Double bill of dance at Abhainn Rí

Dance group Croi Glan will perform a double bill in the old Callan Co-op as part of the town’s Abhainn Rí Festival this month.

Dance group Croi Glan will perform a double bill in the old Callan Co-op as part of the town’s Abhainn Rí Festival this month.

The three performances from July 22-24 will feature Sighile Hennessy and Jim Rohan from the Equinox Theatre Company, which started in 2008 as part of KCAT Art and Study Centre, where artists with learning disabilities and other disadvantages develop themselves as creative actors and work in collaboration with professional theatre practitioners.

Croi Glan’s piece In My Body Are These Islands is inspired by the writings of John O’Donohue. It examines how our environment influences what he calls ‘the internal landscape’: our cultural attitudes, thoughts and feelings.

The work creates a space for community discussion and reflection on our post-Celtic Tiger surroundings, reflecting on our essential human relationship with the places we are from.

The production incorporates local people into the choreography at each venue, so the piece will shift and change as the non-professional performers bring their own experiences and movement. In Callan, the company has been working with members of Equinox Theatre Company at KCAT for the site-specific performances which will take place at the Old Co-op.

Local project Commonage will transform the space for the performance, challenging the artists and the audience to look again at the town’s history and its legacy. Original music composition for the work is by San Francisco-based composer Sheldon Smith, who will weave the community’s voices into a unique sound-scape.

In My Body Are These Islands will perform as part of a double bill alongside Adam Benjamin’s piece for Croi Glan: This Is, which played to rave reviews at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2010. This project is supported by the Arts Council and the Firkin Crane.

All performance venues are wheelchair accessible.

The performances will take place on July 22 at 8pm, July 23 at 4pm and July 24 at 6pm. Tickets are e15 (e12.50 concessions) and can be booked on www.kcat.ie/WP/bookings.