We're exploring how we might do things differently in this situation in which we find ourselves....... with an absolute insistence on how crucial the live experience is for our audiences.
We are busy developing rigorous and detailed new policies, protocols, projects and new modes of delivery for the rest of 2020 and beyond to ensure that everything we do aligns with all guidelines.
The work has always had at its very heart the live responsive connection and an inherent and crucial ability to nuance and change from moment to moment. This simply takes this built-in flexibility to a whole new level.....
All of the below are, of course, subject to revision as the next few weeks and months unfold.....
SING ME TO THE SEA - the at-home remix
Due to tour to hydropools this July and September, this magical watery adventure toured for three weeks in August in collaboration with the Mermaid, the Civic and Riverbank Arts Centre. Taking the innate responsiveness of the show to a whole new level, this re-imagined 'dry land' version was performed in the gardens/drives/outside the windows of homes of families of children with complex needs. Still full of ethereal live harmony singing and gorgeous costumes (created by award-winning composer David Goodall and renowned costume designer Susan Scott), reflective silver balls, rainbow fish and water moving through colanders like waterfalls all happened at an appropriate distance from our audience members as we made very individual connections with families in these times of deep disconnection.
Thanks to Kildare County Council, Fingal Arts Office, The Sunbeam Trust and Arts Council of Ireland as well as the three partner venues.
See RTE feature here!
In mid September, we're back in the water as part of the Lime Tree & Belltable's Bualadh Bós Festival at St Gabriel's Centre with support from Limerick Arts Office. Following AquaPhysio Covid-19 guidelines, the performers will be wearing masks and visors.
Late September sees the dry land version visit the beautiful gardens of the Ardilaun Hotel in Galway as part of Baboró International Children's Festival.
Additional touring is currently being planned for November. WATCH THIS SPACE.......
Original trailer here
Longer version with commentary from our original creative consultants here.
Image by Gillian Gamble
A new commission from The Civic to create a pop-up semi-improvised version of BigKidLittleKid, taking the characters from the show, the original musical score from the show and inspiration from where we find ourselves in these new times to create something that can be as live, as responsive and as engaging to its young audience as the original show whilst exploring a new form both in terms of structure and place.
This PopUp Play version played three diverse spaces in and around Early Years settings in early August - have a look here!
To read the Civic's blog about all of their Ready Steady Show 2020 Commissions under the shadow of Covid-19, click here.
BigKidLittleKid was originally created through funding from Arts Council of Ireland in co-production with The Civic, The Mermaid and Draiocht with initial R&D funded by The Mermaid and The Pavilion.
A commission by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Office as part of their programme for their Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 programme funded by Creative Ireland.
The neuroscience that inspires all of my work with babies indicates strongly that being born under the shadow of COVID-19 will have an emotional impact on babies as their brains form. The calm, relaxed, interactive oasis for both parent and baby that I aim to create in all my baby shows is a safe space not simply in terms of meeting restrictions and requirements.
Determined to find ways to create the kind of connected, immersive, responsive live experiences for babies safely within the new restrictions, this commission will allow me to take the music and projection from GROOVE and explore it as a show for babies November 2020 - venue to be announced later - watch this space!
also currently in development....
GROOVE is a brand new adventure for children with complex needs funded by Arts Council Ireland and co-produced by The Civic and, like all my shows for this audience, it'll be very responsive and interactive. It's inspired by the 70's and will be performed in a brand new purple portable performance space with the four audience members sitting on comfortable Buddabags with the four performers singing live, interacting with the audience and with the space being filled with immersive video art.
My shows are always developed in close creative consultation with our audience members so that they inform and inspire the shows as they come into being. We've been doing a bit of online creative consultation whilst in lockdown.
We are also planning to gather to rehearse in person in November, hopefully with some live creative consultation with our audience. We will, of course, be strictly working within safety guidelines and consulting with families and relevant organisations. Watch this space.
ADVENTURES IN MY EARS
A Festival of Curiosity PROTOTYPE commission, created in collaboration with Hanna Slattne, Adventures In My Ears is exploring creating immersive sound journeys for children aged 6-10 years to be 'performed' in a range of ways in the future including individual home visits and communal performances in arts centre/theatre spaces.
The Festival of Curiosity commission allowed us to do some virtual creative consultation on this project, whilst also trying to find the optimum way to do creative consultation virtually rather than our usual method which is very much a live interaction.
One advantage of the virtual nature of this consultation is a much greater geographical spread - our sign-ups included families from four continents!
I LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT
Funded by Arts Council of Ireland, I'm spending a week in early November doing some research and development on a brand new dance show for audiences of babies aged 3-18 months hosted by my producing partner, The Civic, Tallaght.
I'll be working in collaboration with dancer/choreographer, Hayley Earlam who was part of the creative time for both shows I made with Indepen-Dance, Scotland's inclusive dance company and who was awarded the Sunday Herald Dance Performer of the Year.
We'll be doing various open sessions where we'll be looking for audiences of babies (and their adults) to come in and be our creative consultants at the beginning of this exciting new adventure to create Ireland's first dance show for babies!