Loosysmokes is a wolf, the lost wolf.
Loosysmokes the company is a close-knit group of hardworking artists, craftsmen and performers. Having all worked together on numerous projects over the years, a formal collective arrangement was hammered out in early 2014 and has proven to be a successful way of producing unique material that is not bound by the traditional trapping of art, circus or performance. Projects are creatively produced by Elaine McCague & Jonah McGreevy.
Elaine McCague – Aerial performer/ multi-disciplinary artist/ Co-Creative Director and Producer of Loosysmokes and previously PaperDolls Performance Company.
An aerial acrobat, Elaine produces, artistically directs and performs experimental contemporary circus. She specialises in singles and doubles trapeze, corde lisse and acrobatics. After several years of success producing the PaperDolls Performance Company, in 2014 Elaine formed one half of the producing team of Loosysmokes. The madness and visual beauty of Loosysmoke’s spectacles first begin in the wanderings of Elaine’s mind.
Jonah McGreevy – Co Creative Director and Producer of Loosysmokes/ Acrobatic Choreographer/ Aerial and Acrobatic performer.
An award winning acrobatic base, trapeze artist, and producer of contemporary circus, Jonah organises, choreographs and performs. The other half of Loosysmokes creative producing team, behind the scenes Jonah’s organisational and technical skills underpin the entire operation.
Craig Cox – Musical Creator/ Inventor and Technical Director.
Craig is a sound designer, composer and musician who creates original soundscapes using a mix of site specific sound, recorded instrumentation and vocals. Craig has a broad and unique portfolio of work including both film and performance. He supervises all technical aspects and contributes artistically to the development and presentation of the performance.
Conor McCague – Stunt rigger/ lighting and sound technician/ inventor/ artist
Conor is a jack-of-all-trades and a master of many. Straddling the border between artist and craftsman, Conor is as at home with intricate mechanical sculptures and as large scale rigging projects. His stunt rigging skills underpin the physical side of productions.
Deirdre Griffin – Choreographer/ dancer /acrobat
A serious talent, performing nationally and internationally, with years of training, performance and development of successful work, Deirdre joins Loosysmokes as a choreographer, dancer, acrobat and wall runner.
Hazel McCague – Designer / visual artists/ curator at Lay of the Land
A talented textile designer who specialises in weaving and has a keen interest in textile art, installation and collaborative work. Hazel brings an eye and technical talent to design sets and props large and small.
Productions to date:
Jun 2017 Body & Soul Festival performances
Oct 2016 Behind the Dark at Bram Stoker Festival
Aug 2016 Behind the Dark at Kilkenny Arts Festival
Aug 2016 Roustabout at Doneraile Court, Cork.
June 2016 Alternativa 2016, Gdansk, performed ‘the Pull’ with Ella deBurca
June 2016 Body & Soul Festival performances
May 2016 Roustabout performed at Drogheda Arts Festival
Sept 2015 Behind the Dark, winner Best ensemble award Dublin Fringe Festival 2015
Aug 2015 Roustabout funded by the Arts Council Circus Project Award 2015
Jun 2015 Body & Soul Festival performances
May/Aug ’15 Genus Quercus performed at Drogheda Arts Festival & Kilkenny Castle.
Dec ’14 Behind the Dark, developed & performed in the woods of Phoenix Park.
Sept ’14 Genus Quercus commissioned by the OPW, World Parks Day, Phoenix Park.
June ’14 Body & Soul Festival: ‘When the Monsters Arrive” woods experiments.