Choreographed by Liz Roche, in collaboration with composer Linda Buckley, Pilgrimage brings together a cast of exceptional performers in dance and music to decode, embody and re-physicalise the themes of identity, place and language running through O’Doherty/Ireland’s work at Sirius Arts Centre.
Placing the ‘live’ body at the centre of the event, the movement and sound constantly responds to the ever-changing environments; from sea to land, from person to person; from exterior to interior.
How can you truthfully embody a painful history; or voice an urgency or desperation to live; or show what you imagine a new future for yourself could be? These are the questions Pilgrimage is asking of its collaborators and performers. How can we embrace the immediacy of the essential simplicity of One, Here, Now, amidst the complex story of language in our history? Can we find the fluidity and adaptability necessary to be in all of these places at once? What is created is a one-off special event, full of emotion, searching and possibility.
Pilgrimage is one part of Liz Roche Company’s engagement with Sirius Arts Centre’s One Here Now: the Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland Project, I/Thou at Cork Opera House being the second. Both pieces were made possible by Arts Council Open Call Award Funding 2017.