Inspired by the classic black and white silent films of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, Silent Moves is a 28 minute silent film, with a strong emphasis on movement and mime. Using stop-motion animation techniques and slapstick motifs, the film has a unique aesthetic and is accompanied by an inspired live soundtrack. In each location there will be two screenings: a matinee targeted at schools and community groups and an evening show open to the general public. Evening screenings will be accompanied by musicians performing the soundtrack on piano, violin, viola and percussion and a ‘Meet the Makers’ style session, featuring participating artists from the project, alongside representatives from Ballina Arts Centre and Mayo County Council Arts office.
Visual artist Aideen Barry collaborated with a group of twenty three artists with disabilities from two Western Care projects based in Ballina – the Ridgepool Training Centre and Scannán Technologies. Working alongside Aideen was renowned Dancer and Choreographer, Emma O’Kane. Shot on location in Ballina, the film carries a strong message about attitudes towards disability while being funny, moving and beautiful to watch. The film was launched last November at Ballina Arts Centre in front of a huge audience, and was shown a number of times during February of this year.
Silent Moves was commissioned by Mayo County Council as part of Ignite. Ignite was initiated by the Arts Council and is designed and managed by a unique partnership including the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Cork City Council, Galway City and County Councils, and Mayo County Council.
Ignite represents the largest ever investment in arts and disability practice in Ireland. The initiative was designed to generate Ireland’s most ambitious showcasing of talent from people with disabilities, led by international and Irish artists with disabilities. Ignite projects and performances took place in 2014 and 2015 in Cork, Galway and Mayo. The Silent Moves tour will mark the conclusion of this initiative in November 2015.
Dates for the screenings are:
- Town Hall Theatre, Galway: Tuesday 20th October, 2.30pm & 8pm
- Irish Film Institute Dublin: Wednesday 4th November, 11am & 6.30pm
- Cork Film Festival: Saturday 14th November, 2pm & 6.30pm (screening in the Triskel Arts Centre)
- Mayo Movie World, Castlebar: Thursday 26th November, 8pm
Further details: contact Ballina Arts Centre, tel: 096 73593 http://www.ballinaartscentre.com/