June 17-20, 2009
The Chocolate Factory, New York.

A live performance emerges from a film in which a young Irish couple face a defining conflict over inherited lands. Aoife and Mark are engaged and live on Mark’s family farm outside Limerick: the film tracks their movements separately over the course of one day, as both of them attempt to find a way out of the impasse.

At moments that are pivotal to Aoife or Mark’s thinking, when identity is seen in confrontation with forces greater than it, the action shifts from the screen to the stage. These moments, excerpted from the cinematic narrative and performed live, articulate each character’s inner dialogue. While the film relies on naturalism to establish character and narrative, a separate performance vocabulary is used on stage to express the forces defining each persona.

With an orchestral score by Erin Gee, Across the Road was developed in part at The Chocolate Factory, chashama, and through a series of residencies at Daghdha Dance Company in Limerick, Ireland, with Mark Carberry and Laura Dannequin.

A Portrait and Landscape piece from the project: Hotel Lobby.

A clip from the project: Market.

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