Umbrella Monster

May 9, 2010 at 10:34 pm (Contemporary Art in the Public Realm)

We had our class performance debut this weekend as part of the CATDIG Festival – – held on Catherine St. in Limerick.

We had two fifteen minute street performances – One on Saturday at four and one today at two.

The main idea was to have little umbrella domes that would merge into one big umbrella monster split apart and then come together again. We added a Mexican umbrella wave and a moment where we were completely still to see the audiences reaction. The finale saw us running frantically together forming a giant dome roaring and shouting to a frantic and crazy beat from our drummers.

The Music Tech. Guys provided the beat using water bottles and drumsticks. Lette led the pack with her big conga drum or is it called a djembe…. not sure which one it is!?? The sound was fantastic even though we had to battle a band on Saturday that was playing down the road in Bourke’s pub.

We had been trying to choreograph our performance for the past few weeks but things only seemed to come together this week with everybody’s hard work and great ideas. We came up with the idea of the masks to add a dramatic effect to the piece.

Saturday saw lots of people on the street with a great buzz around the place. This really helped us with our performance and the energy we put into it. Of course the beautiful weather also helped to lift our spirits! We were very lucky. The umbrellas proved very ironic under the circumstances!
Today was quieter and had a more relaxed atmosphere. The timing was a lot better and I think we really perfected the performance. The spectators gave us a big round of applause even though they had some confused and puzzled expressions! A nearby dog particularly liked the drumming and barked along to the whole thing. It was quite funny!
I really enjoyed the two performances because they were something I had never done before. I am by no means a dancer or performer but I found myself getting into the showmanship of it and feeding off the kinetic energy that was built up.

Here are some individual poses from our ninjas!!


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