The White Quadrangle (2005)

moon seed
winter sweet

fire bush

You’re always finding fairy tales everywhere. It’s ridiculous

The White Quadranglewas one of two commissions half/angel received from the Executive of the European Capital of Culture: Cork 2005. The work was a large-scale site specific performance made for the central quadrangle at University College Cork (UCC) involving 123 performers and performed on 17th March, 2005 (St. Patrick’s Day).  

Performers included forty children from Ballyheada National School, Ballinhassig and St. Vincent’s Convent School in Cork City; thirty gardeners, students and academics from UCC; twelve drummers; fifteen singers; a circus performer who span fire on chains and the man who calls ‘Echo!’ outside the General Post Office in Cork.  

The White Quadrangle involved large scale choreographies based on the Ogham alphabet, a collaboration with sculptor Pauline O’Connell, and a narrative involving Saint Finbarre (Patron Saint of Cork) and Queen Victoria (Finn & Vicky) meeting as teenagers in the quadrangle, innocent of their histories. An original score by Richard Povall and large scale projections combined to make this a visual and choreographic spectacle which ended with the image of a thousand white windmills placed in the grass of the quadrangle. 

The Gardeners

FINN: There are things we don’t know

NARRATOR: he said.

VICKY: I know

NARRATOR: she said.

FINN: There are a lot of things we don’t know.


FINN: I feel them. They’re kind of waiting.

VICKY: I know

NARRATOR: she said.

VICKY: I know.

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