A dark story of unrequited love in three scenes. A tin soldier falls in love obsessively with a paper ballerina. This dark story based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier is reinterpreted for an adult audience through a new thrilling theatrical ensemble work beautifully told through music dance visual art and song.
The production features music and words and live guitar performance by musician and composer Nick Day and choreography and dance by Deirdre Grant Contemporary Dancer. Paula Cox performs hauntingly beautiful vocals with a small cast of local choral and movement performers completeting the ensemble that will deliver a mesmerizing performance of this production. The production will also feature costumes designed by established visual artist Kathleen Delaney. All of the artists involved are Wexford based seeking ways to support their professional art practice in the region.
The production will run at Wexford Arts Centre for four performances only over two nights on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October at 6pm and 8pm during the internationally renowned Wexford Opera Festival and Fringe Festival. A great time of year to showcase new work in Wexford.
Deirdre Grant is an established contemporary dancer and former Artistic Director of Myriad Dance Company. Nick Day is an accomplished musician who also composes music for choral and guitar. Paula Cox is a vocalist and writer of music and songs, currently completing her first solo album, mixed by Cenzo Townsend (Florence And The Machine, U2, Snow Patrol) and former member of The Bush, The Tree & Me. Kathleen Delaney, Costume designer is a leading mixed media visual artist whose works are included in many collections and have featured in exhibits which include RHA and Eigse Carlow. All of the artists are professional artists living and working and developing new work in Co. Wexford. The choral performers and dancers are local based participants also and Elizabeth Whyte as support producer has been Executive Director of Wexford Arts Centre producing local, national and international productions over last ten years.
We are crowdfunding to raise production funds for the project because the project is made up of passionate individual artists who have come together to develop new artistic work without a company structure to support this work in Wexford. Wexford Arts Centre has kindly supported the project with space in kind and producing support. It is a small venue with limited box office and need additional support to cover costs of production items.
Thanks to in kind support budget has been kept to a minimum. We are running 4 shows over two days during the buzzing Wexford Opera and fringe Festival on 21st and 22nd October, 2016 and hope to attract interest for support for a tour later. The funds we raise will go directly towards lights, props, Costumes and music, sound and performers expenses.
The risk is not securing enough funds to support the production values this production deserves. We hope with a little help from you dear friends, we can deliver those values. Thank You.
Update posted on Monday 17th October '16 @ 09:10:10
A huge thanks to all of you for your generous contributions in support of this project. Thanks for helping us to achieve our goal.
Rewards will be winging their way soon. I'll be in touch this week with details.
We're in the last week of rehearsals now and the production is looking great. A wonderful group of singers and visual artists are working hard with us in putting the finishing touches on this original work. Looking forward to our performances on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October.
All the best,
Digital sound file ready to go!
Update posted on Wednesday 5th October '16 @ 09:10:25
Thanks so much to all of you who have generously supported our event. We're delighted! Just put finishing touches on a recording of 'Her' - a song from the production. Ready and waiting ...
Please encourage anyone you know who may be interested to add support in the remaining few hours of our campaign.
Halfway in our campaign.
Update posted on Thursday 29th September '16 @ 08:09:24
We're halfway in our two week campaign. A huge thanks to all of you who have brought us this far.
Lots of work ahead this weekend with our dance. Deirdre's immense creativity has us all ready for something very exciting. We're in the final, intensive stages of our production rehearsals that will now join a variety arts disciplines in something unique.
15% of our €1500 raised so far. Please spread the word folks. A little more help will go a very long way.
Update posted on Sunday 25th September '16 @ 11:09:11
Firstly, thanks so much to all of you who have contributed to our project. We're thrilled with the progress we have made so far through this campaign.
We had a marvellous rehearsal this evening with an incredibly valuable visit from composer Liam Bates. Huge thanks to Liam. Our music has had an intensive workout and is alive and kicking.
Less than four weeks to our performances and several rehearsals to look forward to beforehand. Next week we're in the hands of the dancer ....
Onwards and upwards
Update posted on Saturday 24th September '16 @ 09:09:19
Thanks to those who have supported us already. 8% raised
But only another 12 days left to hit target of €1,500. So do encourage all to support.
Rehearsals going well. Check out full bios of whose
Involved and some additional clips of show in
Production on www.wexfordartscentre.ie under Tin Soldier, Paper
Dancer event info under 21st Oct. on calendar of events.
Also the VIP tickets for €100 for two are for Friday
21st Oct not Sept. Error in reward which we are
Working on getting fixed.