It has been a busy couple of months, and I’m delighted that my short dance film “Lucia Joyce: Full Capacity” made its world premiere at Bloomsday Trieste on Sunday June 16th in Museo Revoltella at 6pm – an auspicious start indeed, in the city of Lucia’s birth! Also my feature radio documentary on Lucia is ready for broadcast on RTE Lyric FM on Sunday July 21st at 6pm. As you might have guessed, these two projects are companion pieces, each shining light on the other.
We could not have made this short dance film without philanthropy from our kind supporters and believers, and we’re delighted that our beautiful limited edition reward hand prints of Evanna Lynch emulating Berenice Abbott’s iconic image of Lucia Joyce in her self-designed silver fish costume, autographed by our dream team of creative collaborators are ready as promised!
And then there’s the feature radio documentary, funded by Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound and Vision Scheme – after many recordings and interviews over the last couple of months across Dublin in The James Joyce Centre, The Viking Theatre, Clontarf, Senator David Norris’s splendid residence on North Great George’s street, upstairs in MoLI (Museum of Literature of Ireland) at Newman House, Newstalk Studio, and in RTE Radio Centre where we had an ISDN line to WHYY in Philadelphia to interview Carol Loeb Shloss, author of “Lucia Joyce, to Dance in the Wake” our documentary is ready for broadcast on July 21st, 2019, at 6pm – in the week of Lucia’s July 26th birthday 🙂
What to Expect?
Aligning Lucia Joyce’s modern dance career with WB Yeats’ and Ninette de Valois’ Abbey Theatre Ballets, we reclaim the much-misunderstood dancer as an artist in her own right.
Cast: Evanna Lynch, Olwen Fouéré, Bairbre Ni Chaoimh, Michael James Ford, Elliot Moriarty
Interviewees: Carol Loeb Shloss (Author: Lucia Joyce – To Dance in the Wake); Simon O’Connor (Composer and Director of MoLI); Olwen Fouéré (Creator of ‘Riverrun’, inspired by Lucia Joyce); Senator David Norris (Joycean); Robert Nicholson (Curator & Founder of The James Joyce Tower)
Featuring an original score by Conor Linehan
Sound Supervision by Neil Kavanagh
In other related news, on June 6th, I was invited to Bloomsday Croatia in Pula (where James Joyce began his creative exile in 1904), where I was honoured to give a talk on Lucia Joyce’s Modern Dance Career at Pula Public Library, featuring excerpts hot off the press from my imminent BAI-funded radio documentary.
And meanwhile, back in Dublin on June 13th, WB Yeats’s birthday, it was an honour to share my documentary on the extraordinary Mrs. WB Yeats, “Georgie’s Vision” (the first ever documentary on this fascinating topic), at the National Library of Ireland.
And not to forget “Lucia Joyce: Perspectives”, the great day I was part of at TCD Long Room Hub back on April 13th, curated by Genevieve Sartor, where I was delighted to give a half hour talk and to contribute to an esteemed panel on the topic of Lucia Joyce the artist, at the height of her powers, and where that might have led.