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Artastic St Patrick’s parade archive

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Since 2003 Artastic have created a pageant spectacle for St Patricks festival parade in Dublin, using a variety of community groups along with our talented artists. This blog will describe in brief of a spectacle along with credits to those involved from the years 2003 to 2007.

This is now stepping back a few years but lost a lot of the record of our work. This is a attempt to preserve what we remember of the early years. Hopefully we may be able to add to this information as time goes along.

Aside from the theme of the spectacle each parade brings its own personal story from us as artist but more importantly the stories of the individuals attending. Many participants who got involved with the parades, came back year after year, and in turn some also became the artists who helped create our parades of the future. There are many hardships associated with creating these productions but one thing that made it so worth it was meeting so many wonderful people over the years

 

2007 Midas Touch – Saint Patrick’s parade

This was a pageant created for Saint Patrick’s parade. The work was based on the story of Midas who wished that everything he touched turned to gold, which was great until he touch his beloved daughter who also turned to gold. Them moral of the story is often told as ‘be careful what you wish for’ while another moral is , ‘to fulfill all of someones dreams is to drive them mad’.

We based the visual idea on some of histories first know  parades parades, which were military parades showing strenght in numbers. The parades were huge displays were often captains told of the victories through dance and theater.

This was Artastic’s biggest parade in Saint Patrick’s parade ever with over 260 participants. The pageant actually cover the entirety of O O’Connell street as we passed through it.  We had schools from Dublin and all over kildare involved.

One of the artists who currently work with us Eugenia, was in the parade as a transition student from Leixlip, and joined the parade a few year later when she was a student in Iadt. She was been in every parade since, as well as working with artastic projects through out the years.

 

2006 Elemental thought – Saint Patrick’s parade

I remember least about the theme or story but it was based on a Celtic Ireland and the four elements. By 2007 we were noticing a repeated request from participants from previous Saint Patrick’s parades in Dublin.  A strong bond start to form with the participants and this is when I think that it was more than just I start to really identify with been part of Artastic.

I had just lost my studio and this entire parade was created inside a sitting room.

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2005 Chaos in Calcutta – Saint Patrick’s parade

This was Artastic’s third entry in Saint Patrick’s parade in Dublin. It was another comic version of a story from when Vijaya was in India. In Calcutta he noticed they stopped cars to protect cows who had decided to stop and have a rest in Calcutta city centre. The pageant was based on the tree colours of traffic lights as there were no traffic lights in Calcutta.

 

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2004 Knicker Bocker Glory – Saint Patrick’s parade 

This was our second parade and at least this year we had managed to get some music into the performance. The story as in many years to come, was a comic story based on monsters who like to disco, but had a keen taste for ice-cream and sweets.  The visual idea was to try build everything on the three shapes, square, triangle and circle.

Artists involved with this were

Vijaya Bateson,  Denis O Connor,  Valerie Kelly.

 

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2003 Journey to the bottom of the garden  – Saint Patrick’s parade

This was our first year to create a pageant for Saint Patrick’s parade in Dublin. If was a steep learning curve but lots of fun. I was hard to believe that only after two years of creating local parades in Newbridge Co Kildare we were not creating work for Saint Patrick’s parade in Dublin. The parade route went from St Stephen’s Green to Western way in the early days.

The story in the pageant was based on being conscious  of the damage that was created to the environment by not recycling. The story told of creatures who’s natural habitat was been destroyed. We tried to create some of the creature by recycling materials such as milk bottles.

Artists involved with this were

Vijaya Bateson,  Denis O Connor,  Valerie Kelly.

We do not have many images of this event, but have whatever is left can be seen below.

parade company Ireland

Artastic – Parade company Ireland

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Since 2003 Artastic have created a pageant spectacle for St Patricks festival parade in Dublin, using a variety of community groups along with our talented artists. This blog will describe in brief of a spectacle along with credits to those involved in the year 2009

This is now stepping back a few years but we like to keep a record of our work, and their is a special personal story that goes with each of the parade for those involves so we wanted it to act as a trip down memory lane for anyone who wanted it.

The Age of Aquarius

Pageant description

Artastic’s pageant brings you on a journey through the age of Aquarius into the colourful and adventurous sixties. A time when hippies also became known as flower children because they often would hand out flowers to promote ideas of love and peace. The sixties was more than just a decade, it was a state of mind. The sixties were an exciting, revolutionary, turbulent time of great social and technological change:  unforgettable fashion, new musical styles, the first man landing on the moon, peace marches, flower power. Where “go with the flow” was the motto, “the sky is the limit” realized new expectations for mankind.

Visual concept for pageant

The visual concept is one of three stages. 1/The spiral dancers, 2/ the flower children, 3/one small step for man.

The spiral dancers leading the procession, who dance to the sound of the Beatles, represent the notion of ideas starting to escalate. Spiritual ideologies emerging from eastern continents which influenced western thinking. Social expectations been questioned and revolutions begin for human rights.    A race for technological advancement.

The flower children section is bedecked with a huge mix of colours. This section represents the state of mind that became known as the sixties. Wild fashion, new music, road trips, festivals, new ideals, a new found liberation which knew no limits. Visually we attempt to bring the eye of the observer upwards with this colour and height.

The final section ‘One Small Step for man’, is a simple, almost baby-like step into the infancy of the space age. Along with the Apollo rocket, our quirky moon dancers float around in the space gear, to represent the brave step out into the unknown. Rob Creage created the sound scape to accompany the section, which has an interesting mix, of moon landing recordings and sixties tunes to create a very bouncy tune.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

 

  • Artastic’s collaborative art projects are nationally recognised as models of community theatre in Ireland, where artists and community groups work together to transform our urban landscapes with colourful creative performances.
  • This year Artastic’s pageant has a cast of 120 performers made up of many community groups and friends of Artastic
  • Artastic is involved with four different parades today, with over 300 costumes in parades throughout the country. Organising this has been a real challenge to the team.
  •  Although they are based in Newbridge Co Kildare. They work all year round with a variety of community settings, right through out Ireland.
  • Artastic has worked alongside many Dublin inner city youth projects over the past three years, where they have though many young people and a few not so young how to walk on stilts.
  • Artastic have worked with the Rose of Tralee over a number of years and plan to work closely with organisers this year to celebrate the fiftieth year of the Rose festival.

 

 

Artastic parade company Ireland

ARTISTIC TEAM

 Artistic / Performance Director: – Vijaya Bateson ( V-JOY – Phonetic pronunciation)

Choreographer: Paula O Rielly

Team: Lead Production Artist  – Caitriona Mc Gowan.

Creative team – Rod Mockler, Aiofe FitzGerlad, Tarot Couzyn, Alan Baird, Gregory Baird, Kirsten Armstrong,

Painter- Orla Cloghar.

Music created by – Rob Creage

Sound Engineer – Gordon Turner.

 

Groups involved in this year parade.

 Students form Model making course in IDAT Dunlaoire

Members of Arts group TICKLE – Dublin

Transition year from ST Patricks Secondary school  – Naas

Celbridge Youth Theatre

Balitore Youth Theatre

Various friends and guest of Artastic

Special Guests.

Saorise Kearney, Amber Short and Kinkari Bateson.

Interesting developments.

Our choreographer Paula O Reilly, and two artist Aoife FitxGerald (aka Aoife FitzPerfect)  and Kirtsen Armstrong , would have all been young participants in Artastic parades over the years, who have now become valuable assets to the creative team.

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Carnival arts parade

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Since 2003 Artastic have created a carnival arts  spectacle for St Patrick’s festival parade in Dublin, using a variety of community groups along with our talented artists. This blog will describe in brief of a spectacle along with credits to those involved in the year 2012.

History of Group

Artastic was founded in 2003 by its Artistic director Vijaya Bateson.

Artastic’s collaborative art projects are, nationally recognised as models of community theatre in Ireland, where artists and community groups work together to transform our urban landscapes with colourful creative performances

Artastic is involved with four different parades today, with another parade in London on Sunday.

Description of Pageant

This will be Artastic’s 10th year involved with our national St Patricks parade in Dublin.

Section one, represents the explanation of light travelling through a prism and as the light bends it transforms into a rainbow

Section two, represents the raindrops that act as a prism in the shy. The raindrops appear in colour order of the rainbow, red, yellow, orange, green, blue, indigo, violet.

Both section one and two are led by Atomic dance group from the Liberties in Dublin. The groups are Choreographed by their director Mark Kennedy.

Section Three, represents the Observer who needs to be positioned between the Rain and the Sun to see the rainbow.

The observer section is performed by both Balitore and Celbridge Youth Theatres from Co Kildare.

Section Four, represents the Sun, which needs to be set on far side of the observer for the rainbow to be seen.

This Section is performed by young people form Bradog Regional Youth Service’s in North Inner City, Dublin, and directed by Mary Duffin

Section Five, represents one of the many Mythological stories associated with the Rainbow. We have highlighted ‘IRIS’ the Greek Goddess of the Rainbow in this section.

Iris section is performed by members of IADT college in Dun laoghaire, along with Artastic regular Performers.

 

Artistic team involved including titles

Artistic Directors –  Vijaya Bateson, Caitriona Mc Gowan

Atomic Dance group choreographer – Mark Kennedy

Performance Directors: – Mary Duffin, Vijaya Bateson,

Creative Team– Eileen Bateson, Aoife FitzGerald, Wendy Stephens, Emily Archer, Eimear Doherty.

Other Groups/people involved in the project

This year Artastic has a cast of over 140 performers from group such as;

Dancers from Atomic Dance Group – Dublin

Students form Model making course in IDAT Dunlaoire – Dublin

Celbridge Youth Theatre – Kildare

Balitore Youth Theatre – Kildare

Bradog Regional Youth Services – North inner city Dublin

 

Any specific music to be played in Parade?

To set the scene we are playing remixes of songs such as ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, ‘Singing in the Rain’, ‘Here comes the Sun’ and many more!

 

Any information on individual members….

Aside from the Artistic Director Vijaya Bateson, Aoife FitzGerald is now the only participant that has been all ten St Patricks day parades with Artastic. She got involved the first year as a transition year student, but enjoyed herself so much she has returned every year bringing a few friends along. Aoife has been involved with many Artastic projects, and has been part of the creative team, who created the costumes for St Patricks day for the past two years,

One of Artastic’s favourite fans, young Saoirse Kearny leads of our parade today.