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Workshops & seminars

Ar Ais Arís (Back Again)

A Virtual Reality Experience

Date & time
Friday, March 17, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


This event is free


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Join us this St. Patrick's Day for the launch of Ar Ais Arís (Back Again)! Based on some of the finest contemporary writing in the Irish language, Ar Ais Arís combines literature and visual poetry in a 16-minute Virtual Reality experience. Brú Theatre Company's artists have created three 180° films, immersing audiences in a fusion of movement, text, music and stunning Connemara landscapes through the use of VR headsets.

Ar Ais Arís has been described by The Irish Times as “a compelling piece of work that engages with both Irish cultural tradition and with the emerging future of theatre practice.” During this event, a specially invited panel of Concordia researchers and artists will see the work, then join Brú for a roundtable talk.

How can you participate? Join us in person or online (panel discussion at 10am only) by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube.

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Visiting Artists

James Riordán, Brú, Artistic Director

Jill Murray, Brú, Producer

Invited Researchers and Artists

Noah Drew, Associate Prof. Theatre, Chair of Dept of Theatre

Shauna Janssen, Associate Prof. Performance Creation, Creative Director of PULSE

Dean Farrell, HUMA Doctoral Candidate, Scholar of Irish language literature

Rilla Khaled, Associate Prof Design and Computation Arts, Director of TAG (Technoculture, Arts, and Games)

Marco Luna Barahona, Teaching Faculty Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Scholar of Virtual Reality

Marie Clare Leblanc Flanagan, Artist, co-founder of Imaginary Residency and Wyrd Art Initiatives


Emer O'Toole, Associate Prof. Irish Performance Studies

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