DRAIOCHT UPDATE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

October 21, 2020

Last updated: 21 October 2020 at 3pm

We are really sad to inform visitors that performances & gallery events in Draíocht have been cancelled for 6 weeks, from 6pm Wednesday 21st October, as a result of new government Level 5 restrictions countrywide, and our building will close to the public. 

We’re very thankful for your continued support and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible. Please bear with us while we make contact with all audience members who've booked tickets for shows during October, November & December. These are all now cancelled. Only online shows and digital support activities will continue.


Keep in Touch

We have two Covid19 Temporary Box Office Phone Numbers, for ticket enquiries, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm: 

083-084 7249 / 083-028 9771

Philippa & Cliona are at the end of the phones, happy to assist
or you can email  boxoffice@draiocht.ie


If you need something specific, the best way to contact any of our staff at the moment is by email. 

Stay well, stay safe and thank you for your continued support.

We miss you all. 


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When we're back ... 

As part of our commitment to the continued well-being of visitors, artists and staff, in ongoing efforts to assist our community in preventing the spread of Covid-19, we have adhered to Government Guidelines and implemented the enhanced protocols and procedures you will notice during your visit. Our staff are here to assist you with a safe journey through the venue, so please ask for assistance if necessary. 

Please note that we continue to monitor Government Guidelines for developments and will implement any changes in our own protocols as required by same. Updates will be available here on our website.

  • Face masks are mandatory in all public areas of the building, including our foyer, galleries and bathrooms. You are welcome to remove face masks once you are seated for a ticketed event.
  • We are promoting a one-way experience that reinforces social distancing guidelines. ‘Keep Right’ at all times.
  • We will endeavour to keep queues as short as possible & appreciate your patience.
  • Please make use of our hand sanitising stations at entry & exit points.
  • Additional hand sanitiser dispensers are placed at key points throughout the building.
  • We have implemented protective screens at till points.
  • Please use contactless card payments where possible. Keypads will be wiped down after each customer.
  • We are frequently cleaning and disinfecting throughout the building and staff are taking regular hand-washing breaks.
  • We have removed excess furniture from the foyer to limit congestion and dwell time.
  • Visitor capacity has been reduced in our Galleries & Auditoria to allow for social distancing.
  • We have decommissioned every second toilet and hand basin, to maintain social distancing and increased hygiene protocols in these areas. Toilets are for customer use only.
  • Additional signage to promote hand washing and best hygiene practices have been posted throughout the building.
  • Additional training and PPE have been provided for all staff. 


Attending an Event at Draíocht - Covid 19 Self Screening Questions

If you answer ‘YES’ to any of the 5 questions below, please DO NOT attend the event you've booked for. 

Instead, contact our Box Office to discuss options for a Credit Note or Refund, on 01 885 2622 before 1pm on the event day.

In the past 14 days, have you or anyone in your party;

  • Q1. Had any Covid 19 symptoms, such as a cough, fever, high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, breathlessness or flu like symptoms?
  • Q2. Been diagnosed with a confirmed or suspected Covid 19 infection?
  • Q3. Been a close contact of a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of Covid 19?
  • Q4. Returned from another country, not on the safe travel list?
  • Q5. Been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time?

If you've answered 'YES' to any of these questions, please phone Box Office on 01 885 2622.
Full ticket refunds will be available for Cancellation by Venue or Customer Illness in relation to Covid19.


What can you do to help us promote a healthy environment?

We are doing all we can to promote a healthy environment, and in doing so, we also rely on you to keep recommended self-care in mind for your safety and the safety of others. Throughout your experience, please be mindful of current Government and HSE guidelines and public health recommendations, which we are referring to daily to update our Guidelines when necessary.
 

  • Know the symptoms: If you or a member of your party has a temperature or is feeling unwell, please visit us another time and contact our Box Office to discuss options for a Credit Note or Refund. 
  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Help us promote social distancing by distancing yourself appropriately from others who are not part of your party and do not shake hands or hug.
  • Please keep your party together, especially if there are children in your group, to help maintain social distancing with other visitors.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and discard used tissues safely.


Your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to providing a safe experience for all our visitors.
We can't wait to see you again.
The Team at Draíocht

 

www.gov.ie/health-covid-19
http://www.hse.ie



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Rest assured that if you've booked a ticket for a show, and Draíocht cancels that show because of Covid19, we will be able to offer you the choice of a Full Refund, Moving to Another Date (if we can reschedule that show), or a Draíocht Gift Voucher, for use at a later date. 

For updates on show cancellations and re-scheduled dates, stay tuned to our Events page and Blog:

https://www.draiocht.ie/events

https://www.draiocht.ie/blog/entry/draiocht_update_coronavirus_covid_19


CANCELLED & RE-SCHEDULED SHOWS:  https://www.draiocht.ie/events
14 Oct - The Truth - Cancelled
21 Oct - Hope Gap - Cancelled
22 Oct - Laughter Lounge Live Tour - Cancelled
23 Oct - The Fureys - Cancelled
30 Oct - Gearoid Farrelly - Cancelled
03 Nov - Danny O'Brien - Cancelled
04 Nov - Judy Screening - Cancelled
05 Nov - According to Sydney - Cancelled
06 Nov - Neil Delamere - Cancelled
07 Nov - Broadway & Other Stories - Cancelled
12 Nov - Mary Coughlan - Cancelled
13 Nov - The Man in the Woman's Shoes - Cancelled
14 Nov - Date Night, Niamh Kavanagh - Cancelled
19 Nov - Des Bishop Mia Mamma - Cancelled
27 Nov - Looking for América - Cancelled
28 Nov - Pure Mental - Keith Walsh - Cancelled
29 Nov - The Happy Prince & The Selfish Giant - Cancelled
05 Dec - Before - Cancelled

Please be patient with our Box Office staff and be assured that we will be in contact with all audience members as quickly as possible.

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Jess Rowell’s Dance Residency Update

September 28, 2020

21st-25th September - Research & Development Week for Dance Artist in Residence Jess Rowell at Draíocht

 

R&D week for ‘Between Us There Is…’ which will premiere at ‘Threads’ an evening of dance, music and film focusing on disability and inclusiveness in arts practice on November 20th & 21st at Draíocht. ‘Threads’ will mark the completion of Jess’s residency and will also feature the premier of Create Dance’s film ‘Chance to Dance’ and a live performance by guest dance artist and Artistic Director of Croí Glan, Tara Brandel.

Between Us There Is….

A week full of generosity, openness, flexibility and ingenuity. The main focus of our time together was for myself, dancer Brian Mc Sweeney, composer Stefan French and mentor Libby Seward to settle into our collaboration. We instantly established a harmonious working interaction and rhythm. We listened, explored, witnessed and responded in the most sensitive of ways.

Although this week was the first time I met Stefan in person it truly felt as if we’d worked together before. There was sensitivity, understanding and openness in our dialogue. Our creative preparation and musical theme discussions over the past few months really paid off, enabling a very productive week on all levels. The various musical themes discussed prior to the week were inspired by aspects of my movement relationship with Brian.

Growing, creating and moving with Brian over the past twelve years has been an incredible experience, we have a deep movement bond and share a passion for dance. It is such a pleasure to be creating a piece of work acknowledging our movement relationship.

In conversation with Brian I asked him how he felt when he’s dancing. He replied with “Electricity”, “Let it go – like the rain falling down from the sky”, “Back to being myself / ourselves again”.

On this occasion our interaction has been informed and influenced by the times we are moving through. This enforced distance has influenced my creative vision and I have explored ways for us to embody that space in a tangible way.

Stefan and I worked together with mentor Libby in Draíocht studio for the first half of the week. Brian was unable to join us in person for the first 3 days, however with the help of the wonderful technical team at Draíocht, a zoom link, a projector and the cyc, he was very much present in the space. Libby stood in for Brian in the studio at times which helped me to get a physical sense of the duet as it evolved. Brian’s virtual presence and his ‘can do’ attitude were tangible at all times – even at a distance. I feel the themes took on an even more powerful significance with this enforced separation.

As the week progressed, the space between us as two bodies moving in space, the distance, connection, ripples was present in my mind. Ideas began to emerge of how the lighting design could enhance the sense of distance and boundaries in a shared space by the interplay of light dividing the performance space.

For the second half of the week Libby and I joined Brian in a separate studio where we began expanding our online choreographic ideas. Stefan stayed connected with us and continued to work from his home studio sending us on music files to inspire our movement creation. 

Throughout the week interesting lighting design, staging plans and costume ideas began to emerge. Our creative process was documented daily with video recordings and reports written by our mentor Libby. Film artist Conor Donelan joined us for a day to capture raw footage of the rehearsal room in action and some publicity shots that will be used to document the residency and promote ‘Threads’ on Nov 20th & 21st at Draíocht.

All in all our first week in the studio was a wonderfully satisfying and creatively rich experience, which is reflected in the work produced. Huge thanks to the creative team and all at Draíocht for the continued support and to our funders Fingal County Council and The Arts Council for making this possible.

‘Threads’ - Guest artist update:

 

UNSEEN’ by guest dance artist and Co Artistic Director of Croí Glan Tara Brandel.

Last week Tara was also immersed in her own R&D week at Ballina Arts Centre.

An ongoing research project by abstract painter and environmental artist Stacey White, and contemporary dancer Tara Brandel.
 

Drawing on research into plankton (a life giving microscopic organism that produces 50% of the world's oxygen), Unseen looks at benevolent and less benevolent invisible forces and the unseen. (A hidden disability. An invisible virus. A life giving microscopic organism). Layering video projection, movement, sound and painting, Unseen reveals that which is invisible.

Threads’ - Chance to Dance update:

‘Chance to Dance’ with Jess Rowell & film artist Conor Donelan

Our dance film project with Draíocht’s Create Dance members featuring dancers from Traces Dance Ensemble Co. Waterford continues online through weekly emails. Each participant receives a new creative task each week from Jess. Last week Brian McSweeney introduced himself ‘virtually’ to all the participants and we are awaiting their individual video responses. We are gearing up for the final stage of filming with the participants live in Draíocht in mid-October. All the footage we have compiled over the past few months will feature in the final film ‘Chance to Dance’. A film which explores and captures the power of communication through movement and the exchange of gestures between dancers in space and on camera.

 

Threads’ Triple Bill - Novemeber 20th & 21st at Draíocht - tickets on sale soon.

 

Jess Rowell’s Residency is supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.

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Draíocht News Update: 25 September 2020

September 25, 2020

Still Making Magic Behind Closed Doors

"Last year we had 1000 people through our building, tonight we have 44... it has been 190 days since our last live theatre performance & tonight we get to do one and then we’re closed for the next 3 weeks."

Our Director, Emer McGowan, commenting on the RTÉ News last Friday night, on Culture Night, as we were lucky enough to preview one of four planned performances of  'Birdboy' by United Fall/Emma Martin, as part of Dublin Fringe Festival. Unfortunately, like all other Dublin venues, we've had to close again for another 3 weeks, as a result of new government restrictions on indoor gatherings.  

We’re very thankful for your support and enthusiasm for returning to live events, and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible. Please bear with us while we try to reschedule event dates over the next 3 weeks and make contact with all audience members who've booked tickets.
 

For now, our Artist Support programmes will continue with all our enhanced protocols and procedures in place, and our Café will remain open (for take out only), Monday - Friday 10am-2.30pm.

 

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Draíocht Café

We are operating a café on a temporary basis until new tenants are in situ.

We're open Monday - Friday 10am - 2.30pm for a selection of a high-quality range of fairtrade, hand-roasted coffee, organic teas, hot chocolate, fresh muffins and chocolate bars.

Please note that our café is currently take-away only.

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Forthcoming Events

 

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Draíocht Rocks

"Here in my hand is more than just a rock or a stone.      
It’s a little bit of magic, for our community to own..."

It's been a busy week so far for artists Genevieve Harden and Emily Matthews, who've been sharing the magic of rock art, poetry and treasure hunts with local children online.

After decorating stones and rocks with Gen, join Emily as she walks through Millennium Park hiding some very special Draíocht Rocks for you to find on our rock hunt. How about you bring some of your own decorated rocks to the park and leave them beside Draíocht's, for other treasure hunters to discover!

You can watch all of our videos so far here:
Rock Art with Genevieve Harden
‘A Little Bit of Magic’ with Emily Matthews
We’re Going on a Rock Hunt with Emily Matthews



And join us this Saturday for the final video from Genevieve, where we will be learning more tips and tricks to decorating our rocks.

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MAKing Art: PRINTing

MAKing Art: PRINTing, Curated by Sharon Murphy, opened and closed on the same say, last Friday 18 September 2020, as a result of new Covid-19 government restrictions on indoor gatherings introduced for the Dublin region.

We’re very thankful for your support and enthusiasm for returning to our First Floor Gallery from 20th July, and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible to both Galleries from 12th October.
Stay in touch across our social media channels, as we introduce the work of our Ground Floor Gallery Artists, Neil Dunne, Margot Galvin, Fiona Kelly and Aoife Scott. 

Exhibition continues until Sat 16 January 2021


MAKing Art: PRINTing - New Impressions (Ground Floor Gallery) explores how traditional printmaking techniques have been re-imagined and re-worked and invites us to consider: what makes a print a print? 

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Family Day: Magic Mono Print

Why not let the little ones enjoy the magic of printmaking?

Come along with your family and hear about our current printing exhibition, how printing works and what techniques printers use. Meet the artist Margot Galvin, see and hear about her work, and with the help of our artists experience the instant cause and effect of printing. By using colours, inks, lines and shapes, create a small print to feel this messy magic yourself!

Find out more about this free workshop on Saturday Oct 17th HERE.

Spaces are very limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

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Space to Create - Artist Support at Draíocht

Draíocht continues to support artists this September with free spaces to rehearse, write, create, film, dance, think & plan... whatever they need!

Sue and Sinead from the Dirtbirds used our rehearsal room to create new content, improvise new sketches, and prepare for the day when they can get back on stage.
Dirtbirds - No Filters will be performed in Draíocht on Friday March 5th.

Thomas Johnston & Ceol Connected visited for 3 days working on their Tradoodle Festival in our upstairs studio space.

Simona Roveda joined us to develop her one woman show, touching on the topics of being a woman, a mother, an emigrant, a clown...Using our rehearsal space, Simona sought to deepen her reflection in the territory of identity, ritual and language.

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Jess Rowell - Dance Artist In Residence 2020

Jess Rowell, Draíocht’s Dance Artist in Residence 2020, has found innovative and exciting ways of moving forward with her residency this year. Jess has a specialism in working with children, young people and artists with an intellectual disability.

So far this year she has been facilitating and supporting members of Draíocht's 'Create Dance', our special needs dance programme, in a new film project ‘Chance to Dance’. The film explores and captures the power of communication through movement and the exchange of gestures between dancers in space and on camera.

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Jess Rowell - Dance Artist in Residence

September 11, 2020

Jess Rowell – Sharing the Journey
MARCH - NOVEMBER 2020



Brian McSweeney & Jess Rowell - Traces (Garter Lane Theatre 2016)

Jess Rowell, Draíocht’s Dance Artist in Residence 2020, has found innovative and exciting ways of moving forward with her residency this year. This dance residency responds to our 2018-2022 Strategy ‘Space for the Arts’, in particular our commitment to expand equality of access to more children.

Jess has a specialism in working with children, young people and artists with an intellectual disability. So far this year she has been facilitating and supporting members of Draíocht's 'Create Dance' project, our special needs dance programme, in a new film project ‘Chance to Dance’. The film explores and captures the power of communication through movement and the exchange of gestures between dancers in space and on camera.

Jess and film artist Conor Donelan have been running this project online to date and are due to move into the final phase of filming live in Draíocht during October.


 


Throughout the coming months Jess will continue to develop her own professional practice, work with other professionals in the same field, and build on a magical partnership with dancer Brian McSweeney, a dance artsit with Down syndrome of Traces Dance Ensemble. She is currently devising a new collaborative work with Brian and Dublin based composer Stefan French with mentorship from Libby Seward. This collaboration will premier live at ‘Threads’ an evening of dance, music and film focusing on disability and inclusiveness in arts practice on November 20th & 21st 2020 at Draíocht. ‘Threads’ will mark the completion of Jess’ residency and will also feature the premier of Create Dance’s film ‘Chance to Dance’ and a live performance by quest dance artist and Artistic Director of Croí Glan, Tara Brandel. More info on this to come.


Some of the overarching aims of Jess’ residency are to:
- Expand on Draíocht’s relationship with artists of all disciplines, nurturing collaborative exchanges between artists, young people and the community.
- Be at the forefront of the dialogue around dance and disability in Ireland.
- Create ‘Chance to Dance’ a short film capturing the power of communication through movement. Engaging and communicating with young dancers online and in Draíocht throughout the year.
- Offer principal dancer Brian McSweeney, a creative role in the research and development phase of a new collaborative work, thereby supporting his professional development.


Jess Rowell’s Residency is supported by Fingal County Council and The Arts Council.

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Draiocht News Update - 13 August 2020

August 13, 2020



The Show Must Go On!

Draíocht’s last live show was on Wednesday 11 March 2020!  180 days later, it is with great excitement, that we reopen our Main Auditorium for our September programme.

We are thrilled to welcome audiences back and to get people working again; our technicians, ushers, actors, comedians and musicians, have all been patiently waiting in the wings. We know there are still challenges ahead. But the show must and will go on!

For now, we have a maximum capacity of 50 tickets available (socially distanced). Additional customers will be placed on a Waiting List, until we can (hopefully) increase our capacity. We’ve worked really hard to put all the necessary safety protocols in place to ensure that your visit and those of our artists, is completely safe.

Our first live show is Birdboy by United Fall/Emma Martin, Co-presented by Dublin Fringe Festival and Draíocht. Performed by dancer Kévin Coquelard, this kaleidoscopic family show (for ages 8+) celebrates the power of imagination and offers a vision of hope and connection … something we all need right now. 

Enjoy this stunning video before Booking Tickets HERE!



We’ll be announcing more events over the coming weeks on our website and across our social media.
You can see some of our October highlights here and sign up to get reminders.

Welcome Back!

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BOOK NOW FOR SEPTEMBER 2020
 




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We ask that you please read our full Visitor Guidelines on our website before your arrive for a show:  https://www.draiocht.ie/blog/category/covid19

COVID-19 Self Screening Questions
If you answer ‘YES’ to any of the 5 questions below, please DO NOT attend the event. 
Instead, contact our Box Office to discuss options for a Credit Note or Refund, on 01 885 2622 before 1pm on event day.

In the past 14 days, have you or anyone in your party;
Q1. Had any Covid 19 symptoms, such as a cough, fever, high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, breathlessness or flu like symptoms?
Q2. Been diagnosed with a confirmed or suspected Covid 19 infection?
Q3. Been a close contact of a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of Covid 19?
Q4. Returned from another country, not on the safe travel list?
Q5. Been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time?

Your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to providing a safe experience for all our visitors.
It’s great to see you again!
The Team at Draíocht

Box Office 01 885 2622

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