‘Ballet of light’ in the skies of Roscommon this June

A ‘ballet of light’ will be visible in the skies of Roscommon and across the Hidden Heartlands this June as an artistic installation goes on its maiden voyage of the River Shannon.

‘Light Ballet’ is presented as part of Brightening Air/Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences by the Arts Council next month.

Organisers say the installation “will transform the skies and surrounding landscape of eight counties” including County Roscommon, from June 13th to June 20th, and will be visible from up to seven kilometres away.

Light Ballet will be accompanied by a newly composed soundscape by David Kitt and audiences will be able to access this through the Culture Works and Brightening Air websites.

Produced by Culture Works, the installation will be light up the skies of Roscommon, Longford, Galway, Leitrim, Westmeath, Offaly, Tipperary and Clare.

The organisers are also inviting schools to engage in the creative process through a bespoke education pack. Two primary schools each of the eight counties will receive the pack, which includes instructions on how to create light movements. The creators of Light Ballet, artist Mick Murray and lighting designer Matthew Cregan, will incorporate these into the final design and as the installation passes through each of the locations, the children’s lighting design will appear as part of the overall light installation.

For more information on the full programme for Brightening Air/Coiscéim Coiligh, visit www.brighteningair.com. For more on the Light Ballet installation, visit www.cultureworks.ie, or check out Culture Works and Light Ballet on social media.