Living Archive installation at Tate Liverpool completes 14-18 NOW Co-commission


Ireland’s multi award-winning partnership of ANU and CoisCéim Dance Theatre are thrilled to announce that the final element of the THESE ROOMS project, the art installation BEYOND THESE ROOMS, will be presented at Tate Liverpool from 17 January – 09 February 2019. The residency will include live performances, film screenings and a symposium and will mark the completion of this major collaborative project between Director/Choreographer, David Bolger; Visual Artist, Owen Boss and theatre maker, Louise Lowe that began in 2015.

BEYOND THESE ROOMS is a visual art installation resulting from a live performance work THESE ROOMS. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the installation brings together artefacts, documents, imagery and video to propel audiences into the tragic events of Dublin’s North King Street in 1916, five days into the Easter Rising, where 15 civilian men were killed in house-to-house raids by British soldiers. Through witness testimonies from two key government enquiries, one in Ireland and one in the UK, BEYOND THESE ROOMS is a living archive project that will encourage people to touch, see, hear, smell and feel the tragedy through a highly focussed lens of the present day.

As part of the presentation of BEYOND THESE ROOMS at Tate Liverpool there will be a series of film screenings as well as a residency that will result in a symposium on Thursday 07 February. The symposium will feature contributions by David Bolger, Owen Boss and Louise Lowe with live performances from Jonathan Mitchell, Emma O’Kane and Mathew Williamson.

BEYOND THESE ROOMS is the result of live performance work THESE ROOMS staged at Shoreditch Town Hall as part of theatre festival LIFT 2018 and engages with the complexity of conflicted histories by returning to its starting point, the massacre of 15 civilians in Dublin’s North King Street. In a project that cross pollinates theatre, dance and visual art, THESE ROOMS investigates one story from two perspectives: those of the civilians who were victims of and witnesses to the North King Street Massacre, and those of the men of the South Staffordshire Regiment who committed this act – their identities largely anonymous, their actions controversially exonerated at a military enquiry.

Created by two of Ireland’s most ground-breaking original companies, this highly acclaimed, riveting project sheds new light on a pivotal moment in British-Irish relations.

Part of 14-18 NOW’s ambitious arts programme connecting people with the First World War and generously supported by Culture Ireland, it began as part of ART: 2016, the Arts Council of Ireland’s programme as part of Ireland 2016.

For more information please see the dedicated website THESEROOMS.IE/room03/