In partnership with Circolombia and Rebel Manifesto Aerial, Imagineer brings you a spectacle performance combining theatre, circus, aerial performance, and music telling the epic story of the Coming of the Gaels to Ireland.
Milesians – The Coming of the Gaels – Is a tale with themes which still resonate today of migration, cultural identity, cultural co-existence and the ocean as the great connector.
The story starts in Egypt with the healing of a child (bitten by a snake) and a prophesy that the child’s descendants will wander the earth for 400 years, before settling in a land with no snakes. The descendants are the Milesians, who are forced to migrate from Egypt through Africa and Europe, eventually reaching Galicia, Northern Spain. They set sail from Galicia and discover the Island of Ireland occupied by the mythical, supernatural tribe of the Gods – the Tuatha Dé Danann and a mighty battle ensues.
Post-Show event from the African and Irish diasporas – A curated showcase of community music and dance collaborations and cultural fusions will take place on the set of Milesians after each performance.
16th to 22nd April 2022 at Bishop Ullathorne School Grounds.
8pm – 9pm.
Milesians is created by Imagineer’s Artistic Director Kathi Leahy and is part of FLOW – Future Life of Our Ocean’s Wealth – Imagineer’s Coventry City of Culture 2021 Project.
Imagineer is working with a range of partners to deliver this project including: Coventry City of Culture Trust; Johnny Donnelly, ARCANA (Ireland); The Canal and River Trust; Warwickshire Wildlife Trust; Circolombia; Rebel; Manifesto Aerial and Media Mania.
FLOW is funded by Coventry City of Culture Trust, Arts Council England Cultural Recovery Fund 2, Coventry General Charities, Medwell Hyde, and Coventry City Council and the European Social Fund.