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DELVE18: Meet the Cork Midsummer Festival DELVErs!

The Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) is delighted to have partnered up with Cork Midsummer Festival to offer the opportunity for some of our members to attend a series of events on its 2018 programme. The festival will be storming from the 15 - 24th of June with 56 events and over 140 performances across all art forms over these 10 days! Over the weekend of the 15-17th three ISACS members will be attending a selection of eight events of the festival, network their legs off and sharing their experiences and learning’s with you as part of our #DELVE18 programme at Cork Midsummer Festival.

And the lucky participants are.... drum roll... Kate Finegan, Jude O'Neills and Elisa Gallo Rosso. Congrats!
Keep an eye for our hashtags #DELVE18 and #Midsummer18 this weekend.

We will be retweeting and reposting what’s happening live at the events and the festival on: 

- Facebook (Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network @ISACSNetwork), 
- Twitter (@ISACSIreland), 
- Instagram (@ISACSIreland). 

And final reports will be published on our DELVE page

Read on to discover all about the delvers and the programme!

What's on at Cork Midsummer Festival 2018?

Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. Its programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists. 

Take a close look at the
 programme this year and make sure you don't miss ISACS members Maleta and Tony Mahon performing with Union Black and their hip-hop workshop, Francesca Castellano workshop, and Circus Factory kids workshops.

The delvers will be attending the events on the #DELVE18 - Cork Midsummer Festival's Programme.

Who are the DELVErs?

Kate Finegan | ISACS Profile

Kate Finegan

Kate holds a BA in Drama Studies and Modern Irish from Trinity College Dublin. She worked as an actor/aerialist on 'Toraíocht' directed by Mikel Murfi which premiered in Galway 2016 and toured nationwide in March/April 2018.

Earlier this year, Kate performed as actor/aerialist with Fidget Feet on their new children’s show Hatch, directed by Chantal McCormick. 

Kate is one half of Femme Bizarre and has written and performed her own creative work CAGED, in Smock Alley’s Main Space in late March. Femme Bizarre have performed for THISISPOPBABY at Yestival 2017 and WERKHOUSE 2018. 

Kate has been awarded The Circus Project Award from The Arts Council Ireland for a full-length production of the multidisciplinary show CAGED.

Kate can also be seen on Fair City as Mia Murray and Janice Ní Churraoin on TG4’s Ros na Rún. Other screen credits include, Jasmine in An Klondike 2 ( Netflix/TG4) and Margaret Skinnider in Cumann na mBan ( TG4/RTÉ 2 ).

Kate is taking part in #DELVE18 Cork Midsummer Programme 'To experience Cork's vibrant, multidisciplinary festival and immerse myself in as much art as I can! '

Follow Kate's adventures on Instagram and Facebook!

Jude O'Neill | ISACS Profile

Jude O'Neill

Jude is a contemporary circus artist working and living in Cork.

In his work, he sees himself as a mover, a creator and a performer who strives to create as intimate a connection with the viewer as possible in order to foster depth of understanding, be it of the piece or within themselves.

He regularly performs and trains at the Circus Factory and his specialities are Aerial, Burlesque, Contemporary Circus, Dance, and Physical Theatre.

'I'm excited to see all the fantastic shows I keep hearing so much about, and I look forward to meeting and hanging out with the other delvers.'

Follow Jude's adventures on Instagram!

Elisa Gallo Rosso | ISACS Profile

Elisa Gallo Rosso

Elisa is a freelance artist and theatre-maker active in various projects at European level. She has delved into various mediums after coming from an architecture background, which allowed her to put together her craft skills with the passion for theatre and puppetry.

After being based in London for many years, she now lives in Cork, where she first collaborated with Cork Community Art Link, in conducting the first International Erasmus Plus KA1 program focused on Arts and Community work.

Elisa is also the co-developer of the training: “Humour is a Serious Business” (where participants are brought to discover their funny side through a full 10 days workshop, within Salto Youth, Erasmus Plus).

Next in the pipeline:
- She has started a new collaboration with Robin Dingerman, in the creation of the clown show: 'The Fundamentalists/ Extrem(is)t Kul', touring in Sweden in August 2018 
- Coordinator of the First International Clown Cabaret, led by Sue Morrison, held at Teatro C'Art, Tuscany, Italy, September 2018. 


Elisa's interest is focused on creating episodes of absurdity, finding special worlds in the normality of the daily routine; ultimately pushing people's boundaries, through Clown's interventions and interactive games in site-specific settings. Among the various projects, you can see Elisa in the following street theatre acts which include: 'The Pantomime Horse Guard', 'The Circus Of Games' , and 'many other characters such as Zool The Shaman' healer, Eva Shullers the Sexual The-Rapist on Elisa Facebook page

'I like the idea of participating to Delve, as I feel I could start relating to the Irish street world more. I travelled a lot in various countries and before relocating to Cork last year, I was based in London, so I am glad to explore the Irish territory and what it offers. Thank you for the opportunity.'

You can follow Elisa on Facebook at Elisa Gallo Rosso and check out her online portfolio for further information.

What's the DELVE programme?

DELVE is a GO-SEE professional development programme supported by Arts Council Ireland, launched in 2016, to support ISACS members to get out, see and learn about street, circus and performance arts happening all around Ireland. 

The programme involves going to various festivals, seeing and observing work from the street, circus and spectacle sectors, meeting the artists, the crew and discovering new ideas, inspiration and delving into these art forms with fresh eyes!

The aim of DELVE is to encourage dialogue and discussion around a variety of arts forms in Ireland, and to offer critical discussion and analysis and dynamic practices. Participants are encouraged to submit feedback from the events which can be read on our the DELVE page of our website.

Take part in the next DELVE programme!

This year, we have partnered up with five festivals to offer ISACS artists the opportunity to delve into Irish Festivals: Dublin Dance Fest – 18 – 28th MayCarlow Arts Festival - 6th - 10th JuneCork Midsummer – 15th – 24th JuneWaterford Spraoi – 3rd - 5th AugustNational Circus Festival of Ireland, Tralee – 8th – 11th November.

Please check the DELVE application requirements, and programmes and deadline.
You have to be a fully paid ISACS member to be a part of this scheme so you can register here now and avail of our members' benefits for a full year.
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