Light Show on the River Shannon

Light Show on River Shannon
The River Shannon

Light Ballet created by Irish Light Artist Mick Murray and Lighting Designer Matthew Cregan, accompanied by a newly composed soundscape by David Kitt is presented as part of Brightening Air. A ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council, June 2021. Light Ballet will transform eight counties’ skies with a light installation floating down the River Shannon over eight days.

Light Ballet has been designed to be visible in communities across eight counties along the River Shannon. It will be remote but because of its scale and sound, it will be an uplifting experience for everyone who encounters it. Light Ballet will dance through the skies of Clare, Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Offaly, Roscommon, Tipperary and Westmeath.

The Show

Light Ballet will be visible from up to seven kilometres and covering almost two hundred kilometres. The journey begins each night from nightfall (around 10.15 pm) starting off in Co Roscommon on June 13 and travels through Leitrim, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Tipperary, Clare, ending its journey in Co Galway.

The installation is accompanied by a newly composed soundscape by David Kitt. Using a familiar Irish musical time signature, intermixed with words from Poet Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe and his own vocal. David Kitt brings us on a journey through, river, ‘spirit land’ and the surrounds. These lands, the people, the river and their connection in music. Words and song deliver us to a new place, a spiritual journey along the river through its edgelands, to a familiar place. Drawing inspiration from William Butler Yeats’s own Song of Wandering Aengus, the soundscape for Light Ballet was created by David Kitt, with words from Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe’s poem Wandersong in collaboration with Mick Murray and Matthew Cregan.

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