Image by Siobhán Dempsey
‘Keep the Faith, Keep the Folk’ by Joanne Barry and Anne O’Donnell
‘Keep the Faith, Keep the Folk’ is an autobiographical exploration of the boundaries of contemporary folk theatre by Siamsa’s folk artists through their own relationship as artists, friends and mothers. This piece aims to expand upon the mediums through which folk theatre is presented in collaboration with visual artists Andrew Duggan, responding artistically to the challenge of how we strive to be seen and heard as folk artists in these times. The work is a mix of movement and traditional Munnix Irish dance, choral work, conversation and storytelling within the frame of particularly digital and film creation, while always carrying our folk practice with us.
Anne O’Donnell started her training with the National Folk Theatre, Siamsa Tíre, at the age of 8 and became a full-time performing member of the professional company in 1993. She was Dance Master for a number of years and is currently head of Training & Development. She also teaches in Siamsa’s Folk Theatre Academy and directs & co-devises end of year productions with the students. Anne has performed and toured extensively with the company both at home and to far flung destinations including Venezuela, Hungary, the Faroe Islands, and the US.
Joanne Barry is Repertory Director of the National Folk Theatre for their annual summer season. She joined as a child in 1987 and went on to become a full-time member in 2002. She has performed in most of the company’s major productions, including tours throughout Ireland and Europe.
Duration: +/- 1 hr
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Produced in partnership by Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, Siamsa Tíre and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.
Supported by Department for Culture (Dept TCAGSM Ireland), Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry City and Strabane District Council and the Foyle Foundation.