Rialto Twirlers


In a swirl of pom poms, twirling batons, sparkles and feathers, Rialto Twirlers (2010) captures a secret moment of unity and beauty as a dance troupe rehearse their routine for the final time before a national majorette competition. Not as acrobatic as their American cheerleader counterparts or as military as their marching bands founders, the Rialto Twirlers are a creative fusion of hard graft, skill and energy that is associated with our pluralistic age, in which anything is possible.

For a year Barry, shadowed the Twirlers. She was sufficiently integrated into a precious and hidden subculture to create this choreographed documentary film based on her observational experience of the group. Working closely with the artist/musician Sunken Foal she created an edit that is in sync with the specially composed score and The Rialto Twirlers full routine.

Rialto Twirlers was kindly supported by Common Ground, The Arts Council, The LAB and Still Films.


Click here for essay by Lucy Reynolds


Screenings and selected exhibitions:

Curtas – Vila do Conde Film Festival *official selection panorama
Body and Movement/ Keho ja liike – irlantilaista nykytaidetta. Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, curated by Laura Köönikkä
Saguenay International Short Film Festival, Québec
Turn the Light On – Women in Film, The Exchange, Dublin *official selection
Clermont Ferrond International Short Film Market, selected by The Cork Film Festival
The London Short Film Festival
Capital Irish Film Festival, Washington D.C.
The Cork Film Festival
Irish Film Institute, Rialto Twirlers selected to screen before the feature Bronco Bullfrog (1969)
Rialto Twirlers – Solo Exhibition. The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin curated by Gavin Murphy
Still Films Screening, Cake Contemporary Arts, Kildare
Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival, Irish Film Institute, Dublin
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (official selection)