Draíocht is delighted work with Ceol Connected as Theatre Company in Residence during 2019 to develop LEAF, a multi-sensory performance for children with complex needs. In doing so, we are responding to our 2018-2022 Strategy ‘Space for the Arts’ and in particular our commitment to expand equality of access to more children.
Ceol Connected is a young and impassioned theatre company that strives to create meaningful, beguiling, virtuosic, fantastical, and gloriously joyful work for young audiences that is of the highest quality and that draws inspiration and intrigue from the world of traditional arts. They are the makers of ‘The Quiet Tree’, The Far Field’, ’The Wonderful Tune’, ‘A Winter Wish’, ‘Whistle in the Wind’, and most recently ‘Return of Spring’.
A core creative team comprised of Ceol Connected’s Dr. Thomas Johnston (traditional artist and theatre-maker), Orla Kelly (visual artist), and Joanna Williams (Director) are developing, with Draíocht’s support, a new inclusive and highly participatory theatrical performance, specifically designed for young children with complex needs. At the heart of this process is their exploration of how multisensory experiences - sound, touch, taste, smell, light, movement, etc. – can be meaningfully embedded in a theatrical performance to most effectively engage children who have a range of additional needs. This journey began at Draíocht in January 2018 with Ceol Connected’s development of ‘A Winter Wish’, a multisensory traditional music performance. Importantly, Ceol Connected’s residency at Draíocht will also involve close collaboration with Oakridge Preschool to ensure that children’s voices and experiences are central to the creative process.
Ceol Connected in partnership with Draíocht
FRI 13 - WED 18 SEP 2019 Draíocht Studio
€5 Per Child (Accompanying adults free) / Age 3-8 yrs / Dur 45 mins
What is it like to live on a giant leaf? Prepare for whooshing winds, gigantic raindrops, busy bugs, and bursts of colourful canopy in this joyful multi-sensory performance designed for children with complex needs. With the gentle unfurling of a leaf, a soothing sensory world is brought to life through music and song, light, smell, movement, and touch. Devised and created by director Joanna Williams, and performers Orla Kelly and Thomas Johnston, LEAF is a captivating, fun-filled, and immersive theatre experience suitable for very young children with complex needs and their guardian/carer. Developed by Ceol Connected as Theatre Company in Residence at Draíocht and supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.
Booking Notes: Each show is limited to 6 children & their guardian/carer. LEAF is a joyful experience of multi-sensory play, music, relaxation and surprise for young children with complex needs. It is, at its core very stimulating, with a range of sights, sounds, smells, and tactile experiences. Shows are suited to special needs crèches & pre-schools as well as for children and their guardian/carer. . To check suitability, please phone Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer, 01-8098029. Booking through Box Office tel 01-8852622.
Ceol Connected’s Draíocht Residency is supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council
#TheToddlerTakeOver is over for another year and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did today! We toddled and wobbled our way through fresh grass and painted trees, musical instruments, cardboard wonderlands, teddy bears singing, an underwater tea party, joyous dancers, floating paper rain, a rocket and an orange moon .. and so much more ....
Stay tuned for more photos, but for now here's just a sneak peak from Ste Murray | Photography & Design who captured some of the happiness that radiated from Draiocht today!
Thanks to all our artists, performers and audiences today and especially lead Artist Orla Kelly from Early Childhood Creativity, who created this magical wonderland, for the 5th Year in a row.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Toddler Take Over 2019
A Little Event For The Youngest Citizens of Dublin 15
THU 30 MAY 2019 / 9.50AM-3.15PM
With a Sensory Toddler Event on WED 29 MAY / 10.30AM-1.30PM
Dancing, prancing, singing songs … playing, swimming, scribbling ...
Join us for our 5th Toddler Take Over Adventure in May!
A host of wonderful artists and art forms awaits you to see, hear and experience new adventures during our Toddler Take Over Adventure 2019! Draíocht’s Toddler Take Over, now in its 5th Year, celebrates the limitless imagination of the very young child and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of artists and the arts. With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, and the very special addition of a Sensory Toddler Day, children are invited to explore sounds and movement and think about really important questions:
Will the Sad Mermaid get to the party?
Can I shake to make music?
Can a tent dance?
Draíocht transforms into a big space for adventure through story, visual arts, music, circus and dance for the very young. Scribble and draw in our Gallery Spaces, dance, move and take part in a party under the sea ... dancers will dance and musicians will play ... scribble, build and invent. Children are invited to bring their insatiable curiosity and their adults to explore, discover new art forms, create, play, dance, draw, sing and nurture creative potential, while having fun too.
Orla Kelly has completed six months of a yearlong residency in Draíocht’s Artist’s Studio. While making her own distinctive art, Orla is also involved in educating young children through the visual arts and is the founder of ‘Early Childhood Creativity’. She has participated with Draíocht in organising creative crèches for young infants and initiating projects based on its current visual art exhibitions with local primary schools. On entering the studio this process of her practice shapes corners with colours of vibrant youthful activity, cone shaped objects become rockets, pom-poms transform into flower heads and a tea pot acquires a humorous face. Orla believes the introduction of artistic creativity to very young children, helps develop creative thinking, social skills and a sense of self esteem. Art is not just a procedure to entertain children but is an important educational tool. With assistance from Fingal County Council Arts Office, Orla will become Artist in Residence in a local primary school from September 2014. Setting up a studio near the classrooms, she will share her artistic knowledge with the teachers and students. Despite all the demands these projects place on her time, Orla still ensures her own artistic output is sustained. Evidence of this pursuit lines the walls, floor and desks of the studio.
Tiny Tots Tuesdays in Draiocht's Workshop Room
Orla Kelly with fellow artist Andrew Carson
Orla Kelly - The Creative Creche Project - Draiocht
Works in various states of completion, call for attention, demanding definition from the artist. Each work of art maintains a different timescale as it struggles unhurried towards consummation. Orla has worked on one piece for two years and she allows the trembling seconds, minutes and days pass until the work of art, no longer require her presence and become a self contained reality. When this moment arrives the artist lets go and the work can leave the private domain of the studio and enter the public arena. On an end wall, three unstretched overlapping canvasses challenge each other for recognition. The predominant work is mainly grey with vibrant blues rising to the surface. Orla is inspired by aerial views of landscapes, where the land becomes compressed and more abstract. Traceries of rivers resemble veins and arteries weaving across the breathing earth. In another canvas, a square charcoal grid covers the canvas surface, enclosing an irregular patch of pulsating yellow and midnight black which attempt to escape the rigid mesh like structure.
An interesting technique using wax, melted on paper or canvas and covered with black gesso is the source of striking imagery. One work generated with these materials on paper has a print like quality similar to an etching. A cell like oval form that lay hidden, submerged beneath the blackened wax is excavated and released by the artists hands. In areas the scouring is so vigorous that indentations cover the paper lending the surface a fractured but tactile characteristic. Innovative images are also fabricated using darkened wax on glass. The wax is removed from the glass with needles or heat, the glass plate is than placed over photographic paper and exposed to light. The photographic paper is fixed and an image gradually emerges. The resultant image has a faded spectral aspect, lending them a claustrophobic but mysterious atmosphere.
On another wall six small canvases hold your interest as the lurching paint, skims across their surface groping blindly for enigmatic forms. In a larger work wild blues, skate around a dissolving white form as an intimate yellow allows the eye to linger momentarily above turbulent greens. Works like these are a struggling launch into the unknown. The artist must always surrender to the chaos of creativity without knowing the final outcome and making art becomes a leap of faith. Orla Kelly makes this impulsive leap of faith, each day she enters the studio.
Desmond Kenny is an artist based in Hartstown, Dublin 15. He is a self taught painter, since he began making art in 1986 he has since exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, solo shows include Draíocht in 2001, The Lab in 2006 and Pallas Contemporary Projects in 2008. His work is included in many collections including the Office of Public Works, SIPTU, and Fingal County Council. Kenny's practice also incorporates print making and he has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 2004.
Today was the last day this season of 'Tiny Tots Tuesdays', with early year’s artist Orla Kelly and artist Andrew Carson. Our artists provide an exciting, fun, curious environment, aimed at supporting parents to get creative with their children. The sessions are unthemed allowing parents and children to work spontaneously with the materials provided. This hour offers a creative and artistic expertise to support parents in encouraging the creative growth of their children aged 2-3 years.
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