INCANTATION is a new 55 minute performance piece by Maia Nunes accompanied by Maebh McKenna on the harp.
This interdisciplinary performance piece that deals with interwoven themes of intergenerational race, gender and religious trauma from an intensely personal perspective. In INCANTATION these nuanced themes are explored through the interconnected mediums of incantation, repetitive action, and beaded object. Verses of original text tell the stories of five generations of women in my family, weaving together Afro-Caribbean, Irish and Madeiran narratives in a melodic incantation. Although the incantation loosely follows the structure of a ritual of prayer- echoing the mesmeric effect of repeated cycles of prayerful utterance -the piece is secular in nature.
INCANTATION was performed as a work-in-progress as part of Basic Space, Basic Talks series at the Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin, February 2019