Solas Nua is delighted to announce that Luke Casserly, a multidisciplinary performance maker from Longford, Ireland, has been selected for Solas Nua’s 2023 Norman Houston Project.
His work weaves together environmental research, documentary, sound art, and site as a way of carving out space for new possibilities to emerge between live performance and physical landscape. To date, his projects have brought audiences through city streets, back gardens, train stations, beaches, and a bog in the Irish midlands. These works have led to the creation of a network of Irish wildflower meadows across Ireland (1000 Miniature Meadows, 2020) and the planting of 1000 indigenous trees in the Irish Midlands (Root, 2021). Often using autobiography as a starting point, his work attempts to stretch out new conversations around our human impact on the environment.
Luke holds a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College, and is Associate Director of PAN PAN Theatre Company. He is currently a Six in the Attic Artist with Irish Theatre Institute.
The Norman Houston Multi-disciplinary Commissioning Award is a bi-annual commission for a new work open to artists working in any discipline on the island of Ireland. Part of the overall Norman Houston Project, this commission will comprise of a six-week research and development residency at STABLE Arts in Washington D.C., travel and accommodation provided (in 2023), followed by a presentation of the new work produced for the commission (in 2024). Stay tuned for more on Luke’s upcoming work with Solas Nua and the upcoming presentation from inaugural recipient Niamh McCann this summer.