Thursday, 31 July, 2014 - 20:12

John Scott's Irish Modern Dance Theatre (IMDT) presents a reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear at Kilkenny Arts Festival in a production specially commissioned by the festival. Starring Valda Setterfield, legend of the New York modern dance scene, in this new version of King Lear, John and his international cast explore themes of parental love, old age, loss of power, fear of death, personal transformation and enlightenment.

Lear Project promises to be a deeply personal, playful and profoundly moving new work.

John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre is a pioneering and diverse ensemble that brings together Cunningham dancers with African torture survivors. Characterised by its passionate, witty and virtuosic choreography, the ensemble has toured its award-winning shows across the world.

A great friend of Limerick, John Scott has performed at Dance Limerick and has taught on the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. Dance Limerick is proud to recommend this exciting new production and to wish our colleague and friend every success.


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