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dyad

dyad is an evocative duet filmed in the magnificent surroundings of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. 

A meditation on archetype and architecture, this evocative work reflects on the qualities of a woman whose faith and body served as a connection between the human and the divine: Mary / Maryam.

Read 4-star review by Michael Seaver, The Irish Times

Dublin Dance Festival

Thurs 20 May - Mon 31 May​ 

Concept: Justine Doswell, IMDT Associate Artist

Choreography: Justine Doswell in collaboration with the cast

Dancers: Salma Ataya and Justine Cooper

Director of Photography & Film Editing: Luca Truffarelli

Dramaturgy: Katalin Trencsényi

Music Composition & Performance: Mary Barnecutt

Lighting Design: Paul Keogan

Set Design: Andrew Clancy

Costume Design: Katie Davenport

Costume Supervision: Monica Ennis

Sound, Recording & Mix: Sandra O'Mahony

Preliminary Research & Development: Salma Ataya, Ella Clarke, Justine Cooper, Millie Daniel Dempsey, Rebecca Reilly, Emily Kilkenny Roddy

Consultancy: Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, Imam Anwar Shah

Mentorship: Ella Clarke, John Scott

Production Manager: Lisa Mahony

Produced by Irish Modern Dance Theatre

Recorded in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, by kind permission of the Dean, Very Rev Dr William Morton.

dyad
Dance Limerick | Thursday 20th January

A meditation on archetype and architecture, dyad reflects on the qualities of a woman whose faith and body served as a connection between the human and the divine: Mary/Maryam. A woman chosen among all women, revered in both Christianity and Islam. A link across time, culture and creed.

 

Explored through the liquid virtuoso of dance artists Salma Ataya and Justine Cooper, dyad delves into the complex nature of interconnection, twinned concepts and shared ideals. Their presence unites with Andrew Clancy’s sculptural design, Gearóid O hAllmhuráin’s lighting and Mary Barnecutt’s evocative cello, to foreground the universality of the body as a sacred vessel and an extraordinary construction. A contrapuntal embodiment, reflecting on the essence of a sacred feminine archetype, a paradigm of purity and piety, aspects of which have influenced and dictated women’s lives and roles in the structure of societies over many centuries.

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Created by Justine Doswell in collaboration with

Cast: Salma Ataya and Justine Cooper

Dramaturgy: Katalin Trencsényi

Music composition and performance: Mary Barnecutt

Lighting design: Gearóid O Hallmhuráin

Set design: Andrew Clancy

Costume design: Katie Davenport

Consultancy and Recitation Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri (Chief Imam and Mufti, Islamic Centre of Ireland, and Chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council)

Additional Consultancy Imam Anwar Shah
Mentorship: Ella Clarke and John Scott
Preliminary research and development: Salma Ataya, Ella Clarke, Justine Cooper, Millie Daniel Dempsey, Emily Kilkenny Roddy and Katalin Trencsényi

Film and photography: Luca Truffarelli

Dance Limerick, St John's church

Thursday 20th January, 7pm

John's Square, Limerick

Exquisitely filmed in the magnificent surroundings of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin by Luca Truffarelli, dyad was presented digitally as part of Dublin Dance Festival’s Summer 2021 Edition. The work will premiere live in the atmospheric setting of Dance Limerick's Space (St John's Church) on Thursday January 20th 2022 - https://dancelimerick.ie/

Watch the trailer:

Video edited by Luca Truffarelli

"Expertly marshalling an intersection of influences, Doswell’s choreography skilfully orchestrates the disparate voices... in a variety of kinetic tableaux that transcend the everyday" Eamon Carr