Ode To Joy – Amanda Coogan, Dublin Theatre of the Deaf and Cork Deaf Community Choir

QSS artist artist Amanda Coogan and The Cork Deaf Community Choir will perform Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in Irish Sign Language alongside Lianne Quigley and Alvean Jones of the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf. This stunning live performance explores one of the most famous works of classical music through the unique perspective of Deaf culture, this participatory project is presented by Cork Midsummer Festival with support from Crawford Gallery.

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the European Union’s anthem, has renewed contemporary context as a powerful artistic example of conflict between darkness and light, this performance will be an aural and visual feast.

Beethoven himself was completely deaf when writing this masterpiece – in embodying his music from an Irish Deaf community perspective, the Cork Deaf Choir and the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf bring with them not just a beauty in performance but also an embodiment of the struggle for acceptance and equality. This will be a visually stunning new work of performance art, re-framing the experiences of the oppressed and asking the audience to recognise the resilience in the human spirit.

Supported by the Arts Council and Crawford Art Gallery. Presented as part of Creative Europe funded BEyond PARTicipation project.

24 + 25 June, 11.30am & 1pm
Lecture Theatre, Crawford Art Gallery
Free. Spaces Limited – book here 


Jun 24 - 25 2023


Crawford Art Gallery
Emmet Place, Cork

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