The Cavan residency was a two week site specific performance project at the Johnston Central Library, December 2007. Set up to generate public awareness of the library as a vibrant centre for art, and to build a local dance audience.It involved creative dance workshops with local youth groups, the creation and public performance of a new dance theatre piece HOLLOW GROUND at the library, and a night of dance on film.
Four members of CoisCéim Creative Steps were invited to take part in order to gain experience of devising, performing and working with other young people in the area. Inspired by the location and environment, HOLLOW GROUND was developed from research of local history and folklore. In a tale of greed, loss and transformation HOLLOW GROUND followed the story of a property developer, a librarian, a nomadic storyteller and an illicit love affair.
During the residency the gallery was transformed into an intimate theatre space. People were invited to drop in when they visited the library or watch through the large windows open to the street. The residency culminated in three free public performances of HOLLOW GROUND in the gallery in December 2007.
Photos by Phil Redmond