Welcome to an Independent State of Happiness! Online home of Ariel Killick, an award-winning & nominated performance artist & workshop facilitator.
Fàilte shònraichte & a special welcome to you if you've arrived here via our Great Gaelic Ferries during Festival 2014 & Merchant City Festival! You can find out more about Independent State of Happiness' street entertainment and contemporary Gaelic arts workshops on the left-hand side menu, or if you've taken a picture with one of our crew on the Great Gaelic Ferries, why not upload it to our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter? If you'd like the Ferries or other innovative & exciting contemporary Gaelic arts for your area or event, you can contact Ariel directly via the contact page here.
Ariel works internationally between Scotland, the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland as a professional stiltwalker, as well as pushing the boundaries in which the public and young people experience Scots Gaelic and Irish through a range of contemporary artforms, providing a very innovative, distinctive and enjoyable way to expose audiences to the language.
"I want to thank you for your stimulating and inspiring bilingual circus skill workshops, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a honour to have such talented artists at our Lá Spraoi." Sheena, Lá Spraoi/Summer Fun Day Organiser
Ariel has over 12 years experience as a professional street entertainer, with a wide variety of stilt characters, performing at major events such as the Royal National Mod & the National Gaelic Awards, & at Ireland's largest-scale spectacle events with and alongside the country's leading street spectacle groups, prior to her relocation to Glasgow in late November 2013.
"One of Ireland's leading Stilt Performers" Down District Council, Northern Ireland
Ariel is also the Director of the world's first Gaelic Street Theatre group, attracting first-class feedback for their Pop Up Gaelic Café at two of Scotland's leading festivals in 2013. See Street Theatre & Spectacle for more info.
"What a great introduction to a new language! Fun! Fun! Fun! I've done Polish & Italien, this is way more fun and a great way to learn a language!" Alec, Paramedic & Pop Up Gaelic Café Participant
Trained in Scotland & Ireland, New York, Sydney & London, Ariel's work is in demand for corporate launches & events, parades and community & school festivals & events, incorporating stunning makeup, high quality costume and character work as well as improvised comedy, with her workshops receiving consistently positive feedback both in schools and community settings.
"Professional in every way possible" McCracken Summer School
Additionally, Ariel holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Arts Education from Ireland's National College of Art & Design, is a trained actor, a member of the Scottish Circus & Street Arts Network & the Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network, and an experienced Voiceover Artist and scriptwriter, focussing largely on scripted work for indoor venues incorporating a variety of circus skills, as well as street theatre. Please see Theatre Work for further details on her experience as an actor, writer and producer. Ariel also holds full PVG Membership as well as ACCESS NI certification.
"I would like to express my thanks for the fantastic experience you gave the children yesterday. All of them enjoyed it (and me too!)" Cairde Uí Néill
With her grandmother's MacKechnie heritage hailing from Shiaba on the Isle of Mull in Scotland's Inner Hebrides, Ariel is delighted to be finally working in Scots Gaelic as well as Irish, being the first known Gaelic-speaking member of her family to return to Mull in over 150 years in 2013, on personal invitation from the local Mull and National Mod Director, Janet MacDonald.
© Ariel Killick 2014
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