Circus/Dance Research Residency
10 January to 8 February 2022 

This is Loosysmokes second studio residency Award with Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre. This exciting and ambitious Company recently relocated to West Cork adding to the richness of the circus and dance community developing in our region. The research residency taking place on Mondays and Tuesdays over spring at Uillinn will support the final development of movement for a new performance work titled In Rhythms.

The residency will place particular focus on development of the artists’ individual physicality and dynamics of movement working primarily on ground based duo acrobatics and dance. More specifically considering choreography out of form and pushing ideas for embodiments of characters of the abstract. Ultimately the aim within this time is to refine and finalise the quality of movement for the new work that will be produced by Loosysmokes and premiered in 2022.

A little about In Rhythms
This project is the development of an intricate and complex aerial and acrobatic ensemble performance piece in collaboration with two visual artists working in the form of expanded cinema. The ambition is for an audience to loose their footing in reality, and enter a warped sense of time and space; where gravity's push is forgotten and performers inhabit an expansive and engrossing void, where machine manipulated light moves in rhythm with performers. This collaboration will develop through a series of creative sessions and experimental weeks and will premiere in summer 2022. Sound design for this production will be developed by Oliver Ryan and evolve in tandem with the physical and visual developments.

Loosysmokes is an award winning modern Circus company that seeks to create synesthetic spectacles that swallow an audience. The company is made up of a close-knit group of hardworking artists, craftspeople and performers produced by Elaine Mc Cague and Jonah McGreevy and is a unique combination of circus, spectacle, dance, theatre and visual art. Working with the shapes of waking dreams, the glimpses at the edges of eyesight, and the intensity of lightening struck they aim to create a visceral experience that ends deep in the gut of the viewer.

Their two major works to date Behind the Dark and Raven Eyed have both received five star-reviews, toured to sold-out audiences, and been nominated for multiple awards.




WCAC acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council in making these residencies possible

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