‘Light Ballet’ illuminates Lough Key

Light Ballet, presented as part of Brightening Air transformed the skies and surrounding landscape of eight counties from June 13th to 20th as this light installation floated down the River Shannon.

The journey began each night from dusk starting off on Lough Key, Co. Roscommon on June 13th and travelled through Leitrim, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Tipperary, Clare, ending its journey in Portumna, Co. Galway.

Light Ballet was presented as part of Brightening Air/Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council, for June 2021

Created by Irish Light Artist Mick Murray and Lighting Designer Matthew Cregan, the installation was accompanied by a newly composed soundscape by David Kitt with words from Poet Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe.

Matthew Cregan said: “Light Ballet, surpassed my expectations. The Zoom calls during the day with the school children we collaborated with as part of the Light Ballet Education Project really made it for me.

“Light Ballet gave the children access to an Art Form that perhaps they never knew existed, opening their eyes to look at light in a new way”.

Mick Murray described ‘Light Ballet’ as a “mammoth project” and said the River Shannon boating community had been very supportive and engaged.

“They also helped spread the word and to explain how to connect with the soundscape to others, creating a great atmosphere about Light Ballet on the water and from as early on at Lough key. It was really nice to see an audience so engaged.

“For Culture Works, the opportunity to present a project like Light Ballet as part of a nationwide programme was a really important moment as we were able to bring this installation to people in their own communities.

“Brightening Air allowed us to work with Mick and Matt to realise their vision on an ambitious scale,” he said.

In the coming weeks you will be able to watch the full Light Ballet experience online via the Culture Works website. Stay tuned for further updates.