By Tara Brandel
We're a professional Integrated contemporary dance company based in Cork that works with dancers with and without disabilities. We're doing a large scale Integrated site specific aerial dance performance on and around the historic 12 Arch Bridge in Ballydehob, West Cork that involves 5 professional dancers from Croi Glan (2 with physical disabilities), 5 musicians performing live, Croi Glan's aerial dancers suspended from the bridge on rope and harness and aerial silks, and 40 West Cork Inclusive Dance Group community performers from COPE, CoAction and the local West Cork area, 25 of whom have intellectual disabilities.
This a once-in-a-lifetime, hugely ambitious project directed by Tara Brandel, who is a native of Ballydehob. Croi Glan's dance artist with a disability Mary Nugent will be working as assistant choreographer on the project - the first time that Mary has been in the role of choreographer in Croi Glan. Croi Glan's core dancers Dawn Mulloy and Mike Daley will also be dancing in the show, along with Sarah Ryan who is Interning with Croi Glan for this performance. Siobhan Heapes, Marcus Magdalena, Miranda McCarthy Fisher, Anna Murray and Lea Burnyoca Felt are arranging/composing the music, and will perform the music live on the pier during the show.
This project is the brainchild of Croi Glan, the West Cork Arts Centre, COPE, and CoAction.
BRIDGE celebrates community, the ways that we span the gap, reach out, move towards. In a time of austerity BRIDGE looks at real wealth beyond monetary concerns and asks us: What is our true value? Where does our wealth lie?
The West Cork Inclusive Dance group have been working on this project for over a year. In this final stage leading up to our performance at the end of May, we are looking for extra funds to cover the costs of additional aerial equipment and costumes, and to hire the sound equipment we will need for the performance.