BASTARD AMBER, a ground-breaking dance production that draws inspiration from two of the great Irish artists of the modern age, WB Yeats and Patrick Scott by the internationally renowned Liz Roche Company is coming to the Lime Tree Theatre this Friday, December 2 at 8pm.
Co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival, the work’s premiere at Dublin Dance Festival in May 2015 was a historic moment for dance in Ireland, the first time ever for an Irish choreographer to be commissioned to create a full-length dance work for the main stage of Ireland’s National Theatre.
A profound journey into humankind’s spiritual quest, BASTARD AMBER is filled with unforgettable imagery and stunning design, conjuring a lustrous Byzantine world of contradictory influences. It draws inspiration from the imagery of W.B Yeats’ poem Sailing to Byzantium and captures not only the evocative and arresting imagery of the poem but also gives voice to the modern vision that Yeats imagined in his own work for theatre. The work of other artists is strongly referenced in relation to this, most notably Patrick Scott’s iconic Gold meditation paintings reflected in the set and light design, contrasting the subtleties of form, space and light with the wild, stark, beautiful reality of the body.
Choreographed and conceived by Liz Roche, the work includes a cast of eight highly respected Irish and international dancers performing alongside four renowned musicians from traditional, rock and classical backgrounds, an exceptional set, lighting and costume design from celebrated designers Paul Wills, Lee Curran and Catherine Fay and a specially commissioned score by composer Ray Harman.
Established in 1999, with a world class dance ensemble, Liz Roche Company (formerly known as Rex Levitates Dance Company), is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies. An artistically ambitious and resourceful arts organisation, the company deliver their program with consistency, originality and an attention to detail and this has led to a steady expansion since 1999.
Tickets are priced at €16/€14 and can be purchased here.
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