LED BY PHILIPPA DONNELLAN | NATIONAL PROJECT | SUMMER 2020
An invitation to create in dance, writing and film for people aged 50+
Somewhere buried in a box in the attic, or at the back of a wardrobe, are old love letters. They’re notes from an old flame and cards from those you hold most dear. Battered and torn around the edges, they’re romantic, whimsical, funny, sexy and bittersweet.
They’re memories you treasure. You never could part with them.
Then again, maybe there are no letters. The box is empty. You threw them out as romantic tosh only fit for the bin. You lost them in the move. You never received a reply.
And what about that letter you should write, the things left unsaid that you always wished to say, but never quite summoned up the courage to put on paper or heaven forbid, to send.
Would you like to? Isn’t it time?
Drawing inspiration from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s tale Love in the Time of Cholera about two lovers who wrote to each other for many years, and from love letters either famously public or personally private, we invite you to come together online to dance and share, to create choreography, to write a love letter – and to develop a series of short responses as films, sound recordings and writings.
Join us and take part | ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!
After you register, you will be sent a confirmation email with a link to click to join in each zoom session. Then you can pick and choose from the following sessions! JOIN ANYTIME!
WEEKLY DANCE CLASSES via ZOOM
Practise easy dance sequences, create choreography
DATES 15, 22, 29 July
DAY 5, 12, 19, 26 August
DAY 2 September
TIME 2.00pm – 3.30pm
COFFEE MORNINGS via ZOOM
Bring a cup of coffee and chat about love and other things…
DATES 14, 28 July + 11, 25 August
TIME 11.00am – 12.00 midday
SEND LOVE LETTERS
Send a letter to someone you love, whoever they are or wherever they may be – anytime!
FILM SCREENING & CELEBRATION (Live or online)
Come and join us in a celebratory public screening for all to view and love!
TO TAKE PART YOU WILL NEED:
– Laptop, computer, tablet or phone with internet access for Zoom
– Personal email address
– Handheld device with option to record video and audio such as a mobile phone, video camera
– A safe space to dance at home: a clear floor area of about 8 paces square – free of movable furniture and all other hard objects
– The best floor surfaces are carpet, lino or wood (Dancing on ceramic kitchen tiles or concrete is to be avoided)
– We will be on hand at set times to help advise with technical assistance for ZOOM sessions and for filming
EACH WEEK WE’LL POST MESSAGES FROM PHILIPPA AND PARTICIPANTS
IF YOU’D LIKE TO SUBMIT A MESSAGE, PLEASE SEND IT TO CAOIMHE AT BROADREACH@COISCEIM.COM
Minds are like flowers; they open only when the time is right. – Stephen Richards
A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that’s like women too. – Miranda Kerr
I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds round my neck – Emma Goldman
Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same. – Helen Keller
Our Week 2 mystery poet has delivered again – scroll down to Week 2 to see the story in verse unfold further!
Meanwhile, another anonymous love letter has been received – read below…
FROM PHILIPPA – Lots of chat about kissing today! And about the power of touch and the human need to connect, physically, socially and emotionally. It was moving to hear a few stories about personal love letters; how valuable they are as a memento of past relationships from people who are no longer here, yet who are still treasured. As the coffee brewed, we scrolled through some iconic paintings (see below) of ‘the kiss’ – Klimt (fabulous), Magritte (spooky and a bit weird), Rodin (stunning and somehow so real), and Picasso (colourful, which woman is he kissing – there were a few!). We looked at some war time pics, and wondered whether a woman being kissed by the sailor was coerced ‘she wouldn’t let that happen now!’….hmm…perhaps. Someone asked if anyone remembered Aston Quay, Dublin on a late Friday night and all the people kissing each other goodnight – was that when the condom trains started? Anyone out there have any pics of that time and place? We also looked at more recent photos that were inspired by last week’s dance session when we explored ideas about touch and using gesture to create choreography for the camera. There was some topical and poignant imagery of people connecting either side of a window, of reaching out and touching hand to hand with glass between them. We shared plenty of comments on how something as simple as physical touch, for so long taken for granted, is now so distant… See you soon for more dancing and love stories via Zoom!
Thanks to Maura for letting us know about this film about Klimt’s paintings during WWII: Woman in Gold (2015)
Another classic painting, which Deirdre mentioned that I had missed off the list: The Meeting on the Turret Stairs by Frederic William Burton
Thanks to Katharin for sending in this Indian love painting: A Prince and his Mistress in an Embrace by Mughal
And this one too: The Love Letter by Johannes Vermeer
The first anonymous love letter has been received – clearly there’s a mystery poet among us!
And will never be forgotten