Performing Ireland: Now, then, now...

Kelly, Marie, O'Gorman, Siobhan and Phillips, Aine (2020) Performing Ireland: Now, then, now... Scene . ISSN 2044-3714

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Abstract

This article offers a comprehensive, research-informed reflection on the contents of the special double issue of Scene, ‘Performance and Ireland’, conceptualized within a sense looped temporalities (now, then, now), a concept borrowed from Irish multidisciplinary performance company, ANU Productions. From the perspectives of performance studies and visual culture, we connect, and contextualize for an international readership, articles concerning such topics as: Ireland’s colonial history; race, ethnicity, and racism in relation to Ireland; performing the Irish diaspora; feminist activism; performing LGBTQ+ identities; the Troubles and the border in Northern Ireland; Ireland as a global brand; the Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA); and artistic engagements with hidden histories. This introductory article provides an overview of the discourses on performance studies and Ireland to date and draws on theories of performance as they intersect with Irish studies, postcolonialism, commemoration, and gender and sexuality, to situate the volume within pertinent contemporary and historical contexts from the Irish Famine (1845-1849) to Covid-19. ‘Performing Ireland’ in the context of the current pandemic is also considered towards the end of the article.

Keywords:performance studies, Irish studies, gender and sexuality, commemoration, post-colonialism, race, ethnicity, and Ireland, culture and Covid-19
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W460 Theatre Design
W Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W990 Creative Arts and Design not elsewhere classified
W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W310 Musicianship/Performance studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W430 Producing for Theatre
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V350 History of Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W420 Directing for Theatre
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:42869
Deposited On:04 Nov 2020 12:48

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