About this project & funders

icon-archivePROJECT SUMMARY

THESE ROOMS an important new collaboration between ANU and CoisCéim Dance Theatre. It is an immersive live performance and film installation project that cross pollinates contemporary dance, visual art and theatre.

Thrusting audiences into the events of one hundred years ago using a lens of today, the live performance THESE ROOMS explored the 1916 rebellion through the eyes of civilians at the moment when the rising invaded their homes in North King Street with devastating consequences. Eye-witness testimonies from 38 female voices were combined with newly released findings of the closed British military inquiry. A fearless and embodied physical performance, it investigated questions of dignity and cultural trauma, belonging and dispossession and in doing aimed to reaffirm the role of art in negotiating history.

The live performances of THESE ROOMS took place at 85/86 Dorset Street Upper from 27 September to 16 October 2016 as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. The run was then extended to 13 November 2016 due to demand.

This project also includes the film installation FALLING OUT OF STANDING, which will premiere on 03 April 2017 at Festival House in central Dublin.

THESE ROOMS was an Open Call National Project in ART: 2016: The Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016. ART: 2016 was a diverse and distinctive public showcase of Irish art which was presented across Ireland and abroad throughout the year. By supporting THESE ROOMS, the Arts Council placed artists and the arts at the centre of how it responded to the Centenary of the 1916 Rising. ART: 2016 was supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through its Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Find out more…

THESE ROOMS is co-commissioned by 14–18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Culture Media and Sport. Find out more Find out more…

ARTS COUNCIL OF IRELAND | OPEN CALL

THESE ROOMS is an Open Call National Project in ART: 2016: The Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016.
ART: 2016 is a diverse and distinctive public showcase of Irish art which will be presented across Ireland and abroad throughout the year. By supporting THESE ROOMS, the Arts Council is placing artists and the arts at thecentre of how it responds to the Centenary of the 1916 Rising. ART: 2016 is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through its Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

THESE ROOMS is one of nine projects that were selected by an international jury after the Arts Council of Ireland issued an ‘open call’ to the Irish imagination in March 2015, and promised to invest a total of €1 million in ambitious ideas by artists across the country to commemorate 1916.

At the programme launch, Arts Council Chair Sheila Pratschke said: “Almost one hundred years on, these proposals represent a key response to 1916. It will be very exciting to watch over the months ahead as they are transformed from idea to reality. I am already confident that these artists, with such vision and ambition, will inspire the nation.”

Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said: “We in the Arts Council were overwhelmed – and delighted – by the
response to our ‘open call’, even if it made the international jury’s task of choosing just nine applications from 258 all the more challenging. The successful projects will be at the heart of the commemoration programme, and we want as many people as possible to experience the work when it is presented next year.”

For further information please see www.artscouncil.ie

14-18 NOW

14-18 NOW is a programme of extraordinary artistic experiences connecting people with the First World War. Perceptions of the war have been powerfully shaped by the artists of the time, including poets, painters, photographers and film-makers – many of whom served and who reflected on the First World War and its effects. One hundred years, later 14-18 NOW is commissioning today’s artists to open up new perspectives on the present as well as the past.

For further information please see www.1418now.org.co.uk

National Museum Ireland

For further information please see www.museum.ie

National Archives of Ireland

For further information please see www.nationalarchives.ie

Dublin Theatre Festival

For further information please see www.dublintheatrefestival.com

Venue Partner

The venue partner for THESE ROOMS is FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) who are allowing the co-production to use their building at 85/86 Dorset Street Upper as the site for the performances. Both ANU and CoisCéim are extremely grateful for this support.

For almost 50 years, FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) has sought to make law and the legal system accessible for people by advising them about their rights and promoting a just and equal society through law reform, casework and public legal assistance.

An independent organisation, FLAC promotes equal access to justice for all via outreach, advocacy and analysis. Every year more than 30,000 people get help directly via FLAC’s telephone info line, a countrywide network of volunteer evening advice centres (in association with Citizens Information) and online legal guides. If it is clear that a law or legal provision is unfair, intolerant or discriminatory, FLAC campaigns for legislative reform or policy change, particularly in its priority areas: social welfare, civil legal aid, personal debt and consumer credit. Where appropriate, FLAC takes strategic legal cases that will have a wider effect than just on the individual client concerned, such as the landmark Lydia Foy case for Transgender recognition or to promote consumer rights, adequate basic welfare supports or access to a lawyer.

FLAC’s Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) initiative matches the legal needs of partner social justice organisations with pro bono expertise from the legal community, as well as working on barriers to public interest law in Ireland and supporting a more social justice-oriented strand in legal education. More at www.flac.ie

#theserooms16