DYAD by Justine Doswell

Two female dancers in a church
Justine Cooper and Salma Ataya. Photo by Luca Truffarelli


SOLD OUT €10 + Booking Fee


19:00pm to 19:30pm


Thu 20 Jan '22


Dance Limerick, St Johns Church, Johns Square, Limerick


At Dance Limerick this January, catch the Live Premiere of the highly acclaimed dyad by Justine Doswell. Having been presented at Dublin Dance Festival in 2021 to rave reviews in the form of a performance film, we are delighted to bring you the first ever live performance of dyad.

The Irish Times ★★★★
The Arts Review ★★★★

A meditation on archetype and architecture, dyad reflects on the qualities of a woman whose faith and body served as a connection between the human and the divine: Mary / Maryam. A woman chosen among all women, revered in both Christianity and Islam.

A link across time, culture and creed.

Explored through the liquid virtuoso of dance artists Salma Ataya and Justine Cooper, dyad delves into the complex nature of interconnection, twinned concepts and shared ideals. Their presence unites with sculptural design, intricate lighting and evocative cello, to foreground the universality of the body as a sacred vessel and an extraordinary construction.

A contrapuntal embodiment, reflecting on the essence of a sacred feminine archetype, a paradigm of purity and piety, aspects of which have influenced and dictated women’s lives and roles in the structure of societies over many centuries.

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Created by Justine Doswell in collaboration with:

Cast: Salma Ataya and Justine Cooper
Dramaturgy: Katalin Trencsényi
Music composition and performance: Mary Barnecutt
Lighting design: Gearóid O hAllmhuráin
Set design: Andrew Clancy
Costume design: Katie Davenport
Consultancy and Recitation Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri (Chief Imam and Mufti, Islamic Centre of Ireland, and Chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council)
Additional Consultancy Imam Anwar Shah
Mentorship: Ella Clarke and John Scott
Preliminary research and development: Salma Ataya, Ella Clarke, Justine Cooper, Millie Daniel Dempsey, Emily Kilkenny Roddy and Katalin Trencsényi
Film and photography: Luca Truffarelli

dyad was borne of choreographic / compositional research first undertaken at Dance Limerick in 2019 inspired by J.S. Bach’s contrapuntal masterpiece, The Art of Fuge, and Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080. dyad is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland | An Chomhairle Ealaíon with support from Dublin Dance Festival, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Dance Limerick, LD Dance Shawbrook, Dance Ireland, the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.


- Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
- No exchanges or refunds.


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