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Mamafesta Memorialising (To not forget or be forgotten)

Choreographer and performer Philip Connaughton presents Mamafesta Memorialising (To not forget or be forgotten) – a co-production between
Company Philip Connaughton, Klap- Maison pour la Danse and Cork Opera House
Wednesday 12 February 2020

€15 & €12 conc.*

My mum has senile dementia. I made my last piece about her. But it wasn’t enough. I still have more to do and more to say. I’m worried that what’s happening to her will happen to me. So this piece is a memory exercise for three male dancers. All pushing to see how much abstract information our bodies can retain. The title comes from a line from the Irish writer James Joyce’s epic novel Finnegan’s Wake. It references a letter (or manifesto) written by Annalivia Plurabelle.

Annalivia represents the archetypal female character in this extremely complex masterpiece and though she may not be a classic heroine she is very definitely all essence. It is this essence or shifting between past present and future that reminds us of the fragility of our own identity. If we are more than the sum of our parts, what’s left as some of those parts disappear. Who are we when it’s all gone? In this work, it’s my own demons I’m dealing with. My need to tell my stories. To not forget or be forgotten.

Philip Connaughton : Choreographer/Performer
Kevin Coquelard : Performer
Julien Gallee Ferre : Performer
Luca Truffarelli : Sound Design/Videographer
Emily Ni Bhrion : Costume Design
Begonia Garcia Navas : Lighting Design/Production Manager
Marella Boschi : Stage Manager
Aisling O’Brien : Producer

Co-produced by Klap- Maison pour la Danse and Cork Opera House
Made in Association with Project Arts Centre
Supported by Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, La Briqueterie du Val de Marne, Micadanse, Paris, and studio le Regard du Cygne, Paris.

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