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CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Crash Ensemble, Fishamble: The New Play Company & Galway International Arts Festival present

Invitation to a Journey Inspired by Eileen Gray


9 - 14 July, 8pm
15 - 16 July, 7pm
No show Wednesday 13 July
Previews 9 & 10 July

"We must ask nothing of artists but to be of their own time"

  - Eileen Gray

A major new theatre, music and dance co-production will have its world premiere at Galway International Arts Festival this July. 

Invitation to a Journey, a collaboration between award-winning companies, combines dance, music and theatre to create a compelling illustration of a once-forgotten, now celebrated, Irish modernist.

Eileen Gray, who is now regarded as one of the most influential 20th Century designers and architects, defied expectations. From her innovations in modern design to her unconventional personal life, she challenged what it meant to be an artist, to be a woman and to be Irish. In the world of design, her approach to shapes, lines, textures and colours was visionary, and still continues to inspire designers today. She was renowned for her work in lacquer, steel and glass furniture, and created the iconic Dragon and Bibendum chairs. Her most famous work, E1027, a modernist villa on the Cote d’Azur in France, is widely considered the first work of the modern movement in architecture and design.

This collaboration is set to become one of the hottest tickets and most talked about productions during the Festival this year, bringing together the multi award-winning team of choreographer David Bolger, director Jim Culleton, musical director Kate Ellis, composer Deirdre Gribbin, writer Gavin Kostick, and designers Maree Kearns, Sinead McKenna, Kevin Gleeson and Val Sherlock.

Fishamble: The New Play Company, under the direction of Jim Culleton, is the recent recipient of an Olivier Award. CoisCéim, under the direction of David Bolger, is one of Ireland’s leading dance companies, described by The Irish Times as ‘...the force of a revelation in Irish Culture…’ The Washington Post, meanwhile, has praised Crash Ensemble as ‘…an Irish new-music collective with international cachet and considerable chops.’

The cast of 10 performers includes Justine Cooper, Ingrid Craigie, Kate Ellis, Ivonne Kalter, Ronan Leahy, Emma O’Kane, Deirdre O’Leary, Alex Petcu, Maria Ryan and Kate Stanley Brennan.

Notes: this show contains nudity, strong language and adult themes.

Backstage at the Festival:

14 July

Post–show talk with the company moderator, Thomas Conway, Director–in–Residence, NUI Galway





Photos: Ros Kavanagh

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