What’s On in the Arts Oct / Nov 2016
Talented Irish composer, Roger Doyle, considered “The Godfather of Irish Electronic Music” will present the World Premiere of Heresy, an electronic opera examining the life, works and death of Giordano Bruno, 16th Century Italian Heretic, Philosopher, Playwright, Spy and all round Renaissance Superstar. Presented as part of Project 50, celebrating 50 years of Dublin’s Project Arts Centre. Begins October 28 / booking project.ie
The intriguingly titled Hot Club of Cowtown is on the Music Network circuit from October 28. They have been setting stages ablaze with their intoxicating blend of jaw-dropping virtuosity and down-home melodies, weaving together country, ragtime, big band jazz and blues to awesome effect. More info and booking from musicnetwork.ie
This is always a good time for film with this year’s Palm d’Or winner, I, Daniel Blake directed by UK legend, Ken Loach opening October 21. His latest film lays bare the cruel realities for those who fall through the cracks of society. Derek Cianfrance, whose earlier films include Blue Valentine, is back with The Light Between Oceans (Nov 1) starring our own Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. A lighthouse keeper and his wife rescue and adopt an infant girl adrift at sea. Years later, the couple discovers the child’s true parentage and are faced with the moral dilemma of their actions. Actor Ewan McGregor makes his feature debut with American Pastoral (Nov 11) based on the book by Philip Roth. This one is set in post war American when a man watches his seemingly perfect life fall apart as his daughter’s new political affiliation threatens to destroy their family.
10th Anniversary Dublin Book Festival from November 10 promises a wealth of readings, public interviews, debates, book launches and workshops celebrating Irish published authors and Irish publishing. Miriam O’Callaghan chats with Mary O’Rourke as she delves into Mary’s past and present offering an illuminating insight into one of Ireland’s best-loved figures while everyone is invited to share a laugh at Humour in Modern Ireland, with Aoife Dooley, Colm O’Regan and Colm Williamson in conversation with Damian Corless. This is but a small selection of what’s on. Most of the events take place at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. More info from dublinbookfestival.com
Ballet Ireland gets the pre Christmas season going with their new production of The Nutcracker. The tour of this quintessential Christmas classic appeals to audiences of all ages, with its fairytale magic, Tchaikovsky’s beloved and sumptuous score, beautiful costumes, and a tale of wondrous adventure. Further info and tickets from balletireland.ie
Not to outdone and at the other end of the dance spectrum is Bastard Amber. This ground-breaking dance production by the internationally renowned Liz Roche Company, draws inspiration from two of the great Irish artists of the modern age, WB Yeats and Patrick Scott. A stellar company of Irish and international dancers performs alongside four renowned musicians from traditional, rock and classical backgrounds. From November 15 / lizrochecompany.com