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Anna Furse Research Residency

Anna Furse/Athletes of the Heart AN ANATOMY ACT

Create was delighted to partner with Live Collision to welcome Anna Furse to Dublin as part of a CAPP Research Residency which culminated in the premiere of an animated lecture performance AN ANATOMY ACT. Furse was working in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin and King’s College London. Anna’s creative team consisted of both Irish based and international collaborators including musician & composer David Coulter and saw player Henry Dagg. Anna Furse was also meeting with arts practitioners and students during her time in Dublin in November. Conflating her roles as a theatre director, writer, and Professor, with AN ANATOMY ACT Furse was giving a vivid animated lecture on Anatomy, accompanied by haunting saw playing and illuminating video.

The Anatomy Theatres of Renaissance Europe were the horror movies of their day – full of blood, guts, morality and human drama. The public gawped in fear and fascination at the criminal cadaver being doubly punished before their eyes. Furse took this idea and run with it, taking us on a journey of discovery to contemplate our bodies, dead or alive, as she segued from personal loss to the circulation of the blood, from Elizabeth 1 to Lady Gaga.

AN ANATOMY ACT was funded by Arts Council England with a residency commission by Create – the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland and CAPP (Collaborative Art Partnership Programme) a transnational programme co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union with additional support from Live Collision. It was an Athletes of the Heart production with the Centre of the Body at Goldsmiths, University of London.


COMMUNITY_ Science/ musicians

ART FORM_ Theatre /performance

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Ireland 17 Nov - 2 Dec 2016


ARTIST_ Anna Furse, Athletes of the Heart