composer Shaun Davey with text by writer Paul Muldoon, in addition to orchestral works by Seán Ó Riada and Bill Whelan and a massed choirs performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. The event, presented by Miriam O’Callaghan, will be broadcast live on RTÉ One, on RTÉ Radio 1 and on www.rte.ie/1916.
A Nation’s Voice is presented by the Arts Council and RTÉ, in association with the National Museum of Ireland, the Association of Irish Choirs and Music Generation, as part of Ireland 2016.
The Plough and The Stars by Sean O’Casey
Directed by Sean Holmes
The Abbey, Dublin
9 March – 23 April 2016
Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time. Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes will bring a new perspective to Sean O’Casey’s absorbing play.
The Plough and The Stars is presented by The Abbey Theatre and ssupported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.
For more information and the touring schedule, please visit www.abbeytheatre.ie
Kathleen Lynn: Insider on the Outside
Curated by Catherine Marshall
26 March to 30 April 2016
Linenhall Arts Centre and partner venues, Aras Inis Gluaire, Ballina Arts Centre, Ballinglen Arts Foundation and Customs House Studios.
Mayo Arts Collaborative has invited thirteen visual artists to respond to the life of Kathleen Lynn, extraordinary Mayo woman, revolutionary, social activist and medical doctor. Artists include Michelle Browne, Gary Coyle, Patrick Graham, Joanna Hopkins, Mary Kelly, Margo McNulty, Janet Mullarney, Seamus Nolan, Conor O’Grady, Will O’Kane, Deirdre O’Mahony, Geraldine O’Reilly, and Dermot Seymour.
Kathleen Lynn: Insider on the Outside is supported by Mayo Council Council.
For more information, please visit www.thelinenhall.com