We are excited to announce the first half of Project Ireland: INTERSECTIONS.
INTERSECTIONS is a regionally adaptable art piece—composed of a sound installation and a devised theatre piece—based on cities with two oppositional cultural forces. By capturing sounds of city intersections and the opinions of pedestrians who walk them concerning their city’s major cultural divide, we create an introspective soundscape of the city. We will take that soundscape back to Baton Rouge, LA and work with artists to devise a response in theatrical/performance form. The two pieces themselves, pedestrian and artisanal, intersect to form a conversation both on cultural divides and how different types of people make that opposition manifest while bridging cultures thousands of miles away.
The two pieces themselves, pedestrian and artisanal, intersect to form a conversation both on cultural divides and how different types of people make that opposition manifest. In Belfast, Northern Ireland we will be focusing on the effects of the EU Referendum on the long-fought issue of the Irish civil war and ultimate separation.
INTERSECTIONS will be produced in the FLIGHT/RISK theatre festival housed by the ACCIDENTAL THEATRE COMPANY in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Under their roof, we will work with Belfast-based artists to create both phases of INTERSECTIONS. As we work with ACCIDENTAL, we will release photos, sound bytes, and videos of our progress through our social media outlets (@SmashCutCast).
ACCIDENTAL's FLIGHT/RISK festival is:
"...a new project from Accidental, combining ideas we've been conjuring to support theatre-makers and other artists in Belfast and Northern Ireland. For four months we'll be opening up our office and rehearsal spaces and turning it into a hub for FLIGHT/RISK artists to use for free while they develop a new piece of theatre. Beyond the space we're offering a whole support structure and a network of fellow artists sharing workspace and ideas at the hub."
We are so excited to forge this collaboration and to take you all every step of the way!
Production of INTERSECTIONS (Phase 1: the Installation) will be from September 3rd to the 24th and INTERSECTIONS (Phase 2: the Response) will be in late Winter 2017; dates TBD.