Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Larry Beau: Mad as Mist and Snow

Sunday, 15th December, 7pm
Larry Beau leads a gathering of vagabonds and minstrels for ‘Mad as Mist and Snow’ an unconventional Christmas concert and celebration of all tides Yule at the Back Loft venue. Far from the marketing madness of tinsel-topped shopping sprees, let Beau lead you on a journey of festive feasting and frolics, storytelling songs and lyrical lore, amid live musical marvels and audiovisual awesomeness, mulled wine, royal chai tea and hot incredible edibles!
Larry Beau is a Galway born minstrel, composer and songwriter. He began as resident musician with San Francisco's Omnicircus, before developing his identity as a modern- day Irish Minstrel after twelve months’ story collecting in Dingle in 2002. Since then he has traveled with his show to New York, Hollywood, Edinburgh, Florence and Berlin's traveling vintage tavern -Spiegeltent. Beau has released three critically acclaimed albums to date, including William The Brave and  I Dream of Tiger Rose. He has performed at the Electric Picnic, live on RTE Radio1, Tg4 and Tv3. ‘Mad as Mist and Snow’ will feature special performances of songs from his forthcoming album The Sundance Vagabonds, a celebration of the hope, love and survival of society’s underdogs.
If Kate Bush and John Lennon had a love-child, Larry Beau would be their shy black-clad son. - THE TIMES
Like a stray from the nether regions of Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire, Larry Beau inhabits a gothic underworld where decadence, lust and horror vie with one another for his, and our, attentions. ‘I Dream Of Tiger Rose’ is a heady amalgam of high-camp cabaret and doleful balladry - IRISH TIMES
Heartstopping - HOTPRESS

Friday, November 29, 2013

V*A*P*I*D Video Salon

La Cat Explore invited you to V*A*P*I*D, a special Sunday salon of Video Artistic Photographic Imagery Displays; where the videos are anything but vapid!

We offered:
Visual Animated Panoramic Imaginative Diversity!  
Virtual Alternative Pixellated Innovative Dreams!!

Featuring 3D audiovisual-mapping sculptures and kinetic, interactive video installations from media master Jeff O'Riordan, live VJ video-mixing by Mr. Marco Gutierrez, a full line-up of film and animation from local and international filmmaking talent: Moran Been-noon, Stephanie Golden, Lesley Ann Daley, Kate McElroy, Pierre Jolivet, Angie Duignan, Marqu Pop, John Freeman, Lemeh42, Pierpaolo Vitale, Sean Hanrahan, Ciarna Hackett, Marek Bogacki Staszkiewicz, Brigit McCone, Raoul Simpson and Darragh O'Callaghan.

Viewers were invited to roam around and explore our special video niches for a solo viewing experience: our Media Tank of Audiovisual Assault features intense video works from Lynda Phelan, Naomi Vone, Darragh O'Callaghan and Sarawut Chutiwongpeti. Our Mysterious Musings television space screened meditative works from filmmakers Karen Forrester, Catherine Harty and John Thompson and Eva Richardson McCrea.

The event was absolutely free, on Sunday 8th December from 4 - 9p.m. Featuring a fully stocked cafe with feasting, frolics and great raffle prizes.  

La Cat Explore is part of the inhouse-curated programme of the Back Loft venue, 7-11 St. Augustine Street, Dublin 8, and is sponsored by the Arts Council Small Festivals Scheme.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

V*A*P*I*D! - Video Art Salon Needs You!

La Cat Explore is proud to announce a one-of-a-kind salon of Video Artistic Photographic Imagery Displays - V*A*P*I*D! lighting up the depths of winter with screenings of short experimental films, video art, animations and visual explorations on Sunday, December 8th.

We are looking for:
Visually Amazing Picturesque Imaginative Dioramas!
Virtual Animated Pixellated Innovative Displays!
Va-va-voom! Alternative, Panoramic, Intriguing Delights!

vapid (ˈvæpɪd ) - adjective

offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging; bland.

synonyms:uninspired,colourless, uninteresting, feeble, flat, dead, dull, boring, tedious, tired, unexciting, unimaginative, lifeless, zestless, spiritless, sterile, anaemic, tame, bloodless, jejune, vacuous, bland, stale, trite, pallid, wishy-washy, watery, tasteless, milk-and-water, flavourless

So if your vid's not vapid, submit it to V*A*P*I*D!

Submission deadline: Sunday 24th November
Maximum length - 15 minutes approx
Email your submissions to lacatsalons@gmail.com with either a link to an on-line screener of the film (e.g. vimeo / youtube), or sending the film in .mp4 or .mov format via a file-sharing programme.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Story-smelling line-up!

La Cat Explore, proudly presents the Story-smelling Salon on Tuesday 12 November, at 7pm

A unique multi-sensory storytelling experience, we implore you to smell, feel and hear the tales come to life all around you. Featuring the delicate Gothic eeriness of Nadia Gativa, the shivering psychological thrills of Devon Baur and Jack Murphy, the uncanny jolt of Ken McGrath's short fiction, the narrative windings of James Moran (of the BlueBottle Collective), tales from West Cork by Johnny 'Donkey' Morrissey, and a lyrical Celtic folktale given a new spin by Brigit McCone. Also featuring special surprise guests and one piece of frankly filthy and reprehensible pornographic smut offering fifty shades of farce.

So don't miss it ... only €5 entry to help fund a bowl of soup for our starving artists (this is not a joke, their children need wine).

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mamuska returns 8th November!

Mamuska Dublin swings back into action on Friday 8th November, featuring a packed line-up of live performance and video screenings to challenge and inspire. Audience and artists mingle in an atmosphere of play and discovery. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 7.30 sharp.

Mamuska Dublin is a free event supported by the Arts Council Small Festivals Scheme and curated by the La Cat Salons inhouse programme of La Catedral Studios. Come one, come all!


1. EL Putnam  - 'Tea for Two' - PERFORMANCE
2. Tommie Soro (dir) - 'Branded'  and Katya Torres (dir) 'Honey' - VIDEO ART
4. Ciara Lindsey - 'Regret' - VIDEO ART / LIVE MUSIC
5. Marcus and Marco - 'Why the Stars Hold Their Peace' - MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING
6. John Freeman (dir.) - 'Murder of Crows' / Roland Gomez and Adiraj Sharma - 'Duo Hang and Tabla' VIDEO ART / LIVE MUSIC
7. Boaz and Vered Zur - 'Relationships' -  PERFORMANCE
8. John Freeman (dir) 'You're the One That I'm Thinking of' followed by Odette 'Sleeping Beauty' - VIDEO ART / DANCE - MIME
9David Bickley (dir.) 'Under' and Lesley-Ann Daley 'Primary Narcissism' - VIDEO ART

FEATURED IMAGE: A still from 'Primary Narcissism' by Lesley-Ann Daley

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


La Cat Explore, the home of oddity and the offbeat, announces the Story-smelling Salon on Tuesday 12 November, at 7pm. We are seeking writers and storytellers to provide the tales - from poetry to prose, from modern life to the mythical and marvellous. While the storytellers read or recite, the blind-folded audience will experience the touch, whispers and smell sensations within the story, as brought to life by a cast of volunteers. Recreating the magic of a late-night storytelling session for your adult selves, the event is not to be missed!

Send your most sensation-packed, smell-filled, touchable tales by email to lacatsalons@gmail.com if you would like to be involved, or, if you'd prefer to act as part of the volunteer crew on the night, please drop us an email.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 21st October.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Mamuska Dublin: Call for Work (8th Nov)

  *MAMUSKA DUBLIN  returns Friday 8th November 2013 @ THE BACK LOFT, 7.30pm*

 La Cat Salons calls local, national and international artists to participate in the upcoming Mamuska Dublin! This is a regular platform for presenting, viewing and discussing evolving works,  raw ideas, unrehearsed visions, trials and errors, short masterpieces,  playful nonsense, first steps... all in the context of an informal  environment where like-minded artists meet, mingle and receive  feedback from the audience. Be a part of it!

A maximum of ten artists will present their work, with lively musical breaks.

Submission criteria:

 * open to works in the fields of dance, live performance, live installation, sound and video art
 * all works must be under 10 minutes long
 * all works must have very simple technical set up and requirements
 * send title, duration and brief description of work submitted
 * include a brief bio of the artists involved
 * inclusion of supporting material is recommended

 *Closing Date For Submissions: Monday 21st October*

 Email all submissions to La Cat Salons curator Brigit McCone at lacatsalons@gmail.com. Mamuska Dublin is supported by the Arts Council Small Festivals Scheme and is an inhouse production of La Catedral Studios. Pictured artists:
Erika Capello and Monica Insinga.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Mamuska Dublin: 1st March

Mamuska Dublin takes the stage again on Friday 1st March

featuring a packed line-up of live performance and video screenings to challenge and inspire. Audience and artists mingle in an atmosphere of play and discovery. Doors open 7pm. Show starts 7.30pm.


Intro screening - Dir: David Bickley - 'World Riddle 2d' - FILM
1. Emma Pearson - 'Who the Hell is Stuntman Mike?' - PERFORMANCE
2. Cóilín the Oh-Aissieux and Patrick McGlynn - 'Bards' Blocks' - INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE
3. Erika Capello and Monica Insinga - 'Commedia dell'Arte Improv' - PERFORMANCE
4. Rik Peel - 'The Washing Line / A Very Strange Thing' - ANIMATION
5. Emily Aoibheann - 'UR Eternity: A Solo Self-suspension' - PERFORMANCE
6. Áine Ó'Hara - 'Mary Sweets' - PERFORMANCE
7.  Ambra Bergamasco and Enda Moran - 'Love My Heart' - DANCE
8. Peter Duffy - Making a Meal of It' - PERFORMANCE
9. Wojtek Bratus and Lisa Tighe - 'Electric Shock Risk' - DANCE

Mamuska Dublin is supported by the Arts Council Small Festivals Scheme and is an inhouse production of La Catedral Studios. Pictured artists: Hillary Williams and Carol Walsh, photographed by Ciarna Hackett.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Salon d'Exploration


Opening: 6pm -10pm Wednesday 13th February
Continuing til Wednesday the 20th of February 2013

Salon D’Exploration’, is a collaborative initiative between La Cat Salons, the in-house programme of La Catedral Studios/The Back Loft and Art-House, a group of seven fine artists recently graduated from NCAD and DIT, which aims to establish an art studio in Dublin.

The Back Loft is a multi-disciplinary space in what was a Victorian textile factory for the Saint Bernard Brand. During the 80s it was also a warehouse space used to store rental televisions and it was hence nicknamed “Telly building”.

Most of the work in the Salon’s exhibition is site-specific since it explores the architecture and the history of the Back Loft building. The artists use a wide variety of media including sculpture, painting, embroidery, photography, projection and video work. One of the artists will be collaborating with Eamonn Kennedy who’s doing a PhD on the Physics of nanoscale imaging and its application to cancer research.

This exhibition will also feature the Back Loft Café, a recently built-in charming cafe-saloon created with reclaimed materials and inspired by art deco style, where members of the audience will be invited to relax and mingle whilst sampling creative delights during the Salon’s rich calendar of satellite performances.
As part of the Salon, Art House will also host a number of events including a poetry performance night, a piano music salon and a series of curator and artist talks. A list of these events and a calendar will be available at http://arthousedublin.tumblr.com/, and http://salondexploration.wordpress.com/


Art House Artists:
Ian Nolan http://iannolan.weebly.com/index.html
Ruth Kerr & Eamonn Kennedy http://kerrut.blogspot.ie/
Steph Gallagher http://www.stephgallagher.com/
Nollaig Molloy http://nollaigmolloy.wordpress.com/
Amanda Doran http://amandadoranartist.tumblr.com/
Aisling Ní Chlaonadh http://aislingnich.tumblr.com/
Dona Stankune http://www.flickr.com/photos/dona-snapkauskaite/

Curated by Roisin Power Hackett