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Brokentalkers, Ireland
The Circus Animal's Desertion | Samuel Beckett Theatre 
Oct 4-Oct 8 2016

A major new dance theatre performance from the makers of The Blue BoyHave I No Mouth and This Beach.
The Circus Animals’ Desertion is a poetic response to the imagining of nations, inspired by the Automatic  Script experiments of Georgie and William Butler Yeats  in which they called upon the spirit world to assist with  their creativity. It sets Yeats' romantic notions of  nationhood against the  brutal realities  of extreme nationalism, radicalisation,  xenophobia and oppression engulfing the world today.
The Circus Animals’ Desertion takes the form of a collective dream, abstract, contradictory but ultimately  a true expression of human nature. Through mask and dance, a panoply of characters, creatures and objects  populate the stage to create an otherworld at  once strange and devastatingly familiar.
Sampling texts and imagery from Yeats’ plays and poetry as well as archive recordings and interviews, the  piece is performed by an international cast of dancers  and musicians.
May contain nudity.

Cast and Creative Team

  • Written and Directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan
  • Music: Sean Millar
  • Choreography: Jessica Kennedy
  • Set and Mask Design: Ger Clancy
  • Costume Design: Sarah Foley
  • Lighting Design: Stephen Dodd
  • Projection Design: Kilian Waters 
  • Sound Design: Jack Cawley
  • Producer: Hugh Farrell
A co-production with Brokentalkers, Mermaid Arts Centre and Project Arts Centre, Ireland.  Funded through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award.
Information and Tickets:

  • Venue: Samuel Beckett Theatre
  • Preview: Oct 4, 7.30pm
  • Dates: Oct 5 – 7, 7.30pm; Oct 8, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
  • Tickets: €15 – €25
  • Duration: Approx. 70 mins. No Interval.
Talking Theatre: Oct 6, post-show.
With members of the company.


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