An interesting looking dance piece that is coming to a theatre near you soon! Neither Either starts its Irish tour later this month, and works its way through nine venues around the country until late November! The piece is a joint venture from Maiden Voyage and the Liz Roche Company.
Neither Either – A Maiden Voyage and Liz Roche Company Co-production – 29th October – 27th November 2014
“…the strain of being in two places at once, of needing to accommodate two opposing conditions of truthfulness simultaneously…” Seamus Heaney
Two dance companies, one from Belfast and one from Dublin, come together to perform a new dance work that looks at the predicament of living out two conflicting states of mind at once.
Neither Either brings together an exciting group of creative artists and stunning dancers who will be performing the length of the island, from Enniskillen to Tralee, and taking in Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s and Project Arts Centre Dublin throughout October and November.
Choreographed by Liz Roche and set to Neil Martin’s score, identities, beliefs, emotions and aspirations are put to the test in this poignant blend of dance, poetry and music.
At the crux of this piece are issues of conflicting identities, habits within oneself, adapting to change and drawing distinctions inspired by Seamus Heaney’s quote “…the strain of being in two places at once, of needing to accommodate two opposing conditions of truthfulness simultaneously…” from his prose work “Place and Displacement” from the collection Finders Keepers.
Nicola Curry from Maiden Voyage Dance says, “Teaming with Liz Roche Company on this project felt right immediately not just because of our companies’ shared history but because Liz Roche is a choreographer whose detailed and fluid work is as articulate as the words from Heaney’s pen. It has also been a great pleasure to introduce Liz to new collaborators including Neil Martin who will produce the score and to Ciaran Bagnall, set and lighting designer. Audiences are to expect an evening rich in movement and music, bathed in sumptuous lighting, set in a stunning design and all of it inspired by the writing of Seamus Heaney.”
“This piece is a real ‘first time’ artistic situation for me,” says Liz. “It’s my first time collaborating with Neil Martin, Ciaran Bagnall and Louise Lowe and with the Maiden Voyage dancers Vasiliki Stasinaki and David Ogle. What Liz Roche Company brings to this co-production are the wonderful dancers Katherine O’Malley and Philip Connaughton and the final member of the creative team Catherine Fay. I’m really excited about what we will find together. We are also really pleased to be presenting a series of talks with various artists on Heaney’s influence curated by Dr.Aoife McGrath who is a lecturer at Queen’s University, Belfast. Our panels will see the likes of poet Maedbh McGuckian, director Jimmy Fay, and composer George Higgs in discussion, among others.”
Gilly Campbell, Arts Officer for Drama and Dance, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, says, “Neither Either is a great example of two companies from the North and South of Ireland joining creative forces to produce this outstanding new dance work where dance, music and poetry combine to captivating effect. The Arts Council is delighted to support Maiden Voyage and wish both companies every success in touring this impressive production.”
Choreography: Liz Roche
Music: Neil Martin
Set & Lighting Design: Ciaran Bagnall
Costume Design: Catherine Fay
Dramaturgy: Louise Lowe
Dancers: Philip Connaughton, David Ogle, Katherine O’Malley, Vasiliki Stasinaki
Photos: Luca Truffarelli
Liz Roche Company and Maiden Voyage Dance would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland, Belfast City Council, Dublin City Council, Dance Ireland and Dance Limerick.
PERFORMANCE AND TICKET DETAILS:
Downstairs at the MAC, Belfast Wed 29 & Thurs 30 Oct @ 7:45pm Tickets £15/£12 www.themaclive.com + 44 (0)28 9023 5053
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo Tues 4 Nov @ 8pm Tickets €15/€12 www.hawkswell.com +353 (0)71 916 1518
Siamsa Tíre, Tralee Thurs 6 Nov @ 8pm Tickets €16/€13 www.siamsatire.com +353 (0)66 712 3055
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon, Cork Sat 8 Nov at 8pm Tickets: €12/€10/€8 www.firkincrane.ie +353 (0)21 450 7487
Project Arts Centre, Dublin Wed 12 – Sat 15 Nov @ 8pm Tickets €18/€14 Preview Tues 11 Nov @ 8pm Matinee Sat 15 Nov @ 2pm www.projectartscentre.ie +353 (0) 881 9613
Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen Wed 19 Nov @ 8pm Tickets £5 www.ardhowentheatre.com +44 (0)28 6632 5440
Market Place Theatre, Armagh Thurs 20 Nov @ 8pm Tickets £7 www.marketplacearmagh.com +44 (0)28 3752 1821
ISLAND Arts Centre, Lisburn Fri 21 Nov @ 8pm Tickets £10/£8 www.islandartscentre. com +44 (0)28 9250 9254
Dance Limerick Thurs 27 Nov @ 8pm Tickets €12/€10 www.dancelimerick.ie +353 (0)61 467 813