01.10.14

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THE­ATRE Ganesh Ver­sus the Third Re­ich The del­i­cately con­sid­ered Aus­tralian company Back to Back, who vis­ited Dublin be­fore with the ex­cel­lent small metal ob­jects, re­turn with this lauded piece. On one level it’s the story of Hindu god Ganesh try­ing to re­claim the Swastika from the Nazis. On another it’s a group of per­form­ers with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties ar­gu­ing over the right to rep­re­sent that story. On all lev­els, it’s cap­ti­vat­ing and provoca­tively told. ART Raumplan Elaine Byrne con­tin­ues her ex­plo­ration of early 20th­cen­tury utopian ar­chi­tec­tural ideas, ex­pand­ing on the the­o­ries of Friedrick Kiesler, an icon­o­clas­tic . . . what, ex­actly? It’s not clear: ar­chi­tect, de­signer, artist, the­atre de­signer and per­haps more. Kiesler ques­tioned ev­ery­thing. That’s the easy part, of course, but he went on to come up with his own ideas of how we might shape the world me live in, a kind of sur­re­al­ism meets ar­chi­tec­ture. And that’s where Byrne’s work kicks off.

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