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 me 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 its my own demons I’m dealing with. My need to tell my stories. To not forget or be forgotten.
Co-production KLAP- Maison pour la Danse (Marseille) / Cork Opera House.
In association with Project Arts Centre (Dublin).
Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland.
Supported by Le Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris), studio le Regard du Cygne (Paris), Micadanse (Paris) and La Briquetterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne
Philip Connaughton is Resident Artist at Project Arts Centre