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Revisiting Samhain: Two Directions on a Theme
Kearney, Daithi
Since its inception in the 1960s, Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, has presented various aspects of Irish folklore on stage incorporating elements of Irish traditional music, song and dance. In this essay, I focus on two particular productions, both entitled Samhain, produced in 1993 and 2001. While both productions were directed by Oliver Hurley, they were devised in cooperation with the core company of professional performers, most of whom had developed their skills and experience through the Siamsa Tíre training system. The creative team also involved external artists who contributed in particular to the visual aesthetics of the production but whose creations, particularly in the area of masks and puppetry, influenced the development of movement and choreography. Although both productions are in the form of folk theatre, based on music, song and dance and little or no spoken language, they follow very different narrative outlines on a shared theme.
Keyword(s): Arts and Humanities; Music; Irish Traditional Music; Society; Culture.
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Type: Book chapter
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Dundalk Institute of Technology
Citation(s): Kearney, Daithi (2016) Revisiting Samhain: Two Directions on a Theme. In: New Crops, Old Fields: (Re)imagining Irish Folklore. Peter Lang Publishing Group, Dublin , pp. 99-124. ISBN 9781787072497
Publisher(s): Peter Lang Publishing Group
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