press release

UBS Openings Saturday 13 December 2008, 20.30–22.00

'The Scavenger's Daughters' is an ambiguous portrait of two sisters. This epic text weaves together three monologues, constantly failing to form a narrative dialogue. The title refers to the act of scavenging of words, ideas, food and emotions as well as the passing on of words and habit through family ties.

The sisters speak in a way that imitates the workings of the brain in daydreams so thoughts follow in quick succession. The viewer is taken along an almost hypnotizing stream of thoughts which are exteriorized and released into the air.

Enhancing the fragile quality of the raw voice, Barry's poetic writing and theatrical performance unfold a fictional narrative concerned with the question of intimate relationships, enclosed feelings and the inability to communicate, providing a unique spatial and visual experience of language.

The Scavenger's Daughters is performed by Kate McIntosh, Ineke Lievens and Miles O'Shea.

The Scavenger's Daughters by Orla Barry is co-produced by STUK Arts Centre, Leuven; de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam; and Tate Modern, London.

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Orla Barry
The Scavenger's Daughters' rehearsal view, STUK arts centre