May 18, 2012
We are currently hosting two very beautiful, but very different landscape exhibitions.
In our First Floor Gallery we have Dave West’s Nocturama and in our Ground Floor Gallery Cathy Henderson’s Shore.
These exhibitions presented a great opportunity for a workshop looking at the basics of painting background, middle and foreground, while exploring how man-made structures of modern life affect the world around us.
So, this week we had 1st and 2nd classes in for tours and workshops with artist and facilitator Deirdre O’Reilly, as part of our 'Focus On' workshop series. The workshops began with a facilitated tour of both gallery spaces.
With the students, we talked about how the exhibitions make the viewer feel: what sounds would you hear? Feel?: for Cathy’s works, it was calm, we’d hear the birds, smell the sea, feel the sand, upstairs, we’d wear raincoats, one student could see herself heading into the petrol station with her father, we’d hear the train at the railway, there would be car horns and engines…one student even thought they could probably hear an owl!
Fully inspired, we headed down to the workshop room to experiment with clear acetate, acrylics and permanent markers.
After donning a selection of old aprons, Deirdre demonstrated what it was we were going to do.
A simple landscape was sketched out with a pencil (no erasers or extra pages supplied - there is no such thing as a mistake in our workshops!)
Using sponges, we then filled in the background and foreground, by mixing colours. Blues, greys and reds for the skies, greens and blues for the sea, greens and browns for the land and any other colours that you could mix as nature is not made with an unmixed palette.
We used a sponge to encourage the use of small amounts of paint, as we needed the paint to dry as fast as possible - acrylic works better than poster paint for this purpose. The sponges also create lovely lines and shapes for the landscapes.
Once the paintings were completed and relatively dry (with the help of a hair dryer in some cases), acetate was placed over the landscape. Using a permanent marker, each student traced over the main lines in their drawing. Then they imagined that builders began to move in to their landscape, and so towns, cities, bridges, electricity, boats, trains all moved into and onto the landscape.
What effect does this have on the land we had created, does it feel different?
What does it make us think about, how does our picture change? What story are we telling with our picture?
After creating some beautiful work the classes left their work with us whilst it dried and headed off back to their classes.
Double-sided tape can be used to attach the acetate to the very top edge of the finished landscapes so they can be flipped up and down.
Enjoy trying these techniques at home or in school!
May 15, 2012
So Jo! 9 questions for Jo Hammett, Producer at Crying Out Loud, about 'Kindur - The Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep', coming to Draíocht as part of Spréacha 2012 this June ...
1. So Jo, tell me about PTO Company?
Erm, it’s TPO Company. TPO are an Italian children’s theatre company, their full name is Teatro di Piazza o d'Occasione and they call themselves TPO for short. Sometimes watching TPO’s work is more like watching a film or watching a dance piece or a painting then theatre and sometimes you have to stop watching and get up and have a go or be part of the performance from your seat.
2. So what does Kindur mean then?
Kindur is the Icelandic word for sheep and is the title of TPO’s new show. A few years ago they visited Iceland; to see the epic landscapes and to learn about the myths and legends of an ancient and majestic culture. The show you will see is about that journey, the images they saw, the sounds they heard and the elements they experienced. And it is lead by three graceful sheep.
3. Real sheep?
No! Touring with three real sheep would have been quite difficult. We have three dancers who take the roles of sheep and in addition virtual sheep.
4. Virtual Icelandic sheep?
Yep, TPO Company use motion capture sensors to help create the landscape of the Atlantic wilderness. Motion capture sensors are similar to the technology used inside the X-Box Kinect and Wii. There is a moment in the show when the dancers roll on the white dance mat and their movements are tracked by the sensors, which create beautiful colours so it looks like they are virtually painting with their arms and legs.
Definitely. At the back of the theatre there are two large white screens, across which images of Iceland travel like a large moving image. And from time to time there is the occasional sheep.
6. That sounds fun. Is it fun?
Yep it’s fun, some of the audience are invited up on stage to play and if you’re not invited there are moments that you can interact from your seat.
7. How do ewe interact from your seat?
You (if you’re not an adult) are given a woolly heart to pin to your clothes. At times the heart will glow, which indicates that it’s time to get involved!
8. Wow! And Jo how do you fit into all this?
I work for a company called Crying Out Loud and we present and tour TPO Company. We’ve worked with them for ten years as we love their work.
9. And finally, what’s your favourite sheep joke?
What do you call a sheep with fangs? A Lamb-pire.
Now Booking at Draiocht:
Kindur - The Adventurous Life Of Icelandic Sheep
as part of Spréacha 2012
SUN 17 JUNE 2PM & 4PM - FAMILY SHOWS
MON 18 JUNE 10AM & 12 NOON - SCHOOL SHOWS
Main Auditorium Draiocht // Tickets €5 // Dur: 50 Mins
Booking Tel: 01-8852622
Or Online ... here ...
Read more here ...
Watch a Video Clip here ...
April 24, 2012
Okay, Dáire here, I left it until today to do this because I wanted to be able to record the tremendously radiant and extravagant events of both Tuesday and Sunday, which was some of the best fun I personally have had in a long time.
On Tuesday, we did something different that a lot of people have wanted to do for a very long time, musical theatre! To make it even more amazing, we did THE TIME WARP, from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, which I know is a personal favourite to allot of us! So we spent the day singing and dancing, as Sarah said, is there anything we can't do? It was fun to do something different and I don’t think that there was a soul in the room who didn't agree that it was a great night for all of us.
Now Sunday. Best day ever! We had rehearsals for four hours, so we started off by practicing the time warp. But, its us, so since we where doing rocky horror, we all organised (thank you Izzy) to come to rehearsals dressed as characters from the show.. or at least attempt to ! It was so much fun to see how cool and crazy everyone looked! The fact that everyone was so comfortable to do that with each other shows just how close our group has become. We then practiced and blocked our scenes that we have been practicing for the last couple of weeks, for our showcase which is approaching very soon. We then went back and did the time warp again!
For me, the relationship that all of us have as a group is something that is hard to find. We have gotten so close and made a family as such. Through youth theatre, I have met some of the nicest people I have ever met in my entire life, and I am so thankful for everyone for making this such a great experience for me. I really do love all of yous. It is amazing how much everyone bonds so well and the friendships that are formed are something that is truly special. Draiocht must mean magic after all, because there is something magical going on when ever we go there.
Also, I would like to, on behalf of everyone, announce how sorry we all are that Latifah had to move, and that we all miss her so much, but we are so thankful that she is still coming on Tuesdays and that we will definitely meet up outside of it! We are a family after all!
The diversity in the group is also something that should not be overlooked. We have a mixture of everyone. It is a place where people can forget about what the world has to say about them or about what a minority they feel like and just come and be themselves with an open minded group of friends who all love each other regardless. We have gays and straights, whites and blacks, Christians and atheists, everyone all together and just accepting one another and having a good time. For me, this is a beautiful image.
In so many ways, the group has changed me. It has made me a much more creative and dramatically aware person, but also has made my life so much better because of all these wonderful people who are now in it. We have our own Ohana.
And I quote, “Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten”.
April 10, 2012
Last week in Youth Theatre, the greatest place on earth (yes, even better then Disneyland) we started off with a concentration game, Ninja, this proved difficult for me as I have a very poor attention span. After that, we split up into our separate groups to run our lines. I’m in a parody of the Greek tragedy “Medea” with Leanne and Louise. We play 3 drama school graduates who are staging a production of the Greek play. Louise and I play the chorus, Medea’s “sidekicks”. After running lines, the entire group got together to do another concentration game and do some character work, we gave our characters prized positions which varied from diamond-encrusted ballet shoes to old copies of “The Three Musketeers” handed down as a family heirloom. I learned that my characters inspiration for going to drama school came from her grandmother, a dancer, and that her family are wealthy enough to buy a safe with three doors, each with unique codes, to keep a pair of shoes safe…
I’m going to be totally honest here; Youth theatre is the highlight of my week! It’s great to be around people who share similar interests as you and aren’t afraid to be themselves! I’ve made loads of friends here, and no matter how I felt before walking into Draíocht, the crazies that inhabit our youth theatre never fail to put a smile on my face, and make me laugh so hard I end up crying. Everyone here is amazing! I Love you guys!
April 2, 2012
In autumn 2012 the Artist Theresa Nanigian will exhibit her work in our first floor Gallery space. Her current visual arts practice concentrates on identities of young adults. For this exhibition she has taken numerous large scale photographs of young adult’s bedrooms. On one tall wall in the gallery space, along side these photographs, will run about 70 reproductions of her “I am” surveys, which have been anonymously filled in by people aged 13-24years from around Ireland for the last year or more. They were filled in by respondents repeatedly completing the sentence I am..., for example “I am often irritated by other peoples opinions” and so on for about 25 sentences. For a third element of the exhibition, Theresa came to D15 Youth Theatre with a request to take photographs of our members Jumping. The idea being that a person’s jump could represent their personality…..
....and because we have such a brilliant youth theatre, full of fabulous personalities- we obviously did a brilliant job!
Keep an eye out for this exhibition later in the year.