Disappearing Islands – Songs from the edge of the world

Disappearing Islands – Songs from the edge of the world

The Performance Corporation presents

Disappearing Islands – Songs from the edge of the world

Belmullet Tidal Pool, Mayo. 16-19 September 2022

The Performance Corporation Ireland’s award winning, site specific specialists celebrate their 20 year anniversary by embarking on a unique theatrical adventure on a tidal pool on the edge of the island. 

Inspired by the landscape and the stories of loss at sea from the region, this new theatrical show will be performed in the stunning surrounds of  Belmullet’s tidal pool in County Mayo from 16 – 19 September 2022. Contemporary dancers, a mezzo-soprano, acapella male vocalists and a world-class accordionist create a show filled with heart, hope and humour. 

Disappearing Islands is an immersive experience in every sense. The audience is invited to take a communal dip in the tidal pool for the show’s finale – a moment that reflects the sea’s ability to bring people together. 

Tickets will go on sale from 20 July via www.DisappearingIslands.ie

Disappearing Islands is a unique theatrical experience. Staged around a tidal swimming pool that overlooks the beautiful vista of Blacksod Bay, the performance blends theatre, dance and song to magical effect. 

With one foot in the waters of the Atlantic, Disappearing Islands explores the deep influence of the sea on this coastal community, from times past to the present day. Here, the ocean is a powerful life-giving force but one that is also associated with tragedy. Through a series of songs and dance choreographies, the play explores our contrasting emotions associated with the sea. In doing so, it  touches on themes of environmental and personal loss and ultimately asks if the sea can save us from ourselves. 

During their research for Disappearing Islands, the artistic team discovered unexpected inspirations and new connections. They spoke to fishermen, historians, lighthouse keepers, environmentalists and sea swimmers. This research brings an often playful texture to the piece, which takes the audience on a journey across the globe, from the D-Day beaches of Normandy, to the mythical island of Hy Brasil. 

Composed by Ellen Cranitch, Written by Tom Swift, Directed by Jo Mangan

Produced by Once Off Productions

Featuring: Naomi Louise O’ Connell, Mezzo Soprano from Co. Clare, Isabella Oberlander, Limerick based Dancer, Sarah Ryan, Dublin based Dancer, CODA, Westport based 7 piece Male Vocal Group and David Munnelly, Belmullet and International Accordionist.

Funded by the Arts Council.  Supported by Mayo County Council & Creative Ireland Mayo.

Disappearing Islands – Creative Team

Led by the team that created The Dead Opera (most recently revived in 2021 at the Gaiety Theatre) Composer Ellen Cranitch, Writer Tom Swift, Director Jo Mangan. For Disappearing Islands they will work with a range of dancers, singers, musicians and vocal groups, to create a high impact performance  that will première at the Tidal Pool in Belmullet, Co Mayo in September 2022.

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