The Irish Community Arts Project is participating in other Bloomsday celebrations around the globe. On Bloomsday, Tuesday June 16, they will have readings from various literary figures at 7 p.m. in Kingsthorpe Cemetery at the graveside of Lucia Anna Joyce in Northhampton, England. As part of the event, the Triskelion Theatre Company will dress in period costume for a related performance. For further details contact Irish Community Arts Project Co-ordinator Peter Mulligan at caprojects.PM@gmail.com.
The James Joyce Centre in Dublin has launched a new website dedicated to The Bloomsday Festival. The page provides general information about the Joycean holiday as well as a detailed program of the Centre’s events, which begin on the 11th and culminate on Bloomsday. As in past years, these include multiple walking tours, pub crawls, meals, and of course, readings of Ulysses. Many of the events are repeated so if you miss something make sure and check every day’s list of events. The Bloomsday page also includes a listing of Bloomsday-related events around Dublin, and features an interactive map and regional groupings of the events so you can plan your Bloomsday efficiently. In addition, the Centre’s page provides a form to submit any Bloomsday events not already included and links to dedicated Facebook and Twitter accounts to follow the events in real time.
Austrialian performance art producer Vitalstatistix is presenting a massive theater project based on Ulysses. The 18 part, ten-hour performance will be put on by The Rabble, a performance troupe based in Victoria, which plans to reinterpret Joyce’s work in radical new ways. The performance will use the Gilbert schema as a guide, but will introduce provocative differences into Joyce’s narrative. For example, Leopold/Odysseus will be a female part, and the novel’s quotidian events will be given operatic weight. The Rabble will also experiment with different media forms throughout the performance, including installation art and video production. The performance will run from 26 October-November 6. Access more information here.
The James Joyce Italian Foundation has released the program for its 8th conference, to be held February 2-3 in Rome. This year’s event focuses on Joyce, Yeats, and the Revival, will coincide with Yeats’ 150th birthday, and feature plenary talks from Matthew Campbell of the University of York, Ronan Crowley of the University of Passau, and Carla Vaglio Marengo of the Universita di Torino. The panels focus mainly on issues related to Joyce, Yeats, and the Revivial. In addition, Paolo Colombo will speak on T. S. Eliot, there will be a roundtable on translation, and an evening at the Irish Embassy hosted by Irish Ambassador to Italy, Mr. Bobby McDonagh. Finally, there will be a showing of artwork from Grazia LoDeserto entitled “Tutto Shakespeare.” Follow this link to view the program and this one to visit the JJIF website.
Choreographer Jenny McAllister, who works out of San Francisco, has created a highly unusual and interesting dance production inspired by Finnegans Wake, titled “A Wake.” The production loosely follows the plot of the Wake and includes a diverse range of accompanying choral music and some less standard selections including music by Tom Waits. Leopold Bloom even makes an appearance. Sections of the Wake are spoken by the dancers, but others are represented through dance, and the setting has changed from early twentieth century Ireland to 1980’s and 1990’s America. The show premiered in early October at the ODC Theater in San Francisco. Follow this link for more information.