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IN THE BEGINNING...
It all started when four young ladies gathered to discuss a mutual problem: they wanted to fly but had nowhere to do it in their city. Their driving passion was aerial – performing with airborne circus equipment like trapeze, hoop, rope and silks. After years of ad-hoc aerial training they had run out of patience and so began a search for a space to develop their aerial craft. As fate would have it, they soon found their performance home - the Complex, a city-center venue that was the answer to their prayers. From vastly diverse backgrounds, the Dolls found the creative chemistry between them urgently needed an outlet. They had met each other for a reason, to realise their childhood imaginings of wild adventures, mystifying spectacles and immensely invigorating happenings.
IN THE NOW...
The PaperDolls know the talent that exists in the city of Dublin and have immersed themselves in the hidden creative secrets that a city like this cultivates. Borrowing from their past lives as visual artists, musicians, circus kids, cabaret performers, yogis, carpenters and writers, PaperDolls incorporate a host of youthful Irish talent in their creative conquests. With the success of their inaugural show at Body and Soul festival agitating the embers, PaperDolls are currently developing a most ambitious project for ABSOLUT Fringe 2011 and are extremely excited about it.
The Dolls are working with musician Laura Sheeran to develop an original and integrative score, Ambisonics technician Michael Kearns to create a multi-directional, immersive audio experience and artist Susan Walsh on visual and lighting design. We have a large team of set designers and installation artists designing and constructing a labyrinthine stage set inside the Complex, with members of Lace and Wine creating the sights and sounds waiting to be discovered in the passages of the paper maze.
IN THE FUTURE...
We are determined that Dublin will become a place where artists and performers can train in aerial and go on to stage high quality theatrical productions. We aspire to contribute to the small network of aerial practitioners in Ireland, to make aerial an accessible activity for both professional and public participants. We want to help make Dublin a place that cultivates artists and performers, to help create an environment which supports the development of new work in the city and see our work flourish here.
PaperDolls are Emily Aoibheann, Elaine McCague, Karen Anderson and Niamh Creely.
A BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HELPED US GET THIS FAR, in particular for your recent help: Jon, Bob, Paul, Alex, Kat, Laura, Mick, Mam.