Hallelujah! & April Fools Day

March 11, 2013

Hallelujah! & April Fools Day

Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir
With Veronica Coburn – Theatre Artist in Residence 2012/2013

As part of Veronica Coburn's Residency in Draíocht, a year long programme of work, Hallelujah! Draíocht's Community Clown Choir commenced on Monday 18 February. Weekly meetings will develop both clown and choral skills and Hallelujah's! first performance will be on Easter Monday, appropriately April Fools Day, in The Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Their second piece of work ‘The M50 Symphony - A Symphony for Human Voice & Car Horn’, will be performed in early July.

Veronica will also work with Draíocht's resident D15 Youth Theatre on a performance project for film entitled ‘Fifteen Portraits’. ‘Fifteen Portraits’ will be written and performed by the young people and will present a snapshot of life for a fifteen year old in Dublin 15. 

And in keeping with Draíocht's commitment to excellent theatre for young audiences Veronica will embark on developing a red nose version of Shakespeare's Macbeth to be called ‘Fools' Macbeth’ for 10-12 year olds.


For further information please email Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht, e: emer@draiocht.ie

 

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HALLELUJAH! DRAÍOCHT’S COMMUNITY CLOWN CHOIR STARTS AGAIN IN FEB 2013

December 3, 2012

HALLELUJAH! DRAÍOCHT’S COMMUNITY CLOWN CHOIR STARTS AGAIN IN FEB 2013

Hallelujah! Draíocht’s Community Clown Choir
With Veronica Coburn – Theatre Artist in Residence 2012/2013


Weekly Rehearsals begin MON 18 FEB 2013 //  7-10 PM  //  SIGN UP NOW!
EMAIL:  emer@draiocht.ie 

 

Are you sociable? Do you like to sing? Do you like to laugh? Are you the type of person who is open to trying new things? If so, then WE WANT YOU!

A Clown Choir is a group of people who gather together to sing and laugh – to sing in celebration of what it is to be human and to laugh at the ridiculousness of the world we live in.

Hallelujah! will be a choir like no other. Weekly rehearsals will be one part play to two parts song. Performances will be one part concert to two parts clown theatre. Nobody will be asked to do anything that s/he is not comfortable with but for those who are interested in stepping into the spotlight then there will be ample opportunity for them to do so.

Hallelujah! ran a taster workshop on 03 November 2012 to give people an opportunity to see what it’s all about. 55 people ranging in age from 18 to 72 turned up on the day and had a great time. The day was a mixture of hard work and good fun. Everyone learned a little bit about how to be a clown and everyone learned the first section of Hallelujah!’s signature tune - Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Smile’.

Hallelujah! starts rehearsing in earnest on 18 Feb 2013. Rehearsals are every Monday night, Tuesday nights when the Monday is a Bank Holiday, with the choir working towards a year long performance programme that kicks off with ‘The M50 Symphony - A Symphony For Human Voice & Car Horn’ in July 2013. You don’t have to be a good singer to join Hallelujah! You don’t have to be a performer to join Hallelujah! You just have to be interested and willing. The ethos of Hallelujah! is accessibility, inclusivity and artistic excellence.

To register your interest and get further details please email emer@draiocht.ie or write to Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15.
 

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SEEKING REHEARSAL DIRECTORS FOR HALLELUJAH!  A COMMUNITY CLOWN CHOIR

November 23, 2012

HALLELUJAH! is a community choir.  The group will be developed and built in Draíocht Arts Centre over 2013 and aspires to reaching a membership of 100.  The main performance programme will be innovative – The M50 Symphony, An Evening Rendition of 100 Green Bottles.  There will also be elements of red nose performance in the programme.  Hallelujah! is open to anyone regardless of ability.  There is no audition process for Hallelujah! The ethos of Hallelujah! is accessibility and artistic excellence.

We are seeking to identify a panel of 4 rehearsal directors to share the responsibility of a weekly choir rehearsals for Hallelujah! for 2013.  Rehearsal directors will be expected to work collaboratively with Debra Salem, the Musical Director to deliver creative and inspiring rehearsals.  Suitable candidates should be able to read and write music and have good keyboard skills or the ability to play an accompanying instrument (such as guitar).


Duties and Responsibilities

- Take responsibility for agreed blocks of rehearsals with Hallelujah! A Community Choir to bring particular arrangements developed for the group to performance level.
- Lead the group in warm-ups and any other suitable arrangements to build vocal and choral ability.
- Broaden the group’s knowledge of music through participation in the group.
- Ensure a high quality of artistic engagement.
- Develop and lead an inspiring programme with the support of Debra Salem, Musical Director, Veronica Coburn, Artistic/Clown Director and the team in Draíocht.


Experience/Skills Required

Essential
- At least 2 years experience of innovative practice delivering high quality music projects.
- Experience of working with arts professionals, teachers & other workers in the education and cultural sector, in a music capacity.
- Taken a music group from an initial meeting through to a concert performance.
- Ability to work alone or as part of a team.
- Good written and oral communication skills & ability to engage with people from a wide range of backgrounds.  Ability to communicate at all levels.
- Ability to read and write music.
- Music Degree or equivalent work experience.
- Ability to work flexibly.
- Ability to motivate others

Rehearsals will take place once a week in Draíocht from February 2013. 

If interested, please contact:
Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Tel: 00 353 1 8098027 / Email: emer@draiocht.ie

Closing Date: Monday 10th December, 2012, 5.30pm

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CAN YOU SING AND LAUGH AT THE SAME TIME?

October 24, 2012

CAN YOU SING AND LAUGH AT THE SAME TIME?
Hallelujah! Draiocht’s first Community Clown Choir is here!
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JOIN US IN DRAIOCHT ON SATURDAY 03 NOV 2012, 2-5PM, FOR A FREE INTRODUCTORY CLOWN CHOIR WORKSHOP WITH VERONICA COBURN! 

Register your interest by filling in an application form, available from Draíocht’s Box Office or by email from teresa@draiocht.ie
Deadline for applications extended: WED 31 OCT 2012

Participants must be 16 years and over.

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Are you sociable?  Do you like to sing?  Do you like to laugh?  Are you the type of person who is open to trying new things?  THEN WE WANT YOU!

 

Hallelujah! will be a choir like no other – its ethos being accessibility, inclusivity and artistic excellence. A Clown Choir is a group of people who gather together to sing and laugh – to sing in celebration of what it is to be human and to laugh at the ridiculousness of the world we live in.

 

Weekly rehearsals will begin in 2013 but on November 3rd 2012 there is an opportunity for you to come along to see what it’s all about. The day will be good fun. You will be introduced to the basic concepts of clown theatre and you will learn Hallelujah!’s signature tune - Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile”.  Nobody will be asked to do anything that s/he is not comfortable with but for those who are interested in stepping into the spotlight then there will be ample opportunity for them to do so.

 

You don’t have to be a good singer to join Hallelujah!

You don’t have to be a performer to join Hallelujah! 

You just have to be interested and willing.

Come along on November 3rd and see what it’s all about.

 

Hallelujah!’s first major work in 2013 will be The M50 Symphony – A Symphony For Human Voice & Car Horn!

 

Veronica Coburn, Draiocht’s Theatre Artist in Residence for 2012/2013 and Director of ‘Hallelujah’ is delighted to be working in Draiocht on this project from November and says

“I have a dream. It’s called Hallelujah! It is a city wide Community Clown Choir where people from all walks of life, all ages, all social strata, come together every week to play and to sing and build artistically exciting performances. No Handel’s Messiah. No programme of early Renaissance love poems. This is a clown choir. Human voice in place of instruments. An evening concert of One Hundred Green Bottles. A joyful place to be.

The clown has always represented everyman and everywoman. The function of early theatre clowns was to maintain the interest of the ordinary people with low comedy and plain speech. It is fitting then that interwoven through the choral programme of the clown choir will be the participants own stories – human stories.”

 

JOIN US IN DRAIOCHT ON SATURDAY 03 NOV 2012 // 2-5PM // FOR YOUR FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP.

 

To register your interest please fill in an application form, available from Draíocht’s Box Office or by email from teresa@draiocht.ie or phone Teresa for a chat about the project on 01-8098028.


Veronica Coburn Biography:
Veronica Coburn s a founding member of the theatre company Barabbas. Veronica devised and performed in Barabbas inaugural season and in Out the Back Door in The Ark in 1997. She devised and directed Sick Dying Dead Buried Out with the company in 1995 and in 1996 directed the revival of Half Eight Mass of a Tuesday.
Over the years she has performed in The Abbey, the Peacock, with Rough Magic, Horizon, Copol, Pigsback, Theatre of Fire and in many television productions. She was assistant director to Gerard Stembridge on his play Lovechild in the Project and on Comedy of Errors in the Abbey. Veronica is chairperson of Dublin Youth Theatre and for them directed Mark O'Rowe's ‘Buzzin' to Bits in Project@the Mint. She has also acted as Artistic Director for the 1998 National Festival of Youth Theatres in Monaghan which resulted in a hundred-strong performance, Hey Pelops.

 

 

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Deadline for applications: WED 31 OCT 2012

Participants must be 16 years and over.

Download Application Form here ... 

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This one year drama and music project is funded through The Arts Council and Fingal County Council.

 

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HALLELUJAH! DRAÍOCHT’S COMMUNITY CLOWN CHOIR

October 1, 2012








WITH VERONICA COBURN - THEATRE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 2012/2013

JOIN US ON SATURDAY 03 NOV 2012 // 2-5PM // FREE INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

Draíocht is delighted to announce its Theatre Artist in Residence, Veronica Coburn, for 2012/2013. The position funded through The Arts Council and Fingal County Council will enable Draíocht offer a year long drama & music project for people age 16+.

A Clown Choir is a group of people who gather together to sing and laugh – to sing in celebration of what it is to be human and to laugh at the ridiculousness of the world we live in. If you are sociable, like to sing, like to laugh and are open to trying new things then WE WANT YOU! You don’t have to be a good singer to join Hallelujah! You don’t have to be a performer to join Hallelujah! You just have to be interested and willing. The ethos of Hallelujah! is accessibility, inclusivity and artistic excellence.

Hallelujah! will be a choir like no other. One part play to two parts song; one part concert to two parts clown theatre. Nobody will be asked to do anything that s/he is not comfortable with but for those who are interested in stepping into the spotlight then there will be ample opportunity for them to do so.

Hallelujah!’s weekly rehearsals will begin in 2013 but on 03 November 2012 there is an opportunity for you to come along to see what it’s all about. You will be introduced to the basic concepts of Clown Theatre and you will learn Hallelujah!’s signature tune - Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Smile’. Hallelujah!’s first major work in 2013 will be The M50 Symphony – A Symphony For Human Voice & Car Horn.

To register your interest please fill in an application form, available from Draíocht’s Box Office or by email to teresa@draiocht.ie or download it here ...
Deadline for applications EXTENDED TO: WED 31 OCT 2012

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