COLLAPSING HORSE – THEATRE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE 2016/2017
Collapsing Horse are striding through this year’s Residency at Draíocht. We are delighted to announce that Collapsing Horse will be continuing their residency and partnership with Draíocht through 2017.
In May and June we worked with animator Jody Barker Rockett, AV designer Mick Cullinan, composer Dan Forde and performers Manus Halligan with Aoife Leonard on our new piece Conor: at the end of the Universe (previously titled 46 Billion Light Years From Home).
We are delighted to announce Conor: at the end of the Universe will premiere at Draíocht in October with a total of 4 performances. Part puppet show, part installation piece, part animated film, part immersive experience, part ballet; Conor is a sensory and artistic journey through space at time-bending speeds. This stunning and engaging production uses puppets, design, animation and music as Conor and his granddad bring you places that you've never seen before.
In other news from Collapsing Horse, we have been announced as the new Artistic Directors of the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival in 2017 and our new show The Aeneid has been announced as one of the Tiger Dublin Fringe programme highlights and will run from the 14-24 September. The support and resources of our Residency in Draíocht has allowed us to be bold and make work inside and outside of Draíocht itself.
Supported by Draíocht, Fingal County Council and the Arts Council through Collapsing Horse’s Theatre Artist in Residency programme at Draíocht.
COLLAPSING HORSE – THEATRE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE 2016/2017
COLLAPSING HORSE – THEATRE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE 2016
Collapsing Horse's residency continues at a gallop. Over mid-term we worked in Draíocht’s Studio with members of D15 Youth Theatre on an intensive week-long workshop introducing them to the Collapsing Horse working method. The main theme of the workshop was ‘Serious Playfulness’ a phrase we use all the time when making our work. We also brought in other facilitators to include other practices that feed into the theme: Cathal McGuire of Game Theory introduced ensemble work and ‘complicity’; Paul McDonnell from Macnas worked with the group on large scale puppetry and Maeve Stone of Pan Pan and Change of Address worked on sound design and music in creating work of a play.
You can read/see more ... HERE ...
Coming up in April we will be working with animator Jody Barker Rockett, AV designer Mick Cullinan, composer Dan Forde and scientist and communicator Niamh Shaw on our new piece 46 Billion Light Years From Home. Part puppet show, part installation piece, part animated film, part immersive experience, part ballet - this is a sensory and artistic introduction to Astronomy for 4-6 year olds, told from the perspective of a little boy who goes to the edge of the observable universe. We'll be using Draíocht’s Studio facilities to project animated images of space and begin early work on creating that journey.
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
We're sad to say goodbye to Liam Halligan after his year working with Draiocht and our D15 participants ... the final performances of 'You, Yes You' were amazing ...
Enjoy some video snippets advertising the shows here ... and some from the Final Performances here ...
Also on hand was photographer Tom Lawlor who took some stunning pictures so we can remember this project for ever! More to follow ...
Liam wrote this lovely Director’s Note for the Printed Programme on the night:
The piece of theatre you will see tonight is the result of an Artist-in-Residency project which began in November of last year.
This residency provided me with a wonderful opportunity to make something new and different - a piece based on what the community have to say. It allowed me time to work with a large group of non actors in a large theatre with constant administrative support. The objective was to bring a diverse group of individuals together, to build confidence, to have fun, to collaborate, to inspire each other and to create something that mattered.
I was hoping to spend the year working with a group of about 15 individuals from the local area but then Draíocht received over 100 enquiries! So this quickly changed the shape and the possibilities of what we could create. The last thing I wanted to do was to turn people away. So, we began in February and created 4 groups of approx 12 participants. We continued with 4 week sessions in April, July and October/November.
The themes and content of the piece slowly emerged. The sequences you will see are based on the improvisations and exercises that the group really enjoyed doing. The final group of 28 ‘die hards’ selected themselves naturally. A strong group dynamic developed and the themes took on more depth. All the text and the songs you will hear were suggested by the group.
As a theatre maker I wanted to hear the voices of people who are often airbrushed out of theatre, voices that are too quiet to be heard. I hope we have achieved that.
I am hugely grateful to everyone who came along and I am delighted that such a smashing group of people stayed with it to the very end. Thank you for all your commitment, energy and bravery. It will be very difficult to ‘say goodbye’.
Very Special Thank You To:
Fingal County Council and The Arts Council who funded the project.
UPDATE: THEATRE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROJECT 2011/2012
So what exactly happens during an acting workshop? Well, just about anything as I discovered over the past few months as part of Draíocht’s Theatre Project with Liam Halligan.
So far we have had a few sessions with the group as a whole and have just completed 5 sessions in smaller groups that took place over the months of March and April.
Never having acted before I had no idea what to expect; would we be reading from scripts or doing improv? Not quite, in a class with Liam you do things that are a little bit outside the box. The first thing is an icebreaker … a chance to learn one another’s names. We do this by standing in a circle and throwing balls at each other. It’s unusual but it works, you quickly learn who you are in class with when you have balls flying around the room. From there it’s a quick warm up, a few gentle exercises to get the blood flowing and some vocal exercises and then the real fun begins.
We spend the rest of the session going through a variety of different exercises. On one occasion Liam had us singing a newspaper ad for a mobile phone company, on another we worked with chairs, following each other around the room and placing our chairs in response to our partners; we've danced, we've talked … it can be a bit embarrassing at first but you soon get into the swing of things and forget all your inhibitions. Sometimes we just sit down and talk about our experiences of life, our fears for the future and the realities of living in Dublin 15 in 2012.
All in all it’s been a great experience so far and a wonderful way to spend a few hours. I can't wait to see what's in store over the coming months.