EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL, CAIRDE SLIGO ARTS FESTIVAL, FIRATÀRREGA AND THE IRISH STREET ARTS, CIRCUS AND SPECTACLE (ISACS) NETWORK PRESENT

IRIS International Exchange

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EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL, CAIRDE SLIGO ARTS FESTIVAL, FIRATÀRREGA AND THE IRISH STREET ARTS, CIRCUS AND SPECTACLE (ISACS) NETWORK PRESENT

IRIS International Exchange

Earagail Arts Festival, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, FiraTàrrega and the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle (ISACS) Network join together to present a new international residency project supported by the Arts Council of Ireland’s International Residency Investment Scheme.

Focussing on creating work in outdoor spaces, artists Rob Heaslip and Kristyn Fontanella will be working on a collaborative programme over the next 6 months with Catalan artists Joan Català and Kamchatka to develop their artistic practice in an international exchange taking place in Tàrrega, Sligo, and Donegal in 2024.

Within his professional practice Rob Heaslip works internationally as a choreographer, dancer, movement director and teacher. As an artist he is interested in how he can re-imagine human rituals for the viewer of today; asking how can the performing body be a vessel for intertwining dance, voice and design. 

As a choreographer/dance artist Kristyn Fontanella focuses her past knowledge of Irish step dancing and presents it in a contemporary context. Having toured for many years with Riverdance, Lord of the Dance & as lead soloist in Gaelforce Dance, her current mission is to show another side of the complex world of Irish Step dancing to future generations.

For Joan Català, the stage is a space in which human, object and environment interact, and work and place come together through craft, ideas and experiences. With a lifelong passion for sport, he has specialised in fine arts, the circus, contemporary dance and physical theatre.

A collective of artists of various nationalities and coming from different artistic disciplines, the Kamchatka company has been researching migration, immigration, emigration, exodus for more than 15 years, with an eye on roots and history.

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