Outdoor, Light Installation

13 - 20 June | River Shannon

Light Ballet 
Mick Murray Light Artist 
Matthew Cregan Lighting Designer 
David Kitt Composer 
Produced by Culture Works 

Light Ballet created by Irish Light Artist Mick Murray and Lighting Designer Matthew Cregan, accompanied by a newly composed soundscape by David Kitt is presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council, June 2021. Light Ballet will transform eight counties’ skies and surrounding landscape with a light installation floating down the River Shannon over eight days.

Light Ballet has been designed to be visible in communities across eight counties along the River Shannon. It will be remote but because of its scale and sound, it will be an uplifting experience for everyone who encounters it whether they live alongside the Shannon or accidentally encounter it. Light Ballet will dance through the skies of Clare, Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Offaly, Roscommon, Tipperary and Westmeath.

Through its powerful physical presence, Light Ballet will surprise and delight everyone who encounters this spectacle of light and sound as it voyages through our hidden heartlands. The combined light and soundscape will manifest as a sculptural presence through the manipulation of light, colours and shadows. Each evening from dusk, the skies and surrounding landscape will be transformed and illuminated with a hope-filled, ballet of light. Through the River’s embrace of summer, Light Ballet offers an opportunity to reflect and to remember, representing a moment of hope, joy and togetherness. Even though consumed by distance, Light Ballet connects us through shared experience and collective joy. 

Visibility & Soundscape

Light Ballet will be visible from up to seven kilometres and covering almost two hundred kilometres. The journey begins each night from dusk (approx 11 pm) starting off in Co Roscommon on June 13 and travels through Leitrim, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Tipperary, Clare, ending its journey in Co Galway.

The installation is accompanied by a newly composed soundscape by David Kitt. Using a familiar Irish musical time signature, intermixed with words from Poet Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe and his own vocal, David Kitt brings us on a journey through, river, ‘spirit land’ and the surrounds. Once entwined, these lands, the people, the river and their connection in music, words and song deliver us to a new place, a spiritual journey along the river through its edgelands, to a familiar place. Drawing inspiration from William Butler Yeats’s own Song of Wandering Aengus, the soundscape for Light Ballet was created by David Kitt, with words from Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe’s poem Wandersong in collaboration with Mick Murray and Matthew Cregan.

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. Audiences will be able to access the soundscape HERE and via Brightening Air website from June 13.  The artwork will run on a seven minute cycle for four hours each night from dusk and the full show cycle can be seen at any point along the route.

Schedule

.June 13 : Roscommon
June 14 : Roscommon / Leitrim
June 15 : Roscommon / Leitrim
June 16 : Roscommon / Longford / Westmeath
June 17 : Roscommon / Galway / Offaly
June 18 : Galway / Tipperary / Clare
June 19 : Tipperary / Clare 
June 20 : Galway /Tipperary

Start & End Times

Please note that Light Ballet will start at dusk each evening at approximately 11 pm, the artwork will run on a seven-minute cycle for four hours each night.  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. 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)

For More Updates 

For regular updates and to experience Light Ballet digitally,  follow Light Ballet on: 

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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. 

 
Have any questions ?  Visit the Light Ballet FAQ for answers and more information.

                                                                

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A major waterway in Ireland, the Shannon is home to a continuous thread of bustling harbours and peaceful bays, lively towns and villages and fascinating heritage and historical sites. Even though we can't be together right now, it will offer us the opportunity for collective connection, creating a shared experience. We want people from where they are to stop and look around.

Mick Murray is a Light Artist from Offaly and has over 20 years of experience working as a lighting designer and light artist. Mick has created a series of works and installations in the public realm. From large-scale public light installations to sculptures his work has been showcased throughout Ireland. From HyBrasil premiering at Drop Everything, Inis Oírr, 2014 and Westport Arts Festival 2018, Spire-Inspire for UNESCO International Year of Light and Beckett Bridge for Winter Lights / Eventco. Mick has worked with Landmark Productions, Fíbín Theatre Company, Gaiety Theatre, National Concert Orchestra, St Patrick’s Festival, Galway International Arts Festival. Mick also works internationally with Circa (Australia)

Matthew Cregan is a Lighting Designer from Belfast and has worked extensively in Theatre and Live Events over the last 20 years. Matt has worked on a number of outdoor lighting projects and large-scale public events including NYF Dublin, Star Wars Spire Installation, Lyric Theatre, RTE, Gaiety Theatre, and Olympia Theatre. Outside of his work as a lighting designer Matt has held positions including Director of Technical Operations, Technical Director, Head of Lighting, Production Manager and Sound Engineer.

David Kitt is an Irish singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Kitt has released eight albums and continues to surprise audiences and fans with the diversity of his sound. 

Kitt remains a unique, sincere artist and songwriter, able to meld influences, eras and sound with a timelessness earned after more than twenty years immersed in music.

Schools Project

Light Ballet and Culture Works invited primary schools along the Shannon to engage in the creative process through provision of a bespoke education pack. Primary schools received a pack with a worksheet and a set of instructions on how to create light movements. The artist will incorporate these into the final design. As the light installation passes through each of the locations on the River Shannon, the children’s lighting design will appear as part of the overall light installation.