Lucia Kickham, 'Dance is...'
In this audio file, Lucia Kickham reads aloud from a group automatic writing exercise in which participants responded to the prompts ‘language is’, ‘music is’, and ‘dance is’. Friel had thought extensively about the nature of all three, and the exercise was an attempt to generate material that engaged with similar thought processes.
Portrait: Lucia Kickham
Lucia Kickham is a Dublin-based dance artist performing and collaborating internationally since 2011.
Is the play about this?
This note towards Dancing at Lughnasa (1990) is an example of Brian Friel’s habit of asking himself questions as part of his composition process.
It doesn't matter if the rains come
This note was written by Brian Friel during the composition process for Dancing at Lughnasa (1990). Many of Friel’s notes explore the significance of the play’s various dances and what it is they might be expressing.
this nagging idea of Dance
Among Friel’s preoccupations whilst writing Dancing at Lughnasa (1990) were what he called ‘this nagging idea of dance’ on the one hand and the extent to which the play’s form should be naturalistic on the other.