What’s On in the Arts for March April 2020

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It’s a strong showing for dance this time with a choice of productions on offer. New work from Liz Roche Dance Company presented by Maiden Dance Voyage, entitled The Here Trio takes location and recent histories as its starting place.  It challenges preconceived ideas about site, history and the right to belong in a place. Theatre Makers Brokentalkers uses dance and theatre in their new production, To Be Frank, to explore how men and boys interact with and are shaped by the world they live in. Ballet Ireland presents BOLD MOVES 2020, a triple-bill of contemporary work featuring renowned choreographers Marguerite Donlon (Strokes Through the Tail), Ohad Naharin (Minus 16) and Filipe Portugal (Stepping Over). More from balletireland.ie

Maura Laverty – This Was Your Life is a new play that tells of the rollercoaster life of the broadcaster, playwright, novelist and agony aunt of the same name. Laverty was a household name in Ireland for three decades, but her work was often controversial, and her novels were banned by the censors for their sexual frankness. Known for her iconic cookery books of which Full And Plenty was the most famous, she was also something of a celebrity for the weekly ESB-sponsored radio show she did for RTÉ for over three decades, on which she dispensed advice about relationships and cooking. The new play contains a live cooking demonstration on stage and here Maura is made to reveal secrets and stories from her tumultuous past and to confront the price she paid for her success. For full tour details see mauralaverty.ie

Music Network continues to offer a varied selection of concerts. In April, violinist Alena Baeva’s and pianist Katia Skanavi come together for an island-wide tour that showcases their talents. And this being the year of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, their performance of the ‘Kreutzer’ Violin Sonata will no doubt be a real highlight of the programme – see musicnetwork.ie for details. Not to outdone, our own Chamber Choir Ireland partners with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for their Good Friday performance of Bach’s St. John’s Passion. They are joined by five internationally acclaimed soloists for a performance of this magnificent and monumental choral work, on Friday, April 10 at the National Concert Hall – nch.ie for booking.

In a new exhibition, The Cut of Them, painter Mick O’Dea curates a selection of paintings on the War of Independence forcing us to look anew at the shop-worn iconography of the period. See sourceartscentre.ie for info. Lastly, new Irish language film Arracht delves into some more truths or otherwise of The Famine period (from April 3).

Maretta Dillon

Events around the Country / March April 2020

DRAWN FROM NATURE: IRISH BOTANICAL ART
Visual Arts
Celebrates artists who made a significant contribution to art, science, and our understanding of the natural world. Until June 21 / Free Admission, Print Gallery, National Gallery of Ireland
Information: nationalgallery.ie

MAURA LAVERTY – THIS WAS YOUR LIFE
Theatre
Laverty was the original multitasker: her life is celebrated in true Eamon Andrews fashion in this new show.
Until April 23, 2020 / nationwide tour
Information: mauralaverty.ie

MICK O’DEA / THE CUT OF THEM
Visual Arts

Clare-born artist Mick O’Dea curates a selection of paintings on the War of Independence.
Until Apr 18 / The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Information: thesourceartscentre.ie

CORK INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL
Music
Readings, workshops and the Farmgate Café National Poetry Award make up this weekend of all things poetry.
Mar 24-28 / various venues in Cork city centre
Information and booking: corkpoetryfest.net

THE MAI
Theatre
Marina Carr’s epic tale of three generations of a family inspired by love but shattered by inescapable reality.
Mar 24-28 / Gaiety Theatre
Information and booking: 0818 719388 10 am – 7 pm (Mon – Sat)  / Ticketmaster.ie

THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE
Theatre
A personal tale of weddings, ‘coming out’, and arguments over who takes out the bins.
March 24 + 25 / Everyman, Cork
Information + booking: everymancork.com

NO TIME TO DIE
Film
Daniel Craig inhabits the role of James Bond, for the last time! Is he still relevant in this ever-changing world?
April 2 everywhere

ARRACHT
Film

Colmán Sharkey, fisherman, father and husband, takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest in 1840s Ireland.
From April 3 island wide.

MAEVE BINCHY’S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
Theatre
This cherished coming of age story offers us some of Maeve’s most loved literary characters, Benny, Nan and Eve.
April 6-May 2 / Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
Information and booking: 0818 719388 10 am – 7 pm (Mon – Sat) / Ticketmaster.ie

BOLD MOVES 2020
Dance
A triple-bill of contemporary work including a piece from Marguerite Dolan featuring music from Mozart.
April 9-24 / island wide
Information and booking: balletireland.ie

CHAMBER CHOIR IRELAND
Music
A performance in partnership with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s St. John’s Passion, on Good Friday.
April 10 / National Concert Hall
Information and booking: nch.ie

TO BE FRANK
Theatre
A new dance-theatre piece exploring how men and boys interact with and are shaped by the world they live in.
April 18-May 14 / nationwide tour
Information: brokentalkers.ie

THE HERE TRIO
Dance
A new cross-border collaboration challenges preconceived ideas about site, history and the right to belong in a place.
April 23 / part of Dance Limerick / April 25 + 26 part of Live Collision Intl Festival at Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin.
Information: lizrochecompany.com / maidenvoyagedance.com

ALENA BAEVA AND KATIA SKANAVI
Music
Violinist Alena and pianist Katia perform Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ Violin Sonata as part of their touring programme.
April 24 – May 3 / nationwide
Information and booking: musicnetwork.ie

Finally, if you would like your event to feature in our list of arts events please email: events.country@gmail.com

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