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Associated Artists 2021

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Associated Artists Programme

Solstice Arts Centre's Associated Artists Programme provides support and financial assistance to artists to further their artistic development and careers. Each year Solstice works with new artists to identify areas of their practice that could benefit from support, including financial assistance, rehearsal / development space, technical, marketing and artistic mentoring, and performance opportunities. Read about our Associated Artists of 2021 below! 

Catherine Fay - Creative Producer

This year Solstice selected Catherine Fay as the Creative Producer for the Associated Artists Programme.

For the past thirty years, Catherine has designed costumes for many major Irish companies across various art forms like theatre, dance, and opera. Her designs have been seen across national and international stages. This extended period in the arts has given Catherine a broad range of experience alongside her design work. 

Fay was the Head of Costume at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin where her role involved the strategic direction, overall planning, and management of the department. She also taught at The Lir Academy on BA and MA programmes.

Fay is also the Chairperson of ISSSD (Irish Society of Stage and Screen Designers) and her position involves expanding the appreciation of scenography and promoting the profession of scenography in a wider socio-cultural and educational context. 

Dumbworld

Dumbworld is an artist led creative production company established in 2009 by composer/conductor Brian Irvine and filmmaker/writer/director John McIllduff. Dumbworld makes work that is to be found at the intersection of music, image and words including film, opera, documentary, oratorio, animation, public art installation, performance pieces, theatre and curatorial projects.

They create artistically ambitious and exciting pieces that involve working closely with significant practicing professionals as well as people all ages, experiences and backgrounds. Dumbworld has created and produced full-scale operas, community operas, animated operas, large -scale children’s orchestral oratorios, feature films, feature documentaries and installations.

Dumbworld’s work has been performed and seen in over 30 countries and has been recognized internationally. 

Call out for Meath based organisations & individuals

If We Could See Ourselves As Others See Us

Dumbworld have been commissioned by Solstice, in partnership with Facebook, to create a new work in 2021. This work, If We Could See Ourselves As Others See Us, inspired by the year just passed and our relationships with public space during this time, will aim to reflect County Meath and its vibrant communities.

The first step is a period of local research and to help them, they are looking for County Meath based organisations and individuals to get in touch for a chat. 

If you would like to be involved or require more information please contact Susanna: susanna@dumbworld.co.uk and put ‘Solstice Call Out’ in the subject box.

Femme Bizarre

FemmeBizarre are an all-female tour de force with an explosion of aerial dance, high octane choreography, comedy, physical theatre and spoken word. Fierce and ferocious aerial duo 'Femme Bizarre' (Kate Finegan/Jade O'Connor) mix aerial dance, spoken word, comedy, physical theatre, song and dance

Currently Femme Bizarre are working on bringing 'HAUS OF FASH HUN' to the Cultural Centre Irlandais, Paris December 2021 and we look forward to the premiere of their performance CAGED a visceral immersion into what it feels like to be a woman in the world right now, at Solstice this November 13 at 8pm! 

CAGED is an emotional roller coaster through the ages: an unnerving unearthing of the past and a raw discovery of who we are today and yet what we can become. This powerhouse performance gives a visceral insight into what it means to be a woman now. 

Respecting the pain of the past and celebrating the power of the future, CAGED looks to peel back the layers of historic social conditioning and celebrate all forms of gender expression. It’s about how far we’ve come as a society and how far we have left to go, all through a dynamic fusion of dance, comedy, and physical theatre. Sound good? Yeah, we thought so. Step inside the cage, the door is wide open. 

TICKETS FOR CAGED

Fionn Foley

Fionn Foley is an award-winning actor, writer and composer based in Dublin, Ireland. Recent writing and composition credits include Tonic, which was produced by the multi-award winning Rough Magic Theatre Company for Kilkenny Arts Festival 2021 and Dublin Fringe Festival 2021, supported by Solstice. 

Tonic is a new dark comedy featuring two actor/musicians and one musician. The play takes place in the wake of a disastrous global event, which has laid waste to the world as we know it. The story begins with two-thirds of the famous Calibrí Triplet Family Band parking their makeshift wagon onstage, and starting to pitch 'the preventive’ to their audience. With all the spectacular style of a snake-oil salesman Cal, the only vocal brother (his sibling Lar being a mute fiddle player), expounds the benefits of the tonic, without which he claims no one can survive the current situation. However, behind the brothers’ charming musical-infused display is a web of deceit and a curious history.

Set over one evening, it falls on the audience to decide whether the brothers’ intentions are honourable as a series of increasingly bizarre events unfold. The show combines the macabre with the modern and the traditional with the experimental. Rooted in traditional fiddle music, the music of the show takes on a strange but spirited feeling, with familiar jigs and airs morphing into electric and expansive musical hybrids. The score of the piece, performed live by the actors/musician, is coloured with ethereal menace, wild unearthly celebration and even whimsical flashes of TV-show jingles and pop.

At its core, Tonic is a timely comedy that uses the idea of a family band at each other’s throats as a pertinent allegory for our modern struggle to trust ourselves and the systems that seek to control us. It’s a show that will both delight and disturb with each turn of the screw. 

Ronan Leahy

Ronan Leahy is a freelance actor/director from Meath. As someone who has been working in professional theatre for the past thirty years predominantly as an actor, he has had the privilege of witnessing the development and evolution of Irish drama and its place on the world stage. Ronan graduated from the three-year Performance Arts Course at Bull Alley in 1992 and was a member of The Abbey Players from 1994-96. To date, he has performed in over twenty productions with the National Theatre and has worked with most of Ireland’s leading companies and directors. He has toured extensively both nationally and internationally and has gained a vast and varied experience of performance styles and disciplines. 

In 2018, in pursuit of his ambition to broaden his engagement with the theatre making process, Ronan undertook a Master’s degree in Theatre Directing at The Lir (The National Academy of Dramatic Art). For the final part of his course, he served an internship with The Toneelgroep Amsterdam under world renowned director, Ivo Van Hove. 

Ronan is currently working on a project especially commissioned by Solstice titled Shakespeare at Solstice. For this project, he has chosen a number of his favourite sonnets which he will share over the course of the year. A new sonnet will be released on the 17th of each month on the Solstice website. 

Selma Daniel

Selma Daniel is a Dance Artist and Choreographer, with an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick. She has over 20 years of experience in dance performance, choreography and education.

Selma is a dance artist interested in investigating dance for young audiences. Her aim is to create socially engaging dance for screen, stage and the public space. She uses the body, visual imagery and props to create thought-provoking and visually stimulating dance experiences. Her work is dynamic, often exploring topics of identity, gender, feminism, culture, equality and site-specific public space.

Early 2019 Selma founded the LittleLion Dance Theatre.

Selma is currently working on a new production titled Paper Plane which will premiere in Solstice this October 29th at 7pm. 
Paper Plane celebrates this diversity and the different “shapes” that families make in their own lives. 
With original music/soundscape and a highly visual set design, Paper Plane is a poetic 45 minute dance theatre performance with 4 adults and 2 children portraying modern families, sharing true stories from a child's perspective, embodying trust and care, commitment and friendship, it is about LOVE and hard work. 

TICKETS FOR PAPER PLANE

Siún O’Connor

Siún O’Connor is a filmmaker from Walterstown, Co. Meath. 

After completing an MA in Film & TV Studies in DCU, O’Connor co-produced her first short film. Mechanic won the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Live Action Film at the Galway Film Fleadh 2013 and began a career in film production. 

In 2015, O’Connor produced and directed her first feature documentary which was commissioned and broadcast on RTÉ. A Rich Inheritance is “the story of how one man's passion for one of Ireland's greatest artists (Roderic O’ Conor), shaped the lives of his young family, in particular that of his daughter Siún, and her efforts to authenticate his legacy twenty years after his untimely death”.

In 2018, Coast to Coast, a feature documentary about walking across Ireland and living with sobriety was premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Siún is currently working on a short film titled Irreverence, a dark comedy about a strained mother-daughter relationship is O'Connor’s writer/directorial debut. The script won Best Short Film to Bring Change at the Paris International Film Festival in January 2021 and is currently in pre-production. Filming will commence Autumn 2021.