A dark tale of small-town solidarity. Majority rules and a close-knit community turns on one of its own. This is Listowel Syndrome – in a small town you can’t afford to make enemies and actions do have consequences. Reflecting on a recent case that saw a large number of people express their solidarity for a convicted man through a wordless gesture, it brings to mind a Faustian pact. Told through dance, text, song and live music, this is a fable told for any town at any time.
'Martin’s modernist choreography is at once beautiful and brutalist...powerful physical expression of this strange contemporary story of local solidarity and tribal cruelty...vigorous conviction in this intense piece. Highly recommended.' (The Irish Times)
Written, directed and choreographed by Emma Martin
Composed by Tom Lane
Percussion by Bryan O'Connell
Set and Costume designed by Jeni Roddy and Sinead Lawlor
Lighting designed by Stephen Dodd
PR: Touchstone Communcations
Performers: Noelle Brown, Brendan Conroy, Michael Cooney, Justine Cooper, Geir Hytten, Aoife McAtamney, Liv O'Donoghue.
Singers: Emmet Kiberd, Tom Lane, Felicity McElroy, Dominica Williams
Listowel Syndrome was presented as a part of ABSOLUT Fringe 2010 and supported by Dance Ireland and Flogas Ireland Ltd.