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JOHN SCOTT - Artistic Director

John Scott, born in Dublin, trained at Dublin City Ballet working with Anna Sokolow. He performed with Yoshiko Chuma and in Meredith Monk’s Quarry - studied with Susan Buirge, Anne Crosset, Andy De Groat and Janet Panetta.

His work is humorous, quirky and idiosyncratic, playing with different performance situations, from theatres to museums to a restaurant, using performers of different styles, ages and backgrounds.

Trustees / Directors

Anthony Doyle - Chair

Charlotte McIvor

Rhona Murphy

Gavin Quinn

Michael Scott

Siobhan O’Malley

Jennifer Howard


John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre, was founded in 1991.  The Dublin-based ensemble mixes virtuoso Irish andinternational dancers with African and Middle Eastern refugees and torture survivors. Scott has pioneered dance in Ireland, acountry known more for its literary traditions and text based drama. His work is witty, theatrical with startling imagery andaddresses ideas of diversity, love, metaphysics.

They tour to every part of Ireland and internationally. The company is working with Merce Cunningham Trust on performing early Merce Cunningham works, including ‘Night Wandering’ (1958) and ‘Totem Ancestor’ (1948). Scott has commissioned works from John Jasperse, Sarah Rudner, Thomas Lehmen, Chris Yon, Sean Curran and Adrienne Truscott. He has brought Meredith Monk, Deborah Hay and members of The Forsythe Company: Jone San Martin, Josh Johnson and Fabrice Mazliah to teach and perform.  In 2017, the company will bring Croatian choreographer Bruno Isakovic to teach and perform in Ireland. Scott is one of the subjects of 52 Portraits by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning, produced for Sadler’s Wells, London


Recent tours include 92nd Street Y, New York Live Arts; La MaMa; PS122, New York; Philadelphia Dance Project;  LesHivernales, 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.

Recent works include ‘LEAR’, with Valda Setterfield, New York Live Arts, Kilkenny Arts Festival; ‘Quad’ in collaboration with PanPan Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival/Beckett Summer School; ‘HYPERACTIVE, La MaMa Moves Dance Festival/GalwayInternational Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, New York; ‘Feathers’, Tiger Dublin Fringe, 2015; ‘Actions’, ‘Fall andRecover’,‘The White Piece’; and Merce Cunningham’s ‘Totem Ancestor’ and ‘Night Wandering’.

“Ireland’s dance landscape has been given a splash of colour by iconoclast John Scott, spearheading Irish Modern DanceTheatre, a group which has already become something of a national institution…  Scott also addresses the details ofaesthetic, social and spatial hierarchy… words and gestures somewhere between Beckett, Chaplin and MontyPython” - Thomas Hahn/tanz

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Irish Modern Dance Theatre,

Rear 44 East Essex St,

Temple Bar,

Dublin 2

+353 (0)1 6715113


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