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 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 is designed to be viewed from the banks of the Shannon, or by those who view it from their own homes and communities along the river. 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 be visible from up to seven kilometres and covering almost two hundred kilometres. The journey begins each night from dusk (approx 11.00 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 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.
Please note that Light Ballet will start at dusk each evening at approximately 11.00 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)
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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.