I have begun a three week period of devising and self-directed research as part of an Arts Council Bursary Award. This is taking place in a private studio the Clonakilty Arts Centre.
It is being done with the intention of creating material and ideas to bring to the others involved in the Bursary - Nick Kavanagh of Curious State Theatre Co. & director of A Little Room the Theatre Development Centre in Garter Lane Studios, Waterford; Maurice Supple of Blue Shed Productions & Digital Media; and Lighting Designer Hanan Sheedy.
We are also looking at ways that we can integrate the recently acquired techniques of Projection Mapping into the process.
I have been looking at developing skill sets with a peculiar set of juggling clubs - Holy Clubs, designed by Jay Gilligan's Dad, Mike Gilligan - here is a short video of Jay exploring the club: vimeo.com/54668476
I am also working on the Dragon Staff with the intention of adapting this to an act with a coat stand.
I finally got started on working on a shadow art installation. The intention is that the character will gather what seems to be waste to others and assemble it in a seemingly arbitrary fashion, however, when a light is shone on it from a particular angle, it is revealed to be a construction of intricate detail. The piece I am working on is inspired by Tim Noble & Sue Webster's piece - Sunset Over Manhattan. I am currently practicing disassembling and reassembling it in order to be able to do it live in a concise timeframe.
In regards inspiration, the mood and intention behind a lot of the work is predominantly inspired by some of T. S. Eliot's work, namely Burnt Norton, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land. I am also learning aspects of these text, although as things stand I have no practical application planned for this. Musically, the work of Joep Beving has been the predominant influence, namely his first two albums, Solipsism & Prehension.
Finally, I have been exploring movement with mask and a mannequin.
Will Flanagan is the artistic director of Alchemy Arts.