Soldier Still is a new dance theatre work that blends movement, text, music, real stories and real people, to create a harrowing tale of beauty and brutality.
Developed from a series of interviews with current and former soldiers from the Irish Defence Force, The British Army and the Bosnian war, this beautiful and haunting tale explores the after effects of war, the retirement of a soldier and the indelible traces left behind.
Performed by four exceptional dancers and former captain Dr Tom Clonan, the production is a poetic human perspective of the impact of violence, telling a universal tale of trauma.
Winning Best Design at Dublin Fringe Festival 2017, the stunning and simple set design is an active participant in the piece, accompanied by a visceral sound design. Previous Artists-in-Residence at Tate Britain, multi award-winning Junk Ensemble have built a reputation in Ireland as dance innovators.
Dr. Tom Clonan is one of Ireland’s foremost Whistleblowers. As an Army Officer in Ireland’s Armed Forces, Dr. Clonan completed ground-breaking doctoral research on the Irish Defence Forces (2000), which led to an independent government enquiry, ‘The Study Review Group’. This report fully vindicated findings as they applied to bullying, sexual harassment and the sexual assault of soldiers within Ireland’s armed forces. Dr. Clonan is Security Analyst with the Irish Times. He is the author of two books: Blood, Sweat and Tears and Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy.
Funded by The Arts Council. A co-production with Mermaid Arts Centre and Project Arts Centre. Supported by Dance Ireland and Dance Base Edinburgh. Junk Ensemble are Project Artists at Project Arts Centre.