TA! for the fun kids’ event in Blanchardstown next month

by Padraig Conlon
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An exciting event celebrating the creative arts for very young children is coming to Blanchardstown.

A-do-le-TA! is a dance theatre piece exploring friendship and play for children aged between three to six.

Created by Selma Daniel, a Brazilian choreographer based in Ireland with more than 20 years’ experience in dance, this is her first full dance production for children as part of Draiocht’s Toddler Takeover Festival next month.

She told Dublin Gazette: “I am interested in investigating dance for young audiences, to create socially engaging dance for screen, stage and the public space.

“I use the body, visual imagery and props to create thought-provoking and visually stimulating dance experiences.

“A-do-le-TA! is based on the importance of play, especially free play during early childhood.”

A highly imaginative and slightly abstract piece, A-do-le-TA! shows a day in the life of two friends called Joy and Sky.

Join them in a world where anything is possible – a tent can be a crab, an umbrella can be a cloud, and the moon can sing.

Through play, the two friends overcome differences and together imagine, create and expand their reality and the audience’s.

So what does A-do-le-TA! mean? Adoleta, from the French word Andouilette, and also called adoleta or adoteca (in Portugese, Um-Do-Li-Ta) is a Brazilian children’s hand-clapping game where participants in a circle clap hands with each other and sing the song Adoleta.

Originally a French children’s song, it was brought to Brazil by French immigrats and adapted over time as children had difficulty pronouncing the French lyrics.

Adoleta is still a popular children’s game in Brazil to this day.

This is Draiocht’s fifth Toddler Takeover event celebrating the limitless imagination of young children and the magic that happens when it is combined with the world of artists and the arts.

With a combination of book-in and free drop-in events, children are invited to bring their insatiable curiosity and their adults to explore, discover new art forms, create, play, do a dance, draw, explore, and nurture creative potential, while having fun too.

Funded by the Arts Council’s Dance Project Award and supported by Dance Ireland, Draiocht and Riverbank Arts Centre, The Toddler Takeover takes place on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 at Draiocht.

Booking opens this coming Tuesday, April 16, at 10am, telephone 01 885 2622.

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