Critic’s Choice

Wed Feb 26, 2020 at 1:19 pm
Photo: Blackie Bouffant

There’s no one like Jennifer Walshe. Classical music drama has half a millennia of history yet only a small measure of development in what can be put on stage, and how it can be presented to and performed for an audience.

Walshe is an outlier in this context, in two ways. She plays with the basics of spoken and musical language, staging, and the concept of narrative, and by doing so she sets a boundary marker at the horizon, and keeps extending it. Her pieces, and especially her appearances, are packed with off-kilter vitality and surreal humor.

Sunday evening at National Sawdust, Walshe will appear with the Mivos Quartet and perform two recent works, EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT and AN GLÉACHT. The first is an exploration of the everyday experience with technology in general and the internet in particular. The second is a live soundtrack to a film begun by artist Caoimhín Breathnach and completed by Walshe.

Jennifer Walshe and Mivos Quartet perform EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT and AN GLÉACHT at National Sawdust, 7 p.m., Sunday.

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