LED BY NOELLE BROWN and PHILIPPA DONNELLAN
A DANCE, POETRY AND PERFORMANCE PROJECT FOR AGES 50+
CULTURE NIGHT 2017
28 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER
This is my letter to the world,
That never wrote to me,–
The simple news that Nature told,
With tender majesty.
Her message is committed
To hands I cannot see;
For love of her, sweet countrymen,
Judge tenderly of me! …..Emily Dickinson.
Following the first project about the work of Emily Dickinson in 2016, we were delighted to delve deeper into the world of this lauded American writer with this second participation project EMILY.
Eighteen people signed up to work with respected theatre writer/director Noelle Brown and choreographer Philippa Donnellan. In summoning the spirit of Emily Dickinson, this inventive journey included critical discussion, reciting Dickinson’s poetry, exploring imagery and creating choreography – to devise a special dance theatre piece..
EMILY culminated in four free performances by the participants at CoisCéim studio as part of Culture Night 2017. In keeping with Emily Dickinson who always wore white, the performers were dressed in elegant white outfits with the performance space decorated with simple lights and household props. The performance was an effective and striking end to a two year project that paid homage to Dickinson’s unique prose and poetry.