(Peter Crawley’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 18/8.)
Whatever your feelings about the artist or the man, there’s no denying that WB Yeats was a visionary.
That he gave so unstintingly of his visions – for Ireland, for art, for unearthly realms – makes him a fascinating riddle in this bold exploration from Brokentalkers.
Directors Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan collaborate with choreographer Jessica Kennedy to create a piece of dance-theatre that takes up Yeats’s challenge to create new theatrical forms, while keeping a cool distance from his more septic political ideas. It’s no easy feat; to find poetry in motion, but still know the dancer from the dance.
Their cue comes from Yeats’s occult work A Vision, and an idea of spirits Dreaming Back in the afterlife to relive the most painful, intense moments of their lives.
Photo of Peter Crawley: Irish Times.