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Body & Soul present their Éiru’s Threshold art film this Saturday night Body & Soul present their Éiru’s Threshold art film this Saturday night which features Talos’ Eoin French, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Kate Ellis, Elaine Howley, Robyn Byrne

Body & Soul present their Éiru’s Threshold art film this Saturday night Body & Soul present their Éiru’s Threshold art film this Saturday night which features Talos’ Eoin French, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Kate Ellis, Elaine Howley, Robyn Byrne

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Body & Soul Festival have a film presentation called Éiru’s Threshold, which is a multi-disciplinary project drawing from Irish artists in the fields of theatre, dance, film, literature, fashion design and music.

The film, which will be premiering live at 8pm on Saturday 13th February, on the Body & Soul website, was produced during stage 5 lockdown with funding from the recent Live Performance Support Scheme.

The film was conceived by Body & Soul founder Avril Stanley and Creative Director Mary Hickson (Sounds From A Safe Harbour / Bon Iver) after a visit to Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath where the festival normally takes place.

Taking some inspiration from the magical playground that is the land that surrounds the 17th Century country house, they were both keen to lean into the spirit of Celtic female energy and use the piece to amplify the space between things – the threshold.


The film features a re-interpretation of Henry Purcell’s aria Dido’s Lament, which is considered, in classical music, one of the most heart-wrenching portrayals of the passing into death. ‘Ériu’s Threshold‘, however, reimagines this aria through the Irish mythological goddess, Ériu. The lament was selected as one of the most powerful and timeless expressions of death and loss.  It appeals to us to “Remember” to remember people, remember where we come from, who we are..

Some of the people involved include director Mia Mullarkey, choreographer and dancer Robyn Byrne, poet Doireann Ní Ghriofa, textile designer Katie Hanlan, Tony-Award winning actress Marie Mullen, Eoin French (Talos), Elaine Howley (The Altered Hours), Kate Ellis (Crash Ensemble) and music producer Ross Dowling.

Premieres online 8pm, Saturday 13th February 2021

Admission is free, however advance sign-up is required at www.bodyandsoul.ie

CAST/CREW LIST:

Avril Stanley – Festival Director

Mary Hickson – Creative Director & Producer

Mia Mullarkey – Film Director

Luke Jacobs – Director of Photography

Robyn Byrne – Lead dancer/Choreographer

Doireann Ní Ghríofa – Poet

Katie Hanlan – Costume Designer

Eoin French – Singer/Music co-producer

Ross Dowling – Music co-producer

Elaine Howley – Singer/co-producer

Kate Ellis – Cello

Marie Mullen – Voice over artist

Muireann Doyle – Wardrobe assistant

Maeve Readman – Hair and Make up

Stephanie Dufresne – Dancer

Rachel Ní Bhraonain – Dancer

Emily Kilkenny Roddy – Dancer

Sarah Ryan – Dancer

Marion Cronin – Dancer

Deirdre Griffin – Dancer 

Rebecca Roche – Production Manager

Sian Cunningham – General Manager

Mikey Sorro – Site Manager

Slua – Event Safety Consultants 

The Nugent Family – Custodians of Ballinlough Castle

Eddie Mullarkey – Production Manager

Dean Murray – Sound Recordist

JJ Sullivan – 1st AC

Gosia Zur – Clapper/Loader

Noel McElligot – Gaffer

Eoghan Hand – Best Boy

Fionn Shanahan – Lighting Assistant

Martin Osbourne – Drone Operator

JJ Rolfe – Drone Camera Operator

Colm Farren – Editing Assistant

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