For immediate release:

ANU and CoisCéim Dance Theatre

FALLING OUT OF STANDING by David Bolger, Owen Boss, Louise Lowe


World Premiere/ Private View: 03 April 2017, 6:30pm

Ground Floor, Festival House, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D2 // Open to the Public Tuesday 04 April – Sunday 23rd April // installation open 12-8pm //

FALLING OUT OF STANDING is the visual art legacy set in film and the next stage to ANU & CoisCéim’s award-winning production THESE ROOMS by artists David Bolger, Owen Boss and Louise Lowe.

In 2016, THESE ROOMS cross pollinated dance, theatre and visual art to thrust audiences into the events of one hundred years and explored 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 in a work that investigated questions of dignity, belonging and dispossession. Set in 1966, the 50th anniversary of the Rising, it also explored the female body as a post trauma political site.  Their physical bodies betrayed them, confronting themselves though the point of view of the 1966 commemoration.  

A fundamental aim of this project was to create a permanent legacy, a long term marker relevant to the present day that will live well beyond 2016.

The result is the film installation FALLING OUT OF STANDING – a response by the three lead artists through a focussed lens of the present day. Following the collaborative production process, each of the artists stood back and worked in isolation with different filmmakers and editors to realise their individual responses to the project itself and the interrogated source material.    

To house the films, visual artist Owen Boss has created a stand alone structure that inverts traditional concepts of exterior and interior to extend the debate beyond the interaction of performance and site. The installation aims to contextualise how the past is propelled into the present and the impact of time on conflicted histories.

As with the live work, FALLING OUT OF STANDING takes the North King Street massacre as a starting point and aims to contextualise the impact of time on conflicted histories.  As we move further away through time this event fades from the national consciousness; its complexities at odds with the State’s foundation myth.   It faced further erasure through the political neglect and official ineptitude of town planning of the 1960s and 70s, which resulted in the row of ten houses being left to decay over decades, turning to wasteland, and eventually being regenerated as an urban public green space.  Historical narrative and physical site become almost invisible.  

FALLING OUT OF STANDING captures the residues of this traumatic event for a contemporary public in an intimate, immersive experience for audiences.





Falling out of Standing | David Bolger
Cast: Craig Connolly, Justine Cooper, Daniel Monaghan, Robbie O’Connor, Emma O’Kane, Matthew Williamson
Vocals Alyth McCormack
Director of Photography Kilian Waters
Sound Composition Carl Kennedy
Editor Kilian Waters
Costume Design: Niamh Lunny

Falling out of Standing | Owen Boss
Director of Photography Colum O’Dwyer
Sound Composition Carl Kennedy
Editor Colum O’Dwyer

Falling out of Standing | Louise Lowe
Cast: Justine Cooper, Una Kavanagh, Niamh McCann, Emma O’Kane
Director of Photography Paddy Jordan
Sound Composition Carl Kennedy
Editor Genevieve Murphy
Costume Design: Niamh Lunny

Producers: Lynnette Moran, Matthew Smyth, Bridget Webster

All films were shot on the art installation created for THESE ROOMS by Owen Boss at 85/86 Dorset Street Upper in October 2016. For the full production credits please see



5 STARS “thrillingly immersive… intricately detailed and stimulating co-production – a haunting experience.. heightens the skills of both companies, bringing unresolved history back to life.”  – The Irish Times

4 STARS “one of the stand out shows of this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival…. superb..multilayered response to the 1916 Easter Rising…. fusion of dance and drama to exquisite and eloquent effect… Brilliantly evokes the way grief lingers in the body and that gets you to feel, rather than think, how commemoration can be complex.” – Sarah Hemmings, Financial Times

…..2016 also saw a rich array of celebrations, commemorations and interrogations of all things 1916. Top of this list, indeed top of any list for 2016, was ANU and CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s extraordinary “These Rooms,” directed by Louise Lowe and David Bolger, which was simply a tour de force..” –The Arts Reviews



  • FALLING OUT OF STANDING is the legacy element of THESE ROOMS, an Arts Council of Ireland #ART2016 project for Ireland 2016.
  • THESE ROOMS won the Audience Choice award at the recent Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2017.
  • THESE ROOMS premiered in September 2016 as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.



THESE ROOMS and FALLING OUT OF STANDING are part of the Arts Council’s ART: 2016 programme for Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. It was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Arts Commissions in the UK and supported by the National Museum of Ireland, National Archives and FLAC, Free Legal Advice Centres

ANU – Renowned for exploring historical events, ANU continue to challenge theatrical conventions by blurring the lines between the art form and context. They use non- traditional sites and immersive engagement to create shared intimacies between audience and place, and audience and performer. Since their inception, ANU have created multiple award-winning productions, including ON CORPORATION STREET (2016), SUNDER (2016), Beyond The Barricades (2016),  INTO THE SUN (2016), RTE: Road to the Rising (2016), PALS – The Irish at Gallipoli (2015, winner of two Irish Times Theatre Awards), Glorious Madness (Dublin City Council/Failte Ireland Commission 2015), Beautiful Dreamers (2014, co-production with The Performance Corporation for Limerick City of Culture), Vardo (2014), Angel Meadow (2014, winner Best Production and Best Ensemble, Manchester Theatre Awards), Thirteen (2013, winner of the Judges’ Special Award, Irish Times Theatre Awards), The Boys of Foley Street (2012, winner of the Eric Award for Best Theatrical Production), Laundry (2011, winner Best Production, Irish Times Theatre Awards), World’s End Lane (2010, winner Best Off-Site Production, Dublin Fringe), Basin (2009, Maeve Fitzgerald – winner Best Supporting Actress, Irish Times Theatre Awards), Memory Deleted (2009, winner Best Production Award Unfringed Awards). 

CoisCéim Dance Theatre is one of Ireland’s leading dance companies. Founded in 1995, its style of performance is contemporary and vibrant, with a knowing regard for the everyday. Artistic Director David Bolger embraces a selection of dance styles to articulate stories and emotions that are relevant to the landscapes in which we live. The scale of the company’s work ranges from duets in a hotel bedroom, Chamber Made, to the large-scale spectacle, A Dash of Colour (which was seen by millions on television and involved over 75,000 people for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, 2003).

Touring, both nationally and internationally is a key part of CoisCéim. In Ireland, the company has developed strong relationships with an informal network of venues that have a like-minded approach in actively promoting dance.  In 2017 the company will tour David Bolger’s THE WOLF AND PETER to 16 venues in Ireland and Australia culminating with performances at Sydney Opera House.  



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