It’s not often that you find a place to perform that feels like home; like everyone is there to hear and see what you have to share and wants to be there. And it is this want and willingness to experience that brings out the very best in the performers.
That’s what La Mansarda does for people.
This month La Mansarda took place in Connolly Books in Temple Bar. Located and paired with The New Theatre, it is the perfect venue for spoken word, dance, and music.
The night began with a message from the current president of PIC, Andrea Mastria, who detailed the work they do, where the donations go and expressed the utmost gratitude for the help La Mansarda has been giving. I felt humbled by the amazing work PIC does. Do yourself a favour and look into them and support them!
The red hat called upon me first and to say I felt like I came home performing for that audience is an understatement. They were warm, open, and even laughed at my extremely morose dark humor.
Ruth Prithika who floored me with her classical Indian dance. Her movements to Maya Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise’ will stay with me for such a long time.
Freddy Black. To call him an icon is an understatement. Usually he performs with his band The Hotel Mosaic but even when he is on his own, his power and words have the ability to stop time (in the most metaphorical poetic of ways because well physics).
Joy and her cello. Her voice is ethereal, soulful, and I found myself hunting down her Instagram so I could get lost in her music over and over again.
The Behan Brothers - what a duo! They can play anything, sing anything and never ever fail to give the crowd a good time! Should I ever get married (unlikely) they can expect a call for my afters!
The room that night was warm. The crowd was even warmer. Electricity in the air, surrounded by shelves of books.
This, my friends.
Is the stuff dreams are made of.
This blog is written by members of the La Mansarda community who have participated in our events both as performers and audience members. So, dive in and experience the unique perspectives of those who make up our vibrant community.