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Pictured at the Cheque Presentation are L-R: Noel Higgins (Western Alzheimers), Beatrice Kindregan, Christine Flannery, Catherine Madden, John Grant (Western Alzheimers), Sara Kenny, Breda Hogan
The Western Sessions for Western Alzheimers and Western Care
The Western Sessions will take place in the Western Hotel, Claremorris on Sunday, August 12th commencing at 2pm. Some of the best known artists in the west of Ireland will provide entertainment throughout the day; the line-up will include Colum O’Donnell, Rambling Rogues, Lorna Jordan, Shane Cunningham, KFM Trad Band, Sonas, Vera Barrett, Aonghus & Éadaoin O Maicín, the Keaney Brothers, John Duggan (MWR), the Coleman and Duggan Schools of Dancing, the Straw Boys, David Connor, John Kelly, Ernestine and Orlaith Healy, the Claremorris Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Group, and many more …. further artists will be announces next week.The MC on the day will be Noel Grogan (MWR). There will also be fun for all the family with bouncing castles, face painting and a barbeque.
All funds raised through the event will go to in Western Alzheimers and Western Care Association local services. Admission will be Adults €10, Under 18 and OAP’s €5
‘Thought Once Was’
A double Bill incorporating ‘The Space Where Thought Once Was’ and ‘Scatenato’
This double bill promises to be a visceral feast for the senses. The audience will be brought on a poignant and emotional journey where the company will demonstrate their incredible versatility.
The work will premiere at The Drogheda Arts Festival on Sunday 6th May, and then go on National Tour to
Dublin (The Draiocht, Blanchardstown) on Tuesday 8th May,
Lisburn (Island Arts Centre) Wednesday 9th May,
Carraig on Shannon (The Dock) Thursday 10th May
Galway (The Black Box) Friday 11th May.
Ireland’s only neo-classical dance company have firmly established themselves as a cutting-edge company, revolutionising classical ballet and fusing exquisite technical ability with modern, accessible themes.
‘The Space Where Thought Once Was’, is an exploration into Dementia.
A glimpse into the minds of those in whom all powers of representation and imagery, all sense of the concrete, all sense of reality are being destroyed. Souls without a past or future stuck in a constantly changing meaningless moment. Beautifully captured and visually arresting.
The piece is set to an original score by American composer Jesse Ronneau whose haunting work is characterised by an exploration of advanced instrumental techniques.
The second work is entitled’ Scatenato’.
Scatenato is taken from the Italian musical term, meaning wild, unchained, and loose.
The company will be joined on-stage by The Contempo String Quartet, Galway’s Ensemble in Residence.
These virtuoso musicians will perform an original mix of Shostakovich’s string quartets 8, 10 and 11 and George Crumbs Black Angels String quartet.
The choreography weaves fluidly between moments of conscious abandonment, passionate engagement and elements of stillness and power.
Artistic Director, Judith Sibley has choreographed for Cork City Ballet, Baboro Festival, Macnas, Cuirt Festival, and Catastrophe Theatre Company. Her work has been invited to The Galway Arts Festival, The Dublin Dance Festival, Absolute Fringe, Flights of Fancy Festival, Feile na Bealtaine, Louisburgh Arts Festival and The International Peace Conference.
Chrysalis Dance company have presented six full-length works and annually tour nationally to both audience and critical acclaim.
Company dancers Leighton Morrison, Andrea Santato, Joanne Klijn, Amy Lawson and Jane Magan feature in this work.
Both pieces are choreographed by Judith Sibley.
‘A sheer viewing pleasure to the audience… the detail suggests the intelligent and innovative work that Chrysalis Dance Company is capable of producing. This performance left me breathless throughout, clearly pushing the boundaries of classical ballet. The dancers’ intense facial expressions and imposing stage presence will accompany me for a while, as a source of inspiration and respect.’
Jasbelly, Big Rock Candy Mountain
Reviews for previous productions
**** ‘Sprightly and mesmeric dancing’
‘Imaginative production with wonderfully choreographed dance numbers.’
**** ‘All the cast give charmingly committed high-energy performances. They shine during the dancing set pieces, displaying great virtuosity and are a pleasure to watch.’
Irish Theatre Magazine Online
‘Incredibly accessible…….exceptionally well put together.’
‘Consistently visually arresting…..the fluid motion of the dancers was spectacular.’
The Hotel Ballina was the location for the presentation of the €2,000 cheque to the Western Alzheimers from the Carra Races committee Christmas charity dance in a packed Ocean Sands Hotel Enniscrone to the sound of Jimmy Buckley and his Band, Noel Higgins area manager promotions and fundraising thanked the committee, Nigel Reape poster sponsor, and the hotel. from left, Frank Rogan, Derek Beckett, Graham Piper, Pat Boyle of Pat’s country road show, Noel Higgins Western Alzheimers, and Tom Fleming.
Mayo GAA Person of the Year in conjunction with Western Alzheimers are hosting a Fashion Show in McWilliam Park Hotel on Wednesday 30th November @8pm. Admission €10.