(1) For Private Use
(3) 10th Anniversary
FREE, OUTDOOR-BASED EXPERIMENTAL ENCOUNTERS. RADICAL WORKS EXPLORING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH DUBLIN’S NATURAL AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT AS WE CONFRONT THE CLIMATE CRISIS.
From sound art, to pop-up concerts, to installations and interventions, the programme across the week involves works by Irish and international composers that find new, beautiful ways to explore our relationship with Dublin’s natural & built environment as we confront the climate crisis. Covid-19 and the rapid encroachment of the climate crisis have heightened awareness within the music world that business as usual may be short-lived, if it ever truly returns.
BIOSPHERE IS CENTERED ON WORKS TRULY DESIGNED TO BE PERFORMED OUTDOORS, WHICH COULD HAVE NO LIFE IN A CONVENTIONAL CONCERT SPACE.
With the outdoors as our “venue”, all contributing artists have ventured on new artistic endeavours by designing nature into the fabric of their work; making the environment inseparable from the music. The chosen surroundings as well as the environmental impact and theme of the works (from creation, to rehearsals, to performance) were carefully considered by composers and Kirkos when creating the programme of encounters.
While the exact lineup and locations will be announced one week prior to the event, the audience can expect:
A performance of Tai Chi inside a Zorb ball filled with shredded single use plastic
A string quartet in the sea with the tide rising till it immerses them and their instruments
A Zoom call across Dublin Bay
Improvisational text pieces inviting our online followers to take their plant on a walk
A solo horn player battling the tide and the dangers of rising sea levels
A piece structured around the Clare v Galway 2018 All-Ireland semi-final (replayed by 2 people instead of 30,
and this time played over a salvaged piano at a beach…)
Many more captivating, shocking & moving adventures of the imagination.
Our contributing artists are engaged in multiple media, but come from the core disciplines of music (Tom Lane, Susan Geaney, Nick Roth, Robert Coleman, Paul Scully, Jennifer Walshe, Patrick Ellis, Sebastian Adams, Andy Ingamells, Seán Clancy), interdisciplinary art (Natasha Bourke) dance (Laura Sarah Dowdall), and theatre (Joan Somers Donnelly).
All works will be performed by members of Kirkos, sometimes with the addition of the composers.
This Is About – Andy Ingamells + Séan Clancy
Boundary Music – Arie Verheul van de Ven
Bikes and Harmonicas – Daniil Pilchen
Decay... – Robert Coleman
Nick Roth – Flocking III
Swim Piece – Joan Somers Donnelly
Celebration of The Agents of the Apocalypse – John Godfrey
Aquamonica – Kathryn Williams + Andy Ingamells
Embodied Nature – Laura Sarah Dowdall
Out of Sight – Maya Verlaak
Testero Utero Go! Litter Womb – Natasha Bourke
Around The Clocks – Patrick Ellis
Line of Sight – Paul Scully
Aistear Riachtanach / Necessary Journey – Ruairí Ó’Donnabháin
TIDE – Tom Lane
Tide Quartet – Sebastian Adams
Text Pieces – Susan Geaney
The Wasistas of Thereswhere – The Dowager Marchylove
Tape Measure – Wilson Leywantono