Áras Éanna, in association with Galway Dance Project and Office ALB Japan presents Echoes of Calling.
Acclaimed Japanese contemporary dancer and choreographer, Akiko Kitamura, is the driving force behind this exciting new intercultural collaboration, Echoes of Calling. Kitamura’s visit to Galway, Inis Oirr, and Connemara in 2019 began her process of enquiry into the co-existence of human beings and nature.
Inspired by the rugged landscape and traditions of the West of Ireland, this project takes a fresh look at ancient spiritual practices and rituals, exploring the relationship between prayer, shamanism, animism, and dance from a contemporary perspective, as it relates to the changing relationship between humans and the environment and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following a premiere performance in Toyko in January 2021, with an ensemble of Japanese dancers and Irish sean-nós singers Dominic Mac Giolla Bhríde and Diane Cannon, Kitamura will then work with an ensemble of Galway dancers in residence at Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, to create a short performance inspired by her explorations of sean-nós song and other themes relevant to Galway and the West of Ireland.
The resulting performance will be an inspirational meeting between East and West, between Asia and Europe, between tradition and modernity, connecting the most westerly arts centre in Europe to the eastern metropolis of greater Tokyo in Japan.
This project is funded under the Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas programme.