Yellow, the film, will premier at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival this Saturday, 18th February 2012 from 2pm – 6pm, in the Lighthouse cinema 4.
This is a 4-hour film, the audience are free to come and go and tickets are free.
Buried deep in the market area off Dublin’s Capel Street, almost underground, is the historic Irish abbey, St. Mary’s. Here, in this hallowed space, six women dressed in yellow come, one by one and night after night, to wash and re-wash the long garment they are wearing. The act of repeatedly submerging and scrubbing the cloth becomes an act of cleansing and orgasmic rebirth, their raw knuckles scraping, increasingly violently, against the fabric. The grunts and groans of their efforts become haunting cries echoing throughout the chamber. Their bodies twist and contort, becoming harbingers of an almost talismanic energy; an energy that can be felt like breath on your face, an energy that collectively becomes a triumph of the spirit.
This film of that event has as its premise that to endure is to live and finally to triumph. It engages with the shamanist ritual of healing. Each performance has at its foundation a simple three lined script written by Coogan and demands the performer submit to the masochistic endurance of the actions. These six extraordinary performances filmed in a series of epic takes is an Irish film unlike any other you’ll see this year. The film unfolds over four hours, following the durational nature of the original performances. Paddy Cahill and Amanda Coogan’s film presents concurrently on a single canvas the six performances.
Yellow was performed by;
Ann Maria Healy
Victoria Mc Cormack
Audio mixed at DMARC studios by Darragh Pigott
For more information on the film see:
www.paddycahill.com and www.amandacoogan.com