Lear, Irish Modern Dance Theatre

Presented in English with occasional French

An Irish Modern Dance Theatre Production

An evocative re-interpretation of Lear choreographed by John Scott and featuring Valda Setterfield, one of the world’s most acclaimed postmodern dancers. A trio of male dancers play the daughters to Setterfield’s king, as the performance shifts effortlessly between movement and spoken dialogue, between Shakespeare’s text and the heartbreaking realities of aging in our contemporary world.  

Choreographed by John Scott in collaboration with Valda Setterfield
Composition and Sound Design: Tom Lane
Introductory Music: James Everest
Lighting and Set Design: Eric Wurtz
Lighting reproduced for Samuel Beckett Theatre by Iain Behan
Stage Management: Emily Matthews in Cork, Margarita Corscadden in Dublin
Text by Shakespeare, John Scott, and the performers

Lear: Valda Setterfield
Goneril/Fool: Mufutau Yusuf
Regan/Fool: Ryan O'Neill
Cordelia/Fool: Kevin Coquelard

Tour Dates/Locations:
14 October, 2016 at Firkin Crane, Cork

22-24 October, 2016 at Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin              

For More Information:

Performance review by Katherine Hennessey on the Shakespeare in Ireland blog: https://shakespeareinireland.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/review-lear-by-john-scott-irish-modern-dance-theatre/          

An interview with John Scott, featuring clips from the performance: http://www.irishtimes.com/82-year-old-dancer-lends-a-modern-twist-to-dublin-production-of-king-lear-1.2836670                

Joan Acocella's feature in the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/02/22/valda-setterfield-in-lear                   

Funding and Sponsorship:
Arts Council of Ireland
Dublin City Council
Culture Ireland

Photos by Patrick Moore