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  • 07–16 AUGUST 2015

    Artistic adventures in Ireland’s medieval city

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    In the historic Castle Yard, we’re joining forces with Druid and Lincoln Center Festival to present DruidShakespeare, an epic theatrical experience which many are calling one of the events of the decade.

    The great Martin Hayes returns as host and co- curator of the MARBLE CITY SESSIONS, gathering extraordinary musicians from around the world for nine collaborative concerts.

    Major international artists making their Irish debuts in our Bach series include Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and Chinese Bach specialist Zhu Xiao-Mei.

    Visual artist in residence Mick O’Dea will be creating A Festival Portrait, painting and sketching Festival artists, scenes and performances throughout the ten days.

    The legendary William Christie & Les Arts Florissants return to Ireland after 20 years for ETERNAL HARMONY: THE MUSIC OF JS BACH, a unique series of 18 concerts exploring Bach’s timeless music.

    Giants of world music bound for Kilkenny include Toumani Diabaté and Amjad Ali Khan.

    Musical titans joining us this year include pianist Sir András Schiff and viol master Jordi Savall.

    One of the world’s finest writers, Robert Pinsky, is Festival poet in residence for 2015.

    Front Cover image: Alexander Haiden/Grafenegg

    Welcome to ten days of artistic adventures…

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    THE CASTLE YARD Full Cycle - FC Part 1 - P1 Part 2 - P2 ADMISSION ALL PERFORMANCES (FULL CYCLE OR IN TWO PARTS) €60/€52 EXCEPT THU 6 AUGUST PREVIEW (€40) & WED 12/THU 13 AUGUST (€45/€40)

    DRUID (IRELAND) IN A CO-PRODUCTION WITH LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL (USA) AND IN ASSOCIATION WITH KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL

    DruidShakespeare Richard II, Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2) and Henry V by William Shakespeare in a new adaptation by Mark O’Rowe directed by Garry Hynes

    This epic theatrical event distils four of Shakespeare’s greatest plays into one thrilling drama played over six hours.

    A sweeping narrative of family, ambition, war and the making of nations, DruidShakespeare is performed with an exceptional ensemble cast and a rousing parade of characters, including one of the playwright’s greatest comic creations, Falstaff.

    Experience Druid’s most ambitious project ever in the unique atmosphere of the Castle Yard, Ireland’s finest open-air theatre space.

    The production can be seen either as a full cycle on a single day, or over two successive evenings.

    Please note: this is an outdoor performance. Please dress for the weather.

    With thanks to Kilkenny Design Centre

    an exhilarating epic ... nothing can quell the extraordinary vitality of Hynes’ production, its ability to match the play’s shifting moods and its visual appeal ... it is a staggering venture Michael Billington, The Guardian

    SHAKESPEARE AND IRELAND Rothe House, Sunday 9 August 4.30pm

    Garry Hynes and members of the Druid company discuss the challenges of staging Shakespeare for an Irish audience in conversation with Fintan O’Toole. Free but ticketed.

    SEE ALSO ‘TYRONE GUTHRIE & THE SHAKESPEARE REVOLUTION’ P.17

    Director Garry Hynes

    Associate Director (design) Francis O’Connor

    Associate Director (movement) David Bolger

    Co-Costume Designer Doreen McKenna

    Lighting Design James F Ingalls

    Sound Design Gregory Clarke

    Music Conor Linehan

    Dramaturg Thomas Conway

    Voice Coach Andrew Wade

    Fight Director Donal O’Farrell

    Cast Clare Barrett Derbhle Crotty Peter Daly Gavin Drea Garrett Lombard Karen McCartney Charlotte McCurry Aaron Monaghan Marie Mullen Rory Nolan John Olohan Aisling O’Sullivan Marty Rea

    Duration Full Cycle: 6 hrs 30 mins approx., including three intervals (2 x 15 mins & 1 x 30 mins) Part 1: 3 hrs 15 mins, including 15 min interval Part 2: 2 hrs 45 mins, including 15 min interval

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  • ST JOHN’S PRIORY ADMISSION €16/€14 FOR EACH CONCERT

    ST JOHN’S PRIORY ADMISSION €14/€12

    WATERGATE THEATRE ADMISSION €16/€14

    It was an idea only Bach could have conceived: to compose a collection of preludes and fugues for keyboard, circling in turn through all 24 major and minor keys. Bach envisioned the book as a teaching aid “for the use and profit of the musical youth”, but in the centuries that followed it has become one of the most influential works in the history of Western classical music. The idea was so good that Bach repeated it later in life, composing a second book of 24, but the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier is the best known and, over two lunchtime concerts in St John’s, acclaimed harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani makes his eagerly anticipated Irish debut performing the complete Book I.

    Esfahani’s performance of the first book of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was … riveting The Guardian

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    ETERNAL HARMONY: THE MUSIC OF JS BACH

    THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, BOOK 1

    Mahan Esfahani harpsichord Iran

    IRISH DEBUT

    PROGRAMME I Friday 7 August 1pm Preludes and Fugues 1-12

    Duration 60 mins approx.

    PROGRAMME II Saturday 8 August 1pm Preludes and Fugues 13-24

    Duration 60 mins approx.

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    Bach and the Chain of Being In this special lecture with musical illustrations from the harpsichord, Mahan Esfahani examines the cyclical patterns in Bach’s works, and explores the ways in which his music was heard by his contemporaries.

    Duration 60 mins approx.

    OPERA THEATRE COMPANY (IRELAND)

    The Human Voice by Francis Poulenc

    Director Tom Creed Soprano Kim Sheehan Piano Michael McHale

    A young woman is driven to the point of desperation as she tries to connect with her ex-lover over the telephone in Francis Poulenc’s spellbinding one-act opera, The Human Voice (La voix humaine). Poulenc creates an atmospheric and theatrical soundscape, using unaccompanied singing (soprano Kim Sheehan) interspersed with evocative instrumental outbursts (renowned pianist Michael McHale) to convey the woman’s heartbreak. Based on the classic play by Jean Cocteau, and directed by Tom Creed (Deep, Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014), The Human Voice is a profound and emotional exploration of love and loss.

    Duration 60 mins approx.

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    a love affair at the end of the line

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    THE BLACK ABBEY ADMISSION €20/€17.50

    LEFT BANK ADMISSION €16/€14

    The Goldberg Variations stands as one of Bach’s greatest achievements, a work in which the composer’s technical ingenuity dovetails perfectly with his inspiration. As a centrepiece of its Bach series, the Festival is offering audiences a very rare chance to experience three contrasting interpretations of the ‘Goldbergs’ by leading international artists, all making their Irish debut. This first concert is perhaps the most radical. The saxophone is not an instrument associated with classical chamber music, but Sax Allemande has set out to challenge that perception, collecting an Echo Klassik Award for best chamber music recording and reinvigorating the classical repertoire. On the opening night of the Festival, Sax Allemande performs the Goldberg Variations in the can