Weathering (Mary Wycherley) (2020-22)
Dance Limerick – Nov 2020 (Covid postponed)
Project Arts Centre – March 2021 (Covid postponed)
Weathering is a hybrid performance and film installation addressing identity, place and environment. The work reaches between disciplines to weave text, performance, visuals and sound. Directed by the choreographer / film maker Mary Wycherley, Weathering is a collaboration with writer Jools Gilson, singer and visual artist Ciara Conway and composer Jürgen Simpson and is funded by The Arts Council Of Ireland and Limerick City and County Council, presented in partnership with Project Arts Centre and Dance Limerick.
Until recently The Gearagh in Macroom Co. Cork was the last surviving full oak forest in Western Europe when they were felled for the building of two electrical dams. Weathering takes this 11,000 year-old Irish submerged glacial woodland as a conceptual root for the work which integrates the interdisciplinary elements that are a hallmark of Wycherley’s work.
“There is a distinctly human imperative to find ourselves within the flow of time, to discover a means by which we can root ourselves, to decipher ourselves from those sparse traces that have survived the world’s weathering. The vast scale of our prehistory – beyond the historical and before written records – offers us a glimpse of an alien yet fascinating landscape defined by the patterning of the natural world.” Mary Wycherley.