I hope to create something that will introduce a new audience to classical dance and hopefully excite the existing lovers and patrons of ballet. Dublin has such a rich history of music, dance and performance, and ballet has as much a place within that history as any medium of expression. In partnership with choreographer Zoë Ashe-Browne I wish to create a short film showcasing original ballet, shot outdoors as a visual love letter to Dublin City. Cloud Castle Lake will compose an original score.
I want to use narrative ballet to tell a story about, and set in, a cross section of Dublin locations. Sites of modern development such as Grand Canal Dock, iconic landmarks like the Poolbeg chimneys and neglected examples of urban decay. I want to situate dance in a city affected by financial flux. I've enlisted the help of as many young, Irish, creative talents as I could. People who grew up during the boom and the recession, people who saw Dublin change during this time.
Zoë is a professional ballerina with Ballett Vorpommern in Germany, she is a graduate of English National Ballet. Recently she was awarded funding by the Arts Council of Ireland to choreograph her own piece of narrative ballet inspired by the working relationship of Dame Ninette de Valois and WB Yeats.
I'm a Film Studies graduate from Trinity and have, for the last few years, worked in camera departments on feature films, TV dramas like "Charlie" and "Vikings", to commercials and corporate shorts.
Cloud Castle Lake or Dan, Brendan and Rory to their mums and dads are an incredible Irish band. They've recently toured their latest EP Dandelion all across the UK and Ireland. They played the iconic church on this years Other Voices.
I feel very passionately about this project, for over a year now I've been coordinating with everyone involved to make sure I've got all the talent and resources in place. Zoë in Germany, the Cloud Castle Lake boys and their record label Happy Valley Records in London, ballet dancers from Ireland, England, Belgium and Germany have all shown incredible enthusiasm and commitment to getting this off the ground.
With all the necessary ducks in a row, the hardest part is finance, I wish I had the money to fund this film myself, sadly that is not the case.
I believe anyone who works, if their endeavours are creative or otherwise should be paid to do so. All funds raised will cover the following:
The rental of camera and lighting equipment
The composition and recording of the soundtrack
We need to fly some of our lovely dancers home
Crew and cast need to be fed and watered for a 2 day shoot
Post production costs
Insurance and all the boring but necessary admin. costs
We need help.
I've tried to make a worthy and exciting list of rewards.
Have a peek and give generously...if that's cool with you...
Thanks for listening