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Sorcas Garman | A Social Circus Project for Wexford

Sorcas Garman is a brand new Social Circus project developed in partnership with the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network, Core Creations, FDYS, Wexford Arts Centre and Local Links.

This new initiative came about with the financial support of Wexford Local Development, as a way to engage young people in creative and physical activity.              

The group meet every Tuesday afternoon at the
Wexford Arts Centre and learn many skills such as juggling, stilt-walking, basic acro, hula hoop and many more. These skills promote team building, develop self-esteem, encourage safe risk-taking and increase trust and responsibility.

The wide range of physical and challenging mental activities are proven to both stimulate, inspire, encourage and motivate young people to learn and grow. As the young people achieve certain seemingly impossible goals, their confidence and self-esteem soars. This has been proved in countless studies, most relevant here through the engagement of Youth at Risk in Belfast through the Belfast Community Circus and also in Galway through the Galway Community Circus.

The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) supported by the Arts Council of Ireland; houses its national headquarters in the old County Hall, thanks to Wexford County Council. ISACS aims to empower and support the growth and development of these collective art forms throughout Ireland.

ISACS Director Lucy Medlycott said: ‘We are delighted to support the development of this social circus initiative, which has so many possibilities for the future development of our young people’s physical, mental and emotional health, not to mention the possibility of growing future circus artists, teachers and leaders. This project will not only teach the young people unbelievable super cool tricks and techniques, but will teach them so many rich social and participative skills.’

Programme leader Enda Moran of Core Creations said: ‘We want to support young people to have the tools to grow a community. Social circus gives them those tools through expression, co-ordination, self-awareness, confidence and joy. This all means good things for local development, it means good things for the atmosphere and environment of a place, it means good things for the culture of a place and it ultimately means good things for a community. Positive societies, proactive societies and constructive caring societies breed happiness and happiness breeds everything else.’

This project will run throughout 2019 and is very grateful for the support of all the partners contributing to its success. Wexford Local Development, FDYS, Wexford Arts Centre, Local Links, Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network and Core Creations.

If you want to find out more, please contact Lucy Medlycott | Director of ISACS Network | www.isacs.ie

Meet the Core Creations team 

'Core Creations' is dedicated to education, creativity and wellness for all. Delivering workshops in Dance, Circus, Yoga and Surf.

Enda Moran

Most recently Enda has created  his unique nationwide company 'Core Creations'Enda has extensive child protection and vulnerable young adult training and his background in social care empowers Enda as a suitable candidate for the facilitation of workshop programmes with community and special needs organisations.

Over the past 12 years through education and work experience Enda has gained a wealth  of skills in various related disciplines. These include roles such as: Street Spectacle/Circus Tutor & Director, Dancer/Aerialist, Community Arts Facilitator, Dance Instructor, Set designer, Choreographer, Hatha Yoga Teacher & Surf instructor.

Clients have included Galway Theatre Festival, Brothers of Charity, Dublin Dance Festival, Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Spraoi International Festival,Little Red Kettle, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Wexford County Council, Kildare County Council, Waterford City & County Council, Waterford Youth Arts, Surf & Turf, T Bay Surf Club & Irish Surfing. 

His work in the community as a teacher and facilitator is closely interwoven with his experience as a solo and collaborative performer. Through his work he continues to create and develop links between community and performing arts using immersive and alternative performance techniques.

Rachel Ní Bhraonáin

Rachel is
a performer, choreographer and movement director based in Ireland working primarily with dance and aerial. She is also experienced working with text and performing in a variety of settings outside of traditional theatre. After receiving her dance degree from London Studio Centre in 2014, she went on to train aerial with Scarabeus Aerial Theatre (London) and Fidget Feet Aerial (Ireland). Rachel has led dance and aerial classes for a variety of organisaitons and schools including Dance Waterford (professional), East London Dance (young people with learning disabilities), Theatre Box Waterford (teenagers), The Irish Aerial Dance Festival, The National Circus Festival Ireland,The Irish Aerial Creation Centre, and most notably for Scarabeus Aerial since 2016 (ages 5-50+).

Danae Wollen

Danae is an Irish raised horse fanatic who discovered a passion for acrobatics when studying in Dublin. She began practicing partner acrobatics and aerial and soon found herself performing in various productions as both an aerialist and acrobat. In 2016 she moved to Barcelona and spent two years studying full time at the Escola de Circ Rogelio Rivel, an acrobatic circus school where she specialised in floor acrobatics and Cyr wheel. She is currently teaching aerial to all ages at the Irish AerialCreation Centre in Limerick andis keen to skill share, teach and create with fellow Irish based artists and performers.

Benjamin L. Quinlan

Benjamin has been working in theatre and Drama for the past 7 years. Teaching evening classes for 10- 17 year olds; directing full productions for 10-13 year olds and acting and facilitating in an interactive touring play that travels around the south of Ireland - which deals with kids from 5 - 13 as a sort of introduction to theatre in primary schools.

His experience in the Little Red Kettle Theatre company radically changed his life in 2003. Liam Meagher cultivated confidence, competence and a freedom from self- consciousness at the age of nine. This sort of transformative work is what he is interested in carrying on for the youth that needs it. His focus is on what theatre and drama can do for the well-being of the individual as opposed to the attainment of fame or celebrity. We begin as an escape only to find ourselves exploring; in the act of this process is the answer.

Megan Mahar

Megan has just returned from training at Aircraft Circus school in London where she was training full time in various circus skills. Before returning home she performed at London’s Greenwich circus festival. At home she volunteers at Waterford youth arts teaching young people various circus skills. Before Circus, she has been in martial arts for 11 years and a professional Muay Thai fighter for 7 years. In her spare time she likes to skate and learn new fire eating skills.

Alain Servant

Alain is a French actor, director, musician and writer. He founded the Company “Tour de Babel” in 1989 aged 16. During the companies 20 year span they worked around intercultural and interdisciplinary research, mixing visual arts, dance, theatre and music. He toured with more than 20 shows, in France, in the Mediterranean world (Tunisia, Lebanon), and central America (Guatemala, panama, Cuba). He specialized in mask acting and in the link between acting, movements and music. He is also artistic director of the association Theleme, an artist residency in the countryside of France. He has always been involved in work with social issues. He’s now an independent artist, based in Dublin.

Trish Murphy

Trish is a dance artist from Waterford, Trish holds Ba (Hons) Degree- Dance : Physical Theatre, Liverpool John Moores University. Trish uses Circus skills such as stilt walking in her dance practice.

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