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Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:30 am
by jarkko
Between Your Love and Mine

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Photo Geert van der Wijk

Last summer, using only Leonard Cohen's songs, words and poems, writer John MacKenna began work on a requiem for theatre, in memory of young friends and in honour of those who mourn them. The requiem was inspired, in particular, by Leonard's hope-filled lines:

"Behold the gates of mercy, in arbitrary space, and none of us deserving the cruelty or the grace, o solitude of longing where love has been confined, come healing of the body, come healing of the mind."

In late October 2016, just two weeks before his death, the singer approved the final draft of Between Your Love and Mine which will be premiered at VISUAL Carlow, Ireland.

Musical director for the requiem is Aisling Carter and it features the voices of Eric Butler, Katie Jacques and Shane Sullivan. The band features Aisling Carter on keyboard, Lucy Deegan on cello; Annie-Rose Deegan on violin; David Day on percussion. Lighting: Tom Kennedy.
Images: Geert van der Wijk. Spoken word is by Angela Keogh and John MacKenna, who also directs the requiem.

June 15th - VISUAL Carlow
June 17th - Theatre Royal Waterford
June 18th - Civic Theatre Tallaght
June 20th - Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise
June 21st - Draoicht Blanchardstown
June 22nd - Birr Arts Centre
June 23rd - Watergate Theatre Kilkenny
June 24th - Mermaid Theatre Bray.
June 26th - Town Hall Theatre Galway
June 28th - Solstice Arts Centre Navan
June 30th - Moat Theatre Naas
July 1st - Presentation Centre Enniscorthy
Thanks to John McKenna for the information!

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Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:34 am
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Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:43 am
by jarkko
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Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:05 pm
by merton
Hi,
Congratulations to John and crew. Great interweaving of Leonard's music and words, primarily from Book of Mercy. It led to an intense and paced evening, where attention to to musical interpretation and the spoken word heightened the beauty of Leonard's work. Hope to go again on Friday.
All the best,
merton

Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:06 pm
by Olwen
I was so lucky to be able to attend this last Saturday. It's wonderful and if you get the chance, please go and see it. Thanks to John McKenna and all those involved-and most of all to Leonard.
Olwen X

Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:32 am
by Joe Way
I hope that they can make a recording of this-for those who didn't have the pleasure of seeing it. Perhaps, it will be performed where those of us who admire John and love Leonard can see it.

Here is a great interview with John

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhZVmyB21b0

Included is this new LC poem written shortly before he died. Since I heard it and did not see it written, I don't know about the breaks in the lines. Pardon me for my poor poetry sense!

My time is running out
And still I have not sung the true song.
The great song I had missed that I seemed to have lost my courage.
A glance in the mirror and glimpse into my heart makes me want to shut up forever.
Why do you lean me here, lord of my life?
Lean me at this table
In the middle of the night,
Wondering how to be beautiful.

Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:54 am
by B4real
Joe,
I don't think John MacKenna was aware or maybe he forgot that poem has already been published in Book of Longing 2006 page 178.
There’s a self-portrait line sketch entitled Room 215, Kemps Corner Hotel to the right of the poem.
The audio has two prepositions different - "in" for "at" and "so" is left out but it's the same as the BOL poem below.

MY TIME
My time is running out
and still
I have not sung
the true song
the great song

I admit
that I seem
to have lost my courage

A glance at the mirror
a glimpse into my heart
makes me want
to shut up forever

so why do you lean me here
Lord of my life
lean me at this table
in the middle of the night
wondering
how to be beautiful
---

Even so, it surely is fitting for this occasion.

Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:38 am
by Joe Way
Thank you for clarifying that. It seemed familiar but I thought it was the reference about "leaning across the old table" in his song. Still a very worthwhile interview and I would love to see the production.

Joe

Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:39 am
by jarkko
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I have posted the whole Requiem booklet here:
http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/requiem2017.pdf

Thanks to John MacKenna for the material
and to Marie Nolan and Albert Noonan for their help

Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:35 pm
by jarkko
With kind permission of John MacKenna I have now posted the complete script of the performance. Read it here: http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/requiemtexts.pdf

John also told us that there will be one further performance, by request of the Irish President, at his home on September 22nd for an audience of 150 people, chosen by lottery from applications submitted to his office. That will conclude the performances.

Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:00 pm
by HugoD
Thanks so much for this wonderfull piece. Wish I would have been able to attend this must have been so beautiful.

Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:19 am
by MaryB
Just reading the choices that John made touched my heart. I can't imagine the feelings that would have evoked upon attending this Requiem.

Thank you Jarkko for posting this.

Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:21 pm
by Red Poppy
The cast and crew of Between Your Love and Mine with Irish President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin (the President's home) on Fri Sept 22nd, prior to our performance for Culture Night.

Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:34 pm
by Athnuachan
Thanks for this cheerful photo Red Poppy :D
I'm sure Michael D, Sabina and all present appreciated your performance.

Any chance Requiem will tour again?

Re: Between Your Love and Mine - Requiem in Ireland

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:55 pm
by Red Poppy
Hi, there are no current plans for another run of the requiem but if that changes I will, of course, let you know. John