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Dance show must go on in spite of Arts Council cut

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Elspety McKeever who won a place at the UK's Northern Contemporary Dance School.

Youth Ballet West has decided the show must go on, despite a decision by the Arts Council to totally cut its funding.

Company director and founder, Judith Sibley says the only way to save the company is to sell out their next show, Coppelia, coming to the Town Hall Theatre on April 2 and 3. Otherwise, they will close immediately.

“It breaks my heart,” she says, “especially as we have been invited to perform for the Babaró Children’s Arts Festival in October. But without funding, that can’t go ahead.”

The cut means that no dance company in the West of Ireland receives State funding, with all the money going to Dublin-based dance groups

This is a sad reflection of commitment to dance artists in the region as Galway bids to become European Capital of Culture 2020, Judith says.

Youth Ballet West has operated for eight years with Arts Council funding. Its students have staged regular ballets in the Town Hall Theatre as well as taking part in Macnas parades and fundraisers for Crumlin Hospital and Children’s cancer charities.

The company offers professional training to 26 youth dancers from counties in the west of Ireland. Dancers come to Galway for training and rehearsal every Sunday from Clifden, Ballinasloe, and Athlone in Galway and also from Clare, Mayo, Roscommon and Tipperary.

Eighteen former students have gone on to careers in dance, both as performers and teachers, here and abroad. Several have attended prestigious schools in the UK, Germany and in Holland.  A past pupil, Aidan Walsh, recently made the cover of Italian Vogue!

But, says Judith, without funding, this cannot continue. At present fees for the company represent very good value for money compared to ballet companies in Dublin, she says. She could charge more, but it’s against her ethos. Youth Ballet West just need to make up a shortfall of €12,000.

 

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Legendary Andy Irvine in concert

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Andy Irvine

Legendary singer/songwriter Andy Irvine will play the Gig Room in the Kinvara Community Centre next Saturday, May 28, at 8pm.

With an impressive repertoire of Irish songs and Balkan dance tunes, he is renowned for his unique fusion of Irish and World music.

Andy’s musical career took off when he joined Sweeney’s Men in 1965, touring extensively with them before leaving in 1968 to pursue his own musical journey. That took him to Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, as he studied the music and traditions of these places.

During this time, he began playing the bouzouki professionally, as it allowed him to develop his own style while deepening his knowledge of Balkan music.

Back in Ireland Andy founded the now-legendary Planxty with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O’ Flynn. When the group took a break in 1967, he recorded an album with Paul Brady, simply entitled Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, which became a classic.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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World premiere to feature in free concert

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Dave Flynn

The world premiere of E-Bow, a work for string quartet and electric guitar by  composer Dave Flynn, will take place this Sunday, May 22, at 3pm at the O’Donoghue Theatre, NUIG. Admission is free and all are welcome.

E-Bow will be performed by Galway’s quartet in residence, ConTempo, and Dave Flynn himself. A work in three movements, it plays with the tradition of the guitar quintet, which dates back to the late 18th century, but brings it in new directions by using an electric guitar with the addition of an e-bow.

This is a hand-held electronic bow invented by Greg Heet in 1969 and patented in 1978, after which it became an essential tool for rock guitarists. Performers including Blondie, U2, Radiohead, Big Country, Genesis, Pink Floyd and R.E.M. have used them, but e-bows are less common in classical music because they don’t work on nylon-string classical guitars.

The work was co-commissioned by long-term commissioning partners Galway Music Residency (GMR) and Galway City Council and is being presented  as part of Arts in Action, by  GMR, in association with Dublin’s Contemporary Music Centre.

Sunday’s show will also include a performance of Philip Glass’ Mishima, arranged for string quartet and electric guitar, with special permission from the composer. Philip Glass composed this piece for the film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, about Japanese author Yukio Mishima who died in November 1970 after performing Seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment).

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Hidden Horses in Kinvara’s KAVA gallery

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Hidden Horses in Kinvara’s KAVA gallery

Hidden Horses, an exhibition of work by Clare-based artist Kate Browne will open at Kinvara Area Art Gallery, KAVA, this Friday, May 20, and will run daily until Sunday, May 29, from 11am – 4pm.

It’s an exhibition that grew from the loss she felt over the past decade as her children left home and began to forge their own paths.

Kate, who’d had a passion for horses in her younger years, rediscovered that passion.

“Now my muses are the mountain ponies of neighbours, the rescued equines and forgotten horses in our countryside and cities.  Hidden Horses asks you to see that the lives of all sentient creatures, is our moral obligation and to speak up when in doubt.”

All are welcome to view the work at the KAVA gallery in Kinvara’s  former courthouse.

 

 

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