Sound director and WIT graduate Emmelle collaborates with Rachel Ni Bhraonain for new show 'Losing Your Body', part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2019
At WIT we love to hear what our students, both past and present are up to. One of our recent BA (Hons) in Music graduates is Emmelle Wadding from Tramore in Waterford.
Emmelle majored in music technology, and in her final year, she completed a sound design project for a play called ‘Mount Prospect’ directed by Jim Nolan. Through connections made at WIT, Emmelle was approached to score a new show 'Losing Your Body' by Rachel Ni Bhraonain (Waterford). This will feature at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019, running from 19-21 of September.
“Following majoring in music technology in my final year in 2018. The creator of the show contacted me after my technology lecturer passed on my details to aid in her search for a sound designer.
The show comprises storytelling, dance, and aerial. The role of sound designer included composing and creating original soundscape music and editing popular songs to accompany evolving dance routines. This also involves manipulating music to help convey the psychological effects of the story, particularly in sections without words.”
Course leader of the BA (Hons) in Music, Hazel Farrel talks about the beauty of Music and the endless possibilities available to graduates.
"There is a vast range of employment opportunities for graduates of the BA (Hons) Music programme. Many of our students move into the education sector at all levels in addition to teaching in private music schools. Music therapy is another popular path that our students take and in recent years we have several graduates who have established their own music therapy practices.
Sound design and recording is an area in which our graduates excel and Elle is an ideal example of this. Music technology skills can lead to very interesting job opportunities as can composition. Graduates who specialise in composition can find employment in writing music for film, theatre, marketing campaigns, and the gaming industry. Our students have also established successful careers as professional performers and conductors.
The beauty of music is that even as undergraduates, our students are out in the community earning their money playing gigs, teaching instruments, and making connections that will benefit them when they graduate. The possibilities are endless!"
Emmelle graduated in 2018, click here to read her student story.
Losing Your Body' by Rachel Ni Bhraonain
How far can the body be pushed before it pushes back?
This vibrant show combines dance, aerial and text to tell the story of a young professional, waiting patiently for her big break. But her breaking point gets there first. Confronted with the truth of her situation one fateful day at work, this dancer's past begins to collide with her present. Is this what her body has been trying to tell her all along?
Losing Your Body uses Vertical Dance principles to distort the viewer’s perception of reality.
Vertical Dance is a unique form of aerial dance. It involves the performer wearing a safety harness to dance on a vertical surface, creating the illusion they are on the floor. Dancers are pushed to large heights, typically abseiling down large buildings. The Vertical Dance Forum was formed in 2014 to unite seven international Vertical Dance companies with one another and with freelance dancers. Ní Bhraonáin took part on three occasions, in Limerick, Zadar and Paris. In recent years, the form has seen a growth in popularity with serval more companies being established worldwide. In 2017 musician Pink performed a Vertical Dance performance for the American Music Awards, furthering the prevalence of the form.
For Losing Your Body, the harness is used to counterweight two dancers on the floor, rather than to abseil over a wall. A successful Fundit campaign was used to raise the necessary capital for this show, surpassing the goal and raising €2,650 thanks to 96 generous funders.
Created and Directed by Rachel Ní Bhraonáin. Performed by Robyn Byrne and Rachel Ní Bhraonáin. Sound Design by Emmelle Wadding. Lighting Design by Shane Gill. Losing Your Body has been supported by Dance Ireland, Garter Lane Arts Centre (A Little Room TDC), The Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Firkin Crane and Creation Aerial
Losing Your Body booking details:
Venue: The Lir Academy - Studio 1
Previews: Sept 18, 21:15 Tickets €11
Dates: Sept 19-21 – 21:15 Tickets €15 / €13 conc.
Other performance: Sept 21 – 15:30
Dublin Fringe Festival
When the powerful and the pleasurable combine this September, it will make for the most memorable Dublin Fringe Festival ever. The festival runs from the 7 – 22 of September.
Dublin Fringe Festival makes its 25 edition and this year’s festival gears up for a whopper birthday celebration with its illuminating city take-over. This year the focus is on power and pleasure. When it comes to power, we’re seizing it, sharing it and speaking truth to it. Power comes in many forms, not just wearing capes or carrying cash. Fringe recognises power in the quiet, the soft, and the patient, along with the primal, the furious and the muscular. As for pleasure, this year's festival offers dozens of art experiences that exhilarate and pulsate with joy. Fringe 2019 will delight audiences with art adventures that take you to forbidden spaces, uproarious laughter with the sharpest comedy and unmissable parties and gigs – make sure you can say you were there.
Dublin Fringe is Ireland’s most exciting multidisciplinary arts festival, and home to mavericks and inventors showcasing brand new ideas for the very first time. The festival will run for 16 days and nights, staging an impressive 36 venues, 77 productions, 545 performances, with 54 world premieres. There will be shows in theatres and arts spaces all across town but this year particularly lookout for the shows where the setting tells part of the story, like in a restaurant, a gothic chapel, on the DART, in a dressing room in Croke Park, in a hairdressers, the National Stadium, on an ice rink, in The Four Courts and in a former VIP nightclub. Fringe has an unwavering commitment to new voices and brand new work. This edition will offer an introduction to the radical makers whose work demands to be seen. Fringe calls for everyone to stay intrepid and get involved - you will reap the rewards with revelation, beauty and intimate encounters that linger long after the curtain falls.