Approx 45 minutes
Joy loves running, spinning and flying in nature.
Sky loves reading, singing and gaming indoors.
A-do-le-TA! is a dance theatre piece that joyously explores friendship and play for children aged 3 – 6. A-do-le-TA! is a piece based on the importance of play, especially free play during early childhood. Digging into the fine line between the contemporary life, where electronic play now has a huge role, and the natural instinctive play deep-rooted in human nature. Although digital media and technology has benefits, excessive use of electronic media can have a negative impact on wellbeing and mental health. For this piece Selma daniel explored this fine line through dance.
A highly imaginative and slightly abstract piece A-do-le-TA! shows a day in the life of two friends. Come with Joy and Sky into a world where everything is possible – a tent can be a crab, an umbrella can be a cloud and the moon can sing! Through play two friends overcome differences and together imagine, create and expand their reality and yours.
‘AdoleTA!’ premiered in 2019 at Draíocht Blanchardstown, Ireland, and had 4 successful shows there before a run of 3 shows at Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare. ‘AdoleTA!’ has successfully toured in China at Shanghai International Children’s Festival in 2021.
What does A-do-le-TA! mean?
Adoleta from the French Andouilette also called adoletá or adotecá (in Portugal, Um-Do-Li-Tá) is a Brazilian children’s hand clapping game where participants in a circle, clap hands with each other and sing the song Adoleta. Brought to Brazil during the French immigration, originally a French children’s song was adapted over time as children had difficulty pronouncing the French lyrics. Adoleta is a popular children’s game in Brazil to this day.
About Selma Daniel
Selma Daniel is an Associate Dance Artist with Solstice Arts Centre and Director of LittleLion Dance Theatre with over 20 years’
experience in dance. She is supported by Meitheal: a Branar initiative. Selma creates dance for young audiences, working in socially engaging dance for screen, stage and the public space. She uses the body, visual imagery and props to create thought provoking and visually stimulating dance experiences. Selma’s recent productions include Paper Plane about family diversity and OutWall, a dance piece for public spaces that investigates self-isolation and architecture. Her show AdoleTA! has successfully toured in China at Shanghai International Children’s Festival in 2021. She is currently researching a new work for young audiences in collaboration with First Fortnight. Selma holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from University of Limerick and is the recipient of multiple awards including Arts Council Project Awards and the Exploring and Thinking Bursary with South Dublin County Council.
Director: Selma Daniel
Music and Sound: Paddy Groenland
Dancers: Deirdre Griffin, Sarah Ryan (original production)
Dramaturg: Raymond Keane
Set and Costume Design: Sabine Dargent
Lighting Design: Sebastian Pizarro
More about AdoleTA! Here http://selmadaniel.com/portfolio/adoleta