Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown supports the arts

by Gazette Reporter

DLR’s First Frames Scheme aims to open the door to new and emerging Irish film talents.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s purpose in promoting this opportunity is to support emerging filmmakers to make vibrant and compelling films and to increase awareness of the variety and flexibility of locations available in the region.  DLR’s Economic Development Unit is supporting this opportunity to support employment in the film making industry in the County.

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DLR First Frames is fully funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Arts Office and Economic Development Unit, and managed by IADT.  Mentoring support is provided by the National Film School, IADT with additional equipment and facilities from IADT.

Arts: Helen Barrywww.helenbarry.com

Helen Barry is a visual artists, inventor and trained dancer who makes interactive artworks with and for very young audiences. She has been working creatively with children and families for over 30 years. She is both inspired by and driven by the journey where enquiry and creativity supports the individual to connect with themselves and with others. In the last 10 years her focus is with early years children, their families and primary caregivers and the younger end of primary schools. Her work evolves through a process of exploring, questioning, experimenting and observing the child engage and respond to what she offers. In all her collaborations the children lead the direction of what they will do together and create together, ensuring that the artistic outcome will be relevant and inspiring to all children, especially children living with complex and profound needs. Helen’s ambition is to invite audiences to ‘play’ and ‘engage’ with sculptural objects, installations, performances and sounds that stimulate the senses and evoke the dexterity of the body and mind.

Helen has had many wonderful opportunities to collaborate with local children through a range of initiatives led by DLRCC and in their partnerships with DLR Childcare Committee, Blackrock Education Centre and the Arts Council. Helen was awarded 3 of the Caterpillar Commissions, these artist-in-residences in Ballyogan FRC, Mounttown CC and Casa Rosa Dominican Montessori enabled Helen to work directly with the children and childcare practitioners every week over several months. The artistic outcome of each artist-in-residence delivered a multi-sensory experience that Helen continues to bring to other early years children throughout DLR, the greater Dublin area and Europe along with other works designed specifically for early years children. Examples of these are Spine, the Kaleidoscopic Child and Sculptunes

The kaleidoscopic Child DLR Lexicon

Writer: Sarah Keating@sarajkeating

Sara Keating is DLR Writer in Residence 2020-2021. Since taking up the residency last September, she has been working towards the completion of her debut novel Fall and Recover, about the dancer Lucia Joyce, whose famous father, James, had a long history in the area.

He spent his early childhood in Bray and Blackrock, and lived in Sandycove’s Martello Tower for several months in 1904, the year in which Ulysses is set. Lucia was born in Trieste, but spent most of her life in Paris, where she trained with some of the most influential figures in modern dance. She formed a contemporary dance troupe with a group of likeminded young women and toured Europe with them, receiving great praise.

One critic even wrote “When she reaches her full capacity …James Joyce may yet be known as his daughter’s father.” That was not to be.

After a series of personal and professional disappointments, she retired from dancing and began to struggle with her mental health. She lived for a short time in Bray in 1935, when she returned to Paris, she was committed to an asylum and spent the rest of her life in institutional care.

Sara will spend the rest of her residency creating a series of online films that will focus on the months that Lucia spent in Dublin. The films will be available to watch on the dlr YouTube channel on Bloomsday June 16. For further details you can follow her work @sarajkeating

Writer Sarah Keating

Dance Theatre Irelandwww.dancetheatreireland.com

Dance has been proven as one of THE most successful activities to offset and prevent age-related illnesses and improve both mental and physical health.

Dance Theatre of Ireland’s Award-winning Well-Dance programme is open to anyone 55+ and is an uplifting, extremely popular modern dance class which seamlessly transports you to a very joyful place, whilst improving breathing, balance, fluidity, flexibility and strength — all to great music.

Over 1500 Seniors have been participating in DTI’s Well-dance Classes which have been recently featured on RTE’s NATIONWIDE Programme.

During the pandemic classes, DTI have launched Well-Dance at Home –Classes have have been taking place ON LINE through Zoom. Well-Dance has been featured on the National Lottery TV Ad, and been proven by Trinity College to improve quality of life for so many. DTI’s Artistic Directors Loretta Yurick & Robert Connor and Well-Dance are also 2019 and 2020 Regional Winners and Finalist in the National Good Causes Award. Classes take place weekly with people of all ages 55-90 participating.

Well-Dance participants have repeatedly confirmed that the one-hour class is a HIGHLIGHT of their week.

Dance Theatre Ireland

Filmmaker: Richard Keane – www.outleftproductions.com

RICHARD KEANE is an award-winning filmmaker that works as a writer, director and producer in both animation and live-action.

Over the last 20 years, Richard has worked at several high-profile animation studios in both Ireland and the UK. He has been involved in many BAFTA, Emmy and IFTA award-winning productions that have been broadcast in over 200 territories worldwide. While at Brown Bag Films, he directed on DisneyJr’s Peabody award-winning series “Doc McStuffins” and Nickelodeon’s “Butterbean’s Café”.

In 2015, Richard founded the Dublin based, boutique production company Out Left Productions Ltd. It has produced several high-end animation and live-action projects, and has being developing many more to bring to market in the near future.

Most recently, the company has completed production on the live-action short comedy “Chicken Out”. Funded by the dlr’s First Frames scheme, and directed by Richard, it is currently being entered into festivals around the world.

Film maker – Richard Keane

Mill Theatre Dundrum[email protected]

Since opening in May 2006, the Dlr Mill Theatre has staged a wide variety of performing arts, community theatre, visual art, comedy, music, pantomime and children’s shows. These bring many people together both on and off stage and the venue prides itself on presenting over 400 productions every year, welcoming audiences from all over Ireland and the local community.

In addition, the theatre runs an extensive Education Programme with over 10,000 students from second level and the same number from Primary schools attending productions every year.  Programmes run by the venue have included the Schools’ Shakespeare Festival, Stem Week for Primary School Children, drama and art workshops for all ages, and Roald Dahl themed events.

The Mill team are real advocates of getting children to experience the joy of theatre and believe it makes exam preparation far more manageable if the production has been seen live.  They have continued throughout lockdown to strive to do this by streaming performances into the classroom or the student’s own living room.

See www.milltheatre.ie for all upcoming events, shows and to purchase tickets.  Email [email protected] or call 01-296 9340 with any enquiries.

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