Galway 2020


RISE is a series of three collaborative projects that will place the voice of the child at the heart of the performance, bringing to the surface the childhood experiences of joy, beauty, family, empowerment, loss and transformation.

Artists will work with children to create performances that will disrupt spaces, touch hearts and delight audiences. Contemporary dance, parkour, circus skills and performance art will be combined to create productions that will be presented on streets and in theatres across Galway city and county.

The Streets Are Ours

‘The Streets Are Ours’ is a collaborative project to create a promenade performance by Galway children combining parkour, contemporary dance and circus skills. Baboró will work with Arch 8 (The Netherlands), Galway Community Circus and Galway Dance Project to create and deliver this project.

‘The Streets Are Ours’ will be developed over a six-month period in collaboration with children aged 8-12 years, culminating with public performances in March 2021. The artists and children will together build an improvisational dance performance that will lead the audience through urban landscapes, responding to the music, the other dancers and the surrounding architecture.

Partners: Arch8, Galway Community Circus, Galway Dance Project.

Artists: Fionnuala Doyle-Wade, Erik Kaiel (Arch8), Thami Fischer (Arch8)

St. Pats Invents a New Sport

‘St. Pats Invents a New Sport’ is a co-creation project between the students and teachers of St. Patrick’s National School and artists James Riordan of Brú Theatre and Darren O’Donnell, Artistic and Founding Director of Mammalian Diving Reflex. Together, they will develop a spectacular new sport.

James will act as Artistic Coach and work with Assistant Artistic Coach Darren to assemble and work with a team of students to study the development and design of physical competitive games. Together, the Artistic Coaches and the children will create a spectacular, playful, dramatic and zany new sport!

They will design a tournament for the new sport that will take place in March 2021, sharing it with the rest of their school community and inviting the public to learn the game, test it out and compete in the tournament.

Partners: St. Pats Primary School

Artists: Darren O’Donnell, James Riordan

The Veiled Ones

'The Veiled Ones’ is a new dance theatre production created by renowned Irish company Junk Ensemble. Specifically created for young audiences, this immersive show will explore themes of loss and preconceived ideas of beauty and highlight the powerful relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.

‘The Veiled Ones’ has been co-commissioned for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture by the TRACKS Network, a co-commissioning network of festivals comprising of Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Cork Midsummer Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival.

‘The Veiled Ones’ is a legacy project which will continue into 2021 with further performances at Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2021 and Dublin Fringe Festival in September 2021.

Partners: TRACKS Network – Dublin Fringe Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Artists: Megan Kennedy (Junk Ensemble); Jessica Kennedy (Junk Ensemble)

Events will take place in March 2021. Dates and venues are to be confirmed. Sign up to the Baboró newsletter or follow on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for further announcements.

RISE is funded by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

Galway 2020