We are delighted to announce that we have been granted a Bursary Award by the Arts Council of Ireland. The aim of this Bursary Award is to develop a deeper understanding of Theatrical Techniques, Lighting Design and Digital Media as well as providing an opportunity for self-directed research into the reinterpretation of objects. The intention is to gain a deeper understanding of these techniques, to develop a clearer sense of personal aesthetic and to look at how they can inform our own practice in contemporary circus and street theatre.
We will be working with Maurice Supple of Blue Shed productions (with whom we worked on the recent production The Presence), on techniques for integrating digital media into live performance and how live performance can be capture and presented through digital media.
We will also work with director and performer, Nick Kavanagh of Curious State Theatre company in A Little Room, the Theatre Development Centre, Waterford on theatrical techniques that can enhance and compliment street theatre aesthetics.
There will also be a short internship with Lighting Designer and director Hannan Sheedy in the Rossmore Theatre, Co. Cork. With Hannan we will look at the methodology and the practicalities of lighting design with a fixed rig and an additional free standing rig supplied by Rogu.
The Bursary will be completed with a two week residency in Corks' Circus Factory where it is intended to present a showcase of work in progress before the development of a full scale production in 2021/22.
Many thanks to the Arts Council of Ireland, the Cork County Arts Office, UCC Theatre Department and The National Circus Festival of Ireland for their continued support.
Will Flanagan is the artistic director of Alchemy Arts.