Alas Awake (music installation)
Drawing on contemporary choral work, collage, improvisation, live electronics and installation this ambitious project is an abstract homage to one of literature’s great works of abstraction. The acclaimed composer and performer Seán Mac Erlaine presents a new site-specific setting of Finnegans Wake for improvising choir, woodwinds, electronics and film.
Presented as a theatre-style promenade piece, audiences are led through an abandoned Georgian residence in a heightened environment conjuring the world and epoch of Joyce's Dublin.
These innovative artists work with the poetic elements of the book, without an overt attempt to translate the text, creating an atmospheric sound-and-image world both immersive and beautiful.