GAA! – A Theatrical Espresso from The Performance Corporation and Solas Nua. Dramatic Clash of the Ash hits downtown Washington DC. On Wednesday February 17th, the company set the mood early for St Patricks day with GAA! – an outbreak of hurling magic where its least expected.
The choreographed clash-of-the-ash involving members of American Hurling Champions the DC Gaels surprised lunchtime passers-by in Farragut Square, in the heart of the citys business district. The temporary pitch is just a few hundred metres from President Obamas White House.
Performers in GAA! arrived under-cover before unveiling hidden hurls and sliotars. A choreographed Hurling Haka was followed by a puck-out and a master-class in the worlds fastest field sport.
The Performance Corporations Artistic Director Jo Mangan said: “We really enjoyed creating this piece for Washington. It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase Irish creativity on a big stage. Thanks to support from Culture Ireland and partnership with the Washingtons Irish arts organization Solas Nua, GAA! gave the people of Washington a theatrical experience to remember.
GAA! was just one of two Theatrical Espresso events created for Washington by The Performance Corporation, in co-production with Solas Nua. Earlier this week, the companies created KISS USA, a surprise outburst of kissing outside the White House on Valentines Day.