Grey Area
Crash Ensemble

  • Arrow Aug 12, 2020 - Aug 16, 2020, Duration 20mins
  • Arrow Digital Gallery
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Presented by Kilkenny Arts Festival

Duration 20mins

Sam Perkin is one of the most exciting young composers at work in Ireland today. He also happens to be a skateboarder, and this unique project fuses these two passions into a mesmerising new film. Shot and edited by skate photographer and videographers Niall O’Byrne and Sam Curtin, Grey Area follows a skateboarder’s nocturnal journey through an urban landscape while Festival stalwarts Crash Ensemble perform Perkins’ original score. The result is a hypnotic blend of music and movement that captures the rhythms and colours of skateboarding and its unique perspective on the city.

Please note: admittance to the installation is limited to adhere to physical distancing.
You may be required to queue outside the Digital Gallery while waiting for admittance.


Composer / Director: Sam Perkin
Instrumentation: Ensemble and Street Skateboarding Film
Performer: Crash Ensemble
World Première: Musica Nova Helsinki, Finland (2nd February 2019)
Commissioned by: Engage Arts Festival for Crash Ensemble with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland
Supported by: The Arts Council of Ireland
Cinematography: NOB / Sam Curtin
Skateboarders: Charles Neilson / Paddy Walsh

Crash Ensemble
Flute: Susan Doyle
Deirdre OLeary
Roddy O’Keeffe
Owen Gunnell
Alex Petcu
Electric Guitar
: Barry OHalpin
Maire Carroll
Larissa OGrady
Lisa Dowdall
Kate Ellis
Camin Gilmore

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