John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre
27 – 30 October 2021 :: irishmoderndancetheatre.com
Survival of the fittest - Irish Modern Dance Theatre is ever-evolving thirty years on and takes Darwin for inspiration in a brand new production:
John Scott’s irish modern dance theatre [imdt] have just marked thirty years since their very first stage performance in September 1991. This very special anniversary will be marked by the company’s brand new show EVOLUTIONS which opens at Project Arts Centre for four nights from October 27 – 30.
Based on Darwin’s idea that no member of the same species is alike EVOLUTIONS takes place in a community of vastly different dancers of backgrounds ranging from classical ballet to street dance where they find a common way of moving soaring and falling together while finally breaking into separate paths and spaces of growth. John Scott weaves ideas of bloodlines migration assimilation and adaptation in this ever-evolving landscape that he has created into this new dance production.
The wonderful cast includes Ashley Chen one of imdt’s long-time collaborators. Chen has performed with Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Lyon Opera Ballet where he has performed works by William Forsyth Trisha Brown Philippe Decouflé Christian Rizzo and Mathilde Monnier; Partnering is this show is Conor Thomas Doherty who brings his incredible energetic expertise where he straddles both the professional dance and the physical theatre worlds internationally; Magdalena Hylak is a Clifden (Co. Galway) based dancer and choreographer. She studied cultural studies including theatre and dance at University of Wroclaw Poland and is an exciting dancer to watch; Chinese-Irish dancer Oran Leong who has a vast diverse dance background that includes him winning the Irish dance World Championships three times in a row and is another new dancer that needs to be seen as he enters the professional world of contemporary dance now; and finally Afro-Brazilian dancer Capoeira performer and instructor Alessandra Azevedo brings a wonderful edge and energy to this dance show. The fine cast of performers with all their differing outstanding skills in this production find a common ground as the use bird-flight pathways as a choreographic map within the show.
Choreography: John Scott
Soundscape: Michael Scott
Lighting Design: Eric Wurtz
Dancers: Conor Thomas Doherty Ashley Chen Magdalena Hylak Oran Leong & Alessandra Azevedo.
PROJECT ARTS CENTRE East Essex St. Temple Bar Dublin 2
Opens: Wednesday 27 October | 8.00pm | €14
Runs: Thursday 28 - Saturday 30 October | 8.00pm | €16 / €14
Project Box Office - Tel: 01 881 9613 | projectartscentre.ie
FURTHER INFO at irishmoderndancetheatre.com
IMDT IS ABOUT PIONEERING TRANSFORMATIVE DANCE:
Founded in 1991 by dancer and choreographer John Scott Irish Modern Dance Theatre is one of the most original and responsive dance companies working in Ireland today. A Dublin-based ensemble Scott and international guest choreographers create distinctive dance works with diverse casts mixing virtuosic Irish and international dancers with African and Middle Eastern refugees and torture survivors. Our works include ‘Lear’ ‘Inventions’ Actions’ and ‘Fall and Recover’ - all recognised for their intelligence honesty and humanity. Our work crosses disciplines subverts expectations of dance and dancers and finds new ways to explore contemporary issues.
FURTHER INFO at: www.irishmoderndancetheatre.com
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Project Arts Centre, 39 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 RD45, Ireland, Dublin, Ireland