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Open air performance in glór set to be an ‘air-raising’ experience

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GLÓR is continuing to put its best foot forward since reopening, with plans in place for some ‘air’ raising events in the near future.

Fidget Feet Aerial Dance, in partnership with Clare Arts Office, are bringing the In the Open arts programme to Ennis with a series of outdoor events planned over the coming months.

The first event will be Fidget Feet’s brand new outdoor show,  A Handful of Dreams, currently touring nationwide, which is coming to glór’s car park from August 20 to 22.

The free ticketed family event will be accompanied by a complimentary performance of traditional Irish music and dance, featuring local musicians and set dancers.

“A Handful of Dreams is an awe-inspiring and heart-warming outdoor show that combines aerial and circus arts with live Irish traditional music and dance. Infusing a specially designed outdoor rig with an ancient magic, this beautiful celebration will connect to the hearts of each audience member while restoring the joy of being alive,” explains a spokesperson from glór.

The show will be an Irish explosion of music, dance, and aerial with an ensemble of five aerial dancers and two live musicians.

“This magical journey will bring you to a new world where we can dance in the sky! A Handful of Dreams is inspired by the poem The Stolen Child by William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) and also by The Celtic Twilight book that ventured into the eerie and puckish world of fairies, ghosts, and spirits. “This handful of dreams,” as the author referred to it, first appeared in 1893.

“The innovative musical score will be grounded in traditional Irish music and folklore but will embrace a world of contemporary composition and sound design. By bringing the unique mix of chants, world beats, and psychedelic electronics for which Jym Daly is renowned, into the same space as the beguiling, fantastical, and gloriously joyful compositions that characterise Thomas Johnston’s work, audiences will be simultaneously comforted and exhilarated as the sonic experience unfolds.”

Tickets are free for the hour-long event which is suitable for all ages, however booking is essential with twice daily shows at 4pm and 7pm.

In the Open | Faoin Spéir is an Arts Council funded programme developed in response to the Covid-19 crisis for 2021 which will see a variety of outdoor arts events taking place in public spaces around Ireland.

A Handful of Dreams is Produced by Fidget Feet and Funded by the Arts Council. Co-commissioned by Siamsa Tíre through their Associate Artists Scheme, Spraoi, Riverbank Arts Centre, Town Hall Theatre and Carlow Arts Festival.

In the Open is funded by the Arts Council and Clare Arts Office and supported by glór.

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