Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Green Fire Islands Tour 2012…to be continued

Hi there….would love to post more photos to keep you up to date with what has happened in Dublin at the Helix Theatre and on the big stage at the By the River festival in London but my Photoshop crashed and unfortunately I wont be able to process photos efficiently until I get back to Auckland mid August…such a shame…would love to share them as they tell a vibrant story…hang in there and visit my site again if you are interested……see you then!

Here a little sneak preview…and more to come soonish!

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The Green Fire Islands Tour 2012 – Day 6 & 7 rehearsals

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all photos © Kathrin Simon

Sir William Tyrone Guthrie

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig is outstandingly beautiful and special. I feel very lucky to experience this haven for a little more than a week. It is calm and serene, inspiring and simply kept beautifully.

This centre exists thanks to the generosity of Sir William Tyrone Guthrie (1900-1971). Sir Guthrie was a celebrated Tony Award-winning theatrical director and a great-grandson of the 19th century Irish actor Tyrone Power. At his death in 1971 Tyrone Guthrie left the house in his will to the Irish State for use as a residential workplace for artists.

Will of Sir William Tyrone Guthrie – 3 March 1971…….’my said dwelling-house, furniture, pictures and chattels and the income of my residuary estate to be used for the purpose of providing a retreat for artists and other like persons…so as to enable them to do or facilitate them in doing creative work.’

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The centre opened 31 years ago and since then more than 6000 artists stayed, worked and created at Annaghmakerrig. Remarkable. Today, I jumped on a bike and cycled through this very green unspoiled landscape to visit him at his last resting place at the Aghabog Parish church. Same of the graves date back to early 1800 and it was another inspiring, quiet and special place to spend an hour of my lucky day.

Thank you, thank you Sir Tyrone Guthrie and to ALL at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre who make our stay unforgettable!

http://tyroneguthrie.ie/home

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The Green Fire Islands Tour 2012…Day 4 & 5 rehearsals

….follow the GFI journey on Day 4 & 5 at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig | Ireland

all photos © Kathrin Simon

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The Green Fire Islands Tour 2012…Day 3

more of the rehearsals at Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig | Ireland…..for more info go to www.greenfireislands.com

all photos © Kathrin Simon

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The Green Fire Islands Tour 2012…Day 2

…it’s 10.30pm and I think am a little tired…! Did we just arrived 28 hours ago!? Hence not many words other than – it was a great day. Over the course of the day all arrived. Aotearoa and Ireland are here. Just beautiful to see everyone again. Wonderful and important meeting to get to know each other, to reconnect and to acknowledge the past production and embrace the path, joys and challenges ahead. A lovely vibrant energy is in the air. The day finished with a sound check in the dance studio of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre where most rehearsals will take place…let some photos tell the story of day 2…

all photos © Kathrin Simon

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The Green Fire Islands Tour 2012…the blog….arriving in Ireland

After just having arrived in Ireland with Green Fire Islands I immediately changed my mind about not blogging. Of course I will. I will blog photos and impressions of every day here in Ireland and maybe London. Most of the NZ artists and crew (16 of us) arrived at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annamakerrig yesterday late afternoon and since then I am in overdrive with my camera. This is one of the most beautiful and inspiring places I have seen in a long time. Amazing. Stunning. Photographer’s heaven. Everyone is enchanted and the decision to stay here for the rehearsals looks absolutely perfect. Even though we traveled for about 30 hours no one could go to bed after having arrived here. Too much to see, too beautiful, too many hellos and arrivals. Of course, I can only post a few photos …however, they might give an idea about what’s happening here. Over the course of today most Irish artists will arrive…so watch this space – I’ll try to post a few pics each day. See you!

The trip, arrival and first hellos…(both galleries are slideshows)

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Tyrone Guthrie Centre…the Green Fire Islands Rehearsal residence

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all photos © Kathrin Simon