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Sklonište (Shelter)

Ailis Ní Riain

Sklonište (Shelter)


1pm & 4pm


The Crypt At St. Luke's, Summerhill North

  • Regular Price €12
  • Concession €10

60 minutes

Sarajevo, 1996. The city is under siege. Sniper fire kills civilians every day. The citizens of Sarajevo run to avoid being shot. They run for one thing: shelter. ‘Sklonište’ (meaning shelter) was spray-painted throughout Sarajevo to guide its citizens to underground shelters. The siege lasted 1,425 days.

Combining the experiences and motivations of international aidworkers and the surrealism of war; Sklonište – for live musician and video, performed by Dermot Dunne – is an alternative reflection on the longest siege in modern warfare: 13,952 were killed. Expect the surreal, the tragic and the humour of a people determined to survive.

Following performances in Paris, London, Derry, Sarajevo, throughout Northern England and in Dublin, Sklonište (Shelter) comes to Cork for two performances only at The Crypt at St. Lukes, featuring music, photography, video, archive footage, story-telling and texts marking 20 years since the end of the siege of Sarajevo; 1425 days - running for shelter, in your own city.

Original music/concept – Ailís Ní Ríain (England/Ireland

Classical Accordion – Dermot Dunne (Ireland)
Photography & Interviews – Jim Marshall (Scotland/Sarajevo)
Poetry – Semezdin Mehmedinović (Bosnia/USA)
Patrick Ketch – Animation (Ireland)
Voice – Amira Medunjanin (Bosnia)
With the collaboration of Sarajevan citizens who lived through the siege
Plus contributions Elma Serdarevic, Amar Custovic and Elma Jucovic.

“Sklonište pays respectful homage to the people of Sarajevo, a timely reminder of how the horrors of war impact on innocent civilians. Discordant accordion lent a disturbing sense of immediacy ever truly evoked a strong response.”  – The Irish Examiner

Audience responses:

“Ni Riain has composed a work which is serious, engaged, authentically post modern – but which still manages to be lyrical, melodic and deeply moving.”

“Powerful, poignant.”

“A very subtle and sophisticated way to approach so difficult a topic.”