Cath Fionn Trá:
The Battle of Ventry retold in an immersive performance of dance, ritual, hurling, wrestling, drum, flute and voice.
Creative Director and Choreographer of this community participation project.
Cath Fionn Trá was a collaboration of five dancers, 30 hurlers, six musicians and one storyteller. We gathered on Fionn Trá on May Day with little rehearsal and a lot of faith in front of a crowd of 400 people to re-enact that mythical battle when the armies of the world invaded Ireland at Ventry and some say it lasted a hundred and one days and others say a hundred and one years and all say we defeated the Armies of the World.
I put up this poster and waited at the halla on Wednesday. four women came consistently to workshops that were a mixture of Five Rhythms as Gaeilge and a choreography.
We composed a dance then to the sun and the sea, a Bealtaine offering to that special place that had nurtured us. Fionn Trá Beach and on that day, we were the Tuatha dé Dannan reborn.
''When the bones of the warriors
have been ground to sand
when descendants of plenty
come again stick in hand
the battle will again be fought
and the crown again be sought
In the deepest darkest place
where the Divil himself holds space'