Gilgamesh – Short Film
On the 12 September, Macnas premiered Gilgamesh, a 22-minute short film at the Town Hall Theatre.
A Galway 2020 commission, shot on location around Ireland earlier this year, the film was inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh – the oldest surviving work of world literature; an epic poem with themes of love, power and death that are relevant to the present day. Firmly rooted in the landscapes of Ireland, this was a beautiful Macnas-infused interpretation of an ancient story, the first ever hero’s journey written over 3,000 years ago.
Gilgamesh received its UK premiere at the London Irish Centre on Thursday 16 September and was available to View On Demand for 48 hours only on 18 and 19 September 2021.
The project was originally conceived as a creative programme of large scale public performances in celebration of Galway European Capital of Culture 2020. However Covid-19 has seen Macnas deliver a remarkable reimagined vision, firmly rooted in Galway, with a series of stunning short films; a digital storybook, the Gilgamesh Experience at Macnas.com; plus a collection of large-scale murals unveiled in Galway city centre.
This ancient tale explores contemporary themes of human relationships, love, power and death. It centres on Gilgamesh, a tyrannical young king who rules the city of Uruk. Two thirds god, one third man, Gilgamesh is bored, beautiful and obsessed with fame. A cruel and unjust king, he wants to find the secret to immortality, become a God and live forever. The citizens of Uruk cry out to the Gods for help. The Gods listen and create Enkidu, a wild young warrior sent down from the heavens to rival Gilgamesh and challenge his quest to live forever. Join Macnas to see Gilgamesh forge battles, wreak havoc on his citizens and meet his match in the wild warrior Enkidu.
Legend of Gilgamesh: Episode 1
Legend of Gilgamesh: Episode 2
Legend of Gilgamesh: Episode 3
Macnas Drumming Ensemble – Gigamesh
Check out the talented and wonderful Macnas Drumming Ensemble, with Performance Directors Éimhín Cradock and James Riordan, in this extended outtake from Legend Of Gilgamesh: Ep. 2.