Emma Plotkin talks to Grainne O Carroll founding member of the group Dance Among Other Things. Their newest play is called The PeopleSway. O Carroll delves into the process of creating a promenade show, the importance of bringing communities together and why art is needed in Dublin now, more than ever.
“A devised, immersive movement-theatre piece transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. The PeopleSway shares stories of the heart, home and homeless in Ireland, revealing beautiful communal truths no longer only at the fringes.
‘In mythos and fairy tales, deities and spirits test the hearts of humans by showing up in robes, rags, silver sashes, or with muddy feet… as a man who cannot speak, or an animal who can. The great powers are testing to see if humans have yet learned to recognise the greatness of soul in all its varying forms.’
Dancing, sometimes we sway in an unexpected way to a garden overgrown, encountering beautiful beasts who balance between what’s expected and unexpected of beings. ”