Kirkos – For Private Use @ New Music Dublin 2021
An experimental anthology to help you hear, see and taste your environment in new ways, and redefine what you mean by the word performance.
Date: Sunday 25th April
We miss performing: the intimacy of warm bodies soaking up the same vibrations, breathing the same dust and smelling the same sweat; the journeys to a concert - all different, but all loaded with the same expectation and excitement; The total focus of being in a darkened room - nearly alone - with the performers.
We can’t be in the same room together, but we can find other ways to share a listening context and a special experience; and we can privilege the private act of performing a piece only for yourself. This set of pieces is partly devised by Kirkos, partly composed by a set of wonderful artists commissioned to make micro-pieces by Kirkos and New Music Dublin. It also includes a few existing works that paved the way for our ideas.
For us, reframing “performance” as something you can do on your own and just for your own benefit seems a radical change of perspective:
you don’t need to be a professional to be a performer;
if you’re a performer, you don’t need an audience to perform.
Kirkos: Hannah Miller, Jane Hackett, Robert Coleman, Sebastian Adams, Tom Roseingrave and Yseult Cooper Stockdale
New commissions are from: Eimear Walshe, Elis Czerniak, John Godfrey, Judith Ring, Rachel Ní Chuinn, Robbie Blake and Susan Geaney.