by Rose Rushe
DANCE Limerick, operating out of the converted Church of St John in John’s Square, is host to John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre on Wednesday January 21. This is a follow-on of a night in Dublin’s Peacock Theatre last year, called ‘A Man in Motion’ and brings to Limerick two of those pieces, ‘The Big Message’ and ‘Action’.
There’s a third Scott piece to platform here in town, ‘Wandering’ and as ever with Dance Limerick, a funded company, tickets are modest, from €10.
“The choreography to ‘The Big Message’ is by John and the performer Kevin Coquelard,” Jenny Traynor, manager at John’s Square, tells Arts page. “Kevin came to us last year with another Scott work, ‘Magnetic’. The theme to ‘The Big Message’s is ‘what would I do if hit by a meteorite..?’”
Traynor makes the point that John Scott is one of the established Three Tenors and his new piece, ‘Wandering’, is his concept, his choreography and he is sole performer, dancing and singing.
“John has a tremendous voice and this will be really exciting”. She should know, having been invited to the Georgian house in Usher’s Quay, Dublin at which the Supper scene in Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ was recreated. Scott stood up and sang to the table. ‘Wandering’ is billed as a work in progress, exploring the notion of outsider. We are promised bursts of well known arias.
“I’ve seen ‘Action’ which is a highly physical work, verbal as well. Two people are having a banter at each other”. This duet is performed by Ryan O’Neill and Coquelard.
8pm on Wednesday 21. You can book in advance on www.dancelimerick.ie