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Inventions Irish Modern Dance Theatre

Ireland


Be moved by the contrasting relationships of two exceptional women.

Inventions
© Ewa Figaszewska

16—17 May 2019

Inventions centres around two extraordinary women: Belfast-based Oona Doherty, one of Europe's most gifted dance artists, and 84-year-old American dance legend Valda Setterfield, winner of a Herald Angel Award for her portrayal of Lear at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.

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Admission

€22 full price / €18 conc.

Location

Project Arts Centre, Space Upstairs


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Duration

60 mins approx. (no interval)

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Post-Show Talk: Fri 17 May

Performances

Thu 16 May

7:30 p.m.

Fri 17 May

7:30 p.m.

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© Ewa Figaszewska
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Valda Setterfield proved that aging in dance isn’t about showing how a body can look good doing less. It’s that an older body is a living archive, too. It holds everything.

The New York Times

Inventions is driven by the same sense of falling, of moment-to-moment normality swept away in a self-consuming emotional vortex.

The Irish Times

The dancing from the entire cast is always laser-focused and impressively committed.

The Irish Times


About

Inventions centres around two extraordinary women: Belfast-based Oona Doherty, one of Europe's most gifted dance artists, and 84-year-old American dance legend Valda Setterfield, winner of a Herald Angel Award for her portrayal of Lear at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.

This new Bach-inspired dance work weaves new stories into an old ballroom setting, echoing the memory of dances past. In a series of duets, Inventions focuses on two contrasting couples, one falling in love, the other falling into an abyss. Despite a sense of uneasiness, a lingering promise of hope remains at the close of this thrillingly intense performance.

Inventions
features an exceptional cast of dancers including Merce Cunningham star Ashley Chen, Kevin Coquelard and Mufutau Yusuf. It is brought to the 15th Festival by the team behind the award-winning Lear – choreographer John Scott, composer Tom Lane and lighting designer Eric Wurtz.

Credits

  • Choreography John Scott
  • Performers Ashley Chen, Kevin Coquelard, Oona Doherty, Valda Setterfield, Mufutau Yusuf
  • Composition & Soundscape Tom Lane
  • Lighting Design Eric Wurtz
  • Costumes Justine Doswell

Commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018 with the support of The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Culture Ireland, La Briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de-Marne and Centre National de la Danse.

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