BANSHEE was once a collective of Irish women artists based in New York: see links above for members.
In the late nineties, BANSHEE performed collectively at performance evenings in spaces such as Max Fish, Fez and The Knitting Factory. With no set format for the events, Banshees anarchically introduced each other and delivered their respective genres of dance, fiction, song, poetry, drama and satire. Shows were irreverent, satirical and gained a minor cult following of New Yorkers and New Irish. The group took early advantage of the mysterious art of online presence by creating their own website as early as 1997 to promote their work.
Among other events, BANSHEE hosted and headlined on the Performance Stage at the GUINNESS FLEADH (an Irish Lollapollooza) in New York and San Francisco in 1998. The collective was the subject of a documentary film by Laura Metzger-Lynch, and was featured on Irish National television, BBC television and on radio programs in both the U.S. and Ireland. After the turn of the millennium, the Banshees scattered to different parts of the globe, from Singapore to Afghanistan, Ireland and Silicone Valley. Now working in Music, Contemporary Fiction, Fine Art, Indie Publishing, Film, Arts Administration, Contemporary Dance and more, BANSHEE’s collective live performances have been put on hold, but the virtual bond survives.
You can see the documentary “BANSHEE” by Laura Metzgar-Lynch here.
In recent years, contemporary work by members of BANSHEE has been screened or performed at The Cáca Milis Cabaret, a venture started by Banshees Elizabeth Whyte and Helena Mulkerns in 2009 in Wexford, and which continued until 2014 in Dublin.
To contact BANSHEE – click on any of the linked names above to reach each BANSHEE’s current website.
PLEASE CHECK ON THE LINKS ABOVE FOR UP-TO-DATE INDIVIDUAL BANSHEE WEBSITESread more