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Irish Modern Dance Theatre


  • Description

    Founded by John Scott, described by TANZ magazine as ‘Beckett meets Monty Python’. Scott creates his work in a country more known for text based drama and narrative theatre. Works range in size from solos to 15 dancers. Scott’s performers range from Cunningham and Forsythe, virtuosos to African Torture Survivors, with whom he has created several unique works, the most famous being ‘Fall and Recover’. Recent works include ‘LEAR’, with Valda Setterfield, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, New York Live Arts, Dance Base Edinburgh, Kilkenny Arts Festival, and ‘Quad’ in collaboration with Pan Pan Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival/Beckett Summer School. ‘HYPERACTIVE, La MaMa Moves Dance Festival/Galway Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, ‘Actions’, Kennedy Center, Washington, Edinburgh Fringe, Queer Zagreb and Merce Cunningham’s ‘Night Wandering’/‘Totem Ancestor’ Festival d’Automne/Theatre de la Ville, Paris. Also presents Dancer from the Dance Festival in Dublin and New York.

  • History

    John Scott, born in Dublin, trained at the Irish National College of Dance and Dublin City Ballet where he worked with Anna Sokolow. He has subsequently worked with Meredith Monk in Quarry and Yoshiko Chuma in Reverse Psychology. He has studied with Sara Rudner, Susan Buirge, Anne Crosset, Andy De Groat and Janet Panetta.

    His own choreographic work is playful, quirky and idiosyncratic, playing with different performance situations, from theatres to museums, restaurants, shop windows and train stations. He uses performers of different styles, ages and backgrounds. In 2004 he received a national award for contribution to culture from the African Refugee Network to mark World Refugee Day for his pioneering work in dance with the Centre for Care for the Survivors of Torture (CCST) at SPIRASI. He has recently created SILVERY SNOT for the Spanish company CIENTO CINCUENTA CUERDAS which is tours in Spain and France.

  • Address

    Multimedia Building, Curved Street D02 PC43 ,Temple Bar, Dublin 2,Dublin,D02 PC43






    + 353 (0)1 671 5113

    Artistic Director

    John Scott

    Artistic Associate

    Mel Mercier

    Artistic Associate

    Tom Lane

    Artistic Associate

    Eric Würtz

    Artistic Associate

    James Everest