composed by Evangelia Rigaki
libretto by Marina Carr
directed by Louise LoweIrish National Opera & ANU
Episode 18: Old Ghosts
Date and Time: 2 – 4 February 2023, 7pm & 9pm
Duration: Approx 40 minutes
Ticket Price: €25 / €20 Concession
Old Ghosts, the final episode of Ulysses 2.2 in response to the Penelope chapter of Ulysses, sees the world premiere of a new opera, with newly commissioned music by Evangelia Rigaki and text by Marina Carr. It imagines James Joyce in conversation with Nora Barnacle, Homer and Penelope herself as possible inspirations for the character of Molly Bloom and the final chapter of Ulysses.
In a first-time collaboration for two of Ireland’s leading companies, Irish National Opera and ANU, Old Ghosts will be performed live at MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland from 2 – 4 February 2023, the culmination of a year of thrilling nationwide, multidisciplinary artistic experiments, created by a rich and diverse gathering of Irish artists and organisations, presented, curated and commissioned by ANU, Landmark & MoLI.
About Ulysses 2.2
To mark a century of Ulysses, three of Ireland’s most innovative arts organisations and practitioners – ANU, Landmark Productions and MoLI – have joined together to present Ulysses 2.2, a year-long, nationwide odyssey of creative responses to the 18 episodes that chronicle an ordinary day in the life of Leopold Bloom. Events are running February 2022 – February 2023. Visit the Ulysses 2.2 website for full details.
February 2nd, 2022 marked the centenary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, the defining literary monument of the 20th century, the single most influential Irish artwork ever produced and the 100 year old book that continues to feed innumerable global conversations, and just as many quarrels.
In collaboration with director Louise Lowe and visual artist Owen Boss of ANU, those who have responded to the Ulysses 2.2 challenge include writers Anne Enright, Fintan O’Toole, Marina Carr and Emilie Pine; poets Paula Meehan, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Molly Twomey & Harry Clifton; choreographers David Bolger of CoisCéim and Emma Martin of United Fall; children’s theatre practitioners Branar; architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects; composer Evangelia Rigaki; food artists The Domestic Godless; musicians Fehdah, Matthew Nolan, Adrian Crowley and God Knows; curator Iarlaith Ni Fheorais; and writer and activist Sinéad Burke.
Ulysses 2.2 is funded by an Open Call award from The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Join the odyssey at ulysses22.ie for more details about each of the following artistic responses.
Episode 1: Anne Enright
Episode 2: Branar and children throughout Ireland
Episode 3: Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara / Grafton Architects
Episode 4: David Bolger and CoisCéim Dance Theatre
Episode 5: Owen Boss / Louise Lowe / ANU
Episode 6: Paula Meehan
Episode 7: Fintan O’Toole
Episode 8: The Domestic Godless
Episode 9: Matthew Nolan & Adrian Crowley
Episode 10: Emma Martin / United Fall
Episode 11: Fehdah
Episode 12: Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Molly Twomey & Harry Clifton / Poetry Ireland
Episode 13: God Knows
Episode 14: Louise Lowe / Emilie Pine / ANU
Episode 15: Iarlaith Ni Fheorais / Arts & Disability Ireland
Episode 16: Sinéad Burke
Episode 17: Branar / MoLI
Episode 18: Marina Carr / Louise Lowe / Evangelia Rigaki / Irish National Opera / ANU