What musical events are taking place as part of Brightening Air / Coiscéim Coiligh?
From June 11 to 20, a cultural experience series titled Brightening Air / Coiséim Coiligh will take place in Ireland, presented by the Arts Council. The program (originally titled The Grand Stretch) includes a number of musical events as well as theater, dance, visual arts, and interactive events.
Light ballet, an installation created by light artist Mick Murray and light designer Matthew Cregan presents a newly composed soundscape by David Kitt. The works will allow the facility to travel the River Shannon, through Clare, Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Offaly, Roscommon, Tipperary and Westmeath from June 13 to 20. It will be visible up to seven kilometers away and the public will be able to access the soundscape – which is synchronized to the installation in real time – via the Culture Works and Brightening Air websites.
Sounds From a Safe Harbor and Body and Soul have collaborated on A city and a garden, a series of four music and storytelling sound experiences that audiences can listen to on their mobile devices while taking designated hiking routes. The walking routes – through Cork City Center and Dublin Botanic Gardens – also feature visual installations by visual artist Deirdre Breen. A City and a Garden features musicians such as electronic duo Fish Go Deep, sound art / improvisation The Quiet Club, singer-songwriter Tolü Makay, and composer Seán Mac Erlaine and singer Dorothy Murphy. Writers Lisa McInerney, Louise Hegarty, Melatu-Uche Okorie, and Gavin Corbett also feature.
Also takes place Woman in the machine, a digital exhibition inspired by former Carlow locals in Braun and women working at the intersections of art, science and digital media. It will feature sound works by Jenn Kirby, Sarah Jane Sheils, Kate Butler, Jennifer Walshe, ensemble and Elizabeth Hilliard.
Ar Ais Arís, presented by Brú Theater, is a theater and music video broadcast via VR helmets which will be presented for small groups in the Gaeltacht areas in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry and Cork. In the magic hour is a new dance installation from CoisCéim Dance Theater that emphasizes our connection to nature and will be performed in handball alleys across Ireland.
There will also be Lasta, a program of young commissioners which will be broadcast to various venues in Ireland; a Art gifts series where Cork audiences can reserve their own personal performance to experience; The walls project, an augmented reality street art event in Waterford; no_matter_here, a digital exhibit and online zine designed using the tools and aesthetics of the early days of the Internet; Mespil in the dark, a series of episodes online from the Pan Pan Theater documenting the daily lives of eight actors; and Wexford Blue Whale, an exhibition based on fragments of pottery washed up on the beaches of Wexford after a shipwreck in 1857.
Brightening Air / Coiscéim Coiligh will also present The walk of a health center, a site-specific theatrical work delivered via live performances and virtual reality to former clients of the Naas Day Care Center; The corner of Scotsman’s Bay, an interactive browser-based experience based on the ancient Dún Laoghaire baths; Entrance and gate (Moria), a visual exhibition on the current migration crisis in the Mediterranean by artist Richard Mosse, born in Kilkenny; and What did I miss?, an online L’Arche theater performance about the experiences of a school teenager and friends in a post-pandemic world.
The series is organized by the company Schweppe Curtis Nunn. For more information on all events, visit: https://brighteningair.com/experiences