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In this edition of Artbeat, Adrian Colwell talks to Padraig Naughton, Director of Arts and Disability Ireland which is a national organisation that champions the creativity of artists with disabilities, promotes inclusive experiences for audiences with disabilities and works to enhance the disability-related capacity of arts organisations.
In the interview Padraig discusses his own art practice, the history of Arts and Disability Ireland and the new performing arts residency that ADI are running in conjunction with Axis Ballymun. Following several successful residencies across various disciplines, ADI and Axis will work together to offer a residency and bursary to an artist with a disability who is interested in developing their performing arts practice.
This year is Benjamin Britten's centenary and the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra is celebrating in some style with the second in a series entitled Big on Britten. Declan McGovern, RTÉ NSO General Manager joined Artbeat's Des FitzGerald to talk about this fascinating composer.
Born in the fishing port of Lowestoft in Suffolk, on England’s east coast, the sea always had a strong pull on Britten and the Four Sea Interludes is the the most outstanding example of this influence. Composed as orchestral pieces to divide the opera Peter Grimes: Dawn; Sunday Morning; Moonlight and Storm capture the North Sea in all its moods. Britten spent the early part of the Second World War in America and the concert reflects this with Bernstein’s On the Town (Three Dance Episodes) and Copland’s ballet score Appalachian Spring. Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, based on a selection of six nocturnal poems by, among others, Blake, Jonson and Keats also features.
Big On Britten: Britten & America
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Friday 18 October at 8pm
National Concert Hall
Prices: €35, €30, €24, €18, €10
Box office: 01 417 0000
Photographer Aga Maru joined Des FitzGerald in studio to talk about her new exhibition 'Sunday Utopia'. From the press release: "While most of Dublin's residents are relaxing in their homes eating Sunday lunch and reading the papers, Maru finds herself wandering through empty streets observing the other side of the Sunday Utopia. The sedate atmosphere cherished by most, for Aga as an adoptive citizen, it feels strangely intimidating. What on another day might feel like a new home, stripped of its midweek bustle and vigour, seems foreign and desolate to Maru."
Sunday Utopia runs from July 31 – August 4 at 33 Mill Street agamaruphotography.com for more on Aga's work.
Earlier in the week Adrian Colwell caught up with Aine Macken the founder of Art Clash night classes. See artclash.net for full details.
With four performances only the world renowned Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from tomorrow, Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 July. The company is bringing its renowned production of Giselle marking Birmingham Royal Ballet’s return to Dublin following the celebrated performances of Coppélia in July 2011. Des FitzGerald talked to Ballet Mistress Marion Tait from Birmingham Royal Ballet who's been with the company since she was fifteen.
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2
Tickets: Priced from €25.00
Thursday 4 July 2013 7:30 pm; Friday 5 July 2013 7:30 pm;
Saturday 6 July 2013 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Ticketmaster: 0818 719 377
The Ten Days in Dublin Festival kicks off tomorrow and among the many offerings is a new play Scabs about the Lockout in 1913. The play’s writer and director Naomi Elster joined Des live from a technical rehearsal (with apologies for the sound quality). The interview also features an extract from the production with actors Robert Harrington and Áine de Siún.
The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street
July 4th–6th, 2013 @ 8:30pm
Tickets: €10/€8 concession - available on the door
Brendan Teeling, Deputy Dublin City Librarian, spoke with Suzanne Parker about this year's IMPAC Literary Award.
Adrian Colwell has the visual arts what's on guide for the week.
Jessie Jones of the Prosperity Project and Chris Maher from the Dublin City Soul Festival join Suzanne Parker on Artbeat this week
Avril Crotty from the Gaiety School of Acting talks to Suzanne Parker about their new range of courses. gaietyschool.com
Last Friday (5 April) saw the launch of the Chamber of Arts Heritage & Culture at the Dalkey Heritage Centre. Joining Artbeat's Des FitzGerald is Audrey McKenna, Director of the Kingston Academy of Music and CEO of the Chamber of Arts Heritage & Culture. dlrchamber.ie/chamber-of-culture
In recent years it's become impossible to turn on late night eclectic radio shows without hearing Arvo Pärt’s compositions. This Estonian composer's work has become shorthand for a sense of escape from modernity’s aural overload. Born near Tallinn in 1935 he witnessed the Soviet occupation of his country. His early work was often at odds with the Soviet system; he became the first Estonian to use Schoenberg’s famous 12 tone technique. Becoming more overtly religious in his output, Pärt retreated and developed his own version of plainsong: ’Tintinnabulation’, music based on the sound of bells, where the melody and voice are one. Passio, written after Pärt’s exodus to Berlin, is based on St John’s text. Conducted by a leading expert on Pärt’s work, Paul Hillier; the concert also features Theatre of Voices, Denmark and YXUS Ensemble, Estonia. Artbeat's Des FitzGerald spoke with Christina Whyte of the National Chamber Choir about the upcoming performance of Passio.
Arvo Pärt’s Passio - National Chamber Choir of Ireland
Tuesday 26 March, 8pm Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
Tickets: €20/€15 (Conc) - Bookings through the National Concert Hall Box Office: 417 0000 or nch.ie
10 Days in Dublin, Ireland’s only open-format festival, is back for its third year and is currently open for registration to artists of any discipline who want to take part. Joining Des on Artbeat to talk about the festival is Co-founder Robert Kearns. Registrations will remain open until April 5th and interested acts can find more information plus a registrations guide on the website http://www.10daysindublin.com/submit/
On this week's programme with Des FitzGerald:
An interview with Miranda Driscoll of the Joinery arts space in Stoneybatter which is currently undergoing a fund:it campaign to raise vital funds to enhance its year round offering. See thejoinery.org for further details of the campaign.
It's also Electric Ireland Feis Ceol time which features over 5000 young musicians in competition at the RDS. Feis Ceoil board members Edith Forrest (herself a veteran of the competition) joined Artbeat to talk about this year's Feis Ceol underway at the RDS. feisceoil.ie has all the details and information on how to win a digital piano.
It's World Book Day tomorrow (7 March). Over 1 million free tokens have been distributed to children in schools nationwide, courtesy of Irish booksellers. This year Irish children’s author Judi Curtin has penned one of these special books for World Book Day 2013. Judi joined Des FitzGerald on Artbeat from her home in Limerick.
From the World Book Day press release:
World Book Day is Ireland's biggest reading event, was designated by UNESCO, as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. Book related events will be taking place this week all over Ireland.
The aims of World Book Day: The main aim of World Book Day in Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. It might seem very simple, but not all children have books at home. We’d like to get the message out about encouraging children to read and that there is a free book for all primary school children with their voucher, so that their parents know about it.
This is the 16th year of World Book Day and over those 16 years more than 20 million tokens have been issued to Irish children from Irish booksellers at a cost of 24 million euro.
The full list of €1.50 books for 2013 is:
Ask Eva, Judi Curtin (The O’Brien Press)
Alfie’s Shop, Shirley Hughes (Random House)
Giraffes Can’t Dance: Colouring and Puzzle Fun,Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees (Orchard Books)
Horrid Henry’s Guide to Perfect Parents,Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross (Orion)
Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders: Funny Inventions,Tony Robinson (Macmillan)
The Diamond Brothers in… Two of Diamonds,Anthony Horowitz (Walker Books)
Hang In There Bozo: The Ruby Redfort Emergency Survival Guide For Some Tricky Predicaments,Lauren Child (HarperCollins)
Tom Gates: Best Book Day Ever! (so far),Liz Pichon (Scholastic)
The Chocolate Box Girls: Bittersweet,Cathy Cassidy (Puffin Books)