Episode 7 The Arts Show


Episode 7

Actress Bronagh Gallagher discusses her acting and music career and the show takes a look at the extravaganza planned for Derry 2013 by choreographer Hofesh Shechter.


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This programme contains some strong language and contains some scenes

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which some viewers may find Welcome along once again to The

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Arts Show, our monthly look at the best of arts and culture in

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Northern Ireland. We've a packed show for you tonight. Here's what's

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coming up: Israeli-born Hofesh Shechter is one

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of the most exciting choreographers on the contemporary dance scene.

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His acclaimed show Political Mother is coming to Derry-Londonderry as

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part of the UK City Of Culture. For the first time he will be working

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with local dancers and musicians. The Arts Show has been following

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the journey. Derry Artist Maurice Harron is one

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of our most prolific public sculptors whose work features

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throughout the country. He's just unveiled his latest sculpture,

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Finvola Of The Roe, in Dungiven. We investigate how it came together.

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And music comes from the hottest new star on the British music scene,

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Jake Bugg. Just 18-years-old and with a number one album and a Brits

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nomination already under his belt, we caught up with him before his

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recent gig in Belfast where he gave The Arts Show not one, but two

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exclusive performances. Derry-born actress Bronagh

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Gallagher has enjoyed a stellar career since her big break in Alan

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Parker's film The Commitments in 1987. She's gone on to appear in

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seminal movies such as Star Wars and Pulp Fiction, sharing the

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screen with A-listers like John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Dustin

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Hoffman and Glenn Close. She's also appeared in numerous TV dramas

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where her work has been characterised by harrowing roles in

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gritty productions such as Holy Cross and Jimmy McGovern's The

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Street. More recently she's appeared on the West End Stage in

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the hugely successful War Horse at the National Theatre. She also has

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a parallel music career and recently released her second album,

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Bronagh Gallagher. She's been home performing as part of the UK City

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Of Culture and I caught up with her between gigs for a chat about how

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it all began. I asked her how it all began.

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grew up and went to school in the Cregan and St Mary's. There was a

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wonderful film crew working in the area who made a fantastic film, an

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award -- an award-winning film, a share buy baby. -- hush and by a

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baby. They were approached by Michael Winterburn - I Michael

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Winterbottom who was doing the film. He offered me a part in his film. I

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said I was going to London but thank God someone talk sense into

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me and told me to do the film. big break is the Commitments. Is

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that fair to say? Absolutely. How do actors get opportunities in

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their life? Those are the lucky breaks that you get. You are in

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front of Alan Parker, one of the world's biggest directors at the

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time, how did you nail the accent? When I heard I had a second

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audition I went up to Dublin and asked for directions somewhere. I

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kept asking until I heard that particular accent. She is about to

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drop another one. My dad is in the hospital and I am the anyone

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bringing in any money. It is tough, I know but it is hard having three

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back-up singers won only to show up. When I look back I just seem to

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keep going. I worked a lot. It was relentless. I covered a lot of

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ground. I did huge theatre tours with Theatre de Complicite. That

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was some of my most favourite word that I have ever done. I worked

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with a Japanese director and went all the way around the world with

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him. They were huge theatre jobs. I was delighted to get home but I had

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moved to Dublin by that stage. us move to LA. What has become a

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cult classic, Pulp Fiction. The air I had arrived the night before from

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Ireland and I just walk straight on to step. I was agrees kit, Saturday

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Night Fever and staying alive. -- Greece. You are in one of the most

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famous movie scenes. The adrenalin. Going straight into the Uma

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Thurman.'s heart. The rehearsal for me was to go straight in there and

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mess it up. He said getting there. What they were doing was so

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brilliant and I thought that in some one is that offer head and

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Matt Stone or whatever it is, you just sit there and look at the

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person. I thought that would be funnier. I thought I would play it

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straight rather than chaos as well. If you all right, then say

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something. Something. Two roles are buried and challenging that you

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have chosen. If we had one word, harrowing comes up a lot in your

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later stuff. I am thinking of Sinners. You have taken my baby.

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never meant... What do you tell them? You promised. I panic.

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Marriage. I think it was the first time I heard it. People really

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pointed the finger at the church. Did you know that these children

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were being sold for a huge money to people who could not have children?

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These people were left and shipped off to England or whatever. The

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shame. It was shocking that it went on. Is that why, then, you would

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choose a role like the mother, the Protestant mother in Holy Cross.

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Because you believe it is your duty as an actress to tell these stories

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to a wider audience? If you are given the opportunity and you know

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that the piece of writing is coming from some once mutual research

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point of view and you Rick -- you are representing people in the

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community that actually exist and this is going on than I have no

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problem with that. As long as I know that what I am doing as a

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backbone. Just give it a few more nights and we will get the war that

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we want. This is your home. Home is where you look forward to going to

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of your work. Home is where you take little things for granted like

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not being able -- not be afraid to put a Legon for fear of being able

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to cut through a window. You are bowling along with a hugely

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successful musical career, singer- songwriter, writing your own stuff.

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Eight years ago were released my first album. It had a wonderful

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reaction. Then I decided about two years ago I would do this again. I

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wrote 10 more songs and got my dream band together and I made it

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and just did it. Do I get the feeling now that you're taking

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acting parts now but the passion is the music? Is that what is

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happening? I am doing both and I love it. Again it is always issued

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passion and I have worked a lot in the theatre and a lot of people

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wouldn't know the work I have done. I had such a great time in War

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Horse. It was such an incredible experience. We took the show from

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the National as a massive hit and into the West End. Now has been in

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the West End for four years. It was an amazing two years but it was

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hard going. Eight shows a week is hard graft. We are very lucky to do

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what we do and I constantly remind myself of that. What is really cool

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to me and his resets his people to keep going, you don't sit in a bar

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crying into your pint and thinking you could have done up. Just keep

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going because you're the one they are waiting for. The great Buddhist

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quo but it is true. I am happy and honoured to do what I do. Yes, keep

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it going. And you can see the full interview

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in an Arts Show special on 7th March. Our next artist has been

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compared to a young Bob Dylan despite coming from Nottingham.

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Still just 18, Jake Bugg boasts a number one album co-written and

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produced by Ian Archer. He has toured the States with Noel

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Gallagher and has been nominated as Best breakthrough artist at the

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Brit Awards. He took time out from his recent gig in Belfast to

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perform exclusively for the Arts # Gonna sing you an old country

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song. # From the heart. # So I can cry at night and call

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you. # When I'm sad.

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# And when you have gone. # And run so far.

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# From me. # You retreat.

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# Walkin' down that old. # Country lane.

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# Drops of rain. # Call upon.

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# The one. # Who calls your name.

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# Will I see you again? # And please just come.

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# Run back home. # To me, so I'm not.

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# Gonna sing you an old country song.

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# From the heart. # From the strings of this old.

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Fantastic stuff. Tens of thousands of us see his artwork every day in

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towns, cities and roadsides right across Northern Ireland. Derry

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sculptor Maurice Harron is our most prolific public artist, with firm

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views about what such sculpture must say, if it's to be fully

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accepted by people on the street. We caught up with him at his studio

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in Donegal, making his latest bronze, that's just gone on display

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It must be in my genes. I could draw before I could talk. Sculpture

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is one of the ultimate things. It is today's work and tomorrow is

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that I think about. My real public Korea begins in Londonderry with

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the well known sculpture off Hands Across The Divide, known as

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Reconciliation. Up went up in 1991. Since then I have of more than 50

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public pieces in the UK, Northern Ireland and the USA. Fibre glass

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casing off. This latest work is for Dungiven, right in the centre of

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town. I began thinking about this by asking people what do you know

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about them give up. People set Finvola. She was a princess that

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lived years ago. She was a very beautiful lady and she married a

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Scottish prints and United's Ireland and of -- Scotland and

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Ulster. The sculpture Hands Across The Divide began as a public

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competition. At the time I was unemployed and since I lived here I

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thought I would go and look at the site. To the left you go to the

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Bogside and to the left -- to the right to go to the fountain. I knew

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it was the confluence of two cultures. I looked at it and had a

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vision of two men looking at each other. The plinth of it is actually

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an abstract sculpture all of itself. Is inspired by the idea that there

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are two separate is to Izmir and wind around each other in an

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ancient spiral shape. They make the gesture and the separation of them

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right up to the end. Right up to not meeting, there is a history in

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progress, a story in progress. It became a symbol of peace. Martin

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McGuinness said to me that it predicted the peace process which I

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thought it was a case of life imitating art in a way. That was

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the beginning of a hope for peace and 10 years later the opportunity

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came to make a large-scale work Instagram. The piece was called Let

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The Dance Begin but the local You have a fiddler and a drummer.

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We use a bronze. We could it into a Crucible and melt it about 2,200

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degrees. The mould will be heated up. This is the face of Finvola. It

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It is an enormous privilege to have a piece in a public place. With

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contemporary works, large-scale works are controversial. They are

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often designed by architect teams, but the danger with that is that

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people are not intrigued by a fall. The people like ideas, so if a

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piece is put up like that large ball in Belfast, it does not have a

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central core meaning, idea that people relate to. So when they do

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not relate to it, it -- it irritates them. People have to feel

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it is our sculpture. I have a lot of works here, there and everywhere

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and I disengage from a thing. Once it goes up it is as if I never did

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it. I walk away from it and never think about it, and sometimes

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accidentally, I think, my God, I did that. But in a way, if I kept

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on doing it, I could not do any other work.

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The very first cast of the Finvola sculpture. We only have another 35

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to go. She is going to be way up above us like that.

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A work of art should prompt feelings and thoughts as well as

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being end landmark. An artist is privileged. I am allowed to come

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out and play every day and so I love to try out new techniques. And

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be intrigued by things. I am very Israeli-born Hofesh Shechter is one

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of the most exciting choreographers on the international scene. His

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large scale creations are often involved rock bands to accompany

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his visceral choreography. His acclaimed show is coming to Derry-

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Londonderry next month. It will feature at 20 people on stage

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including locals. He also commissioned dancers to create five

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satellite performances around the city. We have been following the

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My name is Hofesh Shechter. We are in Derry. SERCO -- also called

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Londonderry. There is an intensity in the air. It is not a simple

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place, as you can understand from the name of the place. We are

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looking for people who are fiercely have talent and skill. It is not

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necessarily about taking the people who can absolutely nail the school.

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It is also about seeing who can learn and progress from the process

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they are going to have with us. Political Mother deals with the

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power and following a certain urge for people to either rule will be

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ruled. -- or the ruled. I felt a connection to the city because of

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the similarities in the place I come from. The conflict, the

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tension, out of that feeling came the feeling that bringing Political

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Mother to here would be interesting. This is the first time we have

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involved people from the community in pitiless tickle mother. -- in

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Political Mother. Until now it was just the company and the Company of

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musicians. We are working on one specific part of Political Mother

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and he split it up into five or six different pieces. We have daily and

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weekly workshops. The community dance performances will take place

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in places throughout the town. There might be five or six

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different performances happening at the same time around the city. I do

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not think there has ever been an internationally renowned

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choreographer in Derry. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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we are starting our journey today so hopefully we can create a good

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fight in the rehearsal and on the stage, because it is going to be

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fun. I am looking for a very specific sound from strings players,

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a very gusty, sort of breathy sound, something that comes from the

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desert. Good morning, everybody. The percussionists are struggling

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with Auch what structures, because it is unique for dance. There are a

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lot of structures that deal with memory issues and rhythms that I

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think are unusual for them. I think everybody is challenged one way or

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another. Normally I struggle to get out of my bed in the morning but

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for this I am out of bed straight away and really excited. Before I

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came here it was all about technicality and if you were not

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playing something completely clean lake it was not that good, but our

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teacher for the guitarist has taught me more to make a guitar not

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sound like a guitar. Bring it out of the box. You have to get all the

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scales down but at the end of it music is about having fun and I

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think you have to enjoy it and feel it. Do you think it is big enough?

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Maybe! Do you like it? Very much. It is great. A football pitch. We

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have so many musicians. They will be like a mountain on stage. We are

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building platforms as high as possible. It is going to be

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rock'n'roll, like a say. It has given me a lot more motivation to

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play and continued his music. It is a very inspiring experience.

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sense of hope and possibility is that that out there, that is the

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single most important thing a person needs in order to do stuff.

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It is the fuel for action. That should be quite a spectacle.

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Political mother runs at the Venue at Ebrington on the eighth and

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ninth March. Tips on what not to miss in the music world next. We

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are starting with the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival.

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This celebration of the cult drug connections between the sister

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cities of Belfast and National started yesterday and runs until

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Sunday at a range of venues across Belfast. There are American acts

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like Nanci Griffith and home-grown heroes like Brian Kennedy and

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Gareth Dunlop. Do not let the words Nashville scare you, either. It is

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a musical celebration for everybody. Superstar DJ Fatboy Slim, Norman

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Cook, will be donning a fancy shirt and raising his hands in the air

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like he just don't care at Lush in Port Rush on March 2nd. He used to

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play based in the house martins, which is when I first came across

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him. Support behind the decks comes from Tom Starr and Col Hamilton.

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The first release from, O'Brien as the Villagers of won the unassuming

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-- won en Mercury Prize in 2010. His latest album is even better. It

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has to be one of the best albums this year so far. Villagers play

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the Empire Music Hall in Belfast on 16th March. Gretchen Peters has

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penned songs for the likes of Neil Diamond and Martina McBride but it

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is her own work that gets me really excited. She is great live. She

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plays the Market Place Theatre in Armagh on the 20th of this month

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and then moves on to the real music club on the 1st March before

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finishing in Rose Farley cultural centre in Limavady on the second.

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Support from Ben Glover. The last few months have been fantastic for

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local hero Foy Vance. He released a brilliant new EP towards the end of

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last year and has just come from a tour. He has had to cancel a few

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Northern Irish dates due to business but there have been

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rescheduled. He will be in the Mandela Hall in Belfast on 5th

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March and in the Play house in Portrush on the 6th. Clannad will

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be joining forces with the Ulster Orchestra for a night celebrating

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the group's musical legacy. Much more than a folk collective. It is

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a free BBC event and tickets have already been allocated but you can

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tune in live on the night on March 17th from 8pm on BBC Radio Ulster.

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Thank you. That is almost it for tonight. Back next Thursday for the

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first in a series of Art Show specials. We will be talking to

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You can keep up-to-date each week night at 6:00pm on BB0 -- BBC Radio

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Ulster. I will be on Twitter between 8:00pm and 12:00pm. --

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between 12:00pm and 8pm. And next is Jake Bugg. This is Lightning

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# Morning, it's another pure grey morning.

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# Don't know what the day is holding.

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# When I get uptight. # And I walk right into the path of

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a lightning bolt. # Sirens of an ambulance comes

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howling. # Right through the centre of town

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and no one blinks an eye. # And I look up to the sky in the

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path of a lighting bolt. # Met her as the angels parted for

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her. # But she only brought me torture.

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# But that's what happens when it's you who's standing in the path of a

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lightning bolt. # Everyone I see just wants to walk

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with gritted teeth. # But I just stand by and I wait my

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time. # They say you gotta tow the line,

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they want the water not the wine. # But when I see the signs I jump

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# Chances, people tell you not to take chances.

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# When they tell you there aren't any answers.

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# And I was starting to agree. # But I awoke suddenly in the path

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of a lightning bolt. # Fortune, people talking all about

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fortune. # Do you make it or does it just

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call you? # In the blinking of an eye.

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# Just another passerby in the path of a lightning bolt.

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# It was silent, I was lying back # Everyone I see just wants to walk

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with gritted teeth. # But I just stand by and I wait my

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time. # They say you gotta tow the line,

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they want the water not the wine. # But when I see the signs I jump

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on that lightning bolt. # It was silent, I was lying back

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Actress Bronagh Gallagher discusses her acting and music career and the show takes a look at the extravaganza planned for Derry 2013 by choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Also featuring a profile of public artist Maurice Harron. Music comes from the UK's hottest new star, Jake Bugg.


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