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Date:2019-06-20

Sandra Johnston: Wait it Out

Gallery

Exhibitions/ Performance/ 29 Aug - 19 Oct

€0 (Free Admission)

Consisting of two main parts, 'Wait it Out' negotiates personal and historical narratives in relation to the reverberation of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. The work reflects upon the indeter

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Step Up 19

Cube

Dance/ 31 Aug

€10

Step Up Dance Project, now in its ninth year, once again plays host to some of Ireland’s most promising contemporary dance graduates. Step Up 19 brings a new outlook, curated by Marguerite Donlon (I

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ADMIN

Cube

Theatre/ 06 Sep - 15 Sep

€13-15

Oisín left Dublin to pursue his dream of becoming socially mobile. Now, he is having an existential crisis in the canned goods aisle at Aldi, trying to remember his mindfulness techniques.

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The Examination

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 06 Sep - 14 Sep

€14-16

A documentary performance work exploring mental health and human rights in the prison system in the UK and Ireland. Based on historical research and interviews with current life-sentence serving priso

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A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

Cube

Theatre/ 07 Sep - 15 Sep

€8-12

In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable — a very old man with enormous wings. The wise neighbour woman tells us he’s an angel. The priest says he

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Villains

Space Upstairs

Dance/ 07 Sep - 11 Sep

€14-16

In a world of Twitter wars, cycling news feeds and cancel culture, come explore the myths and legends we create, destroy and forget in the rise and fall from viral fame to infamy — all within the co

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THE NORTH IS NEXT

Space Upstairs

Special Event/ 07 Sep

€10

Dublin Fringe Festival and GCN have joined forces to commission a zine to spotlight and support the drive for queer and reproductive rights in Northern Ireland, in partnership with Outburst Queer Arts

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Dublin Fringe Festival 2019

07 Sep - 22 Sep

Free Admission

This September we're helping Fringe celebrate their 25th birthday. The 2019 editions will bring together some of the best artists in Ireland, welcoming the most exciting international acts, and throwi

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Making a Mark

Cube

Theatre/ 11 Sep - 14 Sep

€14-16

Mark has competed in the World Games, played King Lear before packed houses and packed bags for 20 years in Tesco’s... But that’s not even half the story.

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Patchwork

Cube

Theatre/ 11 Sep - 21 Sep

€12

An odyssey of a young Frenchman in Dublin. After hearing about the Bataclan attacks back in Paris, author and performer Louis Deslis heads into the night to find comfort.

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Cuckoo

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 13 Sep - 14 Sep

€14-16

A bunch of talkative rice cookers take you on a journey through the last 20 years of Korean history. Combining personal experience with political events and reflections on happiness, economic crises a

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Nate

Cube

Theatre/ 17 Sep - 21 Sep

€14-16

For the first time in history, it’s hard to be a man. Natalie Palamides (2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards’ Best Newcomer) doesn’t understand this... but Nate does. Natalie Palamides is Nate.

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Some Names Were Changed

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 17 Sep - 21 Sep

€14-16

Based on disputed testimony, this highly interactive documentary theatre show attempts to piece together a real-life event when none of the persons involved can agree what actually happened.

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Sorry Gold

Space Upstairs

Dance/ 18 Sep - 21 Sep

€14 - 16 (Preview: €11)

If aerial is the dance of industrial technology, what will the dance of biotechnology be?

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Things We've Always Wanted to Tell You

Cube

Theatre/ 18 Sep - 21 Sep

€14-16 (Preview €11)

You’re invited to a dinner party we’d never be invited to. Sit down, shut up and come overhear the conversations of four proud working class Irish folk as they discuss the middle classes, privileg

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Dublin Theatre Festival 2019

Theatre/ 26 Sep - 13 Oct

Free Admission

Dublin theatre Festival is back. Enjoy 18 wonderful days of world-class Irish and international theatre this autumn right across Ireland's capital city.

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Bluffer’s Guide to Suburbia

Cube

26 Sep - 05 Oct

€20-25

From the concrete jungle of the N31 to a painfully hip music festival on the white sands of the Aran Islands, The Bluffer’s Guide to Suburbia lovingly exposes a generation of adult children living b

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Hecuba

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 27 Sep - 06 Oct

€25-35

Hecuba is a passionate re-imagining of the aftermath of the Trojan War and the events surrounding its iconic characters; a series of intense, dangerous personal encounters and impossible choices, desc

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Design & Destroy

The Foyer

Special Event/ 28 Sep - 12 Oct

Free Admission

Presented in Virtual Reality, this exhibition of Irish stage design is curated by Jo Mangan, Artistic Director of Carlow Arts Festival and The Performance Corporation. We meet designers and their work

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Rat King

Space Upstairs

Work in Progress/ 04 Oct

Free Admission

Rat King observes the darkly comic lives of David and Chrissy, a pigeonhearted duo clambering to make sense of the world in which they exist.

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Vanishing

Cube

Work in Progress/ 04 Oct

Free Admission

Can we listen to each other? Can you hold our hands together? A thin girl and a less thin girl are sad and would like to disappear. A new collaboration between Doireann Coady and Jane Deasy.

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Transmission

Cube

Work in Progress/ 05 Oct

Free Admission

Part ode to the lighthouse keeper, part personal history and part enquiry into evolving technology, Transmission is an inventive and playful meditation on what our futures might hold and how our his

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Conversations After Sex

Cube

Work in Progress/ 06 Oct

Free Admission

Strangers meet through dating apps, websites or random hook ups at the supermarket. They couple in cars, hotel rooms and anonymous apartments. They f*ck furiously, fulfilling perceived physical desire

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Blast: International Critics’ Forum

Cube

Special Event/ 07 Oct

Free Admission

Bringing together critics with a wealth of experience and a breadth reference of different theatre cultures, this forum considers performance from several angles and welcomes audience reflection and f

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Real Magic

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 08 Oct - 09 Oct

€25

Real Magic creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, three performers take part in an impossible illusion – part

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Case Study BeSpectACTive! A European Network for Active Spectatorship

Cube

Special Event/ 08 Oct

Free Admission

A free seminar on Creative Europe funding for the arts and culture sectors, open to arts organisations who wish to learn about European support for culture projects. Seminar will be followed by a netw

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Collection of Lovers

Cube

Theatre/ 10 Oct - 12 Oct

€20-25

Raquel André is a collector of rare things. Across 20 cities around the world she has collected more than 200 ‘lovers’ to date. People of all nationalities, genders and ages, have agreed to meet

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Physics and Phantasma

Space Upstairs

Theatre/ 11 Oct - 12 Oct

€20-25

Even before we enter the theatre, our imagination is at work, anticipating what is to come. We are already doing so reading this text.

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Decoys

Cube

Work in Progress/ 12 Oct

Free Admission

Written and performed by Shaun, this piece is heavily informed by a period of time he spent in the UK, volunteering with organisations that work to equip convicted sex offenders towards community livi

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Youth Theatre Ireland Young Critics’ Panel

Cube

Special Event/ 13 Oct

Free Admission

The Young Critics are back. Get a different perspective on this year’s festival programme as 16 young people from across Ireland share their critical response in a session chaired by Dr. Karen Frick

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SOLO EXHIBITION: Anna Daučíková

Gallery

Exhibitions/ 22 Nov - 18 Jan

Free Admission

Anna Daučíková’s practice addresses issues around the conflicting aspects of normativity, the technologies of power, queer subjectivity and the politics of privacy.

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Open Call: Future Forecast Curator

Project Arts Centre is powered by creative ideas, critical thinking and debate. Artists and audiences are often first to forecast the future – for good and for ill. As we look to our future in an uncertain world, which is leaning towards populism, tokenism, and right wing conservative politics, we want to engage in a conversation about contemporary Ireland and the arts. We want to peel back the skin to see how artists are faring and examine the ways in which our arts community can reflect, mediate, challenge and shape our collective fate. Where does our future lie? As part…

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Emma Wolf Haugh Research Project: Domestic Optimism - A queer, working class, post-colonial critique of architectural modernism

Upcoming Artist Talk event from Emma Wolf Haugh around her ongoing research will be presented later this year. Date and Location TBC. This event will present the artists research towards new work from Haugh in 2020  Domestic Optimism begins with the work and continually expanding legacy of the Irish-born, self-taught, modernist architect and designer, Eileen Gray. A considerable amount of attention has been given to Gray’s work in recent years but, more often than not, the queerness inherent in her life and design is sidelined or ignored. I am interested in what comes to bear on the construction of legacy and what…

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