A dance created for our times, in the make since the beginning of the Pandemic.
Join a thrilling and fast moving dance explosion of eight stunning dancers from Ireland, Nigeria, France, Poland and Ethiopia, unleashed in a live performance to celebrate life, athleticism and joy. A cycle of dances for our times, created by John Scott and the determined dancers of Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Dances for Inside and Outside is a coming together of eight vastly different, virtuosic dancers, searching for safe space and trying to be together. They are celebrating life and searching for joy, despite the limitations imposed by Covid-19. Dances for Inside and Outside was made using social distancing and the limits of bodies being together in a space as a movement inspiration. The work embodies what we have all been through and what our reality is now. There is a vital physicality and necessity in how the dancers interact together, mixing joy and fear and trying to be safe. Dances for Inside and Outside was premiered online in 2020 and subsequently shown at Philadelphia Dance Project.
Age: all ages
Diarmuid Armstrong is a dancer and musician who studies at Fontys dance academy in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Dylan Holly is an urban and contemporary dance performer and lecturer. Through communication and teaching he has been developing effective ways to design ways of learning.
Rebecca Reilly is an art/dance practitioner. She combines different mediums in her own work and recently she co-created a sculpture/movement/voice piece about climate breakdown called 'this was never going to be normal'.
Sarah Ryan is a dance artist based in Dublin who has worked extensively as a freelancer for the last 8 years. She particularly enjoys working in collaboration with other artforms.
Ashley Chen trained at the CNSMD in Paris. He joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New York in 2000. As a freelance dancer he has worked with choreographers such as John Scott and Liz Roche, Michael Clark, Michele Ann de Mey, Philipe Decouflé and Boris Charmatz. He has created Habits/Habits (2012), Whack!! (2015, in collaboration with Philip Connaughton), Chance, Space & Time (2016), Unisson (2018) and Rush (2019).
Favour Odusola (Proud African King) is a Nigerian-Irish multidisciplinary artist based in Dublin Ireland and a professional member of Dance Ireland and Create Ireland. He has worked across several contexts from traditional dance & percussion, to commercial work and contemporary theatre for over 15 years.
Mintesinot Wolde is a professional contemporary dance artist who graduated with an MA from the University of Limerick. He's the artistic director of Mintesinot Wolde Dance.
Magdalena Hylak is a Clifden-based dancer and choreographer. She studied cultural studies, including theatre and dance, at University of Wroclaw, Poland.
Choreography: John Scott
Dancers: Diarmuid Armstrong, Ashley Chen, Dylan Holly, Magdalena Hylak, Favour Odusola, Rebecca Reilly, Sarah Ryan, Mintesinot Wolde
Photography: Ewa Figaszewska
Music: BLACKFISH (JG Everest and Joel Pickard) | Sixty Forty by Nico
Assistant choreographer: Muirne Bloomer
Lighting Design: Gearóid Ó Hallmhuráin | Re-Light: Síofra Nic Liam
Costumes: Justine Doswell, Luna Hosty
Company manager: Greta Bourke
Proudly supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Dance Ireland