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connect your people

through rhythm

drum circle & rhythm playshop

Why do a drum circle together?

 

At Creative Together we use drum circle as part of our work with groups throughout Ireland as a creative, fun activity that is fantastic for teamwork and bringing a powerful sense of togetherness. The tradition of drumming and singing together goes back to the past and our ancestors.

In the busy times of screens, social media, migration and scattered communities, the need for belonging to a group or a tribe calls us again. A Drum Circle fulfills that need instantly and any group will feel the power of community in action from the very first drum call. Drumming is fun, it reduces stress levels, brings people together, creates great memories and is a perfect tool to boost your positive mental health. It's a perfect team building activity that will never be forgotten. 

 

Community Drum Circle and the Rhythm Playshop

This drum circle workshop will suit every group, team, class and will be the highlight of any company event, festival or gathering. 

With these games and rhythm starters, participants learn about the instruments and the rhythm., having a chance to express themselves freely as part of a drum orchestra. No previous experience is needed and all the drums and percussion instruments are provided. Sometimes we also use our bodies and voices to create music together. We can provide drums for 30 participants and another 30 percussion instruments, but sessions for a bigger group can be arranged. We've worked with thousands of children, young people and adults who had lots of fun. 

 

Creative Schools Drumming

Creative Schools Drumming

Drumming for Creative Schools Programme in Roscommon

Special Needs Drum Circle

Special Needs Drum Circle

Special needs group drumming playshop in Tuam

Drumming at GIC 2104

Drumming at GIC 2104

Drumming with children at the Global Inspiration Conference, Delphi, Co. Mayo

Drumming at GIC 2104

Drumming at GIC 2104

Children leading the drumming circle, Global Inspiration Conference, Delphi, Co. Mayo

Drumming at GIC 2104

Drumming at GIC 2104

Global Inspiration Conference, Delphi, Co. Mayo

Drumming at GIC 2104

Drumming at GIC 2104

Children leading the drumming circle, Global Inspiration Conference, Delphi, Co. Mayo

Drumming at GIC 2104

Drumming at GIC 2104

Children leading the drumming circle, Global Inspiration Conference, Delphi, Co. Mayo

Drumming at GIC 2104

Drumming at GIC 2104

Global Inspiration Conference, Delphi, Co. Mayo

Drumming before the Firewalk

Drumming before the Firewalk

Westport, Co. Mayo

Teaching Drumming and Rhythm Games

Teaching Drumming and Rhythm Games

at the Children Therapy Centre, Play Therapy Course

Drumming at the Firewalking Ceremony

Drumming at the Firewalking Ceremony

Gort, Co. Galway

Drumming at National School

Drumming at National School

Oughterard, Co. Mayo

Singing, dancing, drumming

Singing, dancing, drumming

Drumming circle with the Spanish visitors, Gort, Co. Galway

Drumming at National School

Drumming at National School

Oughterard, Co. Mayo

Corporate Drum Circle

Corporate Drum Circle

Drumming workshop with the team

Grounding after drumming

Grounding after drumming

Drumming with the Spanish visitors, Gort, Co. Galway

Drumming with Scouts

Drumming with Scouts

Drum circle with scouts in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

Drumming with the Youth Club

Drumming with the Youth Club

Drumming with Teenagers, Co. Galway

Drumming with the Youth Club

Drumming with the Youth Club

Co. Galway

Drumming with Foroige

Drumming with Foroige

Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

Drumming with National Schools

Drumming with National Schools

Drum Circle with Junior and Senior Infants, Co. Mayo

Drumming at National School

Drumming at National School

Drum Circle Show at Cornamona Secondary School, Co. Mayo

Drumming with children

Drumming with children

Birthday Party in Co. Mayo

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Pow Wow Jamming - Community Drum

Inspired by the Native American culture, we were inspired to get a big community drum. Our Drum takes 12 players at the same time and many more singers. With respect for the indigenous culture, we'll learn modern Pow Wow songs and chants, while looking to express our own voices and our unique spirit. It's a lot of fun to play one heartbeat and connect to create a tribe for the duration of the session and beyond. 

Big Community Drum

Big Community Drum

Drumming unites people

Big Community Drum

Big Community Drum

Drumming together as one

Big Community Drumming

Big Community Drumming

at the Mens' Gathering in Cork

Drumming the Big Drum

Drumming the Big Drum

at the Firewalking in Cavan

Big Community Drumming

Big Community Drumming

at the Mens' Gathering in Cork

Our Big Drum

Our Big Drum

Samoan Sasa waking up the community

What is Sasa dance? 

Surely you've heard of Haka. But did you hear about Sasa? Sasa is a traditional slap dance from Polynesian Islands. Its purpose is to make everyone awake from the dream.

 

Sasa dance is performed sitting cross-legged on the floor with the participants performing a series of rhythmic and visual patterns to the accompaniment of a log drum. When we slap our bodies using various actions we are saying to our body WAKE UP! The Sasa is an amazing experience of community in unity with all participants, sitting in rows synchronising their movements to perform a stunning show.

Sasa dance tells a story of life, interests and surroundings. The show begins with a Manaia, a trickster coming and exciting the audience. Performers are on their feet moving around when Manaia calls and they respond accordingly. When the Manaia calls 'Sauni' everyone sits down in rows and make themselves ready for the dance.

 

Sasa with your community 

At Creative Together we often use Sasa dance in our work with groups in Ireland. When we come to do the Sasa with your group, we'll teach all the basic calls and moves and in about an hour it is possible to get everyone to do the basic Sasa performance. Within 2 hours we can manage to practice the moves a bit more and the group will be able to create their own awesome moves. With regular practice any group can create a stunning show, whether it's a school or a family event, youth group, corporate team event or a festival. The bigger the group the better, the process of learning Sasa is a lot of fun, a fantastic team bonding exercise and a very creative experience. 

Acknowledgement of the tradition

I have learned Sasa from Chrys Blanchard in the UK, who has learned it from Mesepa, who's mother is a Samoan Matai (High Chief). 

 

Sasa dance

Sasa dance

Sasa dance at NUIG during annual SOPHIA network meeting

Sasa training for philosophers

Sasa training for philosophers

Sasa dance at NUIG during annual SOPHIA network meeting

Sasa Dance for Children

Sasa Dance for Children

Activities for children in Mayo, Galway, Roscomon

Sasa at Summer Camp

Sasa at Summer Camp

Practicing Sasa dance with children in Mayo

Sasa at Green-Schools Awards 2016

Sasa at Green-Schools Awards 2016

Samoan Dance Sasa

Samoan Sasa dance at Summer Camp

Samoan Sasa dance at Summer Camp

Practicing Sasa dance with children in Mayo

Sasa Dance with children

Sasa Dance with children

Co. Mayo

Sasa Dance with children

Sasa Dance with children

Co. Mayo