A musical journey reflecting on our technological past

A NEW and extraordinary work by Jennifer Walshe titled Oscailt will premiere at Belltable on Thursday September 21. 

Performed by Jennifer Walshe (vocalist), Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), Nick Roth (saxophones) and Panos Ghikas (multi-instrumentalist and electronics), Oscailt is a stunning multi-media composition for sound and video that invites you to open your mind and see the world through the eyes of our digital natives.  

Oscailt was developed by the amazing force of nature that is vocalist, improviser and composer Jennifer Walshe and her ensemble with the help of secondary school students from across the country. 

“Imagine a place where a phone tower is planted next to a holy well, where Facebook employees at the Clonee data centre tend beehives in a nod to mediaeval monks, and where the hexagonal shapes of the basalt columns at the Giant’s Causeway are echoed in the solar cells of the James Webb Telescope peering into deepest space as the Leviathan once did. No need to imagine it, we are living it.”

This new performance will draw on the experience of growing up in a world mediated by technology. Participants will explore and create sounds using instrumental, vocal and computer improvisation techniques which will be incorporated into the performance and the students will join Walshe and her ensemble on stage to perform some of their co-created material.   

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“Together they will take us on a musical journey that reflects on our technological past while inspiring us to dream of the futures they would like to construct.”  

Oscailt premieres at Belltable on Thursday September 21. Tickets €20 / €15. More info: https://limetreetheatre.ie/events/oscailt/