A Liz Roche Company & Maiden Voyage Co-production
"....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. 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.
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 and Vasiliki Stasinaki
Photo: Luca Truffarelli
Neither Either premiered in the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens on 29 & 30 October, before transferring to Project Arts Centre, Dublin and touring the length of Ireland, from Enniskillen to Tralee throughout November 2014.
NEITHER EITHER PERFORMANCES
The MAC, Belfast 29 & 30 Oct
Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo 4 Nov
Siamsa Tíre, Tralee 6 Nov
Firkin Crane Theatre, Cork 8 Nov
Project Arts Centre, Dublin 11 - 15 Nov
Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen 19 Nov
Market Place Theatre, Armagh 20 Nov
ISLAND Arts Centre, Lisburn 21 Nov
Dance Limerick, Limerick 27 Nov
The production was accompanied by a series of talks with various artists on Heany’s influence curated by Dr. Aoife McGrath, a lecturer in Queens University Belfast. Panels will see the likes of poet Maedbh McGuckian, director Jimmy Fay, and composer George Higgs in discussion, among others.
This is not the first time the two companies have collaborated. In 2002 Maiden Voyage and Liz Roche Company (then Rex Levitates) co-produced Senses. Maiden Voyage’s
Nicola Curry 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 articulate work is as fluid as the words from Heaney’s pen".
Liz Roche continues:
"We are delighted to be able to co-produce this dance with Maiden Voyage Dance. Its so important for dance organisations to find new ways of producing work and by sharing resources, networks, artists and audiences we are learning from each other’s organisations as well as enriching them. Somehow this coming together is mirrored in the subject matter of Neither Either as we explore the ideas of identity and the adaptiveness needed to hold more than one point of view at once."
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.
Photos Luca Truffarelli