In the first half of the performance, audiences explore the primitive and powerful world of their ancestors--experiencing their fear and joy as they worked with wood, fire, stone, and water to make a place they could call home. The world was seen as a great a place of power, and the ancient songs, dances, and stories are interpreted as negotiations with elemental powers.
The second act of the performance takes audiences into a time of war, famine, and slavery. Forced relocations marked and altered the histories of the native peoples, and people learned to guard what they valued, to accommodate and learn new ways of being themselves, and to embrace new kinds of courage. Cast out and momentarily orphaned, people learned to belong to the world. Under the streetlamps in the new cities, the dancers perform with pride in their heritage, curious to see what other traditions bring, struggling to bridge the gap between old dreams and new realities.
The finale focuses on unity--one people now, voices blended--where music creates a great world in which everywhere is home. Ní neart go chur le cheile, together we are strong.