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ZOMBIES takes THE COMING INSURRECTION by The Invisible Committee as its departure point. It will be an adaptation in two parts that takes place over the course of an entire night, and fuses elements of contemporary dance, theatre, live art and social participation. It is an act of resistance. There is no crisis of economy, only a crisis of imagination.
“Freedom isn’t the act of shedding our attachments, but the practical capacity to work on them, to move around in their space, to form and dissolve them’ (The Invisible Committee, The Coming Insurrection).
We are zombies of immaterial labor. We roam aimlessly fettered to a cycle of self-production and self-consumption in which every human experience has become commodified. We see loneliness all around us, we feel violence everywhere, and this makes it necessary for us to move from the understanding that the catastrophe is not imminent—it is the conditions in which we exist.
Beginning at midnight and ending at dawn, performers will become mediators and audience will become collaborators as we engage risk, intimacy and collective action to imagine a new future.
This work has been developed with the support of Cork City Council Arts Office and in residency at Ponderosa and Dublin Fringe Lab. The final stage of development is currently taking place in Berlin at RUG.
The funding received will go towards paying the artists’ wages, venue rental, set and costume design for the production.
Imagine a world that operates differently. What does it look like?
Zombies - why death is dying or are you working hard enough?
is a project instigated by Ruairí Donovan (IRL), made in collaboration with internationally acclaimed performers and makers; Larry Arrington (USA), VivyAnne ForeverMORE (USA), Jassem Hindi (FR), Mica Sigourney (USA), Louise Trueheart (USA), and Cathy Walsh (IRL).
Produced by Hazel Cullen
About Ruairi Donovan:
Ruairí Donovan is re-imagining himself and the world around him.
Donovan has been making dances in Ireland since 2008 and holds a joint honors B.A in Drama & Theatre Studies and English from University College Cork.
He has produced three major works to date, the sold out smashes MURDER DANCE & WITCHES, and A SONNET FOR DARK LOVE . In 2013 he also collaborated with PAPERdolls on BUNK at Project Arts Centre for Dublin Fringe Festival.
He has performed for Mårten Spångberg (SE), toured internationally with Keith Hennessy (USA) and TURBULENCE (a dance about the economy) since 2010, and is engaged in an ongoing research with collaborator Siriol Joyner (Cmyru).
“Enchanting…” –The Irish Examiner
“Generous and entertaining” –The New York Times