Other writing

Brief-Blue-Electric-Bloom (2010)

Written, composed and devised by Ailís Ní Ríain. Brief-Blue-Electric-Bloom experiments with the idea of embedding interpretive signing within a work combining poetry, animation and contemporary music.

“Allow me to introduce you to a place
Where I am yours
And you are someone-elses.
Allow me to introduce you to this
All love is insane…”

Funded and developed by Greenroom, Manchester – premiered at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester in 2010. Subsequently selected for Arts Council England Decibel Showcase 2011.

In Sleep… (2010)

Soprano & chamber ensemble. Commissioned by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 10:10 Ensemble with Lore Lixenberg. Words and music by Ailís Ní Ríain.

“I awake with you on my tongue, I am eloquent only in sleep when splashes of wisdom fall from my mouth more easily. Colours form and slide, a prism of light eclipsing all doubt I lie here among wet blankets of unease, damp with the sweat of conscience. I’ve been fighting for peace for far too long…”

Intone (2013)

A music, poetry and paper sculpture installation commissioned for the International Durham Brass Festival in July 2013 in collaboration with artist Nicola Dale and trumpeter Brendan Ball.

“The responsibilities of these extremities
Weigh down these butcher’s shoulders;
these privileged posturings.
My cloaks hide
Vast armouries.”

Eyeless (2014)

Folk singer & eight voices. Music and poetry by Ailís Ní Ríain (Irish translation by Iarla O’ Lionáird). Commissioned by Béal Festival Ireland in 2012.

“This day
I hear you singing
In brutal reason,
Broken rhyme.
I can tell this world
Has taken its toll.
Dul amú
Dul amú.”