Limerick School of Spectacle 2017

Exploring a wide spectrum of outdoor arts

Glean Áine Alight.

12th – 19th November 2017

For our fourth two-part School of Spectacle, we brought together 25 creative practitioners from seven European countries to the historic city of Limerick (Luimneach) in the Republic of Ireland, situated on the banks of the River Shannon.

Over the course of eight days, our European cohort of artists were immersed in an intensive learning experience designed to expand their skillsets across a range of disciplines including: fire technique and performance, mass movement, aerial dancing and illuminated costume.

With a core grounding in production, each of the creative practitioners drawn from the countries participating in the wider School of Spectacle programme worked collaboratively towards an intimate event entitled Glean Áine Alight created for the people of Hospital, a small community on the outskirts of the town.

Designed to celebrate the district’s rich history and heritage, the artists worked with school children and the local community to bring a story of local folklore to life through a multi-faceted display of outdoors arts, including a lantern procession.

Limerick School of Spectacle has resulted in a pool of skilled, experienced, motivated and connected creative practitioners nourishing a culture of outdoor arts within the city and further afield providing a framework for cross-border collaborations and inter-cultural dialogue that grows the art form of outdoor arts.