Liz Roche Company present I/THOU, a mesmerising contemporary dance piece responding to the work of iconic visual artist Brian O’Doherty for Dublin Dance Festival 2019, from 8th to 10th May.
The piece was created in partnership with Sirius Arts Centre’s One, Here, Now The Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland Project 2018, and commissioned by Cork Opera House where it premiered in September last year.
This is the Dublin premiere of I/THOU, a major stage production emerging out of a dialogue between Brian O’Doherty and Liz Roche. This superb dance show draws upon the complex notations and symbolism in O’Doherty’s landmark work One Here Now; The Ogham Cycle – a nine-part series of spectacular, floor-to-ceiling wall paintings at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Cork that encapsulates his career-long concerns with migration, language and identity.
Liz Roche was commissioned to respond to this work as part of the performance project that ran throughout 2018 to celebrate their restoration. Inspired by O’Doherty’s mix of perfection and playfulness, Roche’s production re-works these paintings into dynamic choreographic patterns exploring the intimacies that form our connection to our surroundings and each other. The dancing body is set in distilled landscapes of sound, colour and light, creating a world of possibilities in which, even if for a moment, we can transcend individuality.
Liz Roche Company was delighted to commission a new score from Cork composer Linda Buckley that features singers Suzanne Savage and Robbie Blake with live performance by cellist Kate Ellis. Set designer Joe Vanek and lighting designer Stephen Dodd complete this exceptional creative team with a cast of world class dancers in Sarah Cerneaux, Miguel Do Vale, Glòria Ros Abellana, Ailish Maher, Jack Webb & Kévin Coquelard.
I/Thou was the recipient of a significant Making Great Art Work/Open Call award 2018 from the Arts Council of Ireland.
Running at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin for three shows only from May 8th to 10th at 7:30pm as part of Dublin Dance Festival 2019, while touring to Roscommon Arts Centre on May 31st and Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick on 21st June.
More info: https://www.dublindancefestival.ie/events/festival/i-thou
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