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Divine Madness

Dance and Opera with award-winning soprano Mairéad Buicke

A dance-opera study of grief, revenge and love built around a soprano, three dancers and a live pianist. Divine Madness explores the physicality of the soprano in the context of dance, the singer

exploring her practice beyond the concert recital. The sound score centres on using fragmented

operatic extracts from arias in a context of exile, loss and revenge, including Ave Maria from

Verdi’s Otello,  Vissi d' Arte from Puccini’s Tosca, Ebben? n'andro lontana from Catalina’s

La Wally, Morgen by Richard Strauss, O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, Song of the Moon from Dvorak’s Rusalka and None but the Lonely Heart (Op 6 No 6) by Tchaikovsky.











"Visually striking and infused with an exuberant energy, Divine Madness is something of a wild, bittersweet joy" - Chris O'Rourke, The Arts Review

"A full-throated and full-bodied exploration of the physicality of the operatic soprano" - Michael Seaver, The Irish Times

"Highly original and exploratory... every minute of the show is a reminder of the versatility, adaptability, resilience, discipline and strength of singers and dancers" - No More Workhorse

Choreography: John Scott

Soprano: Mairéad Buicke

Dancers: Conor Thomas Doherty, Magdalena Hylak, Hannah Rogerson

Pianist: Richard McGrath

Lighting and Design: Eric Wurtz

2019 Terrific Highlights: John Scott’s delightful Divine Madness did much to suggest there’s much more to come from this intriguing choreographer" - Chris O'Rourke, The Year that was 2019, The Arts Review

Divine Madness

First performed

Nov 13-16, 2019

Project Arts Centre


Background Photo: Chris Nash

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