If you look closely you can still see faded pink and white dots painted on the streets of Cavan town, a reminder of the trail which led to the stunning artwork that Trans Art 2012 bestowed on the town. Building on the colourful theme of last year Trans Art curators Joe Keenan, Sally O’ Dowd and Siobhan Harton have once again injected a splash of culture and colour into Cavan Town for the ‘Life of Reilly’ festival with a host of activities on today (Saturday, August 24).
The polka dots on the street will guide you to the exhibitions; alas if the dots are too faded to follow the gigantic pink circle painted on the white house at 61 College Street should catch your attention. The team have transformed the simple terraced house into an extraordinary exhibition space which will showcase drawing, print, installations, performance and video. Twelve award winning national and international artists will descend upon Cavan bringing with them a plethora of original and thought provoking installations, collaborations and graffiti art. The arts extravaganza promises to go out with a bang with the intriguingly titled ‘Non Parade Parade’.
Reluctant to give too much away about the mysterious Non Parade Parade it is billed as a celebration of the ‘spectacle of the every day’.
Co-organiser of the event Siobhan Harton describes it as: “Building on the concept that every day whether you know it or not, you are part of a performance. When you are in a public place, the way you walk or the makeup you wear is all part of a street performance.”
The parade (which isn’t a parade) will highlight, exaggerate and celebrate these everyday movements and leave a trace of vibrancy and colour in its wake as it moves from Blacks Newsagents to Market Square. As the performance progresses the audience will unwittingly become a part of the procession.
The Trans Art team have recruited Cavan native Jessie Keenan as their choreographer and movement workshop facilitator. Jessie, who attended the Shawbrook School of Dance and The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, has an extensive background in contemporary dance and is delighted to be a part of the fun. Roughly 40 people are expected to be involved in the performance, from diverse backgrounds: sports people, musicians, young dancers, prop people and UN Veterans are all parading, or maybe not!
Working with a large group of people can be challenging, but Jessie is thrilled with the progress they have made:
“I’ve learned so much by working with the different groups we have for the Non Parade. I am so impressed with everyone’s focus and dedication to the idea.
“The fact that not everybody is from a dance or performance background adds another element to the performance. When you start something like this, there is always a worry that the concept will get lost in translation, thankfully it is going to wonderfully and I cannot wait to showcase it on Saturday.”
Trans Art curators Joe, Sally and Siobhan have been overwhelmed by the generosity of those who have donated their time and the use of various premises throughout the town in the run up to this year’s programme. They would like to thank everybody who has helped in bringing this project to fruition, with a special mention to Ann O’Reilly, project coordinator of Culture Cavan. It is funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) and Culture Cavan.
The Non Parade Parade starts today at 5pm.
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