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.
Rehearsal, 3 September 2020
These photographs were taken by Zosia Kuczyńska during project workshops and rehearsals at Dance House on 3 September 2020.
Structure the ages.
In Friel’s play Dancing at Lughnasa (1990), the radio is an important theatrical device. Apart from connecting the Mundy sisters to an emerging modernity, it also functions as an almost supernatural presence as it makes sudden musical intrusions that disturb the domestic scene.
Jessie Keenan interview, extract 2
Jessie Keenan talks about the origins of the three dance solos that form part of her film ‘So what is surfacing’.