Ulysses Journey 2022 Opening Night: CMC & CCI present world premiere screenings of new music and film works at the IFI, Dublin & CCI, Paris

2 February 2022 17:30

Irish Film Institute

An illustration in sea blue, black and white, of Joyce's tower in Sandycove, Dublin, with the rocky coast and the sea in the foreground. Ulysses Journey 2022 is written in large 1920's style type.

2nd of February, 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses. In light of the importance to Dublin and Ireland of this milestone in world literature, as well as its significance to Paris and France, the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland (CMC) and Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI) present an international celebration across Ireland and Europe from February to June 2022. 

Ulysses Journey 2022 commences on Wednesday, 2nd February with the simultaneous world premieres of six newly commissioned music and film works by composers and filmmakers from Ireland screened in the Irish Film Institute, Dublin and Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. 

The screening will be complemented by a discussion on musical responses to Joyce and Ulysses by composer Benjamin Dwyer with Linda O’Shea Farren, CMC’s Projects, Programmes & Events Manager. This event is presented in association with the Irish Film Institute.

Film Programme

Luminary Reflection by composer Ed Bennett and filmmaker Laura Sheeran 

Performers: Dermot Dunne (accordion), Thomas Bennett (spoken word), Ed Bennett (electronics), Stephanie Dufresne (dancer) 

Penelope by composer Darragh Kelly and filmmaker Rioghnach Ní Ghrioghair 

Performers: Dermot Dunne (accordion), Hannah Mamalis (spoken word)

Luteofulvous Ebullition : the qualities of water by composer Garth Knox and filmmaker Jonathan C. Creasy  

Performers: Dermot Dunne (accordion), Barry McGovern (spoken word)

Water sounds by Garth Knox and Carol Robinson

Pollen, Blood, and Seaspray by composer Anselm McDonnell (with poetry by Euan Tait) and filmmakers Ross Wilson BEM, Art Ward

Performers: Dermot Dunne (accordion), Nicole Rourke (spoken word), Anselm McDonnell (electronics)

I will see if I can see [Feicfidh mé má thig liom feicsin] by composer filmmaker Ailís Ní Ríain 

Performers: Dermot Dunne (accordion), Jim Henry (spoken word / archival recording provided with kind permission of the Henry family), Ailis Ni Ríain (prepared piano)

cling(ing) like fire by composer filmmaker Ultan O’Brien

Performers: Ultan O’Brien (fiddle, viola and electronics), Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin (voice and concertina), Paul Roe (clarinet and bass clarinet), Camilla Houstoun (spoken word), Eimear Walshe (performer) 


For tickets to the Dublin screening at the Irish Film Institute, please book via the IFI website HERE.

Covid 19 Information

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For further details on the Paris screening at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, please visit their website HERE.

The Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Project Lottery Funding. Ulysses Journey 2022 is a programme of events and commissions celebrating the centenary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses across Ireland, France and Hungary from February to June 2022. Responding to Ulysses, this project features an international series of concerts, screenings of six newly commissioned music and film works and talks about Joyce. The Ulysses Journey 2022 new music and film works were co-commissioned with the Centre Culturel Irlandais as part of its Joyce Season (2 February - 20 June 2022) supported by the Irish Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 programme. Other funders and partners include Budapest Music Center; Centre Culturel Hongrois, Paris; Embassy of Ireland, Hungary; FUGA Budapest Centre of Architecture; Irish Film Institute; Moving on Music; New Music Dublin; One Dublin One Book through funding from Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media; Embassy of Hungary, Dublin; Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC); Sundays @ Noon at The Hugh Lane Gallery.



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