Theatre Company in Residence 2019
Image: 'The Far Field (2017). Photo Diane O'Connell.
Draíocht is delighted to announce that we will work with Ceol Connected as Theatre Company in Residence during 2019 and by doing so responding to our 2018-2022 Strategy ‘A Space for the Arts’ and in particular our commitment of expanding 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’, ‘Return of Spring’, ‘Whistle in the Wind’ and most recently ‘A Winter Wish’.
2019 will see Ceol Connected, with Draíocht’s support, develop their new inclusive and highly participatory theatrical performance, ‘Out in the Ocean’, specifically designed for young children with special educational needs. At the core of this process will be Ceol Connected’s exploration of how multisensory experiences - sound, touch, taste, smell, light, movement etc. – can be meaningfully embedded into 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 touring nationally between October and December 2018, supported by Draíocht and The Arts Council.
Ceol Connected’s Draíocht Residency is supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.
Theatre Artists in Residence 2016-2018
Draíocht is delighted to have worked with Collapsing Horse as Theatre Artists in Residence since 2016. As that comes to an end, we look back at what they've done, achieved here and contributed to the Draíocht community.
In this time, they've made use of our facilities to develop, hone and show their work to Draíocht audiences and to exchange with D15 Youth Theatre over a series of workshops that spanned areas of puppetry, illusion, performance and dance. They rehearsed and presented their show ‘Human Child’ in our Studio before it embarked on a tour of Ireland and Russia. They made use of our technical facilities to develop ‘Conor: at the end of the Universe’, a piece for 4-6 years olds about relativity and time travel which made extensive use of animation and audiovisual elements. They've recently been working with actors and dancers to develop ‘Dance Plague’, a piece inspired by the dancing mania in Strasbourg in 1518 and the life of Isadora Duncan the ‘grandmother of contemporary dance’.
This is not the end though of Collapsing Horse's relationship with Draíocht. Writer/Director Dan Colley will write the script of ‘Dance Plague’ while in the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris as part of the Draíocht and CCI Artist Residency Programme 2018-2019 and Draíocht will support and present the production here next year.
The Collapsing Horse Draíocht Residency was supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.
COLLAPSING HORSE – THEATRE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE 2016-2018
Draíocht is delighted to continue working with Collapsing Horse as Theatre Artists in Residence during 2017-2018.
Their work with D15 Youth Theatre over the mid-term with choreographer Liv O'Donoghue explored areas of dance, movement and choreography in theatre. Later this year they will be working with Liv and D15 Youth Theatre again, this time to develop a new Collapsing Horse dance/theatre show for teenagers called ‘Dance Plague’, inspired by the dancing plagues of the middle ages.
Collapsing Horse, the makers of ‘MONSTER/CLOCK’; ‘Distance from the Event’; ‘Bears in Space’; ‘The Aeneid’ and ‘Conor: at the end of the Universe’, recently presented their brand new comedy show in Project Arts Centre, ‘The Water Orchard’.
‘One of Collapsing Horse’s strengths is its commitment to theatrical fundamentals … executed with wit and skill … there’s no shortage of emotion, intricacy or craft … One of the finest groups of artists to emerge in recent years’.
‘One of the most exciting collectives on the Irish theatre scene.’
The Collapsing Horse Draíocht Residency is supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.
COLLAPSING HORSE – THEATRE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE 2016/2017
In February Collapsing Horse continued working with Draíocht’s very talented and dedicated D15 Youth Theatre. Last year we worked with puppetry and the idea that theatre is a combination of ‘illusion and the thing you can't fake’. This year, participants will be working with Choreographer, Liv O'Donoghue and Collapsing Horse Director, Dan Colley to explore movement, expression and storytelling. We'll be asking; What can be communicated through the movement of the body that can't be communicated through words? What does it feel like to dance and to watch people dancing? And how can we create beautiful, interesting and moving choreography ourselves?
This is all just the start of a year of activity which will include workshops for primary school students, rehearsals of our new show The Water Orchard, the beginnings of a Dance/Theatre piece for children and performances of Collapsing Hose shows from our repertoire.
The Collapsing Horse Draíocht Residency is supported by Fingal County Council and the Arts Council.
Our 3 year Hallelujah! Clown Choir Project with Veronica Coburn ends with a bang in October with their final production, Ship of Fools and we are delighted to be welcoming our new Theatre Artists in Residence to Draíocht, Collapsing Horse ...
‘We’re Collapsing Horse, we’re a young theatre company from Dublin and we’ll be the new Theatre Artists in Residence in Draíocht 2015/2016. From January 2016 we’ll be working with D15 Youth Theatre, sharing our skills in puppetry and using theatrical illusion to bring ordinary objects to life. We will also be utilizing Draíocht’s Studio and technical facilities to develop a new play called Conor, about a child who journeys up to the sky. We use projections, animated backgrounds and live puppetry to create the experience of seeing the scale of the universe for the first time. We’ve had a great relationship with Draíocht since they presented our first show, Monster/Clock in 2013. We were back again in March 2015 with our creepy fairytale Human Child. We’re thrilled to be supported by Draíocht, Fingal County Council and the Arts Council to be making new work while engaging with Draíocht’s young audience.’
To find out more about this Residency, email Emer McGowan, Director Draiocht, email@example.com