LED BY AOIFE MCATAMNEY 

JOIN NOW | PROJECT CULMINATES ON CULTURE NIGHT 17 SEPTEMBER 2021

As well as dancing do you like to sing? Or write poetry? Everyone has a song to sing and we want to hear yours!

For SONGBIRDS we wanted to create original songs and weave them into an outdoor moving choreography. Songwriting often gives the author a place to say how they are feeling and share who they are with the world. We want to know who you are, and discover who we are together!

I believe that everyone has a song to sing, a melody in their hearts, a rhythm to hold and know. If dancing is the sun, singing is the moon. How many times have we stood up to dance, after hearing a fun song or laughed at a songwriter’s humour? Then of course, the tears that come when a beloved song is sung and we are flung into a memory or moment. – Aoife

 

 

 

 

 

SONGBIRDS CULMINATION EVENT | CULTURE NIGHT DUBLIN 2021

Everyone has a song to sing, a melody in their hearts and a rhythm in their step. How many times have we bolted up to dance, teared up or wildly applauded after hearing a beloved song? If dancing is the sun, singing must be the moon and here we are, at the centre of it all.

Welcome to SONGBIRDS – a vibrant outdoor music and dance performance created by older people for a live audience. Led by Broadreach Guest Curator Aoife McAtamney, this picnic style sharing of original songs and choreography was inspired by our natural surroundings and joy of dance. SONGBIRDS also included a special online exhibition for Culture Night – click below to view our Digital Tapestry…
 
DATE  FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2021
TIME From 4pm
WHERE Fairview Park
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SONGBIRDS ORIGINAL TRACK | ‘THANK YOU SONG’

 

SONGBIRDS CREATIVE INTENSIVE – CREATE CHOREOGRAPHY, RECORD AN ORIGINAL SONG AND PERFORM AS PART OF CULTURE NIGHT ON 17TH OF SEPTEMBER

Following on from our creative workshop series,  it was time to delve deeper into SONGBIRDS with a 3 week intensive led by Aoife, where in addition to creating choreography, participants came together online and in person to write, harmonise and record an original song and associated visuals – a digital tapestry crafted from the polaroid images taken throughout the series – all of which was released on YouTube during Culture Night!

STARTS TUESDAY 31 AUGUST 2021

ONLINE CREATIVE SESSIONS
DATES TUESDAYS 31 AUGUST & 7 SEPTEMBER
TIME 11.00am – 12.30pm
WHERE ZOOM

LIVE CHOREOGRAPHY SESSIONS
DATES 2, 9, 14 & 16 SEPTEMBER
TIME 11.00am – 12.30PM
WHERE Fairview Park

This project culminated with a performance on 17 SEPTEMBER as part of Culture Night Dublin 2021.

 

 

 

WORKSHOPS & COFFEE MORNINGS

The first part of SONGBIRDS was delivered both online and in a live setting. Throughout August, participants gathered online for creative sessions and then in person, outdoors, for movement workshops. Guest curator, Aoife, lead movement and vocal warmups and from there the group took part in creative tasks to create their original songs. The progress and the conversations that took place during SONGBIRDS were documented in polaroid images – traces of time spent together. 

COFFEE MORNINGS | CREATIVE SESSIONS
DATES 
TUESDAYS | 10 & 24 AUGUST
TIME   
11.00am – 12.30pm
WHERE
ONLINE (ZOOM)

MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS
DATES
  WEDNESDAYS | 11, 18, 25 AUGUST & 1 SEPTEMBER
TIME 2.00 – 3.30pm
WHERE Fairview Park

 

Part of MOVEMENTLAND, a nine-month creative dance programme for older people curated by Aoife McAtamney – find out more HERE