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Othello – maybe a dance

Othello – maybe a dance

October 26, 2022 @ 7:30 pm October 29, 2022 @ 9:00 pm IST

39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar
Dublin 2, D02 RD45 Ireland
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01 881 9613

This post-festival event explores the relationships between Othello, Desdemona and Iago

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Mufutau Yusuf, dancer

Favour Odusola, dancer

Magdalena Hylak, dancer

Conor Thomas Doherty, dancer

Valda Setterfield, guest appearance

John Scott, choreographer

Eric Würtz, Lighting

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John Scott explores relationships, race, identity, and domestic violence in a physical approach to Shakespeare’s Othello, leading the audience on a journey – weaving dance and music.

The cast includes Favour Odusola, Mufutau Yusuf, Magdalena Hylak, Vitor Bassi, and Conor Thomas Doherty. Film and video by Rolex Award winner Jason Akira Somma. With a special appearance by veteran NYC dancer Valda Setterfield on film.

This is John Scott’s second Shakespeare work: his award-winning Lear, commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival, was a major success in Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, New York Live Arts, Edinburgh Fringe(Herald Angel Award), and Dance Cork Firkin Crane. 

Choreography John Scott Lighting Eric Wurtz Film and Video Jason Akira Somma 

Othello – maybe a dance

John Scott

John Scott is a Dublin born choreographer, performer, founder and Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Dancer from the Dance Festival and member of Aosdána. He studied and performed at Irish National College of Dance/Dublin City Ballet from 1982 to 1985 in works by Anton Dolin, Anna Sokolow, Pearl Gaden and Babil Gandara.

His choreographic works include Divine Madness, Inventions, Cloud Study, Everything Now, Lear, Fall and Recover, Actions in Ireland at Dublin Dance Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival,  Dublin Fringe Festival and internationally at John F Kennedy Center, Washington  DC, New York Live Arts, La MaMa, Danspace Project at St Mark’s Church, PS  122, New York and Dance Base, Edinburgh, Sounded Bodies Festival and Queer  Zagreb, Croatia, Les Hivernales, Avignon, Tanzmesse Dusseldorf, Forum Cultural  Mundial, Brazil.

He danced in Oona Doherty’s Hard to be Soft, Meredith Monk’s Quarry (Spoleto Festival) and for Yoshiko Chuma, Sarah Rudner, Anna Sokolow and Thomas Lehmen. He recently collaborated with Pan Pan on Beckett’s QUAD.

John was awarded African Refugee Network’s Culture Award for his work with Refugees and Survivors of Torture and is a subject of Sadlers Wells’ 52 Portraits by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning. He has taught dance and choreography at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick; The Body in Performance, Drama Department, UCD; Drama Department NUIG; Drexel University, Philidelphia; University of Colorado at Boulder, USA and San Jose State University, CA, USA. He was a founding board member of Dublin Dance Festival and Dance Ireland.

John is an associate artist with Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality and has worked with the organisation for many years. Irish Modern Dance Theatre have been Creative Partners of the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival since its inception in 2019.

Irish Modern Dance Theatre

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. Irish Modern Dance Theatre is Strategically funded by the Arts Council.

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39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar
Dublin 2, D02 RD45 Ireland
+ Google Map
01 881 9613