John Scott's Lear is a deeply personal and riveting interpretation of Shakespeare's masterpiece. King Lear is portrayed by New York dance legend Valda Setterfield, 83, who has worked with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Woody Allen, David Gordon Pick Up Company and as a soloist for Merce Cunningham. Setterfield gives a profoundly moving performance that explores the unraveling of a universe, parental love, fear of death, personal transformation and enlightenment. Toppling the hierarchy, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia are portrayed by three virtuosic male dancers.
Lear was originally commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014 and subsequently performed to full houses at New York Live Arts and Dublin in 2016, and at Dance Base Edinburgh 2017 where it won a coveted Herald Angel award for Setterfield's outstanding performance.
Choreography: John Scott in collaboration with Valda Setterfield
Introductory Music: James Everest
Sound Design: Tom Lane
Lighting and Set Design: Eric Wurtz
Costumes: Gabriel Berry
Dancers: Valda Setterfield, Mufutau Yusuf, Konan Dayot, Kevin Coquelard