Aistear Riachtanach / Necessary Journey

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03/09/2020 09:00 - 00:00
24/05/2023 09:00 - 00:00


Skibbereen Town Hall




Aistear Riachtanach / Necessary Journey is a choreographic gesture in dialogue with a coastline. Over one week Ruairí Ó’Donnabháin will walk from his home on Oileán Chléire / Cape Clear Island along the coastline of West Cork to his family home just outside Cork City.

Wild Camping, Deep Listening and Aesthetic Practices of Care. Walking the 250km+ with his partner and photographer Gabriel Bethencourt, Ó’Donnabháin will create field recordings with the ‘mixed reality’ recorders to create an archive of the experience which will be shared digitally each day. 

To follow Ruairí's journey please hop over to his istagram or twitter


Ruairí Ó’Donnabháin is re-imagining himself and the world around him. Ó’Donnabháin has been making dances in Ireland since 2008. He is a Masters in Choreography Graduate from DAS Graduate School in Amsterdam & holds a joint honors B.A. in Drama & Theatre Studies and English from University College Cork. Donovan is from County Cork, Ireland and his choreographic practice is concerned with ‘aesthetic practices of care’. He lives and works on Oileán Chléire, a remote island and Gaeltacht off the south west coast of Co. Cork investigating Gaeilge as a site of queer resistance and new materialist collaboration ‘in the wild’. (100)

Donovan has performed for Jennifer Walshe, Keith Hennessy, Ben Kamino and THEATREclub among others. His own work has toured internationally across Europe, North America and Asia. He has performed a solo dance for 30,000 people with Arcade Fire and his work ‘aon mhac tíre nó roinnt mic tíre' was nominated for Spirit of Fringe & Project in 2018 while ZOMBIES; why death is dying or are you working hard enough? received the Judges Choice award at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2014. His fieldwork under the title ‘Archipelagic Thinking’ focuses on migration of people, animals and resources across the North Atlantic Arc.

Donovan has curated a week long, multi disciplinary, residential event and professional symposium, Solstice which was awarded the Charlemagne Youth Prize by the European Commission. He presented a micro festival called HOME, investigating performance and intimacy with artists presenting work in their own homes and co - curates and produces a micro festival with a live art & music focus annually in Cork; Quarter Block Party. He facilitates an Irish language immersive residency on Oileán Chléire and is the Áisitheoir Ealaín for Comharchumann Chléire.