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Dynamic loud show from Hofesh Shechter Dancers

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deGeneration is made up of three pieces - Cult, Fragment and Disappearing Act.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Political Mother, with its ear-shattering drumming and its depiction of war, resistance and ritual, took the Galway Arts Festival by storm when it was staged at the Black Box in 2010.

Now Hofesh Shechter Company, the outfit which presented that memorable dance show, has returned to the Festival with a new piece, deGeneration. It’s a very different work according to the company’s Associate Artistic Director Bruno Guillore.

“We will never do the same show twice,” explains Bruno who dances with the London-based Hofesh Shechter Company as well as being one of its choreographers. “Audiences see a show and like it and maybe want the same, but we hopefully will never do that. Political Mother had a lot of musicians on stage and had a rock feel to it. This is something new and different.”

It is indeed new and different, as deGeneration will be performed by the Hofesh Shechter Junior Company at the Black Box Theatre. It is made up of three works – Cult, Fragments, and Disappearing Acts.

The eight-strong Hofesh Shechter Junior Company came into existence last year after London-based choreographer Shechter and several of his contemporaries stated that UK ballet schools were not producing sufficiently strong performers.

So the Hofesh Shechter Company decided to cast its net and find young dancers to nurture.

A scheme was set up and eight dancers from all over the world, aged between 18 and 25, were chosen from over 1,000 applicants.

“It was to bridge the gap between dance school and the professional world,” says Bruno of the Junior Company. “Some have potential but are not ready for the main company. Hopefully 100 per cent of them will find work after a year with us.”

The eight members of the Junior group receive training and mentoring from Bruno and other dancers. They have also danced alongside the 14-strong main troupe and this September they will perform in a new version of Orphée et Eurydice on the main stage of the Royal Ballet in Covent Garden, which is being co-presented by the Hofesh Shechter company.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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The Craic is Back as county and city come alive for Culture Night

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Naoise Sheridan with her currach which will be on display at the Quadrangle of NUIG. PHOTO JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

The flagship event of Culture Night in Galway City this Friday evening, September 17, will be Night-vision, an audio-visual experience in the grounds of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church from 8.30pm. Ambient, electronic and experimental sounds will play alongside a light installation that will illuminate the church and surrounding area. It’s presented by the group, Give Us The Night and Galway Light.

Visual arts include Curracha, an exhibition of 21 unique painted currach sculptures, commissioned to celebrate 21 years of Inis Oírr’s arts centre, Áras Éanna. It’s in NUIG’s Quadrangle from 11am.

Painting, sculpture, textile, installation and film, the work of 21 graduates from GMIT’s Masters in Creative practice course will be showcased from 3pm in the institute.

Art in Mind on Dominick Street will have a group show of sculpture, painting, ceramics and photography from 4pm. The launch of the Galway Cartoon Festival Programme will be at 5pm at the Cornstore on Middle Street, while the Claddagh Art Collective has an exhibition by Joe Westcott and Jarlath Tourish focusing on their tattoo and art studio.

Galway Arts Centre on Dominick Street, which will stay open until 11pm, has a new exhibition from Ger Sweeney, spanning ten years of his work. In Cross Street, Margaret Nolan will display Iconic, drawings and collage, in the windows of Tigh Neachtain and 2 Wild Geese.

At sunset, multi-media artist Marqu VR will create 3D illusions on the Town Hall Theatre, with a display of architectural projection-mapping. And in The Latin Quarter, Dolores Lyne has curated a showcase of eight Galway City art collectives, which will be displayed on TV screens at The Dáil Bar and Front Door pub.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New album sees Blue Fish Diamond producing a gem

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Blue Fish Diamond... second album due for release.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Dublin indie-folk group Blue Fish Diamond have established themselves as one of the more prolific and compelling acts on the city’s circuit since their formation in late 2016. And with a wealth of live experience built up over that five-year period, the six-piece are set to add to their studio catalogue next month with the announcement of a second full-length LP.

Though their sound has evolved since 2018’s From Dark to Light, the band’s new record continues to channel emotive, often narrative ballads.

Frozen Stars on the Night is set for release on October 28. Its ten tracks are devoted to the scope of human emotion experienced by frontman Jim Murphy himself and the family and friends around him.

Given his grá for the form, it is no surprise to see the group move onto a sophomore album at this relatively early stage in their development.

“I suppose ultimately, it’s a piece of art,” Jim explains.

“Having a collection of songs with some sort of unifying theme to them is very appealing. From a commercial point of view, I think albums are a tougher sell for up-and-coming bands as opposed to established artists.

“If Hozier is putting out another album or something, people would be chomping at the bit to get their hands on it but it’s something we decided we wanted to do. We’ve been releasing singles too and some of the tracks that will be on the album have been released as singles.”

Shay Sweeney (drums), Ronan Quinn (bass), Laura Ryder (piano), Axel McDonald (lead guitar) and Matilda O’Mahony (backing vocals) complete the Blue Fish Diamond line-up. Lyrically, the project is predominantly driven by Jim and, with this second record, he has settled on a concrete theme. Each song conveys a different emotion and the result is eclectic.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Baroque meets trad in Culture Night performance

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The Athenry Sinfonietta group with conductor Sinéad Hays.

The young musicians of Galway’s Athenry Music School Sinfonietta and four outstanding soloists from traditional and classical backgrounds will perform Raymond Deane’s A Baroque Session (with Carolan & Friends) for Culture Night on Friday, September 17.

It’s their debut performance of the piece and will be presented online at 7pm that evening.  The young musicians will be joined by Séamus McGuire and Niamh Crowley on violin and violist Kenneth Rice, all from the West Ocean String Quartet. Cellist Adrian Mantu from Galway’s ConTempo String Quartet is also taking part.

The concert will be conducted by Claregalway conductor and musician Sinéad Hayes, who has been leading weekly Zoom rehearsals with the Athenry performers in recent months.

“This performance is a testament to the amazing resilience and talent of these young musicians,” she says.

Crossing time and musical styles, A Baroque Session (with Carolan & Friends) brings the worlds of Irish traditional and European classical music together through the lens of contemporary composer Raymond Deane, who was born in Tuam and reared in Achill.

He was originally commissioned to compose the music in 2009 by the Young European Strings, Dublin, and is delighted to see it reaching a whole new audience.

“It’s very encouraging to see so many performers from the West of Ireland having an opportunity to be part of the project,” he feels.

“This is a unique project,” adds renowned traditional musician Séamus McGuire, the leader of the West Ocean String Quartet, “Much of our work as a quartet brings Irish and classical music together, so we are delighted to join Sinead and the young musicians as soloists for this.”

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