Founded in 1991 by dancer and choreographer John Scott, Irish Modern Dance Theatre is one of the most original and responsive dance companies working in Ireland today. A Dublin-based ensemble, Scott and international guest choreographers create distinctive dance works with diverse casts, mixing virtuosic Irish and international dancers with African and Middle Eastern refugees and torture survivors. Our works include ‘Lear’, ‘Inventions’, Actions’ and ‘Fall and Recover’ - all recognised for their intelligence, honesty and humanity. Our work crosses disciplines, subverts expectations of dance and dancers and finds new ways to explore contemporary issues.



‘Divine Madness’, Project Arts Centre, ‘Inventions’, Dublin Dance Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival, Oona Doherty’s ‘Almost Blue’, Cork Midsummer Festival and Echo Echo Festival, Derry, ‘Actions’, John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Visual Carlow, Five Lamps Arts Festival, and Racconti Di Altre Danza, Italy, Merce Cunningham Centenary performances for Theatre de la Ville, Paris at Espace Pierre Cardin and Dance Place, Washington, Cloud Study at Galway International Arts Festival and Dance Limerick, Lear at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London, New York Live Arts and DanceBase, Edinburgh Festival Fringe. IMDT has commissioned works by international dance visionaries including Merce Cunningham, Sarah Rudner, Kyle Abraham, Thomas Lehmen, Adrienne Truscott, John Jasperse and Sean Curran. Irish Modern Dance Theatre has also founded ‘Dancer from the Dance Festival of New Irish Choreography’ running in New York and Dublin in partnership with Project Arts Centre, Dance Ireland, Irish Arts Center and 92nd Street Y, New York. IMDT is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland,  Dublin City Council, Department of Justice and Equality


IMDT works with Merce Cunningham Trust on performing early Merce Cunningham works, including ‘Night Wandering’ (1958) and ‘Totem Ancestor’ (1948) and Solo from Second Hand (1970). Scott has commissioned works from John Jasperse, Sarah Rudner, Thomas Lehmen, Chris Yon, Sean Curran, Adrienne Truscott and John Wisman. He has brought Meredith Monk, Deborah Hay, Emily Johnson, Ty Boomershine and members of The Forsythe Company - Jone San Martin, Josh Johnson, Fabrice Mazliah and Christopher Roman - to  Ireland to teach and perform. Scott is one of the subjects of '52 Portraits' by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning, produced for Sadler’s Wells, London.



John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, Dance Place, Washington DC, 92Y at Harkness Dance Center, New York Live Arts, La MaMa, New York, PS122, New York, Philadelphia Dance Project, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, Les Hivernales, Avignon, France, Schwankhalle, Bremen, Tanzmesse, Germany, Queer Zagreb, Croatia, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, Kanuti Guildi SAAL, Estonia, Galway International Arts Festival, Dance Base Edinburgh, Forum Culturel Mundial and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Dublin Dance Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland.


African Refugee Network’s Culture Award for work with Refugees and Survivors of Torture awarded to John Scott

 Best Dance award by Dance Magazine, New York for ‘The White Piece’, 2013

 John Scott awarded Best Choreographer of the 2014-15 Season, Critic's Choice, Tanz Magazine Yearbook, Germany

 Light Moves 2016 Outstanding Irish Work award for short film ‘Proclamation’, Director Jason Akira Somma, Choreographer John Scott

 Herald Angel Award for Valda Setterfield’s performance in John Scott’s ‘Lear’ at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2017




"Four remarkable international dancers journey across the bleakness of a vast Beckettian anywhere, through oases of peace, playfulness and beyond...vintage work from the dance maker: physical, exhilarating, humorous, and deadly serious" - Seona Mac Reamoinn, The Irish Times 


"The sheer athleticism on display is impressive" - The Scotsman

"With the athletic twists and syncopated rhythms in John Scott's choreography...it becomes a celebration of dance as an art form" - Mary Brennan, The Herald


"Bessie award winner Valda Setterfield takes the crown in a portrayal that highlights the vulnerability awaiting us in the end... Setterfield's descent from graceful, steely royal into dementia is deeply moving. The Lear Project is a timely and tender exploration of aging, loss and regret that gets to the very heart of who we are" - Alison Martin, Irish Daily Mail


"There is a feeling that the twenty-one-plus years of Scott's disparate choreographic life are being distilled into a single and singular vision of what it means to dance and what it means to live" - Michael Seaver, Irish Theatre Magazine

"Boulé and Connaughton are the utmost combination of athlete and artist, delivering riveting performances with grace and prowness...highlight of the week" - David O'Shaughnessy, entertainment.ie 


Scott is bravely attempting to reposition modern dance in Ireland, through his challenging themes and his captivating choreography" - Niamh Mongey/Headstuff (2018)

"John Scott...knows how to skillfully handle the image without forcing aesthetic effect" - Marie Christine Vernay/ Liberation, Paris (1998)

"Ireland's dance landscape has been given a splash of colour by iconoclast John Scott, spearheading Irish Modern Dance Theatre, a group which has already become something of a national institution....Scott also addresses the details of aesthetic, social and spatial hierarchy...words and gestures somewhere between Beckett, Chaplin, and Monty Python" - Thomas Hahn/Tanz Magazine, Germany (2007)