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Breaking Rainbows

Orla Barry

Breaking Rainbows




Crawford Art Gallery

  • Regular Price €10

70 minutes

With a year’s production wool generated on her farm and two performers, Orla Barry addresses our complex relationship with nature. From stories on a sheep farm to what categories reveal about the mind. From singing competitions in Ancient Greece to ecological issues today. The result is compelling live performance and a video installation, made up of a series of vignettes that reflect upon the primal, poetic and unpredictable bond we have with the natural world, performed by Einat Tuchman and Dick Walsh.

Orla Barry (b1969, Wexford) is both visual artist and shepherd. She lived for 16 years in Brussels and now lives and works in South East Ireland where she runs a flock of pedigree Lleyn sheep. In her work, she deals with the physicality and poetics of oral language. A recent leitmotif is the cannibalistic, symbiotic tension between being an artist and a farmer in rural Ireland.

She has shown work at Project Arts Centre, Dublin; The South London Gallery and Tate Modern, London; If I Can't Dance, De Appel Amsterdam; The Playground Festival, Leuven; and Performatik 17, Brussels.

Written and directed by Orla Barry
Collaborators Einat Tuchman, Derrick Devine, Marcus Lamb
Performers Einat Tuchman & Dick Walsh
Commissioned and produced by Wexford Arts Centre, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios
Co-production Kaaitheater, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Crawford Art Gallery
Funded by Arts Council of Ireland and by Culture Ireland
Supported by Dublin Theatre Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, Opera Festival Wexford & IMMA’s residency program