Kilkenny Arts Festival 2011 Theatre and Dance Strand

The Kilkenny Arts Festival launched this morning in the grounds of the beautiful IMMA in Dublin amid the song of a Baroque Choir. Or so I am told as I couldn’t make it along.

Each of the bloggers this year have taken charge of blogging a particular strand of the festival. I’ll telling you all about the Theatre & Dance Strand. Each of the strands are curated by someone who works (and usually lives and breathes) the art that they are curating. This year Tom Creed has taken on the Theatre & Dance Strand and again it looks magical, as it did last year. I’m very excited about the festival again this year!

I’ve put the official info from the Kilkenny Arts Festival site below on each piece but plan to write a bit more about them individually coming closer to the festival. You can keep on top of Festival News on the blog, on twitter, on Facebook or by signing up for email updates at the bottom of the homepage. And let’s not forget YouTube.

Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage

Beowulf – A Thousand Years Of Baggage is a riotous, award-winning SongPlay from New York that digs into the roots of the epic poem while echoing the raw and rowdy storytelling of Scandinavian mead halls. Battles emerge in the aisles and on top of tables, plunging the audience into the middle of this unique theatre experience, while an explosive seven-piece band combines cabaret, jazz harmony and punk rock, turning the stage into a cacophonous swirl.

Banana Bag & Bodice is an ensemble-based company founded in 1999 that creates unique theatre-shows, with an emphasis on original text and composed music, and embraces the awkwardness of being a human. Their critically-acclaimed show The Sewers received a Best Production Award at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2006.

Don’t miss the free taster show on Saturday 6 August.

WHEN – Friday 5 Aug 7pm, Saturday 6 Aug 7pm, Sunday 7 Aug 7pm

WHERE – Set Theatre

DURATION – 75 minutes

PRICES – €15 / €12 

Request Programme

Request Programme takes place in a real apartment, where a small audience await the arrival of the lone character, played by IFTA-winning actress Eileen Walsh. There they get to witness at close quarters her everyday existence, her rituals and routine.

Since 1991, the acclaimed Cork-based theatre company Corcadorca has been bringing theatre out of traditional venues and into unexpected places like nightclubs, factories and even a courthouse. Its shows, like the epic Trial of Jesus, which took place on St Patrick’s Hill in Cork with an audience of 2,500 people, and the site-specific Merchant of Venice, have been nominated for numerous Irish Times Theatre Awards. Now they present a much more intimate show by acclaimed German playwright Franz Xaver Kroetz.

There will be a post-show discussion with the company on Monday 8 August.

WHEN – Friday 5 Aug 6pm, Saturday 6 Aug 5.30pm, Sunday 7 Aug 5.30pm, Monday 8 Aug 6pm, Tuesday 9 Aug 6pm, Thursday 11 Aug 6pm, Friday 12 Aug 6pm, Saturday 13 Aug 6pm, Sunday 14 Aug 6pm

DURATION – 60 minutes

PRICES – €15 / €12


Faithful? Devoted? Pure? Can we still shelter in God’s house?

Fearghus Ó Conchúir’s Tabernacle is an exciting new dance piece that takes a thoughtful look at changing attitudes to religion in a country whose identity was defined by it for so long.

Fearghus Ó Conchúir is one of Ireland’s leading independent choreographers. With contributions from singer/composer Iarla Ó Lionáird, visual artist Sarah Browne and a quintet of experienced performers, Tabernacle puts the church in focus, investigating authority, control and its influence in the individual search for purposeful living.

Tabernacle is produced by Fearghus Ó Conchúir in association with Project Arts Centre, with the support of the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Modul Dance, the Culture Programme of the EU and with funds from Dublin Dance Festival’s 2011 Co-production Initiative.

Contains nudity.

There will be a post-show discussion with the company on Monday 8 August.

Photo Jonathan Mitchell

WHEN – Saturday 6 Aug 2.15pm, Sunday 7 Aug 2.15pm, Monday 8 Aug 8.30pm,

WHERE – The Watergate Theatre

DURATION – 80 minutes

PRICES – €15 / €12

anybody waitin’?

Leonie is waiting for Paula, Paula is waiting for a man, Bryan is waiting to be included. But sure, we’re all waiting for something, mostly for something to happen, so you’ve come to the right place because these guys know how to fill the time better than most. A love for good dancing, good looks and a good time is what they have in common. Join them to get some of each.

ponydance are back, and this time they’re free! With an extendable cast (thanks to the audience), some large handbags, a change of clothes and a pop-up fake tan tent, these “incorrigible flirts” (The Irish Times) take you on a quest through the streets of Kilkenny to find Paula a man.

Produced and originally presented by Absolut Fringe. An Absolut commission.

This show is free but please note that tickets are required for the Cleere’s and Set Theatre shows.

Show times and venues

Monday 8 – Sunday 14 August (except Thurs 11)

The Parade: Mon 8 & Fri 12 August, 1pm

The Canal Walk: Tues 9 & Sat 13 August, 1pm

Kieran Street: Wed 10 & Sun 14 August, 1pm

Cleere’s: Sat 13 August, 10pm

Set Theatre: Sun 14 August, 9pm

Big Deal

Dear Cathy,

It’s 10.30pm on Tuesday night. I have just finished your recent email. You are now on the way to recovery. You are here now as you should have been and will be until the day you die. So whilst I struggle slowly onward and upward, you are already there.

Love Deborah 

Following last year’s sell-out success Victor and GordUna McKevitt returns to Kilkenny with the extraordinary real life story of two women who knew from a very young age that they were born into the wrong bodies. Scripted from original material provided by the contributors – including journals, poems, songs and interviews – The Big Deal charts the incredible personal gains and losses each has made to become the women they have always been.

Supported by The Arts Council, Project Arts Centre and The Corn Exchange.

There will be a post-show discussion with the company on Saturday 13 August.

WHEN – Wednesday 10 Aug 1pm (preview), Thursday 11 Aug 1pm, Friday 12 Aug 1pm, Saturday 13 Aug 1pm, Sunday 14 Aug 1pm

WHERE – Barnstorm Theatre

DURATION – 75 minutes

PRICES – €15 / €12 (€13 / €11 for preview on Wed 10th)

Title & Deed

Here before you stands a man, recently arrived from somewhere. Listen, as he recounts his past and figures out the present. Watch as his body and mind assert themselves and he tries to find his bearings, in a room and a world full of people, trying to find theirs.

Gare St Lazare Players Ireland return to Kilkenny with the world premiere of Title and Deed, a new piece specially written for the company by acclaimed American playwright Will Eno, “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.” (The New York Times)

Gare St Lazare are Ireland’s most-travelled theatre company and have toured around the world with their extensive repertory of Beckett prose works and, more recently, their solo adaptation of Moby Dick.

There will be a post-show discussion with Will Eno on Saturday 13 August.

Created with the kind support of Micheline & Albert Sakharoff and Christopher & Nancy Herbert.

WHEN – Wednesday 10 Aug 6pm (preview), Thursday 11 Aug 8pm (preview), Friday 12 Aug 8pm, Saturday 13 Aug 8pm, Sunday 14 Aug 8pm

WHERE – Barnstorm Theatre

DURATION – 90 minutes

PRICES – €15 / €12 (€13 / €11 for previews on Wed 10th & Thurs 11th)

Body Duet

John Scott’s thrilling new work, Body Duet, is an energy-packed, highly physical dance featuring two spiritual and witty performers. Michelle Boulé – recently awarded the coveted ‘Bessie’ prize for outstanding female dancer in New York – and Philip Connaughton, arguably Ireland’s leading male dancer, fuse their differing physicalities to thrilling effect in a performance that blends beauty and lyricism, rage and humour, shouts and whispers, and dance.

For twenty years, Irish Modern Dance Theatre has been dedicated to pioneering new forms of expression, working with international choreographers to create and commission innovative dance. Body Duet is the first part of a major cycle of works to be created in different locations, featuring outstanding dancers.

There will be a post-show discussion with the company on Sunday 14 August.

WHEN – Saturday 13 Aug 5pm, Sunday 14 Aug 2pm, Sunday 14 Aug 5pm

WHERE – The Watergate Theatre

DURATION – 75 minutes

PRICES – €15 / €12

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