★★★★ Irish Times
"mesmeric... A beautifully crafted meditation on connections between individuals...
Photos Clare Keogh
Video Paddy Cahill
A major new piece by Liz Roche Company commissioned and co-produced by Cork Opera House in partnership with Sirius Arts Centre's One Here Now: The Brian O'Doherty Project 2018 and supported by the Arts Council Open Call Award 2018.
Samuel Beckett Theatre Dublin for Dublin Dance Festival May 8th, 9th, 10th
Roscommon Arts Centre June 1st
Lime Tree Theatre Limerick June 21st
Photo: Luca Truffarelli
I Thou premiered at Cork Opera House on 7th September 2018 as a centrepiece of the Sirius Arts Centre's year-long programme celebrating O'Doherty's remarkable career.
I/Thou is a mesmerising dance piece that responds to the work of iconic visual artist Brian O’Doherty, also known as Patrick Ireland.
Inspired by O’Doherty’s mix of perfection and playfulness, this work echoes the themes of migration, language and identity that are ever present in his work – particularly in his wall painting series One, Here, Now, created for Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh in the late nineties and restored again in 2018.
The result is a beautifully compelling performance exploring the everyday intimacies that form our connection to our surroundings and to each other. The moving body is set in distilled landscapes of sound, colour and light, creating a world of possibilities in which, even if for a moment, we can transcend individuality.
Featuring a specially commissioned score, I/Thou brings together world-class performers and creative collaborators including composer Linda Buckley, set and costume designer Joe Vanek and lighting designer Stephen Dodd.
Choreography Liz Roche Composition Linda Buckley Set and Costume Design Joe Vanek Lighting Design Stephen Dodd
Dancers Sarah Cerneaux, Miguel do Vale, Gloria Ros Abellana, Ailish Maher, Jack Webb, Kevin Coquelard. Cello Kate Ellis Recorded Singers Suzanne Savage & Robbie Blake
Original Musicians 2018 Robbie Blake, Suzanne Savage, Vivienne Hassell, Ilse de Ziah. Musical Director John O'Brien
O’Doherty/Ireland's One Here Now; The Ogham Cycle is a nine-part series of spectacular, floor-to-ceiling wall paintings at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Cork that encapsulates his career-long concerns with migration, language and identity. Liz Roche was commissioned to respond to this work as part of the One Here Now Brian O'Doherty/Patrick Ireland Project at Sirius Arts Centre Cobh that ran throughout 2018 to celebrate their restoration. I/Thou takes its name from one of the wall paintings that stands alone amongst the others, that was described by O'Doherty himself as “an exploration of light; an action against the rigorous plan of the rest”.
In 2015 Liz Roche had the opportunity to see an the work of visual artist and art critic Brian O'Doherty/ Patrick Ireland at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. This was the first time Liz had seen his work it in the flesh and she was struck by the mix of perfection and playfulness in his Rope Drawings but also the importance placed on the viewer who is empowered to receive the work in a very personal way. To Roche, O'Doherty/Ireland's work felt densely layered and connected and she was curious to find out more. Liz struck up a correspondence with O'Doherty in 2015 and through the One Here Now Brian O'Doherty/Patrick Ireland Project 2018 with Sirius Arts Centre, a commission by Cork Opera House and support from Arts Council Open Call Funding, I/Thou came into being in September 2018.
Promotional video Luca Truffarelli