"It is to be remembered that all art is magical in origin -
music, sculpture, writing, painting - and by magical I mean
intended to produce definite results."
Richard Berengarten’s poem Tree is a symphonic hymn to the arboreal in every register; each line of its three hundred and sixty five drawn from the tree's sacred and central place in world mythology, history and religion.
Crann (2020) is a dendro-chronographic film for three voices, oak tree (Quercus petraea), raku-fired vessel and Boyne currachán.
The work was commissioned by IMRAM Féile Litríochta Gaeilge on a setting of Gabriel Rosenstock’s Irish translation of the poem, directed by Laura Hilliard, featuring performers Michelle O'Rourke, Caitríona O’Leary and Olesya Zdorovetska.