Light Ballet FAQ
1. Can I gather as a group to view Light Ballet?
- Under the current guidelines, there are restrictions in place around the amount of people who can gather outdoors, as such the organisers are not encouraging any gatherings along the route. Where there are any mass gatherings that the organisers perceive to be outside of the permitted numbers or a gathering that may be a breach of the Covid-19 Public Health Guidelines the show will need to stop until it is safe to resume.
- Current guidelines: 6 people or less (from any number of households) 15 people or less (from your own household and two other households)
- We are encouraging people to view the installation from their homes and in their communities along the River Shannon but asking people to be conscious of the restrictions in place and to be mindful of social distancing.
2. How and where can I see Light Ballet
- Light Ballet is designed to be viewed from the banks of the River Shannon, or by those who view it from their own homes and communities along the river.
- Light Ballet is a light installation floating down the River Shannon over eight days, from June 13 – 20. The journey begins each night from dusk (approx 11 pm) starting off in Co Roscommon on June 13 travelling through Leitrim, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Tipperary, Clare and ending its journey in Co Galway.
- Light Ballet will be visible from up to seven kilometres and covering almost two hundred kilometres. The artwork will run in a seven-minute cycle over four hours each night from dusk, the full show cycle can be seen at any point along the route. The full show cycle can be seen at any point along the route. There is no optimum viewing point for the installation which can be viewed from up to 7km away.
3. Why can’t you share more information on the route and time?
- For those who do not get to experience the artwork – the journey of Light Ballet will be documented and shared online afterwards. The exact locations will not be released in advance in line with Covid 19 – public health guidelines.
- In line with Public Health Guidelines, we do not encourage people to gather in groups larger than what is currently permissible: 6 people or less (from any number of households) 15 people or less (from your own household and two other households)
- There are numerous stakeholders and statutory agencies involved in granting the permissions for Light Ballet to happen and these are the conditions attached to those permissions. Therefore, we cannot publicise the exact timetable and route. Light Ballet is designed to be encountered by communities along the route. Light Ballet is also constantly moving so there is no one place which it stops in, it can be viewed from up to 7km away.
4. Where can I listen to the soundscape by David Kitt which accompanies Light Ballet?
- The newly commissioned soundscape by David Kitt can be found on the Culture Works, Brightening Air (https://brighteningair.com/experiences/light-ballet0 website and at www.lightballet.eu from June 13. The light installation and soundscape are synchronised in real-time allowing audiences to experience the soundscape at home, along the edgelands or those in-between places through their phones, tablets or computers.
5. Where can I find out more information about Light Ballet?
- Further information on Light Ballet can be found on https://brighteningair.com/experiences/light-ballet, cultureworks.ie and lightballet.eu (where the soundscape can be accessed from June 13)
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- For those who do not get to experience the artwork in person, Light Ballet’s journey will be documented and shared online afterwards.
- Information on Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh: https://brighteningair.com/
6. Will Light Ballet have any impact on the environment?
- The organisers engaged in an independent environmental consultancy, specialising in monitoring and managing resources in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. Light Ballet organisers have implemented the recommendations of the report.