Welcome to an Independent State of Happiness! Online home of Ariel Killick, an award-winning & nominated performance artist & workshop facilitator.
Ariel works internationally between Scotland, the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland as a professional stiltwalker and teacher, as well as pushing the boundaries in which the public & young people experience Gaelic & Irish through a range of contemporary artforms, providing a very innovative & enjoyable way to expose audiences to the language. Since mid 2013, Ariel has delivered more than 300 workshops in some 85 schools and communities across Scotland & Northern Ireland.
"Fantastic to have something so different & so interesting... and brilliant to have in through Gaelic. The kids loved the different equipment & great to hear Gaelic spoken in an environment such as this" Glasgow Sradagan Leader, Glasgow Gaelic School
“An amazing force of nature in its purest form - the kids are very lucky to have such a terrific role model in their midst. Sometimes I’ve been lucky enough meet people who no matter what language they speak can communicate with anyone – Ariel is one of them.” Dan Gordon, reknowned Northern Irish scriptwriter for Lyric Theatre Pat and Plain Drama in Schools Project
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 World Pipe Band Championships, Royal National Mod, National Gaelic Awards & an international stilt-based collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh for Festival 2014. Ariel previously performed 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 2012.
"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 as well as performing at Festival 2014, Merchant City Festival 2014 at the Royal National Mòd. 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 as she tours schools & community settings across Scotland.
"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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