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James Joyce - Blooms Day 2007James Joyce - Blooms Day 2007
Saturday, 16th June 2007

To celebrate the 103rd Bloomsday, the James Joyce Centre has planned a full week of activities, music, film, lectures, readings and more!

(At the bottom of the page you'll find links to printable descriptions and schedules for the whole week)

BLOOMSDAY BREAKFAST

The most unique breakfast in Dublin is being served at the James Joyce Centre. Come join us to celebrate Joyce’s comic masterpiece, Ulysses, and share Leopold Bloom’s celebrated morning. Guinness and a traditional, full Irish breakfast will be served as actor delight with readings and song. A morning not to be missed!

Date: 16th June 2007
Time: 8.00am; 9.30am; 11:00am (3 seatings)
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: € 26.00
Advanced booking required

BLOOMSDAY READINGS

The Joyce Centre is happy to continue its long tradition of dramatic readings by local celebrities and Joyce enthusiasts. Join us in front of the Centre to watch and hear the characters and story of Ulysses come alive. Coffee, tea and pastries will be available for purchase throughout the morning.

Date: 16th June 2007
Time: 9.30am – noon
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Ticket: Free
No booking required

JOYCE IN VOICE

Direct from the lovely green city of Glasgow, the four members of Joyce in Voice will bring their superb voices and harmonies to Dublin as well as their great sense of fun. Dressed in period costume, Joyce in Voice will sing the music from Ulysses with great style and panache!

Colin Taylor –piano
Harry Campbell – tenor
Jemma Brown – alto
Fiona Campbell – soprano

Date: 16th June 2007
Time: 12.00 noon & 3.00pm
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: Free
No booking required

HIMSELF AND NORA

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY, audiences in Dublin will have a sneak peak at a new musical headed for London’s famous West End and Broadway! On Bloomsday evening, 16th June 2007, at 8.pm at the James Joyce Centre, author Sheila Walsh and composer/lyricist, Jonathan Brielle will present highlights of their new musical, Himself and Nora. Both Walsh and Brielle are determined to bring the real-life story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce’s love, laughter and song to Dublin before their next full-scale production. In bringing Himself and Nora to the world stage the message is to feel Joyce’s words and how Nora, a young chambermaid from Galway, inspired him as his portable Ireland throughout all their tumultuous travels.

In 2005 Himself and Nora premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in California to rave reviews. Joel Hirschhorn of Daily Variety-- the American bible of show business --said, “James Joyce is a great character… a hell raising, hard drinking, sexually uninhibited wild man. What’s more… Nora is strong and exciting enough to justify Joyce’s lifelong passion. Between the two of them sparks fly. There’s enough meaty material here for a Great White Way hit.”

Cynthia Citron of KABC radio says, “In a dazzling new musical, Himself & Nora, playwright Sheila Walsh and composer Jonathan Brielle stunningly embrace and people the continent of Europe as their peripatetic hero and his mistress-muse move from one country to another… In addition to Sheila Walsh’s intelligent script, James and Nora’s story is played out in a full compliment of brilliant songs provided by Jonathan Brielle. Melodious love songs destined to become popular hits as well as hilarious patter songs accompanied by sparkling high-spirited dances... Some 14 previous premiers at the Old Globe have moved from San Diego to Broadway. This one is a sure fire 15th. And the one that will probably still be playing when the 16th, 17th, and 18th production find their way to Broadway as well.”

An evening of highlights from this exciting new musical is sure to enthral and entertain. Don’t miss out on this chance to see Himself and Nora!

Date: 16th June 2007
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: €15 / €12 conc.
Advanced booking advised

JOYCE ON FILM

Enjoy an informative afternoon with two films on Joyce directed by Irish filmmaker Ian Graham. Joyce: The Journey Home is a documentary on the restoration of No. 35 North Great George’s Street and its transformation into a vibrant cultural centre dedicated to the works of James Joyce. The film includes contributions from Bob Joyce, Senator David Norris, architect James O’Connor, and Joyce’s nephew Ken Monaghan. The Film also vividly captures the colour, humour and spontaneity of Dublin during the annual Bloomsday festivities. (Narrated by John Kavanagh, written by Ian Graham, 30 minutes, RTE Production)

James Joyce: The Trials of Ulysses tells the story of Joyce’s epic novel, Ulysses, one of the most renowned works of twentieth century fiction. Filmed in Europe and the United States, the film recounts the book’s early battles against charges of obscenity and Joyce’s long struggle to get his work published. Moving seamlessly between both the public and private aspects of Joyce’s life, and featuring interviews with well known authors, academics, and relatives, this films provides a definitive insight into the troubled history of this most prized literary work. (52 minutes, a Roundtable Production in association with RTE).

Mr. Graham will give a brief introduction to his films and answer audience questions.

Date: 10th June 2007
Time: 3.00pm
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: €10 / €8 conc.
No booking required

THE MUSIC OF JOYCE’S DUBLIN

Enjoy an odyssey through the music of Joyce’s Dublin sung by highly acclaimed soprano and Joycean scholar Katie Brown. Ms. Brown, accompanied by the equally multi-talented Jeremy Hessler, will enchant the audience with songs such as Down by the Sally Gardens, Dear Harp of My Country, Love’s Old Sweet Song and many more. Dr. Brown and Mr. Hessler will also give a brief introduction to each song and illuminate how it fits into Joyce’s work.

Katie Brown, PhD, has performed in over 30 operas and musicals. She received her doctorate from Trinity College Dublin for her dissertation on Joyce and Music. She also holds a degree in English and Vocal Performance from Notre Dame University in the United States.

Date: 11th June 2007
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: €10 / €8 conc.
Advance booking advised


DUBLIN DAY, a new film by acclaimed director GEORGE MORRISON

"The film Dublin Day is a Joycean celebration of the City of Dublin in all its aspects; comprising both the city today and as it was at the turn of the last century. George Morrison, the well-known film and photographic archivist, photographer and director of films, began to record his images of Joycean Dublin in 1952, when much lost to us today yet remained.

The film is presented by David Norris, who is with us throughout this 24 hours in the life of the city, as our guide and mentor. It opens with a view of sea, sky and rocks in the vicinity of the now famous Martello tower, rented by Oliver St.John Gogarty in 1904 and ends as it began, with Dublin Bay." -- Atlantic Film Alliance

Following the screen of their new film, Director George Morrison and narrator Senator David Norris will be available to discuss their work on this project.

Date: 12th June 2007
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: €10 / €8 conc.
Advanced booking advised

IN MEDIA RES – AN EHIBITION BY DAVID LILBURN

To celebrate Bloomsday, Irish artist David Lilburn will exhibit
In Medias Res, (Latin for ‘In the middle of things’), a multi-layered work that sets out to map both the Dublin of James Joyce’s Ulysses and the contemporary city.

This major work, commissioned by The National Library of Ireland as part of the Bloomsday Centenary Exhibition, and now produced as a special edition by Tabula Press, Ireland, is a suite of seven highly detailed drypoint prints. Constructed from a multiplicity of drawn marks and viewpoints, the prints are packed with references to the topography of Dublin and to plot fragments, characters, anecdotes, conversations, landmarks, historical events and classical allusions all mentioned or implicit in the text.

The work enables the viewer to orientate himself or herself within Dublin as it appears in Ulysses and as it is today and to follow the routes taken by various characters in Ulysses as they criss-cross the city throughout 16th June 1904.

THE ARTIST : For David Lilburn, highly regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost printmakers and formidable draughtsmen, In Medias Res is the most recent work in an extensive series of map-pictures made by him for many years now. In this work, we can see the artist immersing himself in his subject, by which he is clearly enthralled – Joyce’s vivid odyssey of Leopold Bloom as he moves through Dublin and its environs and his own internal labyrinth - on a June day in 1904. In Medias Res is Lilburn’s heroic attempt to make a drawing of the whole book.

MEET THE ARTIST : David Lilburn will attend the exhibition to talk about In Medias Res and introduce viewers to the work on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Date: 14 – 16 June 2007
Time: 12.00noon – 4.00pm
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: Free
No booking required

BLOOMSDAY CABARET & PERFORMANCE

In the unique documentary film, Bloomsday Cabaret, Moulin Rouge meets Bloomsday in a fascinating exploration of music in the life and writing of James Joyce. Joyce had a fine tenor voice - his wife Norah famously said, “James should have stuck to singing instead of bothering with writing”. Bloomsday Cabaret gives us a novel glimpse into Joyce’s musical life and illuminates his writing in a highly entertaining fashion. Filmmaker Rosemary House will attend and stars from the film, including the celebrated Dublin singer Paul Harrington, will be on hand for a special live performance following the screening.

Date: 13th June 2007
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: €10 / €8conc.
Advance booking advised

JOHN HUSTON’S THE DEAD

The James Joyce Centre presents a special outdoor screening of John Huston’s final masterpiece The Dead in association with the Temple Bar Diversions Festival 2007.

“It is Christmas time in Dublin at the turn of the century, and the snow covered streets appear peaceful and serene. But not too far away, a family is celebrating Twelfth Night. Music, dancing, conversation and wit abound but above all there is charm. A charm exuded by Gabriel and his wife Gretta. But as the viewer is drawn closer into their life and their love, uncertainty turns into confusion. Things may not be as they seem. Gretta reveals a dark but tender secret to her husband and he suddenly understands that nothing between them, nor in his own life, can ever be the same again.” --Cinema Club

Date: 14th June 2007
Time: 10.00pm
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: Free; distributed at Temple Bar Cultural Trust office and James Joyce Centre beginning on 12 June 2007
No advanced booking

MOLLY SAYS NO!
Molly Bloom in her own words—and music.

Judith Mok –soprano Kevin Sharpe – piano

Written by Michael McLoughlin, Molly Says No! is a dramatic recital, which aims to show a different side to Joyce’s heroine, Molly Bloom. On stage rather than in bed, Molly explores the side of herself we do not see in Ulysses. Not the sensual, mythical Earth Mother, but Molly the serious artist, the professional singer, the foreigner, the immigrant, the complex woman. She sings the music she loves and tells her story in her own words.

Works by Mozart, Bizet, Schubert and Bellini are among those Ms. Mok will perform.

Judith Mok is an internationally known soprano. She has performed at numerous festivals including Salzburg, Edinburgh, Paris and the Holland Festival. She currently lives in Ireland where she has made many radio and television recordings. In addition to her music, Ms. Mok has written two novels and three books of poetry. More information can be found at www.judithmok.eu

This event is generously supported by The Royal Netherlands Embassy

Date: 15th June 2007 & 17th June 2007
Time: 8.00pm (15/6) & 4.00pm (17/6)
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: €15 / €12 conc.
Advanced booking advised

JOYCE’S VOLTA CINEMA & BEYOND –A GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Start: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George's Street
Duration: ca. 90 minutes
Finish: Irish Film Institute/Cinema, 6 Eustace Street

Tour: This tour visits James Joyce's Volta cinema (opened 1909 as Ireland's very first dedicated picture house) as well as a further 15 historic cinemas in Dublin's city centre ranging from early conversions of Georgian buildings to lavish Art Deco venues, giving a detailed account of their cultural history, architecture and significance. The tour will be illustrated with numerous historic and interior photographs.

Guide: Marc Zimmermann is a building conservation engineer and the author of The History of Dublin Cinemas (book out in May and avail. during the tour). He founded the Cinema Heritage Group in 2006 and issues a free e-newsletter, The Cinematograph [subscribe from: NOSPAMheritage_events@yahoo.com]

Date: 14th June 2007 & 17th June 2007
Time: 7.00pm (14/6) & 2.00pm (17/6)
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: €10 / €8conc.
Advanced booking advised


UNCROWNED KINGS & BRONZE BY GOLD –A GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Start: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George's Street
Duration: ca. 90 minutes
Finish: Temple Bar

This tour explores two aspects of Dublin life that had a major influence on Joyce’s life and work: music and politics. Joyce’s writings are suffused with musical references, with songs and lyrics, and with conversation about musical life in Dublin. Joyce himself was a good singer, winning a medal at a Feis Ceoil and sharing a stage with John McCormack in 1904. Yet musical life in Joyce’s depiction of Dublin often reflects the country’s provincial status and the decline in cultural life as part of the loss of political freedom during the nineteenth century. Many of the songs are rebellious in nature, recalling the fates of heroes and rebels, and looking forward to the birth of an independent nation. Joyce’s humourous treatment of music and politics will make this an entertaining and informative tour. The tour includes stops outside Belvedere College (where Joyce was a pupil in the 1890s), the Gresham Hotel (one of the locations of the story ‘The Dead’), the Parnell Monument, and the Ormond Hotel (location of the ‘Sirens’ episode in Ulysses).

Date: 9,12,13,15,16 June 2007
Time: 11.00am (9,12,15,16 June) & 2.00pm (13/6)
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: €10 / €8conc.
Advanced booking advised

DUBLINERS – A GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Start: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George's Street
Duration: ca. 90 minutes
Finish: Duke Street

Join our guide on a ramble through the city of Joyce's first and most accessible work, Dubliners. Completed 100 years ago this year, when its author was just 25 years old, Dubliners skilfully treats both turn-of-the-century Dublin and Joyce's surroundings in Continental Europe at the time of writing. Over the period of an hour and a half we will unpack Joyce's relationship with the city during his life here, the varied angles from which Joyce chose to remember Dublin and the ways in which Dublin has chosen to remember her famous son. Joyce's Dublin was one of politics and intrigue, of religious devotion and disaffection; a city in which the pressures and ties of family and society were never far from mind. The tour will visit Joyce's alma mater, Belvedere College; The Gresham Hotel, setting for the climactic scene in ‘The Dead’; the site of Nelson's Column and sites of importance to each of the stories in Joyce's first major work.

Date: 9,10,16,17 June 2007
Time: 2.00pm (9,10,16 June) & 11.00am (17/6)
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: €10 / €8conc.
Advanced booking advised

b>IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LEOPOLD BLOOM – A GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Start: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George's Street
Duration: ca. 90 minutes
Finish: National Museum, Kildare Street

This tour explores the background to Joyce’s Ulysses and to Bloom’s thoughts as he crosses the city in search of something to eat in the ‘Lestrygonians’ episode. The episode humorously contrasts the well-fed and the under-fed, and the city architecture noticed by Bloom reinforces these contrasts. The presence of police constables reminds us of the realities of Dublin as a colonial city and the central issue of food in social, cultural and political life in 1904.


Date: 11,13,14 June
Time: 11.00am (13/6) & 2.00pm (11/6, 14/6)
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: €10 / €8conc.
Advanced booking advised


A JOYCE CIRCULAR -- A GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Start: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George's Street
Duration: ca. 90 minutes
Finish: James Joyce Centre

On our andante dander around the Hibernian metropolis we take in Earl Street and the prick with the stick; the house where Oliver “Buck Mulligan” Gogarty was born; the setting of the Dubliners story ‘The Boarding House’; the house in which Sean O’ Casey was born; 7 Eccles Street, home of the Blooms; and Belvedere College, which Joyce attended in the 1890s.

Date: 12,14,15,16 June
Time: 11.00am (14/6); 2.00pm (12/6,15/6) & 4.00pm (16/6)
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: €10 / €8conc.
Advanced booking advised

“THE ORIGINS OF ULYSSES” TALK BY TERENCE KILLEEN

Well-known Dublin journalist and Joyce scholar Terence Killeen will give an illuminating and engaging talk on the origins of Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. This epic 732-page novel, which was published in 1922, was originally intended as a short story for Dubliners in 1907. Mr. Killeen will guide us through the novel’s development, how it related to some of Joyce’s own experiences in Dublin, and of course the mysterious Alfred H. Hunter who appears to have been the model (in a way) for Bloom.

Date: 17th June 2007
Time: 12.00 noon
Venue: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street
Tickets: €10 / €8conc.
Advanced booking advised


Notes: Advance bookings require payment at the time of booking. Please call the James Joyce Centre at 353 1 878 8547 to reserve your tickets. All major credit cards accepted.


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