Tickets: €10/ €6
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Language shapes our structured world, but in fact every sentence we utter is an improvisation. That is the starting point for the new work, Mountain, of Irish visual artist Orla Barry. She has worked with 57 words, an actor, a dancer and a musician to devise a work in which chance, fate, and a little witchcraft play equal roles in a performance that is never the same on any night. It is a show of shows, set in a décor of language objects, these objects were used to produce the script for the show.
Orla Barry, now shepherdess as well as artist, returns to performance after The Scavenger’s Daughters (2008) with her new knowledge of primal materials and customs to create particular works of art that play with different forms of text production such as speech, monologue, interview, poem or song to create a series of intentionally unplanned crossovers between text, meaning and performance.
90 minutes, English spoken
Concept & tekst: Orla Barry
Performance & music: Derrick Devine, Marcus Lamb, and Einat Tuchman.
Production: STUK kunstencentrum; Playgroundfestival, Leuven
Production management: Ilse Van Essche
Mountain is commissioned by: CAC Brétigny; If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam; STUK kunstencentrum (Playgroundfestival), Leuven; and Tate Modern Londen, and co-funded by the European Union.