Dance / Festival / 13-13 July 2022

Dancer from the Dance Festival : Gathering Two

Tickets: €18 | €14

Followed by post show discussion.

Book a ticket for Gathering OneTwo and Three for €45 | €33

View the full Dancer From The Dance Festival programme here.

Show Time: 7:30pm (70 mins)

John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre [IMDT] reboots the company’s annual Dancer From The Dance: Festival of Irish Choreography back to a live setting, gathering the best International and Irish choreographers, teachers, performers, filmmakers in dance, to celebrate all that identifies ‘Irishness’ through the medium of dance.

Gathering Two is a mixed bill featuring an eclectic mix of choreographers including Ruaidhri Maguire, Siamsa Tire with Jonathan Kelliher and Jimmy Hickey, Mary Nunan, Tobi Balogun, Fearghus Ó Conchúir with Isabella Oberlander, and films by Jessie Keenan and Luke Murphy.


Ruaidhri Maguire in After/Before
After/Before is an exploration of the definitions of abandonment. The piece explores this word and the three definitions associated with it; the act of leaving permanently and completely, permanently setting aside one’s principles, and the act of giving up control to one’s impulses or to an external force. 

Siamsa Tire with Jonathan Kelliher and Jimmy Hickey in Footsteps
Footsteps is a tribute to this Dance Master tradition of North Kerry, paying homage to those who came before us, who dedicated their lives to protecting, sustaining, and developing this unique form of traditional step dance. 

Fearghus Ó Conchúir with Isabella Oberlander in Unreeled II
As part of an ongoing exploration of queer sanctuary and solidarity between them, Unreeled II asks what new arrangements of support and desire are available between bodies. It is a dance of queer sanctuary and solidarity. 

Mary Nunan in Slant
Slant is not intended to have any meaning. It has a structure and improvised content which is activated by a woman who slips between modes of speaking and moving. Maybe some kind of truth. A truth with no meaning. That’s what she’s after.

Tobi Balogun in Ara – body politics
Ara: Reflections on Race, Masculinity, Mental Health, and Social Structures. Shifting perspectives on how we’re viewed/view ourselves. Not as Black, but human. Explores masculinity and vulnerability through expression of displacement. 

Jessie Keenan’s Fragments (film)
Fragments examines the imperfect nature of memory and the instability of its
fragile reconstruction. With this work, Keenan asks the question: what can we hold on to as our memories alter or even disappear completely?

Luke Murphy’s Written on Skin (film)
Written on Skin is a short film created in collaboration with filmmaker and photographer Patricio Cassinoni exploring and reflecting the work of the Renaissance Skin Project.


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Curator: John Scott
Producer: Carla Fazio
Production Director: Síofra Nic Liam
Financial Manager: David McConnell
Press Officer: Conleth Teevan
Social Media: YesMan Media
Graphic Art: Form
Design Intern: Chloe Selavka and Jordyn Lowe

Ruaidhri Maguire in After/Before
Siamsa Tire with Jonathan Kelliher and Jimmy Hickey in Footsteps
Fearghus Ó Conchúir with Isabella Oberlander in Unreeled II
Mary Nunan in Slant
Tobi Balogun in Ara – body politics
Jessie Keenan’s Fragments (film)
Luke Murphy’s Written on Skin (film)


“Launched in 2019, Scott’s personal crusade to promote Irish choreographers on the global stage began as a labour of love to challenge limiting, confused, and often negative notions about Irish choreography and identity… the festival’s growth over the past three years has been staggering… Scott’s determination has this year’s festival shining a light on some of our finest choreographers, and dance film makers, positioned as part of a global practice and historic tradition, commanding form and space with the very best. [The Festival suggests] “that Irish choreography, like being Irish, like dance itself, and dance on film, is everything you thought it was and everything you thought it wasn’t. And lots in between you never thought possible or never thought of at all. Shaping identity, and dance, well into the future.” Chris O’Rourke, The Arts Review, July 2021


Arts Council Ireland, Arts Council Dance, Arts Council Festivals, Culture Ireland, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, Dublin City Council, Irish Arts Centre,  Project Arts Centre, Smock Alley, The Complex, Galway Dance Project

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