(Ratha Tep’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/12.)
Celebrations of poets tend to revolve, fittingly, around poetry readings. But on a cool evening in May, the main auditorium of the Abbey, the national theater of Ireland, was filled with enthusiasts of W. B. Yeats who had gathered for a contemporary dance performance inspired in part by his poem “Sailing to Byzantium.” The venue was particularly apt: Yeats co-founded the theater in 1904.
The eight-person piece, “Bastard Amber,” presented by the Liz Roche Company, was just one of about 150 events making up a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of the poet’s birth. Festivities are taking place across Ireland and abroad, with many in Dublin’s major cultural institutions.
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