Good year, bad year: critics' highs and lows

 

From a triumphant show by Antony and the Johnsons to the sad decline of Bob Dylan and from pertinent post-Tiger theatre to the submergence of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, ‘Irish Times’ critics reveal their favourite and least favourite moments in the Irish arts in 2009

VISUAL ART



HIGHS

Thomas Roberts

Hughie O’DonoghueRecent Paintings and Selected Works

Irish representation at the Venice Biennale

Rachel Parry’s

Visual National Centre for Contemporary Art

LOWS

proposed amalgamation of the three national arts institutions

Cork had a hard time

The RHA also suffered


THEATRE



HIGHS

The Last Days of a Reluctant TyrantThe Gigli Concert

Silver Stars

Moby Dick

Ransom ProductionsThe Gentlemen’s Tea-Drinking SocietyTransparency

Freefall

Who Is Fergus Kilpatrick?

Love and Money,

Sleep Eat Party

The Crumb Trail

One Is Not a Number

Academy for the Dramatic Arts

LOWS

Cork Institute of Technology to abandon the four-year honours degree

unpaid extrasThe Shawshank Redemption

An Bord Snip Nua

the shocking loss of Opera 2005


DANCE



HIGHS

Miniatures

successful Irish exports

Liz Roche’s 12-minute dances

LOWS

death of Merce Cunningham


ROCK/POP/ROOTS/ TRAD/FOLK/JAZZ



HIGHS

No Line on the Horizon

AC/DC

12 Points Festival

Lyle Lovett

The NightsaverDavid Kitt

Antony and the Johnsons

David ByrneStop Making Sense

After the MorningRoscommon piano accordionist Alan Kelly
37th Willie Clancy Summer School

Leonard Cohen’s

Neil YoungHey Hey, My MyA Day in the Life,

OxegenOther Voices



high-quality jazz albumsMouthpieceTogethernessOvernightSi Dolce è il Tormento

Button Factory County Sessions

Marcin Wasilewski Trio
Other Voices

LOWS

Yusuf Islam

Oasis gig at SlaneLiveline

The recession’s capacity to shrink live audiences

Bob DylanChristmas in the Heart

Pete DohertyThe Late Late Show,Oxegen

Clasac

The X Factor

RiverdanceWomen of Ireland


CLASSICAL



HIGHS

Alina Ibragimova

composer-driven new music activity

new musical appointments

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Messiah

LOWS

Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra

Irish Chamber Orchestra

The loss of RTÉ’s Living Music Festival


OPERA



HIGHS

national opera company
The Ghosts of Versailles

Don Giovanni

LOWS

Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company and Wexford Festival

David Agler’s termUne éducation manquéeLa cambiale di matrimonio

Aidan Dunne’s Visual Art column will be published on Friday

THE CRITICS:

THEATRE PCPETER CRAWLEY MLMARY LELAND JCJANE COYLE PLPATRICK LONERGAN

MUSIC TCLTONY CLAYTON-LEA, LMLAURENCE MACKIN, RCRAY COMISKEY, SLSIOBHÁiN LONG, DODDAVIN O'DWYER

CLASSICAL AND OPERA MICHAEL DERVAN

VISUAL ART AIDAN DUNNE

DANCE MICHAEL SEAVER