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Pause and Effect premieres at the Belfast Children’s Festival

Wednesday 2nd March 2016 at 11am 0 Comments Youth Arts , Dance

Pictured are dancer, Vasiliki Stasinaki, Gilly Campbell, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Emma McEvoy (8) and Ciara Lyttle (9) Image: Pictured are dancer, Vasiliki Stasinaki, Gilly Campbell, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Emma McEvoy (8) and Ciara Lyttle (9)

Belfast contemporary dance company, Maiden Voyage return with their programme for young and family audiences, OFF SPRING, with a new commission Pause and Effect from Choreographer Eleesha Drennan, accompanied by original music from Willie Drennan.

Pause and Effect is a new dance performance suitable for all the family.  Four dancers and two musicians create a whirlwind of lively action and sound with only an occasional pause and timing is everything.  Using building blocks of time the performers create, destroy and remake over and over again as their chain reactions transform a giraffe into a tea party, a fallen down wall into a riverbed, and much more. Should they race against the clock or stop and pause to enjoy the moment?

Pause and Effect will premiere at the MAC during the 2016 Belfast Children’s Festival.  Created by family duo, choreographer Eleesha Drennan, with original live music by her father, popular local musician Willie Drennan, the music ensemble sees Beethoven mixed with folk tunes and the rhythmical sounds of traditional instruments. Performances will take place daily from Saturday 5 through to Tuesday 8 March at the MAC, Belfast.

Commenting on the premiere of Pause and Effect, Maiden Voyage Artistic Director, Nicola Curry, said

“Pause and Effect is a whirlwind of action and sound that will excite and charm family audiences. The combination of imaginative movement and live music has been inspired by the spontaneity of a child’s creative play. We are thrilled to present it at the MAC during this year’s Belfast Children’s Festival”

Gilly Campbell, Arts Development Officer for Drama and Dance, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said:

“The Arts Council is delighted to support Pause and Effect as part of the 18th Belfast Children’s Festival which continues to introduce a generation of children to the very best professional, international and local arts.  For many children and families, the Festival is their first experience of live arts and I’ve every confidence that this innovative and exciting new performance from Maiden Voyage Dance will fast become a firm family favourite at this year’s festival.”

In addition to the main shows running at the MAC from Saturday 5 to Tuesday 8 March, Pause and Effect will be audio described for the 2:30pm performance on Sunday 6 March (Mother's Day), supported by funding from Enkalon Foundation, Blackburn Trust and the Belfast Cathedral Sit-Out Fund (Black Santa).  Families with children who are visually impaired can apply for free tickets for the show (4 per family) which will incorporate a touch tour and the audio-described show for free. For details contact Eibhlin on

The Belfast Children’s Festival now in its 18th year, will run from 4-9 March 2016, A wide range of events and activities are planned to light up Belfast during the festival, including art, literature and performance.  For details or to book tickets for events, visit,


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