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Roaratorio An Irish Circus On Finnegans Wake Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre

Aug 07 2014 - Aug 10 2014
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In 1979, Cage made the first realization of “circus on” entitled Roaratorio: an Irish circus on Finnegans Wake. In 1983 Merce Cunningham added choreography for the American Premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, October 26, 1983. In 2009, in the wake of Cunningham’s death, the Merce Cunningham Dance company set out to revive the work, which was subsequently seen, in 2010, in Los angeles and Montpellier. This is the first time the dance is being presented in excerpts and the first time the piece is being seen and heard beneath the earth...
Installation produced by SARC Queen’s University Belfast. Merce Cunningham
Roaratorio excerpts performed by The Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre

time: 7.00pm, 7.30pm, 8.00pm
Entrance time by boat into the caves
Limited capacity
price: £20 / £18
duration: 60 mins
Box Office 028 6632 5440



Tickets for Irish Circus on Finnegans Wake selling fast

The mysterious watery underworld of the Marble Arch Caves will this summer be showcased to their best in an ambitious sound and dance installation that forms part of the third Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.

Due to popular demand festival organisers are putting on two weekends of events in the caves, and if you haven’t had the chance to experience the drama and mystery of one of Europe’s finest show caves, then act now and enjoy a unique multi-layered sound and dance installation.

Beckett’s friend James Joyce will be celebrated through a sound installation of John Cage’s Roaratorio: An Irish Circus on Finnegans Wake – an illuminating and daring composition that brings the passages of Finnegans Wake to life mingled with the rich sounds of some of the great Irish traditional musicians of old recorded as echoes down below. Musicians featuring include singer Joe Heaney, Seamus Ennis on the Uilleann pipes, Paddy Glackin on fiddle, Matt Molloy on flute as well as Peadhar Mercier and Mel Mercier playing the Bodhran.

Seán Doran, Director of the Festival, said, “Tickets for the Roaratorio are selling fast. Last year’s Inferno in the Caves actually sold out before the festival had even opened because it is such a stunning backdrop to any performance. That’s why we are putting on two weekends of events where festival-goers will board a boat and be taken on a journey to experience the beauty of one of Ireland’s best natural wonders as well as experience the sights and sounds of Finnegans Wake.

“You will not only be guided by boat through a fascinating underworld, but also experience Joyce in a way that is considered by many to be one of the best ways to approach Finnegans Wake.

“The performance by the Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre in the second weekend will also be the first time choreography by one of the 20th century’s greatest choreographers Merce Cunningham will be presented in excerpts and of course seen and heard beneath the earth! This summer we really are pushing the boat out and with limited capacity to ensure maximum enjoyment in the caves I would urge you to book now to avoid missing out on an unforgettable experience.”

The sound installation of John Cage’s ROARATORIO A CIRCUS ON FINNEGANS WAKE will take place over the weekend of July 31st – August 4th, while from August 7th – August 10th dancers from the Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre will perform excerpts to accompany the Roaratorio. The installation is produced in partnership with the Sound Arts Research Centre Queen’s University Belfast.

Tickets can be purchased from the box office on 028 6632 5440, £12 or £10 for the Sound Installation Thursday 31st July – Monday 4th August and £20 or £18 for the Sound and Dance performance on Thursday 7th August – Sunday 10th August.

Funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Fermanagh District Council, events and performances will take place in over 30 locations across the island town of Enniskillen where the Nobel-prize winning poet spent his formative years, as a student at the Portora Royal School.