Men in Motion

“It’s perfectly judged in the conception and superbly performed” **** - The Irish Times (read more)

Fresh from rave reviews and standing ovations in Avignon, New York and Edinburgh, Irish Modern Dance Theatre brings an evening of four athletic and hilarious dance pieces, including two premieres, to the Abbey Theatre.

Firm favourite ACTIONS is a sweeping and vigorous performance by two incredible dancers, Ashley Chen and Philip Connaughton (Alice in Funderland).

IMDT is honoured to present Totem Ancestor, a stunning solo piece by Merce Cunningham, the most important choreographer of our time. Originally created in 1942, Totem Ancestor is accompanied by a piano score by John Cage, which will be performed live in Dublin by Belgian pianist Luk Vaes.

John Scott performs his Beckett-like solo The Bowing Dance, a piece which has toured widely internationally. The Big Message, Scott’s latest work, introduces the virtuosic young French dancer Kevin Coquelard. This frantic and funny new piece completes a programme brimming with energy and adventure.


“words and gestures somewhere between Beckett, Chaplin and Monty Python”

Ballet/Tanz Magazine, Berlin, on The Bowing Dance


The sheer athleticism on display is impressive”

The Scotsman on ACTIONS


“Daring physical feats? Check. Competitiveness? Check. Underlying, shrugged-off affection? Check. … wonderfully enjoyable, skillfully paced, and full of small surprises" 

Deborah Jowitt/The Village Voice, New York

“razor sharp”

Michael Seaver/The Irish Times

Totem Ancestor is performed with the permission and support of the Merce Cunningham Trust.

You can find out more about The Bowing Dance here.


Men in Motion

16 January, 2015

Firkin Crane, Cork

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Choreographers: Merce Cunningham, John Scott

Dancers: Ashley Chen, Philip Connaughton, Kevin Coquelard, John Scott

Lighting: Eric Würtz

Music for 'Totem Ancestor' by John Cage,

performed LIVE by Luk Vaes (Belgium)

Photography: Chris Nash


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