Raving Mad?

“I just wanna dance.”

Not only is this the basis of most popular pop/funk songs, but a quote heard more often than none by the heard of girls in heels on their way to Havanas.

We want to dance. We want you to dance. To be free. 

SLSD is about dancing, raving, house music and everything in between.

Originally, we wanted our show to be about clubbing. The perfect night out. All of the good things without the overwhelming fear the next morning. 

We began to question, why do we put ourselves into states we’re unable to recover from for days? Why do we bond the most with strangers and acquaintances alike the second the sun goes down and we put on our Freakum Dress? 

You never want the party to end. The agony, the ecstasy, the shift – it’s all over as soon as those lights come up. 

We wanted to create a world where the party never ended.

These places do exist in real life, it just takes a little research and knowing the right guy to find them. We began to investigate raves and rave culture. From looking at pop-up raves in modern day society in Ireland and abroad, to the legendary Berghain in Berlin. 

Then we began to research the club scene in New York in the late 80’s to early 90’s where raving and house music was becoming the new scene. Originally a haven for freaks and geeks, the house scene was growing. Downstairs beneath shoe shops and grocery stores, people would congregate to share their beat, dress up as anything from broccoli to the kitchen sink. It was a place to bend genders, bend rules and bend over. 

People from hip-hop clubs, where the scene was becoming too rough, began to congregate here and contribute their krumping, popping, locking, to the safe 4/4 beat of house. They flocked from salsa clubs and introduced saucy Spanish steps. Every walk of life culminated to be part of a packed House Club experience.

(If you want to know the real origins and experiences of House Music, please see the war in YouTube comments of David Zowie’s House Every Weekend – it does not disappoint.)

As commercialisation rose and economies boomed, the arts, the freaks and the house clubs began to dwindle in favour of VIP areas, bottle service, and Grey Goose. Night clubs became about money, greed and indulgence. 

This constant push and pull between culture, originality, freedom and the longing for “a good night” is where our idea for SLSD was born….

Stay tuned for more x

by Megan Roberts 

No Kissin’ Correspondent/Co-Writer/Co-Director of SLSD

 

Let’s Tessellate…

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Just a little over 2 years ago, a small group of happy-go-lucky college students had a big idea.

You guessed it, they decided to create a theatre company, and so No Kissin’ Ensemble came to life!

That’s not the full story though…

Back in 2014, our now Artistic Directors, Aidan, Daithi and Hanan had just completed their final year project in Drama and Theatre Studies and found themselves looking for their next project. This project became our first production “Dr. Ecstaticus and the Quest for Happiness”. Filled with enthusiasm and perhaps a dash of naivety, the lads thought “Sure, couldn’t we just put on a show ourselves?”. Conveniently they found themselves surrounded by friends who had an aptitude for the dramatics and very little else to do with their summers. Somehow we muddled through with actors and crew members double, triple and quadruple jobbing throughout the production. Sheer determination and some may say obsession made that show happen and a theatre company was born from it.

Muddling through became the key method in our madness, creating a precedent that our work would be devised and developed throughout the rehearsal process. We wanted our work to be original, different and innovative which wasn’t difficult as our members were brimming with new ideas everyday. We became professionals at adapting and developing, not just scripts but to the unfamiliar situations we were faced with. Like how do you fund a show? How do you promote a show? How do you find your audience?

Despite the obstacles facing us, the experiment was a success! “Dr. Ecstaticus..” made it to the stage in the Granary Theatre, summer 2014. We’d found an audience, and they were actually there, watching our work and enjoying it.

Realising No Kissin’ Ensemble didn’t just have to be a one off project we found ourselves yearning to go through it all again. The endless hours of brainstorming, sleepless nights and general mayhem of putting on a show. We’d found our groove and so it was time for No Kissin’s second brain baby, “The Storehouse”.

Theatre became our play ground, which was more than evident in this production. Creating a maze throughout the theatre space and experimenting even more with sound, physicality and light, we began to establish ourselves within the Cork Theatre community. “The Storehouse” was a truly awakening experience, making us focus on our goals as a theatre company. We didn’t want to be amateurs muddling through anymore, we had ambition and it was clear to all of us that No Kissin’ was here to stay.

Naturally the next step was to make more theatre, as that was the business we had found ourselves in. This time we were focused, nothing would be rushed. “SLSD”, set to hit Cork this September, went through an extensive development process from October 2015 to the present.  We presented 2 showcases at the TDC, Cork, during this time.

Yet we’ve been doing so much more behind the scenes..

2016 has been filled with funding applications, defining ourselves as a company and planning the years ahead. And finally we’ve something to show for it.

We’re delighted to announce that the next step in our journey is as participants of the Tessellate programme, run by The Cork Midsummer Festival, Corcadorca Theatre Company and The Everyman Theatre. With their mentorship and support, we as a theatre company will continue to deliver the unique and original work you’ve come to expect. At the end of this programme we will be presenting a show at the Cork Midsummer Festival, an opportunity we could only dream of a few short days ago. We’d like to thank the Tessellate programme for accepting us and we look forward to what the year ahead will bring.

We know you’ve one burning question left…

Why are we called No Kissin’ Ensemble??

Sorry to disappoint.. but we don’t kiss and tell x

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