Following the successful commissioning of new work in the area of Arts and Disability in 2014, under the Ignite initiative, the Arts Council of Ireland is pleased to announce that Silent Moves, by Aideen Barry and the artists of Western Care’s Ridgepool Training Centre and Scannán Technologies, and presented by Ballina Arts Centre, has received the Ignite touring award.
Inspired by the classic black and white silent films of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, Silent Moves is a 28 minute silent film, with a strong emphasis on movement and mime. Using stop-motion animation techniques and slapstick motifs, the film has a unique aesthetic and is accompanied by an inspired live soundtrack. Shot on location in Ballina, the film carries a strong message about attitudes towards disability while being funny, moving and beautiful to watch.
Silent Moves will tour to the Town Hall Theatre, Galway, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork as part of Cork Film Festival, and the Irish Film Institute, Dublin in autumn of this year.
Silent Moves was commissioned by Mayo County Council as part of Ignite. Ignite is a new platform designed to generate Ireland’s most ambitious showcasing of talent from people with disabilities, led by international and Irish artists and performers with disabilities, with projects taking place in 2014 and 2015 in Cork, Galway and Mayo. These commissions each represented an investment of up to €60,000. This Silent Moves tour will mark the conclusion of this initiative in November 2015. Ignite is managed by a unique partnership involving the Arts Council, Arts and Disability Ireland (ADI), Cork City Council, Galway City and County Councils, and Mayo County Council.