October 2016

As part of Project 50, Project Arts Centre and Pan Pan present One Time Season: a celebration of contemporary theatre featuring works by Pan Pan and American/Belgian group Random Scream.

The Importance of Nothing:

A comedy about a drama therapy class in an imaginary prison.

Picture an imaginary prison where the drama therapy is twenty fours a day. Drama therapist, Lady Lancing and her husband Omar have dedicated their lives to conducting anti-homophobic workshops utilizing the life and works of Oscar Wilde.

The prisoner’s patience and imaginations are teased to refashion or to completely overhaul Wilde’s material and the threads that are interwoven through his works and the social conventions of the past century.

“Pain unlike pleasure wears no mask” Oscar Wilde

Cast: Andrew Bennett, Una McKevitt, Mark O’Halloran and Dylan Tighe
Director: Gavin Quinn
Set Design: Aedín Cosgrove
Lighting Design: Zia Holly
Music: Si Schroeder
Costumes: Catherine Fay

Check out this video with a series of cuts from a rehearsal of The Importance of Nothing.

Photography & Videography: Ros Kavanagh

Random Scream: The Brussels based company, Random Scream, will present four of their most provocative performances; Investment, What You Need to Know, 7 Promises and KARAOKE Art, over the one week in the Project to give Irish audiences a chance to experience contemporary performance at its best and most cutting edge.

Davis Freeman, the director of Random Scream, is an American performing artist who has worked with Forced Entertainment, Meg Stuart and Superamas. With his company he continues to explore the multiple sides of his artistic personality. From docu-performances and durational music, theatre and dance pieces to lounge acts and installations. He created the company in 1999 to expose the eclectic elements of everyday culture with proposed lines of flight for dance, theatre, and visual arts. The projects aim to draw attention to what is already there by focusing on our personal interactions and how our choices directly affect each other and the community we live in.

Dates: 12 – 26 November 2016
Venue: Project Arts Centre
Booking: http://projectartscentre.ie/event/one-time-season/

Photo by Silvano Magnone

Pan Pan and Theater Bonn’s 2015 production of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is being brought back for further performances throughout October and November in the larger venue of the Kammerspiele in Bonn.

1932 saw the publication of one of the most important utopian novels of the 20th century: a perfidiously seductive vision of the future, the construction of a paradise in which happiness is administered like a drug. Sex and conspicuous consumption are rampant, and human reproduction is organized via industrial methods. At the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre people get cloned by the dozen through the Bokanovsky process and conditioned according to their class by emotional engineering. Envy, mourning and suffering have been abolished, and any remaining unforeseen emotional hick-ups are dealt with through soma – a drug sending the stressed person straight into nirvana. Everything seems under control. Everything is cared for. It’s the best of all possible worlds – until someone looks under the surface and discovers a bottomless pit of arrogance and nastiness. And, lo and behold, like every paradise this one only exists as long as everybody believes in it. There are three unconventional lost souls who cannot bear to live “happily” without freedom any longer – who simply cease to believe.

Check out Brave New World’s video on Vimeo
Check out our Facebook album with dress rehearsal shots by Thilo Beu

Directed by Gavin Quinn
Designed by Aedín Cosgrove

ALL THAT FALL goes to Broadway!

In November, All That Fall, will be presented as part of The White Light Festival which is the Lincoln Centre’s annual exploration of music and arts. This will be Pan Pan’s Broadway premiere at The Duke on 42nd Street, right in the heart of the New York theatre district. All That Fall had its NY premiere in 2012 in BAM.

All That Fall is a multi-layered composition of voices that can be experienced as a black comedy, a murder mystery, a cryptic literary riddle or a quasi-musical score, but that gains from being experienced in Pan Pan’s uniquely atmospheric, theatrically tuned listening chamber.

“Gavin Quinn’s production and Jimmy Eadie’s sound design creates a remarkable aural tapestry that ranges from the actors impersonating doves to a final storm of wind and rain achieves Lear-like proportions.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian

“Gavin Quinn’s radical production goes further in honouring the spirit of Beckett’s wish, situating the play in the realm of pure imagination.”
Jason Zinoman, The New York Times

“Beckett wanted the play “to come out of the dark”, and Gavin Quinn’s intriguing installation-style production for Pan Pan Theatre delivers just that. As if to remind of the proximity of death, the audience is seated on cushions embroidered with skulls in individual rocking chairs. Glowing lightbulbs hang above us like pitiless stars. There are no live actors, only voices (and sound and lighting effects), but it always feels bleatingly alive.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Dates: 9 – 12 November 2016
Venue: The Duke on 42nd
Booking: http://whitelightfestival.org/events/all-that-fall

Supported by Culture Ireland.

Photographer: Ros Kavanagh

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