HEROES - John Scott
John Scott (choreographer/dancer/operatic tenor), creates a solo using the universe of opera heroes: Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’, Wagner’s ‘Die Walkure’, ‘Siegfried’, Weber’s ‘Der Freischutz’.
Scott creates a journey that is a dance physicalisation of music. Through his astonishing voice he shows two selves, human and mythological. The music portrays heroes battling impossible dark forces and conquering darkness paralleled with the idea of escape, making the mythological personal.
Heroes is framed through interaction with Jonathan Burrows’ collaborator, Matteo Fargion. Heroes has been performed at Sounded Bodies Festival, Zagreb, 3u Vänigen, Sweden.Heroes is framed through interaction with Jonathan Burrows’ collaborator, Matteo Fargion. Heroes has been performed at Sounded Bodies Festival, Zagreb, 3u Vänigen, Sweden.
In a world where theatre is still caught in the arcane modes of early twentieth century psychodrama, Scott deconstructs the opera form not with the erudition of a post modern arts practitioner, but with the visceral shamanic passion of a true artist. Michael Harding, Irish Author/Playwright/Journalist
Concept, Choreography and Performance by John Scott
Soundscape by Jassem Hindi
Outside eye Matteo Fargion
Commissioned by Carlow Arts Festival
Buy Tickets - Monday 12th November
Buy Tickets - Tuesday 13th November
Singing Dances with John Scott
10am-12pm Tuesday 13th November at Echo Echo Studios
John Scott is a choreographer, Dancer and Opera singer. He has studied extensively with composer/choreographer Meredith Monk and performed in her masterpiece Quarry. John Scott leads a workshop exploring creation and development of material, spatial awareness, performance state, text, dance, wordless stories, identity. Scott utilizes the techniques he has learned from his own research and his performances with choreographers/artists as varied as Meredith Monk, Sara Rudner, Thomas Lehmen and The Living Theatre
Irish Modern Dance Theatre, was founded in 1991. The Dublin-based ensemble mixes virtuoso Irish and international dancers with African and Middle Eastern refugees and torture survivors. Scott has pioneered dance in Ireland, a country known more for its literary traditions and text based drama. His work addresses diversity, love, metaphysics. The dancers make trouble, fight deportations, tour to every part of Ireland and internationally. Scott is one of the subjects of 52 Portraits by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Hugo Glendinning, produced for Sadler’s Wells, London.
Recent tours include 92nd Street Y, New York, Dance Base Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Sounded Bodies Festival, Zagreb, 2017; New York Live Arts; La MaMa; PS122, New York; Philadelphia Dance Project; Dublin Dance Festival; Kilkenny Arts Festival; Les Hivernales, Avignon; Schwankhalle, Bremen; Tanzmesse, Germany; Queer Zagreb, Croatia; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Kanuti Guildi SAAL, Estonia; Galway International Arts Festival; Dance Base Edinburgh.
Recent works include ‘LEAR’, with Valda Setterfield, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Dance Base, Edinburgh, New York Live Arts, Kilkenny Arts Festival; ‘Quad’ in collaboration with Pan Pan Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival/Beckett Summer School; ‘Heroes’ at Sounded Bodies Festival, Zagreb, ‘HYPERACTIVE, La MaMa Moves Dance Festival/Galway International Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, New York; ‘Feathers’, Tiger Dublin Fringe, 2015; ‘Actions’, ‘Fall and Recover’,‘The White Piece’; and Merce Cunningham’s ‘Totem Ancestor’ and ‘Night Wandering’.
“Ireland’s dance landscape has been given a splash of colour by iconoclast John Scott, spearheading Irish Modern Dance Theatre, a group which has already become something of a national institution... Scott also addresses the details of aesthetic, social and spatial hierarchy… words and gestures somewhere between Beckett, Chaplin and Monty Python”
- Thomas Hahn/tanz magazine, Berlin, Germany
“I was astonished when I heard John Scott first. His voice reverberates through space like a clear shot of lightening. One of the most passionate and clear voices I have ever heard in opera in Ireland. But his theatre compositions are what really transport me. In a world where theatre is still caught in the arcane modes of early twentieth century psychodrama, Scott deconstructs the opera form not with the erudition of a post modern arts practitioner, but with the visceral shamanic passion of a true artist.
He uses flecks of music, bits and arias from various operas to engage with the audience, dialogue with them, wrestle and move them from their seats, sometimes serenading individuals in a chaos of story and emotion on which he imposes the control and elegance of his beautiful voice. As he weaves fragments of narrative into a single whole, - a coherent sense of his story, my story and our story
- Michael Harding, Irish Author/Playwright/Journalist
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