Emanuelle Enchanted, on a crude wooden stage five performers use a semi-translucent curtain to reveal the fragmentary traces of a single apocalyptic night. Read narratively, the piece shows a night of crisis, which is perhaps both personal and global. The invoked ‘scenes’ include a chaotic TV newsroom, a domestic space in which the walls themselves are always in motion, and a panoramic glimpse of many characters presented via cardboard signs. These fragments become texts with which the performers struggle, attempting (not always successfully) to overcome the hardships of theatrical representation, language and memory.
High quality multi-camera performance documentation recorded at Crewe & Alsager Faculty, Manchester Metropolitan University, November 1992, 85 mins approx.
Sinéad O'Donnell is one of Northern Ireland's foremost performance artists, with an international profile through numerous residencies and performances both nationally and internationally. Her work explores identity, borders and barriers...