Exploring Birr Skies | Contemporary & Heritage Astronomy 
Walking Slowly Towards Space (Credit Ros

Dr Niamh Shaw - Walking Slowly Towards Space (Credit Ros Kavanagh 2018)

The Birr Skies project is reaching its conclusion with a final, collaborative, movement piece.

 

Inspired by the astronomical bodies movements as observed from Birr, Dr. Niamh Shaw is creating a "celestial dance" and would like to invite you all to take part.

 

Working with the data colected, Niamh and her troop of volunteers will choreograph a suite of (easy) movements for an outdoor performance.  The performance will also be filmed and available as a stand-alone film work.

So join us for the next rehearsal date of Sat Nov 20 (10.30am-12.30pm)  & filming on Sun Nov 21 (afternoon time TBC)

This initiative is in collaboration with Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr Tidy Towns, Birr Castle Demesne and  I-LOFAR, an initiative led by Trinity College Dublin, and supported by the Creative Ireland Programme (2017 -2022) in partnership with Offaly County Council.

For more information and to get involved please email: info@birrtheatre.com

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‘Science is determining relationships between variables, interpreting data and looking for patterns. When we find the patterns, we will then create a movement.’ Dr. Niamh Shaw 

 

Inspired by the astronomical heritage and contemporary astrophysical research in Birr, science communicator and creative, Dr. Niamh Shaw will collaborate with Birr Theatre & Arts Centre & Birr Tidy Towns and local cross stitchers to map and observe Birr Skies with its celestial objects such as stars, planets, comets, meteors and other objects beyond our naked eye.  

 

This will be done through a programme of online workshops, night sky observations, with guest speakers incl. Dr Áine Flood, I-LOFAR, an initiative led by Trinity College Dublin, and site visits to Birr Castle Demesne over the coming months.

 

Working with the data of the past and present, of astrophysical objects discovered and observed through the Great Telescope, as well as data from I-LOFAR, Niamh and her collaborators will map out historical and contemporary astronomical features and their coordinates.

 

Using these coordinates, a suite of physical movements will be choreographed for an outdoor performance.  The performance will also be filmed and available as a stand-alone film work.

This initiative is in collaboration with Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr Tidy Towns, Birr Castle Demesne and  I-LOFAR, an initiative led by Trinity College Dublin, and supported by the Creative Ireland Programme (2017 -2022) in partnership with Offaly County Council.

For more information and to get involved please email: info@birrtheatre.com

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