Silent Moves On Tour

Silent Moves On Tour Save The Date

Save the Date

A film by Aideen Barry, Western Care’s Ridgepool Training Centre and Scannán Technologies

Town Hall Theatre
Galway: 20th October 2015, 2.30pm & 8pm

Irish Film Institute
Dublin: 4th November 2015, 11am & 6.30pm

Cork Film Festival, Triskel
Cork: 14th November 2015, 2pm & 6.30pm

Mayo Movie World
Castlebar: 26th November 2015, 8pm

Further information
contact Ballina Arts Centre, 096 73593
info@ballinaartscentre.com 
www.ballinaartscentre.com

Silent Moves announces its Ignite tour

Mayo Ignite Daisy the Bright

Silent Moves by Aideen Barry and the artists of Western Care’s Ridgepool Training Centre, Scannán Technologies and presented by Ballina Arts Centre has been awarded a touring award from Ignite.

Silent Moves will tour to; Town Hall Theatre, Galway, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork (as part of Cork Film Festival) and the Irish Film Institute, Dublin in autumn of this year.

Inspired by the classic black and white silent films of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, Silent Moves is a 28 minute silent film, with a strong emphasis on movement and mime. Using stop-motion animation techniques and slapstick motifs, the film has a unique aesthetic and is accompanied by an inspired live soundtrack.

Visual artist Aideen Barry collaborated with a group of twenty three artists with disabilities from two Western Care projects based in Ballina – the Ridgepool Training Centre and Scannán Technologies. Working alongside Aideen was renowned Dancer and Choreographer, Emma O’Kane. Shot on location in Ballina, the film carries a strong message about attitudes towards disability while being funny, moving and beautiful to watch. The film was launched last November at Ballina Arts Centre in front of a huge audience, and was shown a number of times during February of this year.

Screenings of the film on the tour will be accompanied by musicians performing the soundtrack on piano, violin, viola and percussion. In each location there will be two screenings: a matinee targeted at schools and community groups and an evening show open to the general public.

As an integral part of the tour, in each location a ‘Meet the Makers’ style session will be hosted, featuring some of the participating artists from the project, alongside representatives from Ballina Arts Centre and Mayo County Council Arts office introduce the screening and talk about their Ignite experiences.

Sean Walsh, Director of Ballina Arts Centre, said: “We were absolutely delighted when we got word that the funding application was successful. The film is a magical piece of work, and it certainly deserves to be seen around the country. I’m thrilled for the makers of the film, and the way the tour is set up, they will have a chance to go with the film and present their work to audiences across the country.”

Silent Moves was commissioned by Mayo County Council as part of Ignite.

Ignite is managed by a unique partnership involving the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Cork City Council, Galway City and County Councils, and Mayo County Council.

Ignite is a new platform designed to generate Ireland’s most ambitious showcasing of talent from people with disabilities, led by international and Irish artists and performers with disabilities, with projects taking place in 2014 and 2015 in Cork, Galway and Mayo. These commissions each represented an investment of up to €60,000. This Silent Moves tour will mark the conclusion of this initiative in November 2015.

For further information contact Ballina Arts Centre, tel: 096 73593 http://www.ballinaartscentre.com/

Ignite artist Simon McKeown at Cork Culture Night

 

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Friday 18th September 2015
9.15pm (gather from 8.45pm)
Union Quay, Cork
(access from Parnell Place/Anglesea Street)

Simon Mckeown, renowned international artist, will present a free live art event during Cork’s Culture Night 2015, as one of three “Ignite” commissions, which represent the largest ever investment in Ireland’s arts and disability sector.Cork Ignite will showcase a dazzling mix of technologies; riverside buildings will be brought to life through wild projections and an accompanying music score. 

Simon will be working with the National Sculpture Factory and Create, along with Cork-based disability organisations Suisha Inclusive Arts at COPE Foundation and SoundOUT, to produce a spectacular event that will dazzle thousands of on-lookers on Friday September 18th. He says of the Ignite commission, “My aim is to create, in collaboration with different groups, a hugely exciting event and body of work in Cork and for this work to be seen as a fundamental stepping stone in the perception and production of art which touches on, or considers disability. Partnership and collaboration are key to what I do”

Simon has over 25 years of professional creative experience, and was awarded his own prestigious Cultural Olympiad/London 2012 Festival commission, which represented a watershed moment for contemporary disability art.  Simon’s work is often process-based, and he is committed to inclusion and collaboration through his practice, working with artists with disabilities. His work is a reflection of his interest, knowledge and experience of disability and in particular society’s view of ‘normality’ and ‘difference’. Simon also draws from his own personal experience having been born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a condition causing extremely fragile bones.

Ignite is a new platform designed to generate Ireland’s most ambitious showcasing of talent from people with disabilities, led by  international and Irish artists and performers with disabilities, with projects taking place in 2014 and 2015 in Cork, Galway and Mayo. These commissions each represent an investment of up to €60,000. The initiative will conclude with a tour of one of the resulting works to all three counties (and beyond) in 2015.

Ignite is managed by a unique partnership involving the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Cork City Council, Galway City and County Councils, and Mayo County Council.

Cork Ignite is also supported by:

  • Teesside University: School of Computing
  • Cork Arts and Health Programme, HSE South
  • Cork Education and Training Board
  • XL Video
  • The River Lee Hotel: the official accommodation and hospitality sponsor for Cork Ignite
  • 3FM: University College Cork’s official student radio station
  • CIT Cork School of Music
  • The Theatre Development Centre, Cork: towards residency support.
  • Focus Surveys for production support.

Cork Ignite welcomes audiences with disabilities. Access information and further event information will be available on www.corkignite.com

Audience Advisory: Please be aware that there will be some flashing lights.

Silent Moves

A Film by Aideen Barry, Western Care’s Ridgepool Training Centre and Scannán Technologies

Premiere Screening
Ballina Arts Centre, Co Mayo
Friday 28th November 2014

Silent Moves (with Audio Description)

Trickster

Composed by Jez Colborne
Presented by Mind The Gap and That’s Life

Black Box Theatre, Galway
10th / 11th October 2015

Trickster (with Audio Description)

Some quotes on Silent Moves


auditorium pano‘Art is one of the greatest tools we have as humans to convey our unhappiness, our grief and our feelings of injustice, loneliness and unfairness. It can also be our greatest tool. It can, in a Brechtian way, be a sledge hammer that can shape the very world in which we live. As an artist I am aware of the power of such tools and of their responsibilities. As an artists, living with an anxiety disorder, my artwork is fuelled by nervousness, and by a life lived “on tenterhooks”. It is a fraught existence of blessings and curses. The latter, a paralysing experience of depression, obsession and compulsion, but the former, fed by the latter, enables me to make compelling artworks, that hopefully go to the very core of what is the human condition.

When working on a project such as Silent Moves, I was keenly aware of the idea of living day-to-day with frustration. Not just for myself, but for my collaborating artists of Scannán Technologies and The Ridgepool Centre. As human beings, life can be a challenge for any one of us, but those of us living with a disability face the added stress of living in a world that is not entirely equal.’

Aideen Barry, lead artist.

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‘Art at its most powerful had the opportunity to make things public, and Silent Moves brings to bear subjects that are troubling in their simplicity. What does it mean not to have the choice to love and have intimacy in ones life? What does it mean to have the choice to make the wrong decision, in the case of Silent Moves, the choice to fall in love with the wrong man.’

Rosie Lynch, writer/curator.

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Some quotes on Trickster

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‘Trickster is a step forward for disabled artists and I hope it will change the way people think about theatre. My  inspiration for Trickster came from a visit to Galway and Inis Oírr in January 2014. It felt like a deserted island and the weather was so wild we got stuck there for a few days. The experience sparked my imagination. The lighthouse inspired me and made me think of a Cyclops character. Galway City, the industry, the weather and being stranded all had a big influence on the development of the music.’
Jez Colborne, lead artist.

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‘That’s Life is certainly no stranger to challenges, but Trickster is by far the largest production we have ever grappled with. The process of developing the Mind the Gap/ That’s Life ensemble with Jez Colborne, through residencies in Galway and Bradford, has been an extraordinary adventure. Trickster: A story of twists and turns? Indeed, and of stretches and dreams of all kinds. There is no doubt that the Ignite legacy for That’s Life is a wide and wild open sea, but we are ready for it.’

Claude Madec, That’s Life.

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‘Trickster is a milestone for arts and disability in Galway and much further afield. Town Hall Theatre are particularly delighted to have been part of the That’s Life ‘extended family’ for many years and to have experienced the energy, creativity and innovation, which that team brings to their many projects across the city and county, including those presented at the Black Box. Trickster has brought together an extraordinary and unprecedented mix of ambition, talent and expertise of local emerging artists and the international experience of Mind the Gap and the wonderful Jez Colborne.’
Fergal McGrath, Town Hall Theatre.

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‘This important project celebrates innovative and imaginative art- making by people with disabilities. We are immensely luck to have the remarkable powerhouse of the Brothers of Charity. We congratulate all the artists involved in this awe-inspiring ensemble. Let the Trickery commence!’

James Harold, Galway City Arts Office.

Silent Moves by Aideen Barry, Emma O’Kane, Scannán Technologies and Ridgepool Western Care comes to Ballina Arts Centre this November

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Silent Moves

Ballina Arts Centre
Friday 28 November 2014, Screening 7pm (Duration: 35 mins)

This is a free ticketed event, please contact box office to reserve your tickets:
Telephone: 096 73593
email: ballinaartscentre@gmail.com
www.ballinaartscentre.com

Irish visual artist Aideen Barry and Ballina-based disability organisations are working together to produce a stop motion animation film ‘Silent Moves’ inspired by the silent movies of the 1930s, melding together mime, music and movement with the latest animation techniques.

Their project is one of three “Ignite” commissions which represent the largest ever investment in Ireland’s arts and disability sector. The resulting film will be launched in the Ballina Arts Centre on November 28th.

Aideen, known for her performance, film, sculpture, drawing, and installation work, has worked with artists from the Western Care Ridgepool Training Centre and members of the Scannán Technologies group, along with dance artist and choreographer Emma O’Kane.

New technologies, including new green screen and advanced animation techniques, are being used to create the film, which is inspired by the silent movies of the 1930s, the era of Buster Keaton, Clara Bow and Charlie Chaplin.

The art work will be launched in Ballina Arts Centre on 28th November, 2014 at 8pm and will have a longer showing in the gallery space in 2015. The commission will also produce a high-quality accessible publication to accompany the art work.

Aideen says of the project, “Without the use of words or sounds, silent movies make us splutter with laughter, break our hearts, win them over again, and take use through a world of chaos to a moment of pure charm, without once uttering a word.

“The world IS silent for all of us. For we process each of our everyday experiences, our heartbreaks, our joys ultimately on our own, in our own silent world, in our minds.

“Our silent moving image works take as starting points what it is to be a person, what it feels to be in love, what it feels to be bashful, what it feels to be hurt and together through movement and gesture we have tried to encapsulate our experiences in front of the camera.”

Sean Walsh, Director of Ballina Arts Centre, says, “We’re absolutely delighted about the Ignite Mayo commission. For the past six years, Ballina Arts Centre has made a deliberate effort to push the agenda of disability arts. We are delighted to be working with Aideen Barry and Emma O’Kane on, what I feel, is a beautiful idea. Film, as an art form, offers huge potential. We’ve worked with the Ridgepool Training Centre and the Scannán Technologies groups for a good number of years now, and have completed very successful, ambitious projects with them both. This is the culmination of all that work and we’re all really looking forward to seeing the finished artwork.”

Silent Moves is commissioned by Mayo County Council Arts Office as part of Ignite and facilitated by the Ballina Arts Centre.

Ignite, a unique and innovative approach to commissioning and touring ambitious new work by artists with disabilities, is an initiative of The Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Galway City Council and Galway County Council, Cork City Council and Mayo County Council.

Trickster by Jez Colborne, Mind The Gap and That’s Life comes to Black Box Theatre Galway this October

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Trickster

Black Box Theatre

Fri 10 & Sat 11 October 8pm

Tickets €12*/€10*

Be carried away on a wave of music and song as the Black Box booms with thunderous sounds made by instruments in disguise. Internationally renowned artist and composer, Jez Colborne, takes you on a journey to beat the Trickster and get back to the people who were left behind. A powerful soundscape that tells a tale of twists and turns. Be immersed in this awe-inspiring musical experience inspired by Jez’s fascination with all things industrial. Created in collaboration with talented performers of Galway working in partnership with That’s Life and Mind the Gap.

Trickster is an exciting music and theatre experience for all ages. It is performed promenade style, and the audience moves around during the show. When booking please tell the Box Office if you have any access requirements e.g. limited mobility or a sensory impairment.

“Everything about Galway inspires me – the port industry, the people, the weather. All these things have fuelled my passion to create a really unique music experience with the fantastic artists from That’s Life.”

- Jez Colborne, Composer

“Opportunities like the Ignite Commission are fundamentally important in shaping the international platform for artists with intellectual disabilities”

- Tim Wheeler, Mind the Gap

“An extraordinary opportunity for That’s Life emerging artists with intellectual disability. Our vibrant partnership is a hive of talented artists and creativity. Another mile stone for the disability arts in Galway – and beyond!”

- Claude Madec, That’s Life

IGNITE, a unique and innovative approach to commissioning and touring ambitious new work by artists with disabilities, is an initiative of The Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Galway City Council and Galway County Council, Cork City Council and Mayo County Council. For more visit www.adiarts.ie.