Rua Red has announced a groundbreaking commission for their 2020 programme with the launch of an extensive series of new commissions with some of Ireland’s foremost female arts practitioners. Taking place in 2020, the programme explores and responds to the figure of Mary Magdalene through the creation of new work by visual artists Amanda Coogan, Rachel Fallon, Jesse Jones and Alice Maher, writer and Director Grace Dyas and dancer/choreographer Oona Doherty. Maolíosa Boyle, Director of Rua Red, is the programme curator. Mary Magdalene is a subject of fascination and curiosity, a conflicted and mysterious figure encompassing many opposing qualities. She is defined as both noble yet humble, strong yet morally weak, beautiful yet haggard, passionate yet penitent, erotic yet reclusive, one who loved many and was yet seen as superficial, a sinner who sought redemption, someone of extreme vanity yet lived in a cave covering herself and hiding from humanity. Rua Red’s new commissions programme will explore how we have constructed Magdalene’s character through her many manifestations and how has she has influenced female history and current views and treatment of women.