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Create is delighted to partner with Live Collision to welcome Anna Furse to Dublin as part of a CAPP Research Residency which will culminate in the premiere of an animated lecture performance An Anatomy Act. Conflating her roles as a theatre director, writer, and Professor, this unique event has Anna Furse giving a vivid animated lecture on anatomy, accompanied by haunting saw playing and illuminating video. It takes place in Project Arts Centre, Dublin on  30 November and 1 December.

The anatomy theatres of Renaissance Europe were the horror movies of their day – full of blood, guts, morality and human drama. The public gawped in fear and fascination at the criminal cadaver being doubly punished before their eyes.

Furse takes this idea and runs with it, taking us on a journey of discovery to contemplate our bodies, dead or alive, as she segues from personal loss to the circulation of the blood, from Elizabeth I to Lady Gaga. This performance wants to make us think about the meaning of life, why we fear death, and invites us to spend a little time to reflect on our heart and souls – and assert exactly where our liver is.

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As part of a CAPP Research Residency, Furse is working in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin and King’s College London. Anna’s creative team consists of both Irish based and international collaborators including musician & composer David Coulter and saw player Henry Dagg. Anna Furse will also be meeting with arts practitioners and students during her time in Dublin this November.

An Anatomy Act is funded by Arts Council England with a residency commission by Create and CAPP (Collaborative Art Partnership Programme) a transnational programme co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union with additional support from Live Collision. It is an Athletes of the Heart production with the Centre of the Body at Goldsmiths, University of London.


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