Maretta Dillon highlights What’s on in the Arts over the summer months.
As part of the programme to mark the re-opening of the of the National Gallery this summer, the Liz Roche Company presents the world premiere of Totems in the exquisite surrounds of the Shaw Room and The Grand Gallery. A group of six dancers will come together with live musicians to respond anew to these historic gallery spaces with five intimate performances taking place from Thursday July 6 to Sunday July 9. This new piece will place the living, breathing work of one of Ireland’s most innovative and inspiring choreographers into an historic gallery space as it re-emerges to the waiting public. More details and tickets from nationalgallery.ie
Winner of the Best Director Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Sofia Coppola’s entertaining new film, The Beguiled (15A), stars Colin Farrell as a young Irish man newly arrived in the US who finds himself swept up in the American Civil War. When he fetches up in a school for young ladies – Nicole Kidman is the headmistress- trouble ensues in this sly feminist take on the novel by Thomas P. Cullinan which had been filmed in an earlier and very different version by Clint Eastwood. From July 13 nationwide.
Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy returns in its 5th edition with an all-star line-up of multi-award winning pianists, including the Festival’s Artistic Director, American pianist, Dr. Archie Chen, virtuoso Russian Giant, Tchaikovsky Gold Medalist, Boris Berezovsky, renowned American Pianist and pedagogue, Frederic Chiu, esteemed Professor Evelyne Brancart from the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, Dr. Orla McDonagh, Head of the DIT, Conservatory of Music & Drama plus Sony recording artist, classical and electronic crossover pianist extraordinaire, Francesco Tristano. More info from pianofestival.ie (July 22-30).
Kilkenny Arts Festival, August 11-20- is always highly anticipated with, as usual, a very strong musical programme. Mr Handel’s Adventures in Ireland is the jumping off point for a look at what Handel did when he arrived here in November 1741 nursing a professional crisis as his last two Italian operas had flopped. Led by acclaimed Irish bassoonist, harpsichordist and conductor Peter Whelan, Ensemble Marsyas returns to the Festival for a three-concert residency that tells the remarkable story of Handel’s sojourn in Ireland. This is only one of the musical gems on offer in an impressive array of artistic talent at the festival. Information and booking at kilkennyarts.ie
Finally, RHA Annual Exhibition is on until August 12 and is one of the very best ways to spend an afternoon (or morning!)
Check Events around the Country July August 2017 to see what’s happening in your area artswise!