In Heroes John Scott (Irish Modern Dance Theatre) creates a journey that is a dance visualisation of music, through the physicality of his astonishing voice.
John Scott is a Choreographer, Dancer and Operatic tenor, who uses the universe of German operatic heroes in his work: Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’, Wagner’s ‘Die Walkure’ and ‘Siegfried’, Weber’s Der Freischutz. In Heroes, Scott, who has studied and performed with voice/dance pioneer Meredith Monk, creates a journey that is a dance physicalisation of music, through the physicality of his astonishing voice, to show two selves, human and mythological. Heroes is framed through interaction with Jonathan Burrows’ collaborator, Matteo Fargion.
Scott channels the characters, battling impossible dark forces, making the mythological personal. Heroes has been performed at Racconti di Altre Danze Festival, Livorno, Italy, Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y, New York, Festival Etud, Sofia, Bulgaria, Sounded Bodies Festival, Zagreb, 3u Vänigen, Gothenburg, Sweden, The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon, Wexford Arts Centre, Echo Echo Festival. Derry, Mullingar Arts Centre.
Praise: “What a crazy, lovely, intimate, boldly interactive, hilarious way to learn the stories from opera – and experience John Scott’s booming voice and staggering body whiz past us” - Wendy Perron – Editor Dance Magazine
Irish Modern Dance Theatre is one of the most original and responsive dance companies working in Ireland today. Established in 1991, their mission is to transform lives and inspire new understanding through dance by creating pioneering and transformative experiences for audiences, dance artists and participants. Their work forms an ongoing dialogue with artists, audiences and society at large.
Choreography & Performer: John Scott
Lighting & Design: Eric Wurtz
Soundscape: Jassem Hindi
Outside Eye: Matteo Fargion
Costume: Justine Doswell
Company Manager: Carla Fazio
Supported by Arts Council Ireland, Dance Cork Firkin Crane, Dublin City Council, Dance Ireland, and Culture Ireland
Heroes is in association with Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival which runs from Friday 13 - Sunday 22 October 2023.