Colm Tóibín and Donnacha Dennehy have written The Dark Places, a new work for Crash Ensemble and voice.
The work was premiered at as part of the National Concert Hall’s Imagining Home: On Revolution in which the writer Colm Tóibín and Donnacha Dennehy present readings and musical performances that deal in various ways with the concept of revolution. On Revolution was part of the Imagining Home series of concerts commemorating the 1916 rising. The series invited artists to examine Irish identity, history and the legacy of the Rising through music, theatre and writing.
The finale of On Revolution wasThe Dark Places, a collaboration between Tóibín and Dennehy that explores the relationship between wirter Joseph Conrad and Irish revolutionary Roger Casement and their respective reactions to the horrors they witnessed in the Belgian Congo during the 1890s.
Crash Ensemble were joined in the premiere by Stephen Richardson (Bass) and Robin Adams (Baritone).
READ more - Tóibín and Dennehy discuss the work with the Irish Times
READ more - Dennehy discusses the work with the Journal of Music