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Irish Modern Dance Theatre,

Rear 44 East Essex St,

Temple Bar,

Dublin 202 AX77

+353 (0)1 6715113



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17-20 Feb, 2016

New York Live Arts

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Downtown dance legend Valda Setterfield adds to a multi-year, citywide examination of the Shakespearean tragedy with a deeply personal and riveting Lear of her own. Created by John Scott, Artistic Director of Dublin-based John Scott Dance (formerly Irish Modern Dance Theatre) whose choreography falls “somewhere between Beckett, Chaplin and Monty Python” (Tanz Magazine), Scott and Setterfield deliver a work that is both deeply personal and playful.

The inimitable Setterfield, noted for her work with David Gordon Pick Up Company and as a soloist for Merce Cunningham, plays King Lear, giving a profoundly moving performance that explores the unraveling of a universe, parental love, fear of death, personal transformation and enlightenment. Toppling the hierarchy with Goneral, Regan and Cordelia portrayed by three men, Florida’s Marcus Bellamy, recently worked with Julie Taymor on ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ and ’ Spiderman, and guest with Kegwin & Co, Irish dancer Ryan O’Neill and young French dancer Kevin Coquelard, Lear is a “timely and tender exploration of aging, loss and regret that gets to the very heart of who we are” (Irish Daily Mail).

Lear was originally commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland. Lear was originally commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland. LEAR is supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. 

17-20 February
New York Live Arts



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