Addressing the Nations
Choreographer and performer: Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Music: Imeacht by Donal Ó Liatháin, set to music by Iarla Ó Lionáird
Commissioned by Centre Culturel Irlandais
To mark the beginning of 2021 and look forward, the Centre Culturel Irlandais programmed four evenings of impassioned speeches from contemporary Irish voices.
Worldwide, 2020 was the year of the televised address of the nation, with diligent speech-writers working in over-drive, constructing emotive speeches which have both reinforced our awareness of the fragility of human existence and inspired altruistic acts of humanity. New language has been developed to describe new circumstances. Unfamiliar words have become common currency.
The CCI has commissioned 40 artists to address the world with their reflections on the times in which we live: choreographers, theatre makers, writers, musicians, visual artists and filmmakers convey their values, their preoccupations, their anger and frustrations as well as messages of courage, joy, gratitude, desire and aspirations.
The full programme of videos and texts is available here