Orla Barry [IRL]



Language gives shape to our structured world, but in fact every sentence is a new improvisation. For Mountain, Orla Barry set to work with 57 words, an actor, a performer and a musician. Luck, chance and a bit of wizardry play equal parts in this work. The language objects on the stage not only make up the set, but also provide the foundations for the script. By playing with poetry, songs, monologues, speeches and suchlike, unexpected links between words, meaning and performance emerge.

Orla Barry, Mountain
Mountain can also be seen in the form of an installation at Bozar until 5 May. It is part of the exhibition entitled Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art & Francis Bacon’s Studio, as part of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union (28/02>5/05).

concept & text Orla Barry | performance & music Derrick Devine, Marcus Lamb, Einat Tuchman | production STUK, Playgroundfestival (Leuven) | production management Ilse Van Essche | commission CAC (Brétigny),  If I Can't Dance (Amsterdam),  STUK - Playgroundfestival (Leuven), Tate Modern (London) | co-funded by the European Union