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I am making a new piece, WITCHES and I am really excited about it. I’ve been really lucky of late to have been working abroad quite a bit, touring with Keith Hennessy and collaborating with friends in Wales, Berlin and Amsterdam but I haven’t been able to make or present much at home in over two years. I made a new years resolution that I would make WITCHES at home in Cork and show it in Ireland, (if you know me you will know how important this is to me).
WITCHES is an exploration of identity, the project aims to examine and celebrate the witch, the female and the celt as identity constructs that we can all wear. This is a project for my mother, for all mothers everywhere. This is a ritual for honoring the female, to try and readdress the inbalance which has been so catastrophic to our identity, to our bodies; social, erotic and solid.
It’s not just about male and female, “a” and “b”, one or the other, it is about oneness, a mutiplicity, a togetherness. Making this performance event we will honor the female, acknowledging where we are coming from and where it might be possible for us to go. It’s about the need for roots, tracing the blood back to the source, the maternal line. Eventually letting go and saying goodbye, taking traces with us to the mouth of the river.
I'm going to be creating this piece with an incredible ensemble of international performers, Cathy Walsh (IRL/DE), Asher O’Gorman (IRL/AU), Isabella Oberlander (IRL/AU), Claire Keating and Karina Sarkissova (SE) as well as an incredible volunteer ensemble from across the city of Cork. I have worked with all of these virtuosic and inspiring performers seperately on projects in the past and I know that bringing them together is really going to produce something MAGIC!
We are going to be working with shamanic states, holotropic breathing, improvisation, dis-identification and a wilderness practice, mining celtic methology and symbolism to generate new movement and scored choreography for the production. I have already spent nearly two weeks researching and developing this piece at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre as part of MAKE 2013. There will be crude oil, there will be coloured chalk, there will be a crowd and you will not leave this performance they way you arrived!
The work itself will be created over five weeks as part of a production residency at Firkin Crane in Cork and will be presented as part of the WE LIVE HERE platform at Cork Midsummer Festival in June (21 -24) off site at a secret location.
We need you to make the magic happen, with the support of Cork Midsummer and Firkin Crane we have gotten the ball rolling but we still have to pay our performers, designers, production team and make costume, set and props a reality to present this work to you at Midsummer.
Ruairi & the Witches.