★★★★★ REVIEW | IRISH TIMES
A creative collaboration between ANU and CoisCéim Dance Theatre, THESE ROOMS is a major new immersive live performance and film installation work that cross-pollinates contemporary dance, theatre and visual art.
Thrusting audiences into the events of one hundred years ago using a lens of today, THESE ROOMS explores the 1916 rebellion through the eyes of civilians at the moment when the uninvited rising invaded their homes in North King Street with devastating consequences. THESE ROOMS combines eye witness testimonies from 38 female voices with newly released findings of the government inquiry which followed and investigates questions of dignity and cultural trauma, belonging and dispossession. It is a fearless and embodied physical performance, immersing audiences in a deeply intimate experience and in doing so, reaffirming the role of art in negotiating history.
This important and major new collaboration between ANU and CoisCéim Dance Theatre also includes the film installation FALLING OUT OF STANDING in association with the National Museum of Ireland.
THESE ROOMS is an Open Call National Project in ART: 2016: The Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016. ART: 2016 is a diverse and distinctive public showcase of Irish art which will be presented across Ireland and abroad throughout the year. By supporting THESE ROOMS, the Arts Council is placing artists and the arts at the centre of how it responds to the Centenary of the 1916 Rising. ART: 2016 is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through its Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Find out more…
THESE ROOMS is co-commissioned by 14–18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Culture Media and Sport. Find out more…
THESE ROOMS premiered on 29 September as part of DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL 2016.
DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL | 29 Sept – 16 Oct
EXTENSION RUN | 25 Oct – 13 Nov
VENUE: 85/86 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1
For further information please see www.theserooms.ie
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