Poetic Reflections: Words Upon the Window Pane: a film installation by Irish Repertory Theatre
Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce Poetic Reflections: Words Upon the Window Pane, a film installation by New York City's Irish Repertory Theatre, taking place from March 22 through May 2, 2021.
Poetic Reflections features sets of short films by Matthew Thompson on three themes: Home and Sense of Place, Identity, and Writing and Love, performed by poets and actors from Ireland, the United States, and England. The films were produced in collaboration with Poetry Ireland (Dublin), Druid (Galway), 92nd Street Y (New York), and Poet in the City (London).
Beginning on March 22, the films will be on display in an interactive digital installation from 8 am to 10 pm daily in Irish Repertory Theatre’s lobby windows in Chelsea, New York City. They will also be available online in three digital premieres: Home and Sense of Place will premiere on Monday, March 22, Identity on Monday, April 5, and Writing and Love on Monday, April 19.
The installation is free will be available to visitors and passersby on West 22nd Street; digital premieres are free and available to the public on the Irish Rep YouTube channel and afterward on irishrep.org. Visit the Irish Rep website to learn more or RSVP.
Part One: HOME AND SENSE OF PLACE
Premieres Monday, March 22, at 7pm ET
Home and Sense of Place explores the idea of home, the experience of migration, and the importance of place through seven poems by W. B. Yeats, Selina Nwulu, J. M. Synge, Denice Frohman, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Seamus Heaney, and Kayo Chingonyi.
Part Two: IDENTITY
Premieres Monday, April 5, at 7pm ET
Identity explores poetry as a reflection of the writer’s identity through seven films of contemporary poets in meaningful locations in Ireland, New York, and London. From Martina Evans’s “I want to be like Frank O’Hara” to Mahogany L. Browne’s “Black Girl Magic,” the poems in Identity are poetical explorations of each poet’s sense of self.
Part Three: WRITING AND LOVE
Premieres Monday, April 19, at 7pm ET
Writing and Love celebrates the romantic, familial, and natural love of poets and artists as expressed in their writing. This collection of eight films features W.B. Yeats’ beloved “When You Are Old,” a rare translation by Lady Gregory of “The Heart of the Wood,” and contemporary works by FeliSpeaks, Nithy Kasa, Seán Hewitt, and Dagogo Hart.