January 30, 2013
Since we’ve last updated, D15 Youth Theatre has acquired many new members. We are now well into another year and the group is just as excited as we were on day one.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been introduced to may new faces, most of which were also attached to the heads of the new members, and while the group has been getting acquainted we’ve also been dancing, creating, space jumping and shouting at people on invisible ponies.
For those of you who are still not too sure of what we’re about, let me explain how I see our group:
These are the times we will talk to our kids and friends (and anyone who will listen) about when we’re older. That time Leanne was a cow for no adequately explored reason. That piece with masks when Daire’s scream stopped my heart. That time we did ‘The Time Warp’ and ‘We Go Together’ on constant repeat until we fell over each-other. That time when they were all in a pool and Heather laughed to the point of tears.
To paraphrase my favorite book of 2012: Right now these moments are not stories, this is happening, I‘m here. I can see it, this one moment when you know you’re not just a sad story, you are alive and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder and you’re listening to that song on that drive with the people that you love the most in the world. In that moment, we are infinite.
I know there are people who forget what its like to be sixteen when they turn seventeen. But this time and these things will be so much more memorable and important than anything we could possibly learn from a textbook.
And on that note, with the plan of world domination well in motion, D15 Youth Theatre are set to dominate the mortal inhabitants of Dublin, then, the world.
Your future leader, Heather Fitzpatrick, Signing off.
January 24, 2013
We delighted to welcome Sacred Heart National School Choir Huntstown to Draiocht on Saturday 23 February 8pm, supporting The Three Tenors.
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Singing at the Launch of Lincoln! The Three Tenors!
Coming to Draiocht on 23 Feb.
January 7, 2013
We are starting off the New Year with a fantastic project for local 5th and 6th classes. There is only one week to apply, so if you are interested please find further details and an application form below.
Dreamweavers- STORYHOOPS is a Draíocht Arts Education Project for 5th and 6th class students, created and facilitated by textile artist Gina Faustino.
The project consists of a series of workshops carried out by Gina, with three classes in their school. The STORYHOOPS will be created using a hula-hoop, wool fiber, a variety of colourful fabrics, textures, and a meaningful/symbolic fabric/ribbon/yarn belonging to each participant. The wool fiber will be used to create hand-felted ropes which will be the backbone of the STORYHOOP. Each ’Dreamweaver’ will then weave their life story, or a story they would like to tell, in coloured fabric-(ie. each year of their life might be a different colour; an important event might be marked with a change of fabric, ribbon, a button, a stitch) Dreams and aspirations are woven intermittently or at the end. This project supports the arts curriculum’s Fabric and Fibers strand, as well as touching on storytelling and composition.
The Dreamweaver’s STORYHOOPS and written stories will then be collectively exhibited in a short term gallery installation in Draíocht’s first floor gallery space in late February 2013.
After exhibition, schools can chose to install the work as a permanent/semi-permanent abstract art work in their school, or each student can take their own piece home as a keepsake from the project.
5th and 6th classes in Dublin 15 primary schools are eligible to participate, but places are limited to 3 classes, so an application process is in place. One class from a school can participate.
The project will have the following elements:
- 6 (1.5hr) visual arts sessions with Gina Faustino in the school class room (1 per week of project), beginning the week of Monday 22nd January 2013.
- 1 Gallery installation and launch with invited families and guests
Dates and times for sessions will be confirmed with schools when their participation is confirmed this month. Please take into account that the class must be free to participate in all sessions of each element of the project, schedules will be made available in advance of the project’s start.
This project will be managed and resourced by Draíocht. Schools will be asked to contribute €45 participation fee. All other costs will be met by Draíocht. (If this cost is an issue for your school please do get in touch with Sarah Beirne)
- If you are interested in participating please download and complete the application form here and return it to Sarah in Draíocht by post or hand-alternately, feel free to fill answers into the body of an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have any questions or would like to discuss this project in more detail, please contact Sarah on 01 8098029.
- The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 15th January 2013. Successful schools will be informed by phone on Thursday 17th January 2013.