New live artwork from acclaimed Irish artist Orla Barry blending autofiction and oral history to create a humorous, passionate monologue about the intersection of man and animal.
Written for Barry’s longstanding collaborator Einat Tuchman, this performance is rooted in a form of artistic ‘barefoot anthropology’, recounting the artist’s tenuous interactions with the land, farming, man, and animal. Reflecting on the culture of disconnection from the natural world and the boundaries of art and the rural every day, Barry draws on her background running a successful pedigree Lleyn sheep flock alongside her art practice - and like her previous work, combining text, narrative performance and visual art to exist between the theatre and the gallery space. Barry draws on her background running a successful pedigree Lleyn sheep flock alongside her art practice. She produces crossover artworks that blend text, narrative performance and visual art, inhabiting the space between theatre and gallery.
Orla Barry has had solo exhibitions at MuZee, Ostend; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels; and Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin and has shown at EVA international and the RHA Dublin. Her work has been performed at KAAI theatre, Brussels; Museum M, Leuven, SMAK, Gent and IMMA, also at Dublin Theatre Festival; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; South London Gallery; Tate Modern, London; De Appel, Amsterdam. She is a Lecturer at SETU and former Advising Researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Académie, Netherlands.
Written and directed by Orla Barry
Performed by Einat Tuchman and Orla Barry
Design assistance by Tanad Aaron, Lutece Mauger, Adrian Doyle
Commissioned by MuZee, Oostend, and EVA International. Supported by the Arts Council with additional support from KAAI theater, Wexford Arts Centre, Crawford Art Gallery and Cork Midsummer Festival with touring at Wexfort Arts Centre and Dublin Theatre Festival
Find out more about Orla at her website here.