THURS­DAY 26.11.15

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am­bi­ent record­ings, they pro­file nine women who, though they were cus­to­di­ans of the tra­di­tion of fe­male cir­cum­ci­sion, have made the coura­geous, life-chang­ing de­ci­sion to aban­don the prac­tice, usu­ally in the face of com­mu­nity op­po­si­tion of vary­ing kinds. THE­ATRE Through a Glass Darkly It is un­likely that Karin, the fo­cus of this stage adap­ta­tion of Ing­mar Bergman 1962 film, missed her call­ing as a travel agent. Hol­i­days, she de­cides, are “lumps of time with­out any dis­trac­tions”, op­por­tu­ni­ties “to look straight ahead and stare into the abyss”. The rea­son for this cheery is­land get­away is to spend some time with the men in her life: an emo­tion­ally ab­sent au­thor fa­ther, an over­pro­tec­tive hus­band, and a wary ado­les­cent brother. Al­ready prone to men­tal ill­ness, the marginalised Karin be­gins to slip be­tween re­al­i­ties, al­most the only agency af­forded to her. Corn Ex­change’s at­trac­tively se­vere new stag­ing gives a grey state­li­ness to what could be Karin’s men­tal dis­in­te­gra­tion or her rad­i­cal eman­ci­pa­tion. As the bi­b­li­cal ref­er­ence of the ti­tle hints, it all de­pends on how you see things. ART The Fu­ture Is Self-Or­gan­ised – Artist-Run Spa­ces Artist-run spa­ces, of­ten com­bin­ing stu­dio fa­cil­i­ties with ex­hi­bi­tion pro­grammes, have be­come a sta­ple through­out Ire­land, from Pal­las in Dublin to 126 in Gal­way, Cat­a­lyst Arts in Belfast to The Black Mariah in Cork, not to men­tion Oc­cupy Space in Lim­er­ick. Pal­las Projects kicks off its 20th birth­day se­ries of projects with a sur­vey fea­tur­ing work and doc­u­men­ta­tion, plac­ing such spa­ces in the over­all cul­tural con­text. HOUSE Detroit Swin­dle One of the best BBC Es­sen­tial Mixes of 2015 is the one Dutch duo Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets (above) pro­duced a few months back. It was the per­fect show­case for the ex­quis­ite, be­spoke house style that has be­come Detroit Swin­dle’s brand over the past couple of years. Their work in­cludes the swag­ger­ing Fig­ure of Speech EP for Freerange, the wide range of tracks they’ve put out on their own Heist la­bel, and bang­ing ap­pear­ances at clubs world­wide – from Berlin’s Panorama Bar to this fine es­tab­lish­ment in the wild, wild west.

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