Comrades In Palestine
After a two year postponement due to Covid, Caitlin Barnett Company were finally able to make the trip over to Palestine to open the sixth Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival with Comrades In The Dark. Performing at the Ramallah Cultural Palace to an audience that included former Palestinian hunger strikers, the Mayor of Ramallah and the Director of The Bristish Council Palestine, the work was met with a standing ovation.
The company (pictured right with other festival participants) were able to meet with the Mayor of Ramallah who spoke of the importance of culture when living under occupation. It was an incredibly moving experience for everyone involved and we look forward to being able to return again!
Comrades gets rave review!
Comrades In The Dark received its first 5 star review after a four night run at the brand new Brixton House as part of their Housemates Festival.
"You might think a contemporary dance piece based on the brutality and unhumanity of the 1981 hunger strike and the writings of Bobby Sands sounds like a grim night. While Comrades never recoils from the horrors and viciousness, it somehow finds and celebrates the strength of individual resistance and the beauty of life. The audience, both young and old gave this incredible and life-affirming work a deserved standing ovation on its opening night."
The Irish premiere of a contemporary dance, inspired by the writings of Bobby Sands and resistance to oppression, was staged in the Devenish Complex in West Belfast on Wednesday, 22 September, sponsored by Féile an Phobail. Communities Minister Deirde Hargey was introduced by Féile director, Kevin Gamble. She spoke about the importance of the arts and public peformances and how the Corona Virus pandemic had devastated the arts community.