Twenty-two Derry musicians will be taking part in this weekend’s epic production staged by globally renowned dance choreographer Hofesh Shechter.
‘Political Mother: Derry~Londonderry Uncut’ has been uniquely reworked for the UK City of Culture 2013 celebrations and along with Shechter’s twelve-strong band of drummers, string players and electric guitarists, Derry’s own rich musical talent will be represented in this large scale production taking place at The Venue on March 8 and 9.
The Israeli-born performer, who has already taken up residency in the city, said of the local musicians involved: “I want to give the musicians and dancers from Derry a sense of what is out there, what it is to be part of a huge show, part of something that is dance and music and nothing else.
“No agendas, just being part of a really powerful performance which brings people together,” Shechter added.
Three of the local musicians involved in Political Mother shared their thoughts on being involved in the epic performance.
18-year-old Adam McCourt will be playing bass guitar in the production.
“It’s been a surreal experience but just amazing at the same time, I love it. I thought the rehearsals would have been quite strenuous but the people working with us are really great to get along with and I can’t wait now for the final performances,” said Adam.
18-year-old Aoibhinn Loughlin will be playing the viola in the production.
“This is something that’s really exciting and different, it’s also really culturally interesting and positive for the city,” said Aoibhinn. “In rehearsals we’ve played around with lots of different rock, Irish and classical influences to try and be as creative as possible.”
Recent graduate Eamon Ferris will be one of 10 drummers involved in the production.
“The show will have something for everyone and I’m proud to be a part of it. The music will sound awesome in The Venue and the dance will be a real first for the city, it’s all extremely exciting,” he said.
Book tickets for Political Mother now from the Millennium Forum box office or online at: www.millenniumforum.co.uk.