Incantata to make New York premiere in 2020

18 December 2019

✭✭✭✭The Guardian ✭✭✭✭The Irish Times ✭✭✭✭The Irish Examiner

18 February - 15 March 2020

Galway International Arts Festival is delighted to announce that Incantata, a GIAF and Jen Coppinger production, will tour to the Irish Repertory Theatre in February 2020. Written by one of Ireland’s most revered writers, the New York based, Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Muldoon, Incantata is interpreted for the stage by Stanley Townsend and Sam Yates. It will run at the Irish Rep from 18 February-15 March.

Incantata premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 Galway International Arts Festival. In a ✭✭✭✭ four-star review, The Guardian said Incantata was “a celebration of the ways 'art can be made' from pain'’, and the Sunday Independent described it as “a monumental collaboration so perfect.” The production went on to tour to the Dublin’s Gate Theatre in September 2019.

Starring one of Ireland's leading actors, Stanley Townsend’s tour-de-force performance was hailed as ‘electrifying’, ‘amazing’ and ‘compelling’. Directed by the award-winning Sam Yates, recently Olivier-nominated for The Phlebotomist in London’s Hampstead Theatre, Paul Muldoon’s script is full of feeling and depth about two people in love, the times they shared together and the grief that comes after loss.

The ‘stunning’, highly visual production is directed by Sam Yates, designed by Rosanna Vize with video design by Jack Phelan. Incantata features a haunting and stunning score by the composer Teho Teardo, lighting design is by Paul Keogan with sound design by Sinéad Diskin.

The Irish Repertory Theatre first opened its doors in 1988. The theatre made its permanent home in Chelsea in Manhattan in 1995 and is the only year-round theatre company in New York City devoted exclusively to bringing Irish and Irish-American works to the stage. Incantata will be performed on the Rep’s Francis J. Greenburger Main Stage.

GIAF Artistic Director Paul Fahy commented: ‘We are thrilled that Incantata will make its international premiere in New York at the Irish Rep next year. Paul Muldoon’s wonderful words have been so Imaginatively and beautifully brought to the stage by Stanley Townsend and Sam Yates and our amazing creative team. It is a great privilege for ourselves and our co-producer Jen Coppinger to share this production with New York audiences.’

Galway International Arts Festival has a rich tradition of producing captivating and engaging work, which premieres at the Festival and goes on to tour nationally and internationally. In recent years, GIAF has toured productions to Dublin (Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Ballyturk, riverrun) and toured internationally to London, New York, Edinburgh, Chicago, Adelaide, Sydney, Hong Kong, Washington and Prague.

Tickets for Incantata’s 2020 New York tour are available for purchase on the Irish Rep website.

Galway International Arts Festival and Jen Coppinger are very grateful to Culture Ireland for its support of the US premiere of Incantata.

Galway International Arts Festival would also like to acknowledge its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland and Festival Partners Heineken® and NUI Galway.