The ISACS Network is delighted to present Art-Illa, our Baleàric Irish Arts Residency supported by the Arts Council of Ireland International Residency Initiatives Scheme (IRIS).

The initiative is presented in partnership with Circaire and in association with the National Circus Festival Ireland and Siamsa Tire.

What, Where and When is Art-Illa?

Art-Illa is a creative immersive lab. It consists of an immersive transnational exchange and cooperation across multidisciplinary art forms.

There will be 2 artists participating from Ireland, and 2 artists from Baleàric Island.

The first Residency takes place from August 29 to September  12, 2022, on the Baleàric island of Mallorca. The artists will be fully engaged in a creative immersion lab, mentored by the  Actor, Director and Theatre Author Enric Ases in Mallorca. The Baleàric experience will culminate in our artists attending the FiraTàrrega Festival.

The second Residency will happen in Ireland from October 23 to November 7, 2022.

In Ireland, the artists will be mentored by the experienced Circus and Spectacle Director Aoife Carry in Kerry, and the residency will conclude at the National Circus Festival of Ireland, in Tralee.

Selected Artists

The selected Irish artists to take part in this incredible opportunity are Jude Penders and Gill Byrne, who will be partnering with the Baleàric artists Rosa Forteza and Alejandro Navarro. Find out more here.

About the Mentors

Enric Ases Casamitjana

Enric Asas

Actor, director and playwright, Enric has been working with companies like La Fura dels Baus, Tricicle, Teatre de Guerrilla and Malpelo. He has been a member of iconic groups such as Zotal Teatre, Los Los and Los Dos Los. He received several awards, most notably: the Crítics of Barcelona (1992-2018), the FETEN award for the best scenic direction (2019), BBVA award (2019), several FAD awards (1992-1998-2018) and Max award for the best show for family audiences (2021).

He has been part of the teaching team at the Institut del Teatre de Vic, ERAM (Escola Universitària de Girona) and Vilnius University (Lithuania). He is the author of the book ” Scenic creation in team. The animated circle “. In recent years he has specialised in accompanying and advising artistic groups participating in a good number of theatre, dance and circus shows.

Aoife Carry

Aoife Carry Picture (002)

Aoife is an experienced large-scale Circus and Spectacle Director. She has worked Internationally as Artistic Director for companies such as Franco Dragone, MGM and Cirque Du Soleil. Her work has included large-scale resident shows, arena touring shows, festival touring and outdoor performances. In these roles, she works with large multidisciplinary teams and artists to produce performances that combine artistic and technical excellence. In 2021 she established Twisted Lane Productions, a Spectacle Theatre Company based in Ireland. With Twisted Lane Productions, her focus is to create large-scale work that combines theatrical storytelling with the intimacy of the immersive theatre. Current projects are exploring the connections between the female story and the rural landscape.