Endling

  • Dance

An endling is an individual that is the last of its species. Once the endling dies, the species becomes extinct. With ENDLING, Rob Heaslip reimagines mourning rituals through dance, vocals, music and design. Popular and folk culture collide in a world where death is tinged with acid pink, green and purple. 

Crìocharan - an neach mu dheireadh dhe a sheòrsa. Le a bhàs, thig bàs air an t-seòrsa sin. Tha ENDLING a’ cleachdadh dannsa, guth, ceòl agus ìomhaigheachd airson cruth ùr a chur air traidiseanan tìodhlachaidh agus caoinidh nan Gaidheal Albannach agus Èireannach, na traidiseanan sin fhèin air leabaidh a' bhàis le gach ginealach a dh’fhalbhas. Tha Rob Heaslip a’ tarraing an t-seann-nòis agus an nòis-ùir còmhla airson sgeulachd dhathach, dhealrach a tha a’ snìomh iongnadh mu bhàs còmhla ri othail an taigh-fhaire Ghàidhealaich.

This piece contains nudity

There are many visually striking moments in Rob Heaslip’s new work about the old Gaelic rituals of mourning

Mary Brennan, The Herald Scotland

ENDLING is an allusive and cerebral commentary on how death can be transformed from anguish to elegance.”

Gareth K Vile, The List UK

The sounds, created by composer Michael John McCarthy, range from birdsong to guttural, slurping sounds, drones to choppy electronica, and there is beautiful and unnerving singing from vocalists Michelle O’ Rourke, Gillebride MacMillan and Robbie Blake. The styles of their vocals are very much akin to throat singing, baroque and chants, and are absolutely spellbinding.

Lorna Irvine, Fjord

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