Performance. In 2003 the arts organisation Factotum revived a choir that had been founded in the 1950's to sing socialist and experimental music. To understand what they had reincarnated they started a two year process of collecting memories and artifacts of the choirs turbulent history.
An exhibition about the history of an experimental local choir with galactic
ambition and varied talent. A journey through fifty years of musical adventure.
In 2003 the arts organisation Factotum revived a choir that had been founded in the 1950's to sing socialist and experimental music. To understand what they had reincarnated they started a two year process of collecting memories and artifacts of the choirs turbulent history. On the 6th October, following a performance by the current choir, these materials will be presented in an exhibition for the first time.
The original Factotum choir was nothing if not eclectic, embracing socialism, satanism, pagan ritualism, folk and psychedelic performance art. Highlights of the exhibition will include a behind-the-scenes film of rehearsals of their 1985 multimedia performance about Cu'chulann, The Hound of Ulster. Original drawings from the folk opera, No Joy for Henry, will also be included, as will explosive footage of their infamous pagan actionist ritual, Die Orgiegeheimnisse, performed in London in 1971. These documents and many others, including posters, letters, records and bizarre musical instruments, have been recovered from attics and libraries and in one case discovered in a hedge. The whole story is engagingly told by those who experienced the choir first-hand. This is achieved through a mixture of interviews and contextualising text, bringing this obscure but fascinating period of musical history to life.
Factotum is a Belfast based arts organisation, among other activities it publishes the monthly cultural paper The Vacuum, organises walks, dance events and exhibitions. The current incarnation of The Factotum Choir performs a variety of ideologically embarrassing repertoire including Stalinist and corporate songs. For the opening of the exhibition it will premier its new corporate song for the Project Arts Centre which is itself celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year.
Fri, October 6, 6,45 pm
Project Arts Centre
39 East Essex Street (Temple Bar) - Dublin