Quirky performance experiment in Clon

Posted on: 10th September, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The first edition of a new model of performance experiment, ‘Come Wander With Me’ aims to bring together artists of all disciplines in creating a completely new experience for the people of Clonakilty.

This event will turn the whole town into a performance space from September 25 to 27 with performances taking place in eight unusual locations around the town, ranging from your grandmother’s sitting room to your local dreary car park. The audience will be split into eight groups, which will simultaneously rotate between the performance venues. Each artist will therefore face the physical challenge of performing eight times in a row and the artistic challenge of adding little changes each time. Different audience groups will have different and unique experiences and an incentive to talk to each other about what they have seen.

The event is curated by Darragh McLoughlin and Elena Kreusch, artistic directors of Timoleague(ish) based performing arts company ‘Squarehead Productions’. Over the past two years, the duo has created live performances and artistic projects in more than 15 European countries and is now ready to bring their individual practice and experience back to West Cork.

Following an open call for projects, nine promising artistic proposals have been chosen across the country. During the 10 days leading up to the public event, the artists will create their site specific performances, mentored by a team that will push them to rethink their relationship to an audience and to experiment with their art in a site-specific context.

The artists chosen for this year’s edition are: Brian McSwiney (kinetic sculptures), Ashling Geary (camera obscura), Christine McCardle (artist – drawing/painting), Marion Cronin (dance), Maura Cunningham (theatre/circus), Fiona Fooney (aerial rope), James Jeggs (theatre), Su Hamilton (object manipulation), Jeanne Merer (artist/curator).

By showcasing incredible, touching, weird, skillful, political and wilful performances in unexpected corners and locations, ‘Come Wander With Me’ adds yet another number to Clonakilty’s long and ever-growing list of quirky happenings, challenging the participants’ perception of the town and shedding light on spaces long forgotten.

This edition functions as a pilot project and might give rise to a series of follow-up projects in different towns in the West Cork area, establishing ‘Come Wander With Me’ as a reoccurring, nomadic event.

Want to be involved? Sign up for hosting one of nine incredible artists arriving from around the country from September 15 to 27. It could be a great experience to have a performer come and stay with you during their creation process.

Or, help the organisers discover interesting spaces around town: Unlikely places in which you would like to see these performances/experiments being conducted. An old courtyard perhaps? Maybe your sitting room looks perfect for a movie scene? What about that secret alleyway you used to play in?

Darragh and Elena are open to hearing all ideas: contact@squareheadproductions.com

Get Tickets at Lettercollum shop at Connelly Street in Clonakilty or send an an email to the above address.



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