Next Stage Grants
The Scorched Earth Trilogy and Street Art Opera App © Dumbworld - Credit: Neil Harrison i
ATTRIBUTED GRANT - €80,000
A transformative digital project that aims to revolutionise the presentation, sustainability and access of opera through the medium of Street Art Operas that explore climate change. They are a unique blend of opera, street art & animation, presented as outdoor video & sound installations projected onto buildings. These presentations of Street Art Opera to date have been remarkably successful and fully subscribed, but have been limited in scale because of the current technology options available. The use of Bluetooth headphones, off-the-rack apps or localised wireless networks have been effective options, but now is the time to bring this collaboration to the next level so that this work can reach a much wider audience and more robustly fulfill the project’s aims.
“The Scorched Earth Trilogy”, the creative project that will be used to launch this new technology, is a series of short, thought-provoking operas exploring the environmental, political & social impact of climate change through the eyes of polar bears, children & world leaders. They aim to challenge complacency in matters of the environment. They will present these operas in a number of locations throughout Ireland and Europe.
Irish National Opera will lead on the presentation, marketing and wider distribution of the performance element of The Scorched Earth Trilogy, and have played a key role in the artistic and recording process. Their skills and track record in presenting contemporary opera and innovative digital projects will ensure that the scaling and development of this project will be carefully managed.
Dumbworld have composed and created The Scorched Earth Trilogy. They are experts in finding new and innovative ways to create and present performance art. Their work is evocative and thought-provoking and they have had several successful partnerships with Irish National Opera in the past.
Irish National Opera and Dumbworld plan to work with Nüwa Digital Media Content Production Studios Limited to lead and implement the app element of this project. Nüwa not only have the necessary technical skills, but are also specialists in high-quality audio solutions. They are particularly well-placed to deliver on the technology required, having been through an R and D process of finding alternatives to streaming to achieve audio synchronisation through mobile applications for an interactive art installation.
Brian Irvine - Composer
John McIlduff - Writer
Fergus Sheil - Artistic Director
Sarah Halpin - Digital Communications Manager