Solo dance theatre show by Tara Brandel
In a time of displacement and migration what does it mean to be claimed by Place. I live in the valley I was born in. Holder of memories. Witness of change. What remains the same? Home. Belonging. Otherness.
Using the rural Irish valley of Cappaghglass (where Tara was born and currenty lives) as a metaphor, and impacted by the current refugee crisis in Europe, Cappaghglass looks at displacement, otherness and migration, and our universal need for home.
Created during a 2 year Residency at Uillinn Arts Centre in West Cork, in response to Tara's recent Retrospective of 25 years of her choreography, Cappaghglass is a visually striking solo show mixing dance, spoken word, video projections and live vocals. Cappaghglass is currently touring to festivals and venues around Ireland and to festivals in Cairo, Germany and San Francisco.
Having had two years to create work in the place I'm from, the show reflects my very deep connection to West Cork, Ireland (place), and the power as an artist of making work within one's own local community. Cappaghglass reflects on the refugee crisis, our connection to the land, local West Cork history, and our collective feelings of belonging and displacement. Tara Brandel
Tickets £8 and £6 concession.
Choreographer and Performer: Tara Brandel
Original cello composition: Lea Miklodi
Traditional Sean Nós song about Fatnet Lighthouse: Siobhán Ni Dhuinnin
Vocals, text, video projection and costume: Tara Brandel
Production: Rónan MacRaois
Photo Credits: Emma Jervis
About Tara Brandel
Tara Brandel has been Artistic Director of Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company since 2006. She has just completed a two-year dance residency at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, which included a retrospective exhibition of 25 years of her choreography. Tara performed in Leonie McDonagh’s Elk and Sainty, nominated for Best Performance Ensemble at Dublin Fringe 2015, and in Gawky and Awkward at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Most recently, she was commissioned to choreograph a site-specific integrated dance quartet at the Downtown Contemporay Arts Festival 2017 in Cairo, and her short dance film CAR will screen at the Contact Dance International Film Festival in Toronto in June She is currently touring her new solo dance theatre show Cappaghglass, which was most recently seen at the DCAF festval in Cairo.
Cappaghglass tour dates
- Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival Cairo April 1st 2017
- Cork Midsummer Festival June 17th 2017
- Echo Echo Dance Derry June 24th 2017
- Ballina Arts Centre June 28th 2017
- Ponderosa, Germany July 8th 2017
- FRESH Festival San Francisco Jan 5th-6th, 2018
What the press says about Cappaghaglass:
Only art has the ability to reach down into you and clutch your soul and make you think and feel in ways you haven't thought and felt before. Tara did this for us with her dance....Cappaghglass deserves to be widely seen. What is says has universal appeal. Finola Finlay, Roaringwater Journal
an evocative take on the notion of home and displacement Sarah Canty, Southern Star
and Tara's previous work:
Brandel's work has a startling raw honesty Dance Theater Journal
viscerally beautiful and moving San Francisco International Arts Festival
Photo Credit: Emma Jervis