Silent Moves, a film by internationally acclaimed visual artist Aideen Barry and artists of Western Care’s Ridgepool Training Centre and Scannán Technologies embarks on a national tour this autumn.

What happens when you fall in love with the wrong man? The story of a love triangle, Silent Moves explores the real challenges faced by people with disabilities in our society: freedom to work, make friends, fall in love, marry, move freely in the world and make their own choices.

Described by audiences as ‘the most amazing, thought-provoking, witty and emotional film I have ever seen’, Silent Moves is a simple story told in the way of old films, with slapstick comedy, pathos and humour. Inspired by the classic black and white silent films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin with a strong emphasis on movement and mime, Silent Moves is both moving and hilarious.

This engaging project focused on developing skills in stop motion animation, film, script development and performance techniques. Irish dance artist and choreographer Emma O’Kane, worked alongside visual artist Aideen Barry as the collective talents of the 30 group members developed their ideas and storyboards.

The film will be accompanied by a live ensemble performing the film’s soundtrack at each evening screening, as well as unique ‘Meet the Makers’ post show discussions.

VENUES

Galway Town Hall Theatre – 20th Oct. 2015, 2.30pm & 8pm thtsales@galwaycity.ie

Irish Film Institute4th Nov. 2015, 11.00am & 6.30pm info@irishfilm.ie

Cork Film Festival, Triskel 14th Nov. 2015, 2.00pm & 6.30pm

Mayo Movie World26th Nov. 2015, 8.00pm

A ‘Meet the Makers’ style session will be hosted in each location after the evening screening, featuring some of the participating artists from the project, alongside representatives from Ballina Arts Centre and Mayo County Council Arts Office.

Silent Moves screenings are audio described and subtitled. Meet the Makers sessions are Irish Sign Language interpreted. All venues are wheelchair accessible and an induction loop will be available.

Silent Moves was made possible through an award to Ballina Arts Centre who hosted and managed the Mayo IGNITE project. IGNITE is a new platform designed to generate Ireland’s most ambitious showcasing of talent from people with disabilities, led by international and Irish artists and performers with disabilities.

IGNITE is managed by a unique partnership involving the Arts Council, Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI), Mayo County Council, Galway City & County Councils and Cork City Council. www.irelandignite.ie

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