Inspired by Eileen Gray
A co-production between CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Crash Ensemble, Fishamble: The New Play Company and Galway International Arts Festival
We must ask nothing of artists but to be of their own time – Eileen Gray
She crafted and she made.
She flew a plane.
She gave her lovers gifts.
She let her heart be broken.
She was an original and she was endlessly reproduced.
Eileen Gray defied expectations – from her innovative designs to her unconventional personal life she challenged what it meant to be an artist, a woman and to be Irish. Inspired by her inimitable life and work, INVITATION TO A JOURNEY is a powerful, evocative new work by Ireland’s leading performance companies.
As Gray fused elements to create new forms, INVITATION TO A JOURNEY combines contemporary dance, music and theatre to create a compelling illustration of a once-forgotten, now celebrated, Irish modernist.
★★★★ | Irish Times
★★★★ “passionate, brilliant, visually stunning and pushing the boundaries of the possible. A must see.” | examiner.com
“sensual and emotional…. a journey well worth taking” | Sunday Business Post
“extraordinarily stylish…elegant production” | Sunday Independent
“striking…imaginative insights” | The Guardian
“perceptive….virtuoso performance that mesmerises” | Irish Independent
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GALWAY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
BLACK BOX THEATRE, Dyke Road, Galway
9–16 July 2016
PROJECT ARTS CENTRE, DUBLIN 2
20 – 24 July 2016 (6 performances)
Please be advised that this show features strong language, adult themes and nudity
CAST | Justine Cooper | Ingrid Craigie | Kate Ellis | Ivonne Kalter | Ronan Leahy | Emma O’Kane | Deirdre O’Leary | Alex Petcu | Maria Ryan | Kate Stanley Brennan
DIRECTION | David Bolger, Jim Culleton
SCRIPT | Gavin Kostick
ORIGINAL SCORE | Deirdre Gribbin
CHOREOGRAPHY | David Bolger
MUSICAL DIRECTION | Kate Ellis
DESIGN | Maree Kearns
LIGHTING DESIGN | Sinéad Mckenna
SOUND DESIGN | Kevin Gleeson
HAIR AND MAKEUP DESIGN | Val Sherlock
INVITATION TO A JOURNEY features an original score composed by Deirdre Gribbin, courtesy of a New Music Commission Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.
Originally from New Zealand, based in Ireland since 2008, Justine has had the pleasure of working with the Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre, (FURIOSO, INUK, SONGS WITH MARA, POSESSED, 1998, SUELLE ), Liz Roche Company (BASTARD AMBER, BODY AND FORGETTING, FAST PORTRAITS, SECONDARY SOURCES) Junk Ensemble (DUSK AHEAD, BIRD WITH BOY, SOMETIMES WE BREAK), CoisCéim Dance Theatre (BODY LANGUAGE 101, AGNES, DANCE TALKING) United Fall/Formally Emma Martin Dance (TUNDRA, DOGS, LISTOWEL SYNDROME), Louise White ( WAY BACK HOME) Liv O’Donoghue (PROMPTED BREATHLESS, THE WAY WE MET ). Justine’s own work FOLDS OF THE CRANE was part of Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2015 and Dublin Dance Festival 2016.
She plays funky iconoclastic modern music with the Crash Ensemble and elegant 19th century classical chamber music with Cassiopeia Wind Quintet. Over the past decade Deirdre has toured Australia, Europe & US, played Carnegie Hall, Edinburgh Festival and Covent Garden, and recorded an acclaimed album with Dawn Upshaw and Iarla Ó Lionáird.
The Creative Team
Jim has also directed for the Abbey Theatre, and for companies in Ireland, UK, US and Australia. Jim will next direct BLOOMSDAY ON BROADWAY for IAC/Symphony Space in New York.
Belfast-born Gribbin was a Fulbright Fellow at Princeton University and Arts Fellow at Trinity College Cambridge. Her orchestral work UNITY OF BEING, performed in New York after 9-11, was featured in The New York Times. She won the Arts Foundation Award for Aldeburgh Festival commissioned opera HEY PERSEPHONE! and also The UNESCO Composers Prize. She has written music for Sky Pictures MY KINGDOM starring Richard Harris and THE DARK GENE shortlisted for a 2016 BERLINALE Film Festival Prize. She collaborated with Gate Theatre London founder Director Lou Stein on Radio Productions with Benedict Cumberbatch and Patrick Stewart. Her music has been performed by, The BBC Symphony, Philharmonia and RTE NSOI for the lyric fm label. Her second opera CROSSING THE SEA premiered at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall and was recorded for NMC label along with settings of Heaney’s poetry. She is creative associate with Chicken Shed Theatre London.
Kate has toured and broadcast in Australia, the USA, Europe and China, performing at the Canberra International Music Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon (NYC), Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Centre, Shanghai EXPO, Istanbul Akbank Jazz Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Kate has collaborated with, commissioned and recorded works by composers including Steve Reich, David Lang, Nico Muhly and Donnacha Dennehy and has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Iarla O Lionaird, Gavin Friday and Karan Casey to name but a few.
Other work includes OPERA BRIEFS (RIAM), MONSTERS, DINOSAURS & GHOSTS (Peacock), MOLL (Gaiety Theatre), DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS (Corn Exchange), THESE HALCYON DAYS (Edinburgh Fringe First 2013), MOMENT(Landmark/Tall Tales), FAR AWAY FROM ME & ZOE’S PLAY (The Ark), IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY, TROILUS And CRESSIDA (the Lir Academy), HAMLET, KING LEAR, ROMEO & JULIET, MACBETH & DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Second Age), ANGLO THE MUSICAL(Verdant), THE FACTORY GIRLS ( Millennium Forum), FAITH & GODDESS OF LIBERTY (Gúna Nua), PLASTICINE (CorcaDorca), and THE DEAD SCHOOL & OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME (Irish Times Best Set Design 2009) (Nomad Network). Maree lectures in theatre design in the Drama Department of Trinity College and is the MFA Design Course Director in the Lir Academy of Dramatic Art in Dublin.
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