Actions

Fresh from rave reviews and standing ovations in Avignon, New York and Edinburgh.

Actions is a sweeping and vigorous performance by two outstanding dancers, Ashley Chen and Philip Connaughton (Alice in Funderland).

As an added extra Irish Modern Dance Theatre will also perform Merce Cunningham’s stunning solo piece, Totem Ancestorand their latest works, The Bowing Dance and The Big Message designed for rising star Kevin Coquelard.

‘brims with exuberance’ – Irish Theatre Magazine
‘a very clever, postmodern work, beautifully performed’ – The Scotsman

Actions is a physical conversation between two individuals in empty space. Two outstanding male dancers thrillingly battle through space with invigorating athletic dancing and physicality.

They merge and break apart - the painful coming together –  with movement motivated by forceful resistance.

Actions employs a frantic dance vocabulary with lifts, falls, text and sound, the dancers alternately throwing their bodies together then fragmenting into new threads of raw movement. Actions is both touching and funny.

Choreography by

John Scott


Choreographic material developed by

John Scott, Marcus Bellamy, Lorcan O’Neill, Marc Mann


Photography by

Ewa Figaszewska

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“a powerhouse duo, athletic in sneakers and drenching their sweat pants in a sheen of sweat after extensive explosive movement sequences”

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“John Scott is arguably Ireland’s leading experimental choreographer”

Evening Herald, Dublin

 

“For sheer impact and perfection in performance, nothing could touch the athleticism and polished ease of... John Scott’s Actions. Actions brims with exuberance”

Irish Theatre Magazine  READ FULL ARTICLE


"a very clever, postmodern work, beautifully performed by two male dancers, that's accessible and fun....Actions manages that rare thing: it entertains you, but it makes you wonder at the complexity of dance.

The Scotsman


Actions, created by John Scott for Irish Modern Dance Theatre…perform to vibrant and witty effect an increasingly sweat-soaked series of movement tasks accompanied only by their own improvised dialogue" 

Donald Hutera London - The Times


"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, Scotland


“Actions is a battle through the dance space using physicality, lifts, falls, text and sound, the dancers alternately throwing their bodies together then fragmenting into threads of raw movement. Both funny and exciting, Actions, on the heel of company’s huge success from the 2010 Dublin Dance Festival, La MaMa ETC, New York, Tanzmesse NRW, Germany and QUEER ZAGREB, Croatia”


“Daring physical feats? Check. Competitiveness? Check. Underlying, shrugged-off affection? Check”


“Connaughton and Snipe dance marvelously, sneaker-footed and at ease in the vigorous, sweeping, canted, giant-step, high-kick movements that Scott’s choreography favors”


“It’s wonderfully enjoyable, skillfully paced, and full of small surprises…In its own way, Actions tells us much about affability under pressure, diligence, and a feistiness that doesn’t negate the men’s respect for each other"

 Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice, NYC

 

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