The Circus Animals' Desertion
The Circus Animals’ Desertion is a poetic response to the imagining of nations, inspired by the writings of Ireland’s national poet William Butler Yeats. It sets Yeats' romantic notions of nationhood against the brutal realities of extreme nationalism, radicalisation, xenophobia and oppression engulfing the world today.
The Circus Animals’ Desertion takes the form of a collective dream, abstract, contradictory but ultimately a true expression of human nature. Through mask and dance a panoply of characters, creatures and objects populate the stage to create a world which is at once strange and yet devastatingly familiar.
Sampling texts and imagery from Yeats’ plays and poetry as well as archive recordings and interviews, the piece is performed by an international cast of dancers and live musicians.
Running time : 1h10
2016-10-04 00:00:00 2016-10-08 00:00:00 - Dublin Theatre Festival, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin - Ireland
Written and Directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan
Performers : Deirdre Griffin, Saara Hurme, Rebecca Journo, Eddie Kay, Martin McCann
Musicians : Jane Deasy, Lioba Petrie, Maud Ni Riordan
Voiceover : Shahab Coohe
Music : Sean Millar
Choreography : Jessica Kennedy
Set and Mask Design : Ger Clancy
Costume Design : Sarah Foley
Lighting Design : Stephen Dodd
Projection Design : Kilian Waters
Sound Design : Jack Cawley
A co-production with Brokentalkers, Mermaid Arts Centre and Project Arts Centre, Ireland. Funded through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award.