To mark 100 years since the first publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, one of the most important works of modern literature, Solas Nua in Washington D.C, in partnership with Cork Opera House, has commissioned choreographer Liz Roche and her company to create a brand-new dance piece, Yes and Yes.
Yes and Yes takes its title from the final episode of the book which both begins and ends with a “yes”. “…yes I said yes I will Yes”; the famous last words of the book, exclaimed by Molly Bloom. The dance journeys through the episodes of Ulysses, exploring the sensuality, absurdity, release, and resignation of the book in movement with four extraordinary dancers and through film, sound, and design.
Over 70 minutes, the work maps the movement of the narrative through the streets of Dublin in 1904 and explores those same spaces and encounters today, with contemporary bodies revealing new and surprising connections.
Yes and Yes by Liz Roche is a co-production between Solas Nua in Washington D.C. and Liz Roche Company in partnership with Cork Opera House. Commissioned by Solas Nua. Kindly supported by Culture Ireland, The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon, and Dublin City Council.
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Choreography: Liz Roche
In collaboration with dancers: Sarah Cerneaux, Mufutau Yusuf, Diarmuid Armstrong and Grace Cuny
Music: Ray Harman
Stage and Costume Design: Katie Davenport
Lighting Design: Davison Scandrett
Film/Videography: José Miguel Jiménez
Dramaturgy: Wayne Jordan
Established in 1999, Liz Roche Company is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies. With a reputation for its finely wrought and beautifully crafted choreographic style, the Dublin based company presents the works of choreographer Liz Roche in collaboration with artists, dancers and designers of the highest calibre. An artistically distinctive and ambitious arts organisation, the company has produced over twenty original productions, touring throughout Ireland and further afield in the UK, Germany, France, USA, Australia and China, most notably being presented at the Baryshnikov Arts Centre and Judson Memorial Church in New York, the South Bank Centre, London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“Liz Roche is an artist with a serious track record. . .” Judith Mackrell, THE GUARDIAN
“Liz Roche from Ireland continues to marry an increasingly unquiet rhetoric with gorgeous movement” IRISH CHOREOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018 TANZ Magazine (Ballet International/Tanz Aktuell)
“Liz Roche Company dancers have a unique musicality of movement all their own…. doing what the best contemporary dancers do: making us see the familiar human body as something wonderful” (Sunday Times)
Yes and Yes by Liz Roche is a co-production between Solas Nua in Washington DC and Liz Roche Company in partnership with Cork Opera House. Commissioned by Solas Nua. Kindly supported by Culture Ireland and The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.