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Áras Éanna Artists in Residence to perform at FRESH STREET#3


The ISACS Network is delighted to present Kate Boschetti and Liam Wilson, a new duo in juggling and street performance, as the selected artists in residence at FRESH STREET#3, the International Seminar for the Development of Street Arts. This four-week residency provides a unique opportunity to create site-responsive work on the island of Inis Oírr in synergy with its people and distinctive natural setting. The residency is offered by the Áras Éanna Arts Centre with the support of the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle NetworK (ISACS) in partnership with Circostrada and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

The Áras Éanna Artist in Residency programme provides the space and environment for artists to develop, produce and reflect on their work in the beautiful wild surrounds of Inis Oírr island. The Centre provides a hub for artists to gather and present work with the people of the island in support of indigenous craft, culture, story-telling and expression.

As artists-in-residence at the Centre during the entire month of May, Kate (of Sarzana, Italy) and Liam (of Stirling, Scotland) will create a new performance work that responds directly to the people and surroundings of Inis Oírr. Experienced performers each in their own right, Kate and Liam started working together three years ago as members of Critical Mess, an experimental Berlin-based project in juggling, dance and theatre. This year, Kate and Liam are beginning their venture as a duo.

Kate Boschetti and Liam Wilson by Andrea Galad
Picture: Kate Boschetti and Liam Wilson by Andrea Galad

They were selected for the residency from a competitive pool of international and national applicants. The selection panel was drawn to their earnest proposal for engaging with the islandwalking across the terrain every day for two weeks, interacting and improvising with the people and the environment of Inis Oírr. In keeping with the public spirit of street arts, the duo will conduct much of their creative process outdoors.

" Sometimes when conditions are hard, the solution can be super interesting."

“We will make something every day,”
said Kate. “The lines we walk will trace a net, intended to capture an impression of the spirit of the island. The pieces we create are to be given as gifts to the island, and we also believe that their relevance must be global in scope.” This simple yet rigorous process of walking and improvising across the island will help the artists uncover a diversity of places and communities through presence and participation.

“It’s listening. It’s adaptive,” said Liam of the team’s approach. “Our process is based on improvisation and communication.” They’re also prepared for all types of weather. “We’re probably going to get wet, and windy,” he added. But for these artists, island weather is no hindrance. “I’m really interested in other weather conditions, the challenge really appeals to me,” said Liam. According to Kate, “sometimes when conditions are hard, the solution can be super interesting.”

In general, these young artists see unpredictability and idiosyncrasy as creative fuel. “It’s interesting because we don’t know what will happen, we’re not sure what the result will be,” said Liam. “We have a lot of ideas, but it will depend a lot on the people of Inis Oírr,” added Kate. “We’re really looking forward to discovering the island.”

In the final two weeks of the residency, the inspirations gathered through the walking process will be workshopped into a new performance. A work-in-progress performance will be shared with the international delegation from FRESH STREET#3, when they come as part of the conference programme for a one-day exploration of Inis Oírr on the 23rd of May. FRESH STREET#3 will take place from 22 – 24th May 2019.  

Check the ISACS website for more detailed information on the FRESH STREET#3 event.

About Galway 2020

Galway will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020. As one of the largest cultural events in the world, Galway 2020 promises to deliver a year of thrilling, life-enhancing experiences through culture and the arts. The exciting pan-European programme for the year will see events in unexpected venues and locations throughout the region on the islands, in remote villages, in bogs, fields, mountains and on beaches. From food, music, dance, literature and visual arts to poetry, theatre, sport and largescale spectacle, everyone will get the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

About Circostrada

For more than 15 years, Circostrada has been working to develop and empower the fields of circus and street arts in Europe and beyond. It supports professionals and cultural stakeholders at large by boosting professional exchanges, collecting data, fostering training, knowledge sharing and promoting innovation in both sectors. With more than 100 members from over 35 countries, Circostrada acts as a bridge between all field players and EU policymakers, relaying their needs and advocating for greater means and more structured cultural policies. Circostrada is coordinated by ARTCENA – French National Centre for Circus Arts, Street Arts and Theatre, and is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and the French Ministry of Culture

About ISACS Network

The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network is a membership organisation which aims to support, develop and advocate on behalf of these collective art forms. Currently, there are more than 100 members from all across Ireland and beyond. ISACS are supported by the Arts Council of IrelandCulture IrelandWexford County Council and the Community Foundation of Ireland.

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