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.
What the audience said…
“What a wonderful performance tonight of Emily! So good! Well done! “ – Mary O’ Connell
“I really liked the way the space was used choreographically – it really made me see the studio in a new light.” – Olwyn Lyons
“It was so beautiful, it had a kind of ethereal quality. “
“I haven’t read Emily Dickinson since I was a school – I’ll have to go and read her again now!”
“They looked very professional, and yes I know they’re not but they all looked very confident.”
“It was the best thing I’ve seen on Culture Night – well done!”
Culture Night | Friday 22 September 2017 | 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm | CoisCéim Dance Theatre, 14 Sackville Place, Dublin 1
FREE Admission | SOLD OUT
28 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER 2017
Mondays | 2pm – 5.30pm | 28 August, 4, 11, 18 September
Tuesdays | 2pm – 5.30pm | 12, 19 September
Thursdays | 10am – 1.30pm | 31 August, 7, 14, 21 September
CULTURE NIGHT 22 September | Please keep the performance day and evening free – thank you!
FEES | Participant Fee €50 (non-refundable, non-transferable)
ABOUT NOELLE BROWN
Noelle has been an actor since 1987 and has worked extensively in theatre, film, televsion and radio. She began directing and writing for theatre in 2002. Her play POSTSCRIPT, co-written with Michèle Forbes, and in which Noelle performs, was part of the Dublin Fringe Festival 2013 and was nominated for the Fishamble New Writing Award and the Bewleys Little Gem Award. POSTSCRIPT, toured Ireland for six weeks in 2014 and in 2015 played at the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris. POSTSCRIPT will play at the Abbey Theatre (Peacock) in June 2017.
Foxy, her second play, premiered at Project Arts Centre in October 2015.
Noelle has recently written and co-created a movement documentary for theatre with Oonagh Murphy that focuses on the discrepancies between the mental and physical effects of ageing, entitled Creaking. It was presented as a staged reading at the Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge in January 2017 and formed part of the Bealtaine Festival in May 2017 travelling to seven venues around Ireland. Noelle was part of the 24 Hour plays at the Abbey Theatre in January and is under commission from Barnstorm Theatre Company to write a play for young people that focuses on inter country adoption.