Welcome to a brand new season of theatre, dance, performance and visual art at Project Arts Centre. We can’t wait for you to experience some of the exhilarating, thought-provoking and fun events & collaborations we’ve assembled for you throughout the 2019/20 season. We’ll be announcing more works for the season throughout the year, but in the meantime, we have over 40 events, exhibitions and shows for you to experience.
This year, we have approached our season brochure in a new way. We want to take you beyond a list of events and instead put an equal focus on the very lifeblood of Project Arts Centre - the artists. Between our support for the work of Project Artists and those visual artists engaged in Project residencies, we are a hive of activity behind the scenes. We provide space and time for artists to develop ideas, create partnerships, and sow the seeds of exciting new projects that will come to flower in the coming months and years. We look forward to supporting artists in realising these ideas, touring new work nationally and internationally, and engaging with a diversity of new audiences.
Since 2004, Project has been a pioneer in the support and production of artists through our Project Artist Initiative. In the last twelve months we have restructured this programme into two strands: Project Resident & Associate Artists. In In this way, not only will we continue to support artists who have been working with us for a number of years, but we will also create new supports and collaborations with artists at an earlier stage of their career. It is a privilege for us to be able to support their ambitious, game-changing work and we look forward to sharing it with you here at Project as well as in venues across the country and around the globe. We are dedicated to supporting artists to make and present work that speaks to the complexities of contemporary life in Ireland and reflects the very fabric of our country. As we stand together on the cusp of a new decade we feel the weight of a turbulent and erratic past and an increasingly uncertain future. We stand in hope and resilience, and remain committed to providing a safe place for this countryâ€™s artists to bring their bold, brave, radical ideas to life.
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Presented by Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and CAMPO. Genre Theatre. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 13-14 Sept 2019. Time 6.15pm. Price €14-16.
NEIGHBOURS: INTERNATIONAL DISRUPTIONS FROM FRINGE AND PROJECT Dublin Fringe Festival and Project Arts Centre are joining forces once again for NEIGHBOURS. We’re here to disrupt the cultural landscape and get you closer to the international artists making waves around the world. Good neighbours presenting great art.
Description A bunch of talkative rice cookers take you on a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history. One day when his electric rice cooker informed him that his meal was ready, artist Jaha Koo experienced a deep sense of isolation. “Golibmuwon” (고립무원) is an untranslatable Korean word expressing the feeling of helpless isolation. A major economic crisis in South Korea had a devastating impact on the young generation to which Jaha belongs. This show combines personal experience with political events and reflections on happiness, economic crises and death. Production Credits Concept, direction, text, music and video: Jaha Koo
Presented by Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Soho Theatre. Genre Theatre. Space Cube. Dates 17-21 Sept 2019. Time 9.15pm (6.30pm, 20 Sept 2019). Price €14-16 Description For the first time in history, it’s hard to be a man. Natalie Palamides (2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards’ Best Newcomer) doesn’t understand this… but Nate does. Natalie Palamides is Nate. May include: consensual touching of boobies, nonconsensual mindblowing, and Nate’s hard, stretchy cock. Co-devised and directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, Doctor Brown. Production Credits Written and performed by Natalie Palamides Co-devised and directed by Dr Brown (Phil Burgers)
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‘Remarkable’ The Guardian ‘Never less than snortingly funny.’ The Independent ★★★★★ 'A stunning one… I’d see it again in a heartbeat.’ The Times
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Commissioned by Dublin Fringe Festival and developed at FRINGE LAB. Supported by British Council (Ireland). Co-presented by Dublin Fringe Festival and Project Arts Centre. This commissioning award is for an Irish artist dedicated to making bold, contemporary work which embodies the radical spirit of both Fringe and Project.
Things We’ve Always Wanted to Tell You Presented by Dublin Fringe Festival and Scottee & Friends Ltd. Genre Theatre. Space Cube. Dates 19-21 Sept 2019 (Preview 18 Sept 2019). Time 6.30pm (9.15pm 20 Sept) (Matinee, 21 Sept 1.15pm). Price €14-16. Description You’re invited to a dinner party we’d never be invited to. Sit down, shut up and come overhear the conversations of four proud working class Irish folk as they discuss the middle classes, privilege and the bright lights of Lidl. This is a show for any of you who think Ireland doesn’t have a class system and for those of you who are woke enough to know better. Spoiler: We’ll be reaching beyond the sob story clichés you’ve come to expect of us. Production Credits Directed by Scottee. Made and performed in collaboration with Felicia Olusanya and Jade O’Connor, with additional work from Thommas Kane Byrne and Brian Teeling.
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Restoration Presented by Shaun Dunne. Genre Theatre. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 29 Jan - 01 Feb 2020 (Preview 28 Jan). Time 7.30pm. Price â‚Ź18-20. Description In the wake of a violent outburst by a young person, the staff at a youth service in Dublin are attempting to move on. But healing is hard when you're on the floor and out the door. Healing is hard when your wounds are still raw... Made in consultation with youth workers from the north inner-city, Restoration is a new play from the award-winning Shaun Dunne (Rapids, Making a Mark), exploring the politics of restorative practice and garda youth diversion in Ireland. Supported by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle EalaĂon and Mermaid Arts Centre. Shaun Dunne is part of Six In The Attic, an Irish Theatre Institute artist development programme and is a resident artist at Project Arts Centre.
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Mamafesta Memorialising Presented by Company Philip Connaughton. Genre Dance. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 19-22 Feb 2020. Time 7.30pm. Price €16-18. Description My mum has senile dementia. I made my last piece about her. But it wasn’t enough. I still have more to do and more to say. I’m worried that what’s happening to her will happen to me. So this piece is a memory exercise for three male dancers. All pushing to see how much abstract information our bodies can retain. The title comes from a line from the Irish writer James Joyce’s epic novel Finnegan’s Wake. It references a letter (or manifesto) written by Annalivia Plurabelle. Annalivia represents the archetypal female character in this extremely complex masterpiece and though she may not be a classic heroine she is very definitely all essence. It is this essence or shifting between past present and future that reminds me of the fragility of our own identity.
If we are more than the sum of our parts what’s left as some of those parts disappear. Who are we when it’s all gone? In this work it’s my own demons I’m dealing with. My need to tell my stories. To not forget or be forgotten. Production Credits Co-production KLAP- Maison pour la Danse (Marseille) / Cork Opera House. In association with Project Arts Centre (Dublin). Funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Supported by Le Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris), studio le Regard du Cygne (Paris), Micadanse (Paris) and La Briquetterie - CDCN du Val-de-Marne
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The Spiders House Presented by Arts & Disability Ireland and Project Arts Centre. Genre Theatre. Space Cube. Dates 28 Feb – 07 Mar 2020. Time 7.45pm (Matinee 2.30pm). Price €16-18 Description A nightmare from a disordered mind, Roderick Ford’s gothic romance, The Spider’s House, is a love story combined with a ghost story and a flight from madness. It’s a tense and gripping race against time for survival and a future by a young outsider couple and their baby-to-be. The Spider’s House shines a light on experiences of exclusion and abuse, representing autistic experiences theatrically by reimagining them into gothic forms and questioning our relationship with the shifting nature of what we think of as real. Roderick Ford is the recipient of the REALISE production award for theatre and contemporary dance artists with disabilities. This award is designed to support the production and presentation of ambitious new work by individual artists that reflects the complexity of contemporary life in Ireland to a diverse audience.
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Philip Connaughton Shaun Dunne Malaprop Una McKevitt One Two One Two Louise White Brokentalkers Nyree Yergainharsian José Miguel Jiménez
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Philip Connaughton Philip Connaughton is a choreographer and performer from Dublin. He began training locally and then went on to study at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. As a choreographer, his first solo, Embody, was created during a residency at Movement Research (NYC), and since then he has been performing his work both at home and abroad. He was artist in residence at axis:Ballymun  where he created Mortuus Est Philippus for Dublin Dance Festival and then again for Festival Instance Chalon-sur-Saone. He then became an associate artist of Dance Ireland in 2013 and in 2014 he formed Company Philip Connaughton. Philip’s work has since toured across Ireland and Europe. The company’s most recent work ASSISTED SOLO, was part of Dublin Fringe Festival’s 2018 programme and was nominated for Best Production, Best Design, and Best Performer. ‘Humorous and clever dance theatre that goes beyond the personal to pose bigger questions for our hearts and brains’ The Irish Times
Shaun Dunne Shaun Dunne is a Dublin-based theatre and film artist who merges testimony and documentary material with new writing. A performer and a writer, Dunne is most interested in new work that speaks to the now. He would describe his practice as a stylised translation of lived experience – which often includes his own. Community participation is a huge part of Dunne’s work and he collaborates regularly with Talking Shop Ensemble. A trained drama facilitator, Dunne also works with responsibility to the Children’s Council at The Ark. So far in 2019, Shaun has toured Ireland with his documentary theatre piece Rapids, which explored instances of disclosure in the lives of men and women who are HIV positive in Ireland. His first short film The First was a Boy (The Ark) recently made its debut at the Dublin International Film Festival where it was awarded the Judge’s Special Mention for Irish Short. The coming year will see Shaun gearing towards the presentation of two new theatre projects in partnership with Project Arts Centre. He will also be developing new ideas towards solo performance with thanks to a bursary awarded to him by The Arts Council in 2018.
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Malaprop Malaprop is a Dublin-based collective of theatre-makers who aim to challenge, delight, and speak to the world we live in (even when imagining different ones). Malaprop’s work to date, including LOVE+, BlackCatfishMusketeer by Dylan Coburn Gray, JERICHO, and Everything Not Saved. Malaprop is comprised of seven theatre artists - Claire O’Reilly (director), Breffni Holahan (performer, maker, and producer), Dylan Coburn Gray (writer), Maeve O’Mahony (performer and maker), Molly O’Cathain (set, costume, graphic designer), John Gunning (lighting and AV designer), and Carla Rogers (producer). In 2019 they have toured across the world including Incoming Festival, UK, an extensive Australian tour including Darwin Festival, Sydney Fringe, Brisbane Festival, and Melbourne Fringe, Inside Out Theatre Beijing and Lyric Belfast. They are currently dreaming and scheming new works with Thisispopbaby and Dublin Fringe Festival.
“Since their first Fringe appearance, the riveting company MALAPROP have been asking some of the most salient questions about this jittery world of ours while discovering engaging new ways to explore them.” Irish Times
Una McKevitt Una McKevitt is a theatre practitioner interested in making theatre from everyday life. The ambition and focus of her work is to derive an original dramatic text from a documentary practice and abstract personal histories and social realities through performance and design to create theatre that is both artful and innovative. Una is currently touring Madhouse, a new show based on the true life story of comedian PJ Gallagher. Her recent work includes Bite Me by Joanne McNally (Dublin Fringe Festival 2016), 100% Salford by Rimini Protokoll at The Lowry Theatre Manchester (2016) and Alien Documentary which premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival 2016 and won The Stewart Parker Award for New Writing 2017.
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One Two One Two One Two One Two is a new theatre and music company led by Zoe Ní Riordáin and Maud Lee. Together, they have been making bold, heartfelt and ambitious work for theatre audiences in Ireland and beyond since 2014. One Two One Two marks the continuation of their collaboration, which began in 2009 with the electro-pop band, Maud in Cahoots. After touring in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland, the band returned to Ireland and pioneered the ‘live concept album’ at Dublin Fringe 2014 with The Well Rested Terrorist. The company’s work for theatre is what they describe as low concept, serious pop. They are driven by a need to communicate with strangers through art and live experiences and they use their pop sensibility as a guide. Ní Riordáin and Lee are sisters whose previous collaborations include critically acclaimed The Well Rested Terrorist and award winning Recovery (Romilly Walton Masters Award for Experimental Theatre, Toured to Paris December, 2017, National tour 2018). Everything I Do is their latest piece for theatre, receiving Best Performer at the Fringe awards in Dublin after a sold out run at Project Arts Centre. They are currently developing an Irish Language opera supported by The Arts Council, The Abbey Theatre and Project Arts Centre.
Louise White is an award winning theatre-maker who has presented innovative audience experiences since 2009. She makes work for theatres and offsite venues: these have included black boxes, abandoned commercial units, psychiatric institutions and a decrepit Georgian mansion. She has developed projects with dancers, culinary artists, composers, visual artists, opera singers, and children. She aims to cultivate original collective experiences that leave the audience with difficult questions about accountability and the fragility of the human condition. Her recent works include This is the Funeral of Your Life (2017-18); A play about death through the challenges of living, and Mother You (2015); an ambitious large scale performance for a disused commercial building. Louise is currently developing a new work entitled ‘Poor Little Rich Girl’. This is a searing and compassionate analysis of Ireland through story and song; a raucous exposition of the tensions that arise when telling the story of modern day Ireland.
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Brokentalkers Brokentalkers have built a reputation as one of Ireland's most innovative and original theatre companies. The Multi-award-winning Dublin-based company was formed in 2001 by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan after graduating from De Montfort University, Leicester. Their work explores new forms of presentation that challenge traditional ideologies of text-based theatre and they are committed to a collaborative processÂ that draws from the skills and experiences of a large and diverse group of contributors from different disciplines and backgrounds. Some are professional artists and others are people who do not usually work in the theatre but who bring an authenticity to the work that is compelling. The company are internationally acclaimed and revered by audiences around the world with work such as Have I No Mouth, The Blue Boy, Silver StarsÂ andÂ In Real Time. To date, the company has presented work in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA.
Junk Ensemble Junk Ensemble was founded by twin sisters and Artistic Directors Megan Kennedy and Jessica Kennedy. Based in Dublin, the company exists to engage diverse audiences through the creation and presentation of brave, imaginative and accessible dance-theatre work that sheds light on important human issues relevant to society today. Previous Artists-in-Residence at The Tate, the multi-award winning company has built a reputation in Ireland as dance innovators.
Junk Ensemble frequently collaborates with artists from other disciplines to produce a rich mix of visual and performance styles that challenge the traditional audience/performer relationship. This approach has led to the creation of productions in non-traditional or found spaces as well as more conventional theatre spaces. The company often works directly with communities in the creation and performance of their work. The work has toured to New York, Europe, and throughout the UK and Ireland. Megan and Jesisca are also Cork Dance Artists-in-Residence at Firkin Crane. Recent productions include The Bystander (Dublin Theatre Festival 2018), Man At The Door (Cork Midsummer Festival 2018), Dolores (Dublin Dance Festival 2018).
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Nyree Yergainharsian Nyree Yergainharsian is an actor, performance maker, writer and curator working professionally since 2008. A founding member of The Company Theatre Co, Nyree has produced work both nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. With the support of Project Arts Centre and Mermaid Arts Centre, Nyree has been awarded an Arts Council Bursary to develop her practice in documentary theatre making, giving her the chance to explore the elements, codes and ethics of documentary practices. With a six-month research period planned, and with the help of mentorship from Brokentalkers, she will apply her learnings in a practical setting in the development of a new piece, Lobsters; an investigation in finding love, then and now (working title). This is planned for full production in 2020.
Nyree's other work includes curating POP UP, a performance night filled with bite sized performances, designed to cultivate new audiences for contemporary work. She has been part of the cast of RTE's Fair City since 2016 and also recently wrote her first radio drama that aired on RTE Radio 1 in May 2019 titled You'd better sit down. This was inspired by her sister’s real life journey with cancer.
José Miguel Jiménez
José Miguel Jiménez is an actor, theatre director and filmmaker based in Dublin. As well as developing visual content in collaboration with some of the most renowned theatre, dance, visual artists and composers in Ireland, he is also highly regarded for his own film work including the documentary SEE THE MAN which has screened extensively on the international film festival circuit, receiving awards for best documentary, best cinematography and best film. José is also one third of the artist led initiative DRAFF Magazine, a publication and living archive of performance making. Most recently, he has been creating work with Dead Centre and Dylan Tighe for their 2019 Dublin Theatre Festival shows.
Artist Development MAKE,
Artist Development Programme & Residency Work in Development Aerowaves
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MAKE MAKE is an annual artist development programme and residency initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum Ireland. Open to Irish and international artists for the purpose of generating new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model at all career levels, it provides valuable time and focus for fifteen performance makers to develop work. The residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre offers thinking time, studio space and mentorship to develop theatre and performance projects, working individually or in collaboration with other artists. For the last 10 years MAKE has provided artists with a unique opportunity to develop new work, build relationships with Irish and international colleagues and receive mentorships from some of the world’s most renowned artists, curators and dramaturgs. Since 2009, over 130 Irish and international artists have been MAKE residents. Past programmes have borne highly acclaimed performance work and collaborations going on to tour here in Ireland and internationally.
Work in Development Alongside a programme of events and performances, each year Project plays host to artists and theatre makers for the incubation and development of new work. This season will see two artists take up residency in the Cube in October 2019
Kate Heﬀernan Kate Heffernan’s Guest Host Stranger Ghost is a new play about three people living in another person’s home, to be performed on the stages of other people’s plays. An urgent story about our culture and environment, it is concerned with the steady loss of social housing, the rapid growth in the need for nursing home places, and a contemporary housing anxiety where the only permanence is transience. Kate will develop this new work with a full creative team at Project and Mermaid Arts Centre in October-November.
Martin Sharry Playwright Martin Sharry is currently developing new work On/Off (working title). His show Running + Walking in the Phoenix Park was in last year's Dublin Fringe and Playboyz was in The Dublin Theatre Festival 2017. He used to perform also. He has Early Onset Parkinson's, so he is trying to make a show that will make it ok to be on stage again with the hope that this model will be accessible to other people wishing to respond creatively to their limitations.
Aerowaves Dance across Europe Aerowaves is a network of partners in 33 countries enabling younger choreographers to bring brand new dance to brand new audiences. Project Arts is proud to partner with Aerowaves, joining a network of dance houses, theatres, arts centres and festivals representing local and national dance scenes from across Europe. We look forward to presenting the most promising new work by emerging Irish and European dance artists during the 2019/20 season.
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Sandra Johnston Anna Daučíková Emma Wolf-Haugh Åsa Sonjasdotter
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Introduction The upcoming visual arts season brings together a variety of practices and engagements, with an overall focus on gender, social and political identity, and a continued enquiry into soil, habitat and dwelling histories. We begin this new season with Wait it Out, a new solo exhibition and performance commission by Northern Irish artist Sandra Johnston, followed by the first ever monographic show in Ireland of Czechoslovakia-born queer artist and activist Anna Daucíková in late November. In between exhibitions, we return again to the Project archives, continuing our exploration in the framework of Active Archive – Slow Institution with special guests, as well as giving the public the opportunity to experience the ongoing research towards new work by current IMMA 1000 resident Emma Wolf-Haugh. The coming months will also see further development of the multi-year project Peace with the Earth – Cultivating Multispecies Stories by Åsa Sonjasdotter, taking place throughout spring and summer 2020. We will be contributing to Visual Artists Ireland’s International Speakers Series and are also part of an on-going project led by the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) to explore the recent histories of performance, politics and sexuality in Ireland since the 1990s. Project will host performances, conversations and talks in spring 2020 with the support of L'Internationale Research Network. Look out for many more materials from the Visual Arts programme on our new website, including the rebooted Project Press beginning with an in-depth conversation with Sandra Johnston.
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Wait it Out Artist Sandra Johnston. Dates 30 Aug â€“ 19 Oct 2019. Opening & Artist Talk 5.30pm-8pm, 29 Aug 2019. Live Performance 5pm, 30 Aug 2019. Description With newly commissioned video installations, this solo exhibition negotiates personal and historical narratives in relation to the reverberation of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. The work reflects on the indeterminate early days of the peace process and the climate of unease which motivated Johnston to relocate to Dublin in 1997. The central installation, That Apart, is an edit of a five-day consecutive filming process (in the gallery at Project and at IMMA) with Scottish moving-image artist Richard Ashrowan. The recorded series of singular actions and gestures were extracted from various performance improvisations that have occurred in live contexts across her 27 years of practice.
Image Credit: Sandra Johnston/Richard Ashrowan, That Apart, two-channel HD video projection (production still), 2019, courtesy the artists. Commissioned and produced by Project Arts Centre, Dublin with support from the Irish Museum of Modern Art Production Residency and Arts Department, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
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Hosted in Project’s black box, Overprint is a constellation of videos that includes edited documentation of one of Johnston’s street performances from Belfast during the 2000s. Alongside this, two alternating projections of UTV news clips chart the rise and decline of The Peace People, a movement that began in 1976 as a protest against the ongoing violence in Northern Ireland. Wait it Out was commissioned and produced by Project Arts Centre, Dublin with support from the Irish Museum of Modern Art Production Residency and the Arts Department, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Sandra Johnston is a visual artist from Northern Ireland who has been active internationally since 1992, working predominantly in the areas of site-responsive performance and installation. Her actions have often involved exploring the aftermath of trauma through developing acts of commemoration as forms of testimony and empathetic encounter. Dr Richard Ashrowan is a moving image artist and independent film curator. He works with video and 16mm film, creating short single channel films, immersive video installations and live multi-projector performance experiments. Susan MacWilliam works with video, photography and installation. Through anecdote, reconstruction and detailed editing her works explore forms of portraiture and interpretation, and provide a historical visual record of cases within the history of parapsychology and psychical research.
Image Credit: Untitled1998, 1998, self-portrait series in progress, b&w photographs, 40x30.5 cm. Courtesy the artist.
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Anna Daučíková Artist Anna Daucíková. Dates 22 Nov 2019 – 18 Jan 2020. Opening & Artist Talk 5.30pm-8pm, 21 Nov 2019. Description Following her graduation from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava in 1978, Anna Daucíková emigrated to Moscow (then the USSR) where she lived and worked for over a decade. In this period, she developed an extensive painting practice, as well as an interest in photography which was triggered by her encounters with feminist thinking.
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Returning to Bratislava (Slovakia) in 1991, Daucíková co-founded the influential feminist journal Aspekt and her practice shifted towards video art and performance events, then widely organised across the Slovak art scene. The engagement of the artist’s body and bodily actions became the main concern in this video work, and in presenting a queer aesthetic. Alongside her artistic work, Daucíková has been a co-founder and activist for several women NGOs, and a spokesperson for LGBT rights in Slovakia. Since the 1970s Anna Daucíková has worked in a broad spectrum of media from glass, painting and drawing, to photography, conceptual photo-collage, performance, and video. Her first solo exhibition in Ireland will feature a selection of recent and older moving image and photographic works including her video work Thirty-three Situations (2015–2017) which she describes as ‘something between a police dossier, a medical history, and a sort of stigmatic script of the individual situations’ and which draws extensively from her private life experience in Soviet Russia. Informed by historical and political aspects of feminism, Anna Daucíková’s practice addresses issues around the conflicting aspects of normativity, the technologies of power, queer subjectivity and the politics of privacy. The majority of the selected works testify to a nuanced observation of everyday phenomena and dissident life and an analytical reflection on a long-time clandestine queer existence shaped by various historical/political/social contexts and experiences. Last year Anna was the recipient of the prestigious Schering Stiftung Art Award with an exhibition at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.
Image Credit: Architectural anecdotes #01,Â UnitĂŠ d'Habitation, Berlin, Emma Wolf-Haugh, 2019. Courtesy the artist.
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Domestic Optimism: Sapphic modernity and the sexual dissidence of domestic design Artist Emma Wolf-Haugh. Dates Research talk in the artist’s studio at IMMA - 07 Nov 2019, 6-8pm. Description Domestic Optimism is the third and last act of a trilogy following the Re-appropriation of Sensuality (re-designing the sex club for female identified bodies) and Sex in Public (marking and performing cruising sites for queer women). As with the previous two acts, Domestic Optimism engages historically with a queer-feminist bent and works critically towards proposition-making and future/past political imaginaries. The work generates its own stages for discourse with Reading Troupe workshops, zine publication, exhibition as scenography and performance. Domestic Optimism begins with the work and continually expanding legacy of the Irish-born, self-taught modernist architect and designer, Eileen Gray. Wolf-Haugh is interested in what comes to bear on the construction of legacy and what is and isn’t given historical attention. She points at the sanitisation of the dissident bent of Gray’s architecture work and furniture design for the sake of museum display or historical account and questions the lack of engagement in classoriented or colonial historical critique in academic feminist readings of Gray’s work.
Emma Wolf-Haugh is a visual artist and educator based in Dublin and Berlin. Weaving together installation, performance, publishing and collaborative workshop techniques, her practice is informed by previous experience in theatre and queer DIY club scenes, both sites where spaces and spatial relations are generated temporarily. Emma Wolf-Haugh is the co-founder of the artistic/curatorial collective ‘The Many Headed Hydra’ together with Suza Husse, the artistic director of District Berlin. She is an IMMA 1000 resident during 2019. Supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon with a Project Award research fund. In partnership with Project Arts Centre, Grazer Kunstverein and District, Berlin. The event is facilitated by IMMA Residency programme.
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Peace with the Earth - Cultivating Multispecies Stories
Image Credit: Image from the Swedish Seed Association’s (Sveriges utsädesförening) photographic archive. Date unknown. With permission from Lantmännen, Svalöv, Sweden.
Artist Åsa Sonjasdotter. Dates April–Aug 2020, Gallery and various locations in Dublin and Ireland. Description Initiated by visual artist, researcher and amateur plant breeder Åsa Sonjasdotter, this long-term enquiry Peace With The Earth revisits histories of agriculture together with practitioners involved in multispecies cultivation. It is an enquiry into soil, habitat and dwelling histories that might challenge and transform long-established cultural narratives on cultivation and ecological thinking.
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The project’s title was borrowed from a call written in 1940 by two Swedish suffragettes and peace activists: Elisabeth Tamm (1880–1958) and Elin Wägner (1882-1949). The text is alarmingly timely regarding the challenges humankind faces in the areas of health, demographics, education and peacekeeping – for making peace not only on but with the Earth, propogating self-reliance, diversity and patience. Following in their footsteps, Sonjasdotter investigates the overlooked knowledge and experience of small-hold farmers and kitchen-gardeners (often women and children), and points to the potential of cracks, reading between the lines of dominant narratives where crucial knowledge is to be found. Peace with the Earth develops as an exhibition at Project Arts Centre between April–June 2020 and includes cultivation, public and workshop programming at various sites in Dublin and beyond, as well as a publication. It is supported and hosted by various institutions and organisations including: the Baltic Art Centre, Visby; the Museum of Gotland and The Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg in Sweden; The Irish Seed Savers Association, Scarriff; The Céide Fields, Ballycastle; The National Museum of Country Life, Turlough; The UCD School of Archaeology, Dublin; National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin; An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland; Environmental Education Unit, Dublin, Ireland (Green Flag Award Scheme); Goldsmith University, London, UK; and Archive Kabinet/Archive Books, Berlin, Germany. Åsa Sonjasdotter has been a visiting researcher in The Art of Heritage – an Artistic Research Residency at the Gotland Museum, Visby, and a co-curator of the research and exhibition project Archaeology of Maintenance (Archäologien der Nachhaltigkeit) at The Botanical Museum, Bauhaus Archive and Kunsthalle nGbK, Berlin, opening in 2019. Sonjasdotter is the founding member of The Neighbourhood Academy in Berlin’s Prinzessinengarten (which began in the summer of 2015) which invites activists, artists, architects, researchers and representatives of initiatives from the local and global neighbourhood to work on questions of socio-ecological transformations from below, land-politics and practices of communing through methods of collective learning.
Alarmist: Sequesterer Album Launch Spliced Double Bill: 'Visible and Invisible' and 'Too' Mother of Pearl Hugh Cooney Stories Divine Madness Minor Monuments RTE Comedy Showhouse End Game by Samuel Beckett Overﬁred Jazz Connective Festival Well That’s What I Heard Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto A Holy Show
Performance Programme IN LiMBO All Honey Walls Talk Iphigenia in Splott Endling The Red Book of Ossory Music Current 2020 Conversations Across Time Live Collision International Festival Chekhov’s First Play Mia Mamma ELIZA’S Adventures in the Uncanny Valley
Alarmist: Sequesterer Album Launch
Presented by Homebeat. Genre Music. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 18-19 Oct 2019. Time 8pm. Price €18-21.
Description Homebeat, champions of the independent Irish music scene and creators of heart driven event production, return to Project to present two very special nights of spectacular music from the much feted math-rock outfit Alarmist. Self-described as “instrumental maximalists,” the trio from Dublin are back with a frenetic sophomore album in tow – Alarmist’s Sequesterer is a record that erupts with a seemingly limitless inventory of musical stylings, bending genres and subverting musical influences by way of their pioneering instrumental innovation. Each performance will be accompanied by a bespoke visuals from the ground-breaking Dublin A/V studio collective Algorithm. Alarmist’s album launch is part of a series of intimate gigs curated by Homebeat throughout the 2019/20 season.
Press ★★★★ “A brilliant second album, remarkably assured and gorgeously played.” Irish Times “Combines elements of math rock, jazz, electronica and all sorts of expansive weirdness to produce nine songs of rampaging charm and charismatic complexity” The 405 “One of the most rewarding listening experiences of the year.” Everything is Noise “The crowning achievement of a band who have already helped redefine their micro-genre… Enthrallng” Heavy Blog is Heavy
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Presented by Chalk it Down Productions. Genre Theatre. Space Off-site: GAA clubs across Dublin city. Dates 22-26 Oct 2019. Time Various. Price €16-18.
Description Timmy is contemplating his 21 years playing GAA. He loves it. He hates it. Honest, brave and hard-hitting, SPLICED is a visceral account of his struggle to become an individual outside of the sporting institution that raised him. He is celebrating and questioning it. He wants to talk about identity, masculinity and mental health in a sports club. From one of Ireland’s exciting upcoming writers comes SPLICED, a hard-hitting, site-specific show with thrilling music and video. Production Credits Written and performed by Timmy Creed Directed by Gina Moxley Music and Sound Design: Chris Somers Visual Designer: David Mathúna Lighting Designer: Eoin Winning
“Timmy Creed’s explosive one-man show SPLICED - the tension is palpable, as if a match is about to start… this intense production fearlessly tackles Irish masculine stereotypes. Creed is one to watch.” Sunday Times “Brave - highly physical - hard-hitting - reveals a complex relationship with the GAA” Irish Examiner “Totally Extraordinary” Tim Crouch
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Double Bill: 'Visible and Invisible' and 'Too' 39
Presented by Croi Glan. Genre Dance. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 25-26 Oct 2019. Time 7.30pm. Price â‚Ź14-16. Description Croi Glan, Ireland's leading Integrated Dance Company presents an evening of two brand new, contrasting duets that celebrate diverse dancing bodies. Visible and Invisible, choreographed by John Scott for Croi Glan Co-Artistic Director, Linda Fearon and guest performer Rebecca Reilly is accompanied by a new music commission from composer Tom Lane, based on Latin plainchant. Rooted in the complementary physicalities and rapport of the two dancers, and their impetus to move and then rest and then move again as they assist and support each other, 'Visible and Invisible' is a physical and aural narrative of travel, migration and change. The second work in the programme, Too, is choreographed by Croi Glan Co-Artistic Director Tara Brandel, for herself and Linda Fearon and asks how are we treated as female dancers? What are our experiences? How is difference navigated? What does it mean to be seen? And who are we dancing for? Drawing on the personal experiences of the two women and the reflections of a wider group of female dancers, this brave new duet delves into the deep and complex territory of gender experience. Funded by an Arts Council Dance Project Award and created with the support of Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane and Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre.
Production Credits Co-Artistic Directors: Tara Brandel and Linda Fearon Choreographer: John Scott (Visible and Invisible) Choreographer: Tara Brandel (Too) Composer: Tom Lane (Visible and Invisible) Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels Performers: Linda Fearon,Rebecca Reilly, Tara Brandel
Mother of Pearl
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Presented by Emily Aoibheann. Genre Circus/Dance. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 07-09 Nov 2019 (Preview 06 Nov). Time 7.30pm (Matinee 2.30pm). Price €16-18 (Previews €14). Description Pan, God of the Wild, travels to the Ocean to dance with a pearl - a freakish hyper-object from a post-natural age. Mother of Pearl is the second of a twin production created by pioneering artist and aerialist Emily Aoibheann. It explores themes of civilisation and nature, honouring the dismantled natural world sacrificed in the name of human progress. This new experimental circus production sees bodies perform exceptional but abnormal gestures of human beauty and skill, transforming themselves into geological art-forms with the body becoming a landscape to be cultivated. Evoking pantheistic and pagan ritual through playful performative gestures, Mother of Pearl is an expression of longing for wildness from within the containment of human domesticity, society and civilization. Funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council. Supported by and developed at Project Arts Centre and Creation Aerial Research & Ideas Studio, Dublin.
Hugh Cooney Stories Presented by Talking Stick. Genre Comedy. Space Cube. Dates 08-09 Nov 2019 (Preview 7 Nov 2019). Time 7.45pm (Matinee 2.45pm). Price â‚Ź14-16. Description Infamous for his signature blend of surreality and the absurd, artist, filmmaker and performer, Hugh Cooney first burst onto our computer screens at the very advent of youtube with viral videos like Accessorise and Farrell McDarrel; videos that seemed to be siphoned directly from Ireland's dark ether. Since then Hugh's multimedia performances have been selling out in London, Berlin and Dublin. Now heâ€™s back with Hugh Cooney Stories and slowing down the pace to bring us modern day folklore. Join Hugh by the fireside as he regales you with tales of post-celtic tiger repo men and pig farmers with Casio watches, all told through the ancient Irish tradition of storytelling. Production Credits Written and Performed by Hugh Cooney Produced and directed By Charlie Doran
Divine Madness Presented by Irish Modern Dance Theatre. Genre Dance. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 13-16 Nov 2019 (Preview 12 Nov). Time 7.30pm (Matinee 2.30pm). Price â‚Ź16-18.
Description Divine Madness A dance/opera study of grief, revenge and love built around a soprano and two dancers. John Scott creates work with soprano Orla Boylan and dancers, including the gifted Conor Thomas Doherty, who has performed in Jan Fabre’s 24-hour play Mount Olympus, which is also punctuated with operatic arias. Divine Madness explores the physicality of the soprano in the context of a dance, the singer exploring her practice beyond the concert recital. The sound score centres on elements of Elektra’s aria from Richard Strauss’ masterpiece Elektra, using fragmented operatic extracts from arias in a context of exile, loss and revenge. John Scott regards Divine Madness as a development of his exploration of the tenor in his work Heroes. Divine Madness, created in partnership with Project Arts Centre, contrasts the energy, physicality and virtuosity of young dancers with the soaring vocal virtuosity of one of Ireland's most exceptional operatic stars.
Complimenting performances of Divine Madness, Laura Macken will also present two new dance works at 6pm on 15 and 16 November. Connections will examine the theme of connection to self and others, connecting back to ballet’s historical roots in early court dance. Lift embodies the daily cyclical rhythms that trap us from being fully ourselves, and looks at how we break free. Supported by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
Minor Monuments Presented by Holy Show. Genre Performance. Space Cube. Dates 15-16 Nov 2019. Time 7.45pm. Price €12-14. Description Set around a small family farm on the edge of a bog, a few miles from the river Shannon, Minor Monuments is a live audio-visual essay unfolding from the landscape of the Irish midlands. Taking in the physical and philosophical power of sound and music, and the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a family, Ian Maleney questions the nature of home, memory, and the complex nature of belonging. The show weaves live reading with voice recordings, music, the ambient sound of the landscape from Ian’s home place, and original film footage shot by Jamie Goldrick. A thought-provoking and quietly devastating meditation on family and loss, Minor Monuments is a beautiful and unique literary experience. Based on the widely acclaimed book of the same name published by the unstoppable hit-makers, Tramp Press.
Reviews ‘Minor Monuments is beautifully poised between the vivid recollection of experience and subtle reflections on the nature of memory itself. Ian Maleny writes with both a poetic serenity and a starting immediacy, a combination as rare as it is absorbing.’ Fintan O’Toole Production Credits Written and Performed by Ian Maleney Filmographer: Jamie Goldrick Creative Producer: Brendan Mac Evilly
Presented by RTÉ Radio 1 and Sideline Productions. Genre Comedy. Space Cube. Dates 22-23 Nov 2019. Time Various. Price €10.
RTÉ Comedy Showhouse Description It’s back! As part of RTÉ Radio 1's award-winning Comedy Showhouse, the Cube will play host to six brand new 6 new half hour comedy-dramas written by Ireland's best female writers performed by a stellar cast of the nation's most talented performers. Watch this space for the full programme announcement in October. Produced by Sideline Productions in association with grintage.ie and funded by The Broadcast Authority of Ireland. Reviews ‘Revolutionising Irish broadcast comedy’ Irish Times
Endgame by Samuel Beckett Presented by Pan Pan. Genre Theatre. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 30 Nov – 07 Dec 2019 (Preview 29 Nov). Time 7.30pm (Matinee 2.30pm) Price €25-30 (Preview Price €20).
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Description Endgame tells the story of Hamm, a blind man who cannot stand; Clov, his servant, who cannot sit; and Nagg and Nell, Hamm’s parents, who have no legs and live in rubbish bins.
Ah the old questions, the old answers, there’s nothing like them. What more is there to tell? (Somehow, human civilisation arrived at the point where someone made this play.) What remains? (The things in the world, already few, are becoming gradually more scarce.) What is there besides the three-legged dog? The alarm clock? (Old wall. The gaff. The sheets. The ladder. The telescope. Those bins. That chair. The toque. The windows.) Would he have been satisfied with less? (There are no more bicycle wheels.) Are there any more sugar-plums? (No. Spoiler alert. No painkillers either.) Except the one, of course. (Is the play monstrous, or beautiful? Tragic, or comic? Or both?) It’s not certain. This performance contains ideas that are inherently disturbing.
Production Credits Directed by Gavin Quinn Designed by Aedín Cosgrove Cast includes: Andrew Bennett, Des Keogh and Rosaleen Linehan Dramaturg: Nicholas Johnson. Supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council. Press On Pan Pan’s production of Samuel Beckett’s ALL THAT FALL “Gavin Quinn’s radical production goes further in honoring the spirit of Beckett’s wish, situating the play in the realm of pure imagination.” The New York Times
Presented by StefanFae and LadyK. Genre Alternative Cabaret. Space Cube. Dates 03-07 Dec 2019 (Preview 02 Dec). Time 8pm. Price €14-16 (Previews €12).
Overﬁred Description Like those guys with guitars they’ve been watching in bars, StefanFae and LadyK have been stomping their feet to a different beat. They’ve been poked and stoked, so gird your loins for a rollicking dash and grab of steamy musical delights and polemics so hot you’ll think Twink’s answering machine message sounds like Anne Doyle on the six one in 1993. Sinéad? Pulp? Eiffel 65? They’ve got them all. So batten down the hashtags there chicken, the revolution won’t happen on your newsfeed. The revolution will be... OVERFIRED! Production Credits Created and performed by Stephen Quinn and Kiara Gannon Directed by Tom Creed Produced by Carla Rogers Sound by Eoin Murphy
Press Winner of the Outburst Queer Fringe Award, 2018 “Very queer, very fun, sweaty, great songs/music/singing, even some droll stand-up thrown in. Go, you'll like it.” Panti Bliss, National Fucking Treasure
Jazz Connective Festival Presented by Improvised Music Company. Genre Music. Space Cube and Space Upstairs. Dates 11-12 Dec 2019. Time 7.30pm. Price €18 (Early bird €15). Description Jazz Connective is a 2 day pop-up festival of avantgarde and adventurous music featuring Irish and international artists, curated by Improvised Music Company in collaboration with six European partners. In addition to concerts on the Project stages, Jazz Connective features artistic residences, music workshops and discussions about jazz and improvised music in the 21st century, and is the result of ongoing collaboration between Ireland and other European countries.
This landmark Dublin event is the 4th in a European series with stops already in Ljubljana, Lodz and Helsinki and future stops in London, Birmingham and Lyon in 2020. Supported by Creative Europe, the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Creative Europe Ireland Desk.
Press “IMC’s been championing Irish jazz for over 20 years, and is a gateway to appreciate just how varied the scene here is.” Goldenplec “Foremost in the field of jazz and improvised music promotion in Ireland” All About Jazz
Well That’s What I Heard
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Presented by The Breadline Collective. Genre Theatre. Space Cube. Dates 17-21 Dec 2019 (Preview 16 Dec). Time 7.45pm (Matinee, 2:30pm). Price €16-18.
Presented by The Breadline Collective. Genre Theatre. Space Cube. Dates 17-21 Dec 2019 (Preview 16 Dec). Time 7.45pm (Matinee, 2pm). Price €16-18. Description Welcome to the Blessed Virgin Community School, the establishment responsible for seasoning the cardboard bland cottage pie that is Sean McDermott Street with a beaushiful selection of bedroom DJ's, gangland tearaways and Crayola MUA's. Behind these walls, social hierarchy is king, Instagram is queen and no Princess is safe. Join Zara, Kelis and Amber as they duck and dive their way through school, parties, Insta Followers and the brutal reign of Tell.Com. Reviews ★★★★ “Brims with a wild, sexy energy that hits like a tsunami.” Arts review ★★★★ “Slick, crude and often disturbingly heartless...The Breadline Collective's mission statement is to take down the middle-class gauze from Irish theatre. After an hour in the company of Zara, Kelis & Amber, the only possible verdict is: mission accomplished." Sunday Business Post
Production Credits Written & Directed by TKB Cast: Courtney Black, Ciara Ivie, Ericka Roe Set Design: Laura Honan Lighting Design: Eoin Byrne Composer: Sam Hardiman Costume Design: Thommas Kane Byrne Costume Construction: Mono & Lilo Photographer: Gustavo Bandeira
Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto
Presented by Royal Irish Academy of Music. Genre Music. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 14-18 Jan 2020 (Preview 12 Jan). Time 7.30pm (Matinee 2.30pm). Price €20-24 (Students €12)
Description Packed full of mischief, irreverence and outrageous flirtation, La Calisto is a seventeenth-century retelling of an ancient Greek myth. Jove’s schemes to seduce the beautiful Calisto become entangled with chaste Diana’s illicit love for Endymion, resulting in a host of comical and dangerous shenanigans. Add in a few randy half-goats, a lust-filled virgin and Juno, the furious Queen of the gods, for a heady mix, all topped off by metaphysics and metamorphosis when the title character is ultimately transformed into a constellation of stars. La Calisto is as saucy as it is beautiful, with catchy tunes, haunting melodies, and dramatic musical storytelling. The perfect vehicle for this starry ensemble cast of the RIAM’s finest singers, conducted by David Adams and directed by Sinéad O’Neill.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles Presented in collaboration with Design for Stage and Screen, IADT Dún Laoghaire Production Credits Director: Sinéad O’Neill Conductor: David Adams
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A Holy Show
Production Credits Director: Janet Moran Original Lighting Design: Sinead Wallace Original Set & Costume Design: Molly O’Cathain Sound Design: Ivan Birthistle AV Design: Neil O’Driscoll Choreographer: Bryan Burroughs
Presented by Verdant Productions. Genre Theatre. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 23-25 Jan 2020. Time 7.30pm. Price €18-22. Description When Airplane meets Father Ted. A new comedy based on the 1981 hijacking of an Aer Lingus plane by an ex-Trappist monk with a bottle of water as his weapon, the Pope as his nemesis and a burning desire to know The Third Secret of Fatima. Step on the plane with us and experience this most Irish of hijackings. There’ll be music, nostalgia, heroism, praying, visions, romance (maybe) sex (maybe) a special appearance by Our Lady (definitely). There’ll even be a miracle. I swear. Press ★★★★ ‘Only in Ireland could you get a hijacking this ridiculous. Or this hilarious. Or this much fun.’ The Arts Review
IN LiMBO Presented by Kristyn Fontanella Dance. Genre Dance. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 13-14 Feb 2020. Time 7.30pm. Price €14-16. Description Sitting in-between the two worlds of traditional and contemporary, IN LiMBO takes a journey where few have gone within Irish step dancing. The four live musicians and ensemble of six dancers have taken the basics of what makes the tradition so attractive and translated it into a new but still recognizable language of music and dance. This production introduces the audience to another possibility within a dance form that they though they already knew. The creative life of an Irish dancer is relatively undeveloped past competition and show dancing – Kristyn Fontanella believes that many Irish dancers shy away from questioning the established norms of their dance form. The questions the company has asked and the ideas they explore through this piece are vital to the ongoing life and development of traditional Irish dance. IN LiMBO has received support from the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon through multiple awards. Further support from Dance Limerick, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Galway Dance Project, Backstage Theatre, Roscommon Arts Centre and Galway County Council.
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Production Credits Choreographer: Kristyn Fontanella Musical Director:- Neil Martin Dramaturge: Johnathan Tweedie Production Manager: Darach Ó Ruairc Set and Lighting Design: Darach Ó Ruairc Costume Design: Cherie White Sound Designer and Engineer: Patrick Nethercott Lighting: Richie Lambert Public Relation: Eimear O’Brien Photography/ Videography: Lucy Dawson and Shane Vaughan Dancers: Sibéal Davitt, Sarah Fennell, Oran Leong, Laura Lundy, Aoife O’Brien, Yuki Nomiya Musicians: Niamh O’Brien, Aisling Drost, Sharon Howely, Dale McKay
All Honey Presented by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth. Genre Theatre. Space Cube. Dates 13-22 Feb 2020 (Preview 11-12 Feb). Time 7.45pm. Price €16-18 (Preview €14) Description Ru and Luke are throwing a house-warming. They intend to warm their house. However, their guests seem more interested in whispering in the box room than joining the festivities. Explosive characters and unfolding secrets mean Ru and Luke will have to clean up more than red wine stains and glitter. All honey is an award-winning laugh out loud comedy by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth & directed by Jeda de Brí. Watch in horror and hilarity as friends become enemies. Press “Fast, furious, and fiercely funny, “All Honey” is a laugh-out-loud joy, featuring some seriously impressive comedy talent.” Arts Review
Walls Talk Presented by Ériu Dance Company. Genre Dance. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 24-29 Feb 2020. Time 7.30pm. Price €18-20. Description Walls Talk is a dance piece for solo dancer, Breandán de Gallaí, and singer, Gina Boreham, supported by pre-recorded arrangements of jazz classics by 2 composers. The show title comes from the expression ‘If these walls could talk’. The work considers the notion of memory being recorded in the material world around us: all our actions, our feelings and thoughts, frozen in matter and energy, every material akin to magnetic recording tape, the disturbances we create remaining there for eternity. Exploring universal consciousness, the idea of shared intelligence, may lead in some small way of interpreting the mysteries of our experience, and subsequently lead to increased empathy, inspiring collective awareness, connection, love. Based on Liederkreis or song cycle structure, the work is in chapters with each chapter being a Poem of Mourning – Elegy, Dirge, Lament, etc., and is underpinned by a song from the jazz golden era. Production Credits Choreographer, director and dancer: Breandán de Gallaí Singer: Gina Boreham Composer Arrangers: Paddy Mulcahy and Fiachra Ó Corragáin
Iphigenia in Splott Presented by Reality:Check Productions. Genre Theatre / Comedy. Space Cube. Dates 23 Mar – 04 Apr 2020. Time 7.45pm. Price €18 / €16 (Preview €14) Description Iphigenia in Splott premiered at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 2015 in a production by Ireland's own Rachel O'Riordan before transferring to the National Theatre, London, UK in 2016 to wide critical acclaim. Stumbling down the street at 11:30am drunk, Effie is the kind of girl you’d avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement. We think we know her, but we don’t know the half of it. Effie’s life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day — till one night gives her the chance to be something more. Inspired by the enduring Greek myth, Iphigenia in Splott drives home the high price people pay for society’s shortcomings. Effie will break your heart. Following a successful Irish premiere in December 2018 with Reality:Check Productions, this newly reimagined Iphigenia in Splott returns for a national tour. Production Credits Writer — Gary Owen Director — Tracy Ryan Producer — Killian Coyle Cast – Rachel O’Connell Lighting Designer — John Gunning Sound Designer — Jennifer O'Malley Set Designer — Fenna Von Hirschheydt
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WINNER — Best New Play (UK Theatre Awards 2015) ★★★★★ — What's on Stage ★★★★★ — The Guardian ★★★★ "O'Connell bravely delivers a wonderfully moving, politically challenging and powerfully unsettling experience — be prepared to be shaken" Chris O'Rourke - The Arts Review "A superb performance from O'Connell, it is effective and affecting." Emer O'Kelly - The Sunday Independent
Endling Presented by Rob Heaslip Dance. Genre Dance. Space Space Upstairs. Date 06-07 Apr 2020. Time 7.30pm. Price €14-16. Description An endling is an individual that is the last of its species. Once the endling dies, the species becomes extinct. With ENDLING, Rob Heaslip reimagines mourning rituals through dance, vocals, music and design. Popular and folk culture collide in a world where death is tinged with acid pink, green and purple. Crìocharan - an neach mu dheireadh dhe a sheòrsa. Le a bhàs, thig bàs air an t-seòrsa sin. Ann an ENDLING, tha Rob Heaslip ag ath-bheòthachadh sgeulachdan caoinidh tro dhannsa, guth, ceòl agus ìomhaigheachd. Tha an seann-nos agus an nòs-ùr a’ coinneachadh ann an saoghal far a bheil am bàs air a shoillseachadh le sradagan dathach, dealrach. Funded by Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, The Work Room, Glasgow, and Culture Ireland
Production Credits Choreographer: Rob Heaslip Composer: Michael John McCarthy Designer: Alison Brown Lighting Designer: Rob Moloney Dancers: Marion Cronin, Tamsyn Russell, Evan Schwarz, Astrid Sweeney Vocalists: Robbie Blake, Gillebride MacIllemhaoil, Michelle O'Rourke Dramaturg: Brigid McCarthy Production Manager: Brian Gorman Project Manager/Producer/Marketing Manager: Noelia Ruiz Assistant Producer: Seona McClintock
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Mia Mamma Presented by Des Bishop. Genre Theatre. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 24 Mar - 04 Apr 2020. Time 7.30pm. Price €24-27.
Description I am often asked “where do you get your material from?” The truth is really that I try to see the funny in everything. My mother died in March 2019 and of course it was sad and grief can be tough sometimes but I saw a lot of funny in that too. Since death comes to us all and grief is something most of us will experience I thought there must be plenty of people who would like that funny to be shared. Also I did a show about my Dad being sick back in 2010 and I couldn’t face my mother in the afterlife because I know her first question would be “your Father got a show, how come I didn’t get one?”
I think it’s tougher to lose your mum. My Dad was best supporting actor. My mother was the actress in a leading role. You are never ready when the star of the show dies. So this is a show about My mother. It’s a show about motherhood and sacrifice, anxiety and grief, the mistakes you make as a mother and a son and the hard road to forgiveness and finally it’s about loss, grief and the chaos that surrounds it. Where do I get my material from? Life and death!
Production Credits Voice: Caitríona O'Leary Clarinet: Deirdre O'Leary Saxophone: Nick Roth Hurdy-gurdy: Matthias Loibner Percussion: Mel Mercier Project management: Lundstrom Arts Management
Presented by Ankranos. Genre Music. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 09 Apr 2019. Time 7.30pm. Price €18-20.
The Red Book of Ossory Description Fourteenth century Ireland was a time of invasions, war, lawlessness, famine and plague. A time of fear, violence and almost unimaginable mutability. In 1317 Richard de Ledrede arrived in Kilkenny as the new Bishop of Ossory and immediately set about challenging the secular authorities and making a name for himself as a zealous moraliser and "scourge of heresy". He was responsible for the famous witchcraft trial of Dame Alice Kyteler, composed a fantastical and nightmarish list of charges against her and others, and caused the first person in recorded history to be burned at the stake for the heresy of witchcraft; Dame Alice’s servant, Petronilla de Meath. This is the backdrop to our story. The same fertile imagination that composed the phantasmagoric sorcery charges also composed beautiful, esoteric and richly imagistic poetry; the songs we present here. As Stanley Kubrick said when asked if his characters were good or evil, “They are good AND evil!”
Music Current 2020
Presented by Dublin Sound Lab. Genre Festival. Space Cube & Space Upstairs. Dates 14-18 Apr 2020. Time 8pm. Price €14-16
Description Considered the ‘Fringe’ of Irish new music festivals, Music Current is back for its fifth year and Dublin Sound Lab are once again giving Dublin audiences the chance to experience fresh sounds from the very forefront of contemporary music and composition. Music Current 2020 will showcase Irish electronic music alongside new international repertoire featuring the very best guest composers and international performers, as well as providing a participation strand for composers to take part in masterclasses, discussions, collaborations and new commission opportunities.
Dublin Sound Lab is a contemporary music project group specialising in electronic and computer-mediated concert performance. As well as presenting existing works, they initiate collaborations and use computerbased techniques to explore relationships between compositional process and performance practice, and to create new and engaging concert experiences. Music Current is produced in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Centre and supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council
Press “An indispensable fixture on the Irish contemporary music calendar” Journal of Music “One of the pleasures of Music Current is the subtlety and sophistication of the sonic manipulation.” Irish Times
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Live Collision International Festival Genre Live Art. Dates 22-26 Apr 2020 Time Various Description Live Collision International Festival, Irelandâ€™s leading curated festival of Live Art invites audiences to jump into a curated programme of groundbreaking performance. Presenting some of the most daring artists of contemporary culture alongside new voices and the next generation of makers with work never before presented in Ireland. The work of the festival disrupts the accepted norms and reframes our cultural experiences to bring vital and challenging provocations to audiences across DOUBLE BILLS, OFF-SITE PERFORMANCE, BITE SIZE SCRATCH, PARTY-NIGHTS, INSTALLATIONS, RESIDENCIES, SALONS & DISCUSSIONS.
Conversations Across Time
Presented by Dumbworld. Genre Theatre. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 07-09 May 2020 Time 7.30pm Price â‚Ź18-20 Description What exists between the dreams we had as children and the memories we carry as adults of an advanced age? What is a life viewed from the two extremities of childhood and old age? What would be the conversation between two time travelers: one spiraling into the unknown of the future, the other tumbling into the shadows of the past? Conversations Across Time is an innovative music theatre production by composer Brian Irvine and writer John McIlduff, produced by Dumbworld, that will bring together the different perspectives of children and older people to explore ideas of a life lived and to be lived. Supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle EalaĂon
ELIZA’S Adventures in the Uncanny Valley*
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Reviews “A theatrical delight, seriously smart, with a hint of science sexy, ELIZA’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley delivers a lot of laughs along the way”. The Arts Review “More than any other theater troupe I can think of, Pan Pan finds the soul-muddling angst in the Internet age, when computers with cameras and microphones instantly serve up private lives for public consumption.” Ben Brantley, New York Times
Presented by Pan Pan. Dates 13-16 May 2020 Price €18-20 Description ELIZA’S Adventures in the Uncanny Valley* explores what it is to be human, how artificial intelligence interferes or modifies natural human characteristics and scrutinises what is real and what is illusion, artificial or not. In the early 1960s, MIT developed artificial intelligence software called ELIZA, its title a direct reference to Shaw’s Pygmalion. ELIZA made certain kinds of natural language conversations between humans and computers possible. Our ELIZA is sent into an anonymous motel, where she interacts with four characters who are all mysteriously booked into the same room. Some of them seem to be barely alive, others too much so, and others may not be real. We are observers to a test: ELIZA is both learning from and assessing these individuals. In a series of scripted scenes, they explore love, death, metaphysics, evil and evolution, probing the points in our society where boundaries may be on the verge of disintegrating. ELIZA’S Adventures in the Uncanny Valley is the search for a perfect, 'scripted' performance. Our Eliza’s digital self and physical self blur but will lead her to evolve into a more magical world, into imagination and the stratum of her true self. But of course Intelligent response is a trick. It all has to be scripted but can a Robot write poetry? *The concept of the uncanny valley suggests that humanoid objects which appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings elicit uncanny, or strangely familiar, feelings of eeriness and revulsion in observers. They remind us they are immortal and that we are going to die.
Production Credits Written by Eugene O’ Brien and Gavin Quinn Directed by Gavin Quinn Designed by Aedín Cosgrove Music by Si Schroeder Movement Director Katherine O’ Malley Dramaturg Nicholas Johnson Cast: Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, Andrew Bennett, Amy Malloy, Jane Mc Grath and Dylan Tighe Photography by Ros Kavanagh
Chekhov’s First Play
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Presented by Dead Centre. Genre Theatre. Space Space Upstairs. Dates 11-20 June 2020. Time 7.30pm. Price €20-24.
Description ‘I’m having absolutely nothing to do with the theatre or the human race. They can all go to hell.’ – Anton Chekhov During the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Maria Chekhov, Anton’s sister, placed many of her late brother’s manuscripts and papers in a safety deposit box in Moscow. In 1921 Soviet scholars opened the box, and discovered a play. The title page was missing. The play they found has too many characters, too many themes, too much action. All in all, it’s generally dismissed as unstageable. Like life. Dead Centre, creators of the OBIE award-winning LIPPY (winner of a Fringe First, Herald Angel Award and the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production), return to do injustice to a great playwright. Chekhov before he was Chekhov. Chekhov's First Play was made possible by a Project Award from the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. It was developed with the help of Battersea Arts Centre and co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Irish Arts Center. Co-production: Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal and TnBA. Project co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Production Credits Text: Anton Chekhov, Ben Kidd & Bush Moukarzel Set Design Andrew Clancy Effects and Onstage Design Grace O'Hara Costumes Saileóg O'Halloran Light Stephen Dodd Sound Design Jimmy Eadie and Kevin Gleeson Choreography Liv O'Donoghue Direction Bush Moukarzel & Ben Kidd Producer Aisling Ormonde
Press ★★★★ ‘A brilliant endeavour. Riveting to watch.’ Irish Times ‘Iconoclastic…Returns us to the essence of theatre.’ Le Monde ★★★★ “A pure theatrical thrill ride” The Guardian ★★★★★ “Astute, perceptive and funny” The Stage
Project Team Olegario Borges, Front of House Assistant Conor Burnell, Centre Technician Joseph Collins (JC), Production Manager Fiona Coughlan, Bar Manager John Crudden, Technical Manager Annette Devoy, Administrator Paul Doran, Centre Technician Francis Fay, Box Office Assistant Tiny James, Security Gemma Kane, Box Office Assistant Graham Kavanagh, Front of House Assistant Carmel Mackey, House Manager Kevin Magee, Bar Assistant Sadhbh McLoughlin , Box Office Assistant Kate McSweeney, Finance and Accounts Officer Orla Moloney, General Manager Niamh O’Beirne, Communications & Engagement Assistant Cian O’Brien, Artistic Director Ailbhe O’Connor, Bar Assistant Eimear O’Reilly, Communications & Development Manager Livia Paldi, Curator of Visual Arts Siobhan Shortt, Box Office Coordinator Conan Smith, Bar Assistant Hannah Tiernan, Bar Assistant
Project People, Supporters & Board
Project People and Supporters List Director’s Circle Monica & Gerard Flood, Philly McMahon, Adrian & Jennifer O’Carroll Visionaries Fiona Hanby, James Hickey, Helen Kinsella, Gordon Snell Innovators Lian Bell, Una Carmody, Louise Church, Tom Creed, Thomas Heeney, James Hickey, James & Bee Menton, John O Halloran, Mary & Peter O’Neill, Andrew & Delyth Parkes, Catherine Santoro, Matthew Smyth, Martin Spillane, Bridget Webster, Willie White Pioneers Trevor & Clodagh Bowen, Billy Byrne, Lilian & Robert Chambers, Anne Clarke, Diego Fascati, Colm Galligan & Emer O’Reilly, Giovanni Giusti, Kate Harris, Luisa Kabala, Ann Kennedy, Rosaleen McDonagh, Lia Monahan, Karen Moylan, Niamh O’Donnell, Shirley O’Rourke, Patricia Reilly, Susan Rutledge, Michael Seaver, Ailbhe Smyth Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council.
Board of Directors Sarah Byrne (appointed 2014) Mary Cloake (appointed 2018) Monica Flood (appointed 2018) Rosaleen McDonagh (appointed 2017) Adrian O’Carroll (appointed 2016) Liv O’Donoghue (appointed 2014) John O’Halloran (appointed 2015) Sarah Pierce (appointed 2012) Fiona Slevin (appointed 2014, elected chair 2017) Matthew Smyth (appointed 2017)
Members Bassam Al-Sabah Osaro Azams Oisin Byrne Sarah Browne Vaari Claffey Dylan Coburn Gray Dan Colley Jack Colley Emmet Condon Philip Connaughton Sarah Davis Goff Eleanor Duffin Grace Dyas Kate Ellis Sallay Garnett Sara Greavu Emma Wolf-Haugh Jose Miguel Jimenez Oonagh Kearney Robbie Kitt Barbara Knezevic Tom Lane Ruth E Lyons Donal Maguire Aoife McAtamney Steve McCarthy Rae Moore Bush Moukarzel Gina Moxley Astrid Newman Maria Nilsson Waller Seamus Nolan Felicia Olusanya Nathan O'Donnell Mark O’Halloran Emma O’Kane Garrett Phelan Siobhra Quinlan Alber Saborío Sarah Jane Shiels Aine Stapleton Maeve Stone Fintan Walsh
Booking Info and Ticketing
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