MA Festive Arts Tower Seminar: "Exploring Processions"

MA Festive Arts Tower Seminar: "Exploring Processions"

MA Festive Arts Tower Seminar: 13 February 2019 - "Exploring Processions"
 
Processions have the potential to be powerful symbolic actions and events, during which specific groups claim and occupy public space in a highly visible way. Processions, by their nature, claim an authoritative space for participants. They can also be transformative in relation to place, and can provide a space for creative collaboration, play and the re-imagining of relationships between people and place. This seminar, with Dr Louise Platt and Lumen Street Theatre, explores the meaning and development of processions from different perspectives. The Lumen Street Theatre practitioners will join us for this seminar to describe their creative practice. 
 
4pm - 5.30pm
Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Free, and all are very welcome.
Please do pass on the details to anyone that you think may be interested in attending, All the best, Niamh.
 
Seminar details:
 
Dr Louise Platt is a senior lecturer in festival management at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was awarded her PhD from Liverpool John Moores University in 2011. Her inter-disciplinary work focuses on place, festivity and community. She is on the executive committee of the Leisure Studies Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Place Management.
 
Dr Platt's talk will be titled: 'What is a procession? What does it do?: Movement, place and identities'
The paper asks: what is a procession? However, this question is being positioned as an inquiry into the nature of processions. Previous examinations of processions have often focused on the socio-historical meaning that the event has for places and people, with little attention paid to what a procession does. Indeed, a procession is a collective movement of bodies and other matter through spaces, usually the streets of a town or city. I seek to open up analysis of the processional form as an embodied and bodily engagement with spaces and other affective and vibratory matter. To do this, the paper looks to new materialism and dance theory in order to unpack the idea of a procession.
 
By drawing on the example of a 200-year-old religious walking procession in Manchester, UK - a procession which has almost become invisible in the post-industrial city of Manchester - I will pose questions of effort, flow, weight and space to render it as more-than-walking. The affective dynamics of attunement to the kinaesthetic, reinscribes the visibility of the procession. By attending to the movement the analysis will contribute to a new way of thinking about the processional form whereby identities, places and faith become reimagined as more-than-representational and positioned within a procession assemblage.
 
 
Lumen Street Theatre was founded in 2016 seeks to engage with the public by presenting scenes and performances that are visually spectacular, distinctive and inspiring within the setting of Limerick’s urban landscape. Lumen wishes to revitalise the arts in the local community by engaging with the community to collectively create their art through artistic outreach programmes, workshops and community participation, and to present the finest of street art and theatre at both a national and International standard.
 
Lumen Street Theatre are: Martin Shannon: Artistic Director, Kate Hodmon: Production Co-ordinator, and Giordana Giache: Production Manager.
 
Artistic Director Martin Shannon is a visual artist. He is a graduate of LSAD and holds degrees in both Fine Art, Sculpture, and Printmaking and a Masters in Fine Art. He was selected for Ev+A in 2005; had a residency in 411 Galleries in China and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. He has been working with Limerick and Clare Youth Service in the creation and delivery of art projects for over 20 years. He works in a variety of communities in addition to developing art programmes with the Garda Youth Diversion project. His most recent venture has been on Netflix’s Nightflyers at Troy studios in the Sculpture/model-making Dept. 
 
Production Co-ordinator Kate Hodmon is a Limerick based visual artist & is a graduate of GMIT and the University of Hertfordshire, UK in Art and Design and in Illustration. She has worked with Spraoi, Macnas and with Limerick Youth Theatre; collaborating on projects such as the Creative Show. She has been commissioned to create artwork and props for performance and short films. Kate has recently worked on Nightflyers; a TV production at Troy Studios as a sculptor- model maker and is a member of Limerick Figure Drawing society. 
 
Production Manager Giordana Giache is a lecturer at Year1 Fashion Design and at the Fashion Textile for Costume and Product at LSAD. Giordana is conducting a masters by research in Limerick Lace by examining its relevance in the contemporary Art & Design dialogue. She has curated the Hybrid Limerick lace\ Liminal lace exhibition and was involved in the organisation of the Hybrid Conference. She has been engaged in many community education projects through the media of Art & Design. Giordana has been collaborating with Limerick and Clare Youth Service in the creation and delivery of Art and Design projects; most recently specializing in 3D cardboard structures as visual spectacle on outdoor and indoor arts festivals. She is a freelance knitwear designer for Nightflyers at Troy Studios.