Captivate: Uist is our partnership programme being delivered with Taigh Chearsabhagh and Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath exploring animation through interactive projects and performance across Uist.
Pilot programme 2022-2023:
A co created performance project incorporating digital loop animation and improvised music with professional musicians and animators working alongside primary 7 children from across the 4 schools in South and North Uist.
Woodwind trio Distant Melodies have delivered improvisation workshops with pupils to respond to their animated characters using body percussion and voice to culminate in a live performed soundtrack to the pupils animations taking place as part of the primary 7’s transition week.
Award winning animator Cat Bruce worked with pupils to create loop animation characters, backdrops and movements before digitising these and bringing them to the big screen as part of this interactive performance.
In addition to activity with pupils, Distant Melodies performed for public audiences at Taigh Chearsabhagh and for residents of Trianaid Care Home in Uist.
Animator Cat Bruce offered a space for local animators and students of the Univeristy of the Highlands and Islands animation module to meet with her and discuss their work and her own experience as a freelance animator.
A micro tour of visual theatre work Little Murmur by Aakash Odedra Company offering a programme of movement workshops and additional education packs for schools across Uist and a public performance of the work for families supported by Taigh Chearsabagh.
An Lanntair has supported the performance and workshops to additionally come to schools in Lewis and Harris during this tour.
Programmed with thanks to Imaginate, this non verbal visual theatre piece is based on the true story of one child’s struggle with letters and words. Little Murmur is about facing challenges and overcoming the odds. Using stunning projection and animation techniques as well as movement and a blizzard of paper.
Through our Captivate: Uist programme we have also delivered Puppetry and Emotional Resilience training with 12 primary school teachers and early years practicioners in Uist in early 2023.