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Twinsome Minds:
Recovering 1916 in Images and Stories

$20 general /
$16 members


 

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Twinsome Minds:
Recovering 1916 in Images and Stories

Performed by Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher
Featuring original music composed by Dana Lyn

Tuesday, March 22 | 7:30 PM

Through an interplay of storytelling, animation, music, and poetry, Twinsome Minds – which takes its title from a phrase in the novel Finnegans Wake – re-imagines a series of micro-narratives surrounding 1916 in Dublin and the WWI battlefields of Belgium. The stories and images of eclipsed history concentrate on twinned pairs – family members, neighbors, school friends, lovers – who ended up on opposite sides during this time of great upheaval in British-Irish relations.  The various scenes explore crossings of memory and imagination, anecdote and legend, history and myth – as well as loyalty and love.

Performed and created by philosopher Richard Kearney and moving images multi-media artist Sheila Gallagher, Twinsome Minds: Recovering 1916 mines what is often lost behind official historical accounts and acts of commemoration, and  proposes a transformative work of interpreting the Rising for a new generation.

Commissioned by The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

 

 


 


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"Audiences will take away a new sense of the unfinished stories and promises of 1916 as well as a sense of solidarity with both the Irish who died in Dublin during Easter week and in the fields of Flanders wearing British uniforms." - BC Chronicle

“A cause for commemoration but also for reflection towards the future.” - Boston Globe

“The visual underscoring is a stark reminder of the palimpsest of past and present, and a warning that the commemoration of 1916 should be not just about what happened but also about what did not happen, and what might have happened had the Free State’s history not unfolded the way it did.” -The Irish Times

The show mixes story and image in bold innovative ways.” - RTÉ, Arena

“The format of the show really works – the audience stays with Kearney through this tour of his thoughts and even at its most febrile moments the holistic experience of Gallagher’s supporting images help us to understand and connect with knowledge that is being shared. Kearney’s overriding message seems to be one that ‘Twinsomeness’ in Ireland is not new, but recognition of it as a normal part of the Irish condition is essential. Our artists have long appreciated it but 2016 may give an opportunity for this to penetrate deeper into our understanding of life today on a divided island – a place where psychological ‘Twinsomeness’ merely mirrors the physical. In terms of both content and presentation it is a vital contribution to the wider understanding of 1916, and its meaning for us here in 2016. Go see it if you get the chance.” — John Peto, Culture Northern Ireland

‘Between myth and history, anecdote and legend, each scene brilliantly dramatizes and narrates stories of friends, lovers and family members who found themselves caught up on opposite sides in 1916’ (Télérama, Sortir Paris).

Richard Kearney is a writer, philosopher and broadcaster. He has published over thirty books on European and Irish culture, including The Crane Bag Book of Irish Studies(1984), Post nationalist Ireland (1999) and Navigations: Collected Irish Essays 1977-2007. He has also published two novels and a volume of poetry. He teaches philosophy at BostonCollege and is founder director of the International Guestbook Project: Exchanging Stories, Changing History.

Sheila Gallagher is an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Boston College where she teaches courses on drawing, painting and contemporary art practice. Her work takes many forms including video, flower installations, smoke paintings and computer-aided drawing. Gallagher's work has been shown at such venues as The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Dodge Gallery, NYC, and WellesleyCollege. With Professor Richard Kearney she directs Guestbook, a creative peace-building initiative for youths to exchange stories in divided communities.


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