A major new work from Benjamin Dwyer, Umbilical, is performed on 4-6 November 2011

In the process of producing Umbilical, the creative team of visual artist David Farrell, composer, theorist Tina Kinsella and archivist Michael Dwyer have woven the media of Japanese Butoh dance, contemporary music and visual image with contemporary theory to innovatively re-stage the Oedipus myth. Umbilical revisits the Oedipus story, but this time from the perspective of an alternative protagonist, Jocasta — Oedipus’s lover and mother. Umbilical will premiere in Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November at 8pm. For full details and tickets visit: http://www.ruared.ie/

As a preview event to this unique theatrial experience, the Royal Irish Academy of Music presents Excavating the Irrational – Music, Narrative and Tragedy, a lecture by composer, Dr. Benjamin Dwyer reflecting upon his original score. This will take place in the Recital Hall of the RIAM on Wednesday the 26th of October, from 11am – 12:30 pm and admission is free.

The musical score of Umbilical (for amplified Baroque violin, double-bass, harpsichord and tape), will receive its live première on Sunday 6th November at 12 noon in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin (free admission), as part of the Sundays at noon series, with Maya Homburger (Baroque violin), Barry Guy (double bass) and David Adams (harpsichord).

Visit: http://www.umbilical.eu/

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