A small clue is a new short film of music, movement and spoken word, featuring a newly composed vocal sextet entitled Leide Beag, commissioned by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture as part of the Aistriú project in partnership with NUI Galway. Taking its name from a poem by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, together, the companion pieces of a small clue // Leide Beag are both inspired by lived, inherited and ancestral stories of migration.
This film weaves new artistic responses to a collective experience of up-rooting and re-rooting. Voices of the newly arrived, settled, and native to this historically migrant land are shared through a series of intimate moments of movement, music and text.
The event was introduced by Professor Rióna Ní Fhríghíl, and the premiere of a small clue was accompanied by a post-show discussion with the performers and creators involved in the project, moderated by Marianne Ní Chinnéide.
The screening and post-show discussion occurred in tandem with the digital record release of Ian Wilson’s Leide Beag. This four-movement vocal sextet performed by Tonnta is a stunning meditation on the different facets of migration. Available on Bandcamp from October 6 with all proceeds going to MASI.
Bandcamp page for Leide Beag is available here: Leide Beag | Ian Wilson
This hybrid work weaves new artistic responses to a collective experience of up-rooting and re-rooting. Voices of the newly arrived, settled, and native to this historically migrant land are shared through a series of intimate individual and ensemble moments.
Heartfelt gestures of welcome and searing new poetry combine to speak to the here and now. This interdisciplinary work was developed through a collaborative workshop process lead by choreographer Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín and writer Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi.
Commissioned by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture as part of the Aistriú project in partnership with NUI Galway, the poetry of Louis De Paor and Maírtín Ó Diréain is set in a stirring suite of new music by composer Ian Wilson and performed by the superb vocalists of Tonnta conducted by Sinead Hayes.
Leide Beag is directed by Robbie Blake, produced by Síobhra Quinlan and created with filmmaker Laura Sheeran. Made in the lockdowns of 2020-2021, Leide Beag is a statement of welcome, connection, freedom and home for this present moment.
Director: Robbie Blake
Creative Producer: Síobhra Quinlan
Composer: Ian Wilson
Choreographer: Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín
Writer: Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi
Filmmaker: Laura Sheeran
Performers: Bláthnaid Conroy Murphy, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Elizabeth Hilliard, Emma Power, Eoghan Desmond, Jenny Mwangonde, Jihad Essektani, Robbie Blake, Rory Lynch, Ruth Mzumara
Conductor: Sinead Hayes
Audio recording, mix and master engineer: Adrian Hart
Production Manager: Lisa Mahony
Aistriú Creative Associate: Marianne Ní Chinnéide
Artwork: Julie Migdal
Commissioned by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture as part of the Aistriú project in partnership with NUI Galway
A Tonnta production
Presentation supported by Mick Lally Theatre and Smock Alley Theatre