BY DAVID BOLGER

WORLD PREMIERE | MARCH 2024

PALIMPSEST \pal-imp-sest\ noun. (formal) something that has many different layers of meaning or detail that build on each other

PALIMPSEST layers artforms and histories in a large-scale live performance to trace and own the ghostly-edged histories our shadows leave behind. Richly theatrical, PALIMPSEST is quintessential CoisCéim – an exhilarating, boundary busting kaleidoscope of dance, live music, and panoramic projection woven together into a visceral audience experience by 2023 Irish Times Theatre award winner and Aosdana member, David Bolger. It is inspired by key moments in Irish history as we come to the end of the Decade of Centenaries.

PALIMPSEST is funded by ART: 2023, a Decade of Centenaries Collaboration between The Arts Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and presented in collaboration with St Patrick’s Festival and supported by Epson Ireland. In parallel with PALIMPSEST, CoisCéim Broadreach presents SPARKING DEBATE – a vibrant, curated participation project for and by young adults to provoke dialogue around Irish identity, hospitality and sovereignty. 

 

Extended run – must end 23 March 2024
The Complex, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Performances 13-23 March | 7.00pm

Saturday Matinees | 16 & 23 March | 2.30pm
St Patrick’s Day | 5.00pm
Audio Described Performance | 20 March | 7.00pm
Relaxed Performance | 23 March | 2.30pm

TICKETS | PAY WHAT YOU CAN*
€50 / €36 / €28 (recommended price) / €19 / €10

 

 

 

*In 2022, following the publication of our Strategic Plan, we introduced Pay What You Can ticket options. For PALIMPSEST these range from €10- €50.

CREDITS

CAST VITOR BASSI, LEE CLAYDEN, JUSTINE COOPER, MORGAN CROWLEY, EILÍS DEXTER, KATE ELLIS, MÁIRE NÍ GHRÁINNE, VANESSA GUEVARA, SARAH LUTTRELL, RENAKO MCDONALD, JONATHAN MITCHELL, ALEX O’NEILL, ROSIE STEBBING, MATEUSZ SZCZEREK, JESSIE THOMPSON
CHOIRS include AMICI, DUBLIN AIRPORT SINGERS, SONGS IN THE KEY OF D

DIRECTOR DAVID BOLGER
CHOREOGRAPHY DAVID BOLGER IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DANCERS
COMPOSITION AND SOUND DESIGN DENIS CLOHESSY
SET DESIGN MAREE KEARNS
LIGHTING DESIGN JOHN GUNNING
COSTUME DESIGN ARRAN MURPHY
PROJECTION DESIGN NEIL O’DRISCOLLL
HAIR & MAKE-UP VAL SHERLOCK
DRAMATURG CONALL MORRISON

PRODUCTION MANAGER SEÁN DENNEHY
STAGE MANAGERS AARON KENNEDY, DONNA LEONARD, STEPH RYAN
CHIEF LX ROSS MCSHERRY
CHIEF SOUND EOIN MURPHY
CHIEF AV LAURA RAINSFORD
DEPUTY AV JOHN NORTON
CHOIR LEADER MORGAN CROWLEY
REHEARSAL DIRECTORS JUSTINE COOPER, JONATHAN MITCHELL
SET CONSTRUCTION SET 4 STAGE
PROP MAKER MARTIN CAHILL
PRODUCTION INTERNS SIMON CHRISTOPHER, TARYN SHUCHA

PHOTOGRAPHER ROS KAVANAGH
GRAPHIC DESIGN ALPHABET SOUP
ESSAYIST VINCENT WOODS
PUBLICIST CULTUREHEAD
BOOKKEEPER SUSAN HOFFMAN
PROJECT COORDINATOR INNA MAZURENKO
BROADREACH COORDINATOR CAOIMHE COBURN GRAY

PRODUCED BY SARAH LATTY AND BRIDGET WEBSTER

IN REHEARSAL

Photography by Leon Farrell

ABOUT THE CAST

A passionate multidisciplinary artist from Brazil with 24 years of experience in the arts, creating and performing in dance, theatre, musical theatre, film and television. In Brazil, he worked with important companies and names of the artistic landscape. He has been doing the same in Ireland with well-known companies such as Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Femme Bizarre, Spraoi Studios, Smashing Times, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Fidget Feet, Pan Pan Theatre and Company Philip Connaughton.

Lee is a shapeshifter who traverses the world of dance and aerial, finding his voice and flow in both. He trained at the London Contemporary Dance School, honing his skills within 4D at LCDS  dancing pieces by renowned choreographers like Wayne McGregor, Jonathon Lunn, Paul Taylor, Sue Davies, Mark Baldwin amongst others. His journey includes collaborations with prestigious companies such as Ricochet Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, and CoisCeim Dance Theatre. Notably, he appeared in Rafael Bonachela’s award-winning duet, E2 7SD, earning a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award nomination. As an aerial dancer, Lee flies off cranes, walls, and any surface that can be transformed into art. Often seen with Gravity & Levity performing vertical dance pieces, Why? and Crawdaddy. With FidgetFeet for 13 years he has worked on The Snow Queen, Catch me, Hang on, Firebirds, A Fairies’ Tail, The Elves and the Shoemaker and The Second Coming. On the ground  for the last 10 years dancing with Company Chameleon in Beauty of the Beast, Of man and Beast, Hands down and the Shadow.

Lee teaches, choreographs, mentors and devices on the floor and in the air regularly for various companies and dance establishments across the United Kingdom and Internationally. He is also a certified Gyrotonics and Vayu Aerial yoga instructor which he runs from his studio 360 Bodyworks in Manchester. Delighted to be back once again with Coisceim adding to Boxes, Faun, Body Language, The Magic Hour repertoire, joining Palimpsest.

Originally from New Zealand, Justine has been based in Ireland as a freelance dance artist, teacher and choreographer since 2008. A guest lecturer at The University of Limerick, Dance Ireland & Dance Theatre of Ireland and this year graduated as an advanced teacher in Quan Yin Qi Gong. As a dance artist Justine has had the pleasure of working most recently with Croí Glan, Justine Doswell, Junk Ensemble, Jools Gilson, Cois Céim Dance Theatre, Liz Roche Company, Laura Murphy, Mary Wycherly, Oona Doherty, United Fall, Maria Nilsson Waller, Anu Productions & Dead Center among many others. As a Movement Director Justine has worked with Ann Cleare on MIDHE ( large scale orchestra and choir work at the National Concert Hall, Una Kavanagh, Corn Exchanges MISFITS, nominated for Best Movement Direction 2018 Irish Times Theatre Awards, and Noel Brown Theatre Company. Justine was a member of Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre from 1998-2000. Her own work “Folds of the Crane” was presented as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2015 (nominated for Spirit of the Fringe & Best Lighting & Design) also presented at Dublin Dance Festival 2016 and What’s Next Festival 2018.

Vanessa is a Dancer-Choreographer specialising in contemporary and traditional Mexican and African diaspora dance. She was first introduced to movement at a very young age by her parents who were both yoga teachers at the time. Her passion and curiosity for storytelling and community-related projects led her to perform Mexican traditional dances around the world, sharing her practice to professional dancers, children, senior citizens, young offenders and refugees. She started her professional training as a dancer at the National School of Contemporary Dance in Mexico and continued her training in the USA, Africa and Cuba. She has worked with Jose Agudo, Akram Khan (Opening Ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games), Vocab Dance, State of Emergency, ACE Dance and Music, Voxed, National Company of Mexico, Heartbeat of Home (Riverdance) and Catherine Young Dance. Vanessa also worked with Gecko theatre company performing in their new show ‘KIN’, at the National Theatre, London, throughout January 2024.

Renako McDonald is an award-winning dancer, who starred in the West End, toured globally, and worked on multiple films, TV series and commercials. His credits include Cirque Du Soleil, Walt Disney Studios, Netflix, Marvel, Jason Derulo, River Dance and Disney’s Musical Tarzan to mention a few.  Renako has been acknowledged by Madonna, and won her ‘Art for Freedom Campaign’ for his starring role in multi award-winning short film ‘Shift’. He has also had the incredible honor of being personally invited to perform his choreography for Her Majesty The Queen & 400+ VIP guests at Buckingham Palace.

Jonathan graduated from the Rambert School, London, in 1992. Since then he has been fortunate to work with a host of choreographers and companies, including Adventures in Motion Pictures, Mathew Hawkins, Liz Roche Company and IMDT, performing on four continents and in both hemispheres. Jonathan’s association with CoisCeim began in 2001 with The Rite of Spring, and he has worked with the company many times since, including When Once Is Never Enough, Mermaids, Pageant, Agnes, The Wolf and Peter, These Rooms, Body Language/In The Magic Hour, Francis Footwork, Orfeo ed Euridice for the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and Go To Blazes.

Alex’s career began on RTÉ’s “Supercrew” (2010-2011) Mrs Browns Boys Da Movie (2014) Ek Tha Tiger (2012) Vikings (2018) Featured dancer in the Ireland’s Got Talent Advert live shows (2019) Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel” (2021) James Vincent McMorrow’s “Gone” (2020) Disney’s “Disenchanted” (2022) Feature work with Red Bull, RTÉ, Apple, Heineken, Ryanair, Facebook, Google, Vodafone and Orchard Thieves and Lifestyle Sports Christmas Campaign/Adverts (2018 & 2021). Head choreographer the 80’s & 90’s Disco European Arena Tour (2018 – 2020) Soloist in Monica Loughman’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” (2012-2015); Michael Jackson Man In The Mirror Tribute tour (2014-2016). Alex made his CoisCéim debut in “Orpheo ed Euridice” for the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival 2022. Made his Anu debut in “The Hardest of Women” (2022) Coisceim’s “The Piece With The Drums” (2023). Cast as “The Watcher” in Dakota Fannings upcoming film “The Watchers” (2023). Alex was cast in “Mosh” which was winner of “Best Ensemble” at the Dublin Fringe Festival Awards (2023).

Rosie Stebbing is a contemporary dance artist from Kildare. After studying at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) on their foundation course, she moved to the Netherlands to train at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, graduating with a BA(Hons) in Dance in 2021. During the final year of her studies she joined Holstebro Dansekompagni in Denmark as an apprentice dancer. She also participated in Dance Limerick’s Step Up project, working with choreographers David Bolger and Lucyna Zwolinska on the creation and tour of two new works. 

Rosie has performed with CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, Fíbín sa Taibhdhearc, Emily Aoibheann and Peter Power/Sparsile Collective. Her choreographic debut TEST 1, created and performed with Ornella Dufay-Miralles, premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2022 and was winner of the Judges’ Choice Award. Rosie has been supported by the Arts Council of Ireland through the Dance Agility and Bursary Awards, and was the recipient of Dance Ireland’s HATCH Mentorship Award 2023. This year she has been commissioned by Dublin Youth Dance Company to create a new work for the senior company.

Matt Szczerek is a Dublin based dancer/ choreographer and creative director for Human Collective, his movement is based in street dance and contemporary, Krump and Breaking. Matt also curates one of the biggest festivals for street dance in Ireland called Dance2Connect.

He previously worked with choreographers like Botis Seva, Jill Crovisier, Joseph Toonga, Monica Martin Munoz and many others.

Jessie Thompson is a Dublin based Dance Artist specializing in Experimental Contemporary and Hip Hop dance. In 2023 Jessie Thompson was an Inaugural artist commissioned by CoisCeim and Waterways Ireland to create a site specific solo titled ‘BENCH’. Jessie also Choreographed and Performed in ‘This Solution’ in Dublin Theatre Festival and presented a solo in progress ‘CRAWLER’ at Dublin Dance Festival 2022 and 2023, Jessie is now a guest choreographer for Limerick Youth Dance Company 2024. She has performed in Maria Nilsson wallers Riverine, Emma Martin/United Falls Night Dances in DTF and Edinburgh Fringe, Rosie Stebbings ‘Test 1’ in WhatNext Festival and worked with companies such as TasteinYourMouth, OnetwoOneTwo, Monica Munoz, Liz Roche Company, Simone O’Toole. Jessie won Red bull Dance Your Style Ireland in 2023 and represented in the world Final.

Dublin-born Morgan Crowley has had a diverse career across five continents, appearing on a Grammy-winning CD, Tony Award winning musical and the stage version of an Oscar-winning film. 

Morgan trained classically in music and drama and is a Masters Graduate of Trinity College Dublin. He works extensively in all media with credits worldwide including BBC’s Eastenders, Disney, The Wiggles, National Theatre/RSC, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Prometheus, Messiah, Universal Pictures & Columbia Artists. 

Notable Broadway/West-End/international theatre leading roles include Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Cirque du Soleil, Riverdance, Scrooge, Playboy of the Western World. 

Eilís Dexter is a mezzo-soprano from Dublin whose work spans from choral music to opera and contemporary compositions. She studied Music at Trinity College Dublin and Voice at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Eilís is an established ensemble singer, performing regularly with groups such as Resurgam, Lassus, Tonnta and Ardú. As an oratorio soloist she has performed works by Handel, Bach, Pergolesi, d’Astorga, Saint-Saëns and Duruflé. Operatic engagements include Irish National Opera, Opera Collective Ireland and Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. Eilís was awarded 1st Place in the Mezzo-soprano Solo competition in the 2022 Feis Ceoil and was a member of the Glyndebourne Academy 2023. Eilís also has a strong dance background and looks to engage in multidisciplinary projects.

Cellist Kate Ellis is dedicated to the performance and exploration of all things new in music with collaboration at the heart. Kate is Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble, cellist with Martin Hayes’ Common Ground Ensemble and toured with Bono as part of his Stories of Surrender show 2022-2023. 

Kate has collaborated with, commissioned, premiered and recorded works by composers Steve Reich, Bryce Dessner, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Nico Muhly and Donnacha Dennehy and continues to push musical boundaries performing and recording with musicians including Bono and the Edge, Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon Giddens, Martin Hayes, Gavin Friday, Ye Vagabonds, Lisa O’Neill and Glenn Hansard.

Kate has toured and broadcast in Australia, USA, Europe and China, performing at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Centre, Shanghai EXPO, Istanbul Akbank Jazz Festival and Edinburgh International Festival with releases on Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, Rough Trade, Domino, Brawl Records, Bada Bing, Crash Records and Claddagh Records. Recent projects include the release of a major new work for solo cello by Northern Irish composer Ed Bennett on the Ergodos label, a duo collaboration with Martin Hayes, curation of a contemporary music series ‘Europe: Here and Now’ at the National Concert Hall, Dublin and the creation of new music for the Multi-Traction Orchestra’s album ‘Reactor One’ and ‘Echolocation: Resonate from Here’; a collaborative album with UK and US based musicians.

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Luttrell graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Master’s degree in performance in 2022. Sarah was the recipient of the ‘RCS Trust Postgraduate Scholarship’. To date, Sarah has been a soloist on the Operatic, Concert and Oratorio platform in Ireland, The United Kingdom and Europe. In 2021-2022, Sarah was a scholar with the 2023 Grammy-nominated British vocal group Voces8, a full time member of Chamber Choir Ireland 2022-2023 and a member of the Wexford Festival Opera Young Artist Programme 2022-2023. Future engagements include INO’s La Traviata, Stanford’s Mass in G Major, Dublin and the East Cork Choral Society’s performance of Handel’s Samson.

Máire was an Abbey Player from 1967-1999. She has appeared in over 150 productions at the Abbey Theatre. Among her favourites are The Loves of Cass McGuire, The Cherry Orchard, Famine, The Playboy of the Western World, The Hostage (Best Supporting Actress Evening Herald), A State of Chassis, The Plebians Rehearse the Uprising, Innish, Uncle Vanya, Finders Keepers (Irish Times Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Ulysses in Nighttown and April Bright. Ghlac sí páirt ina lán léirithe as Gaeilge ina measc An Baile Seo ‘Gainne, Cúirt an Mheáin Oíche, Séadna, Scéal Scealaí agus Cré na Cille. Other theatre work includes The Loves of Cass McGuire (Broadway), An Triail (Damer Theatre), The Liar, Best Supporting Actress Theatre Festival (Gate Theatre), Spokesong (Player Wills Theatre), Children of Eve, Best Supporting Actress Evening Herald(Andrews Lane) , Translations (Hampstead and Lyttelton Theatre), Sharon’s Grave (Druid), Factory Girls (Kilkenny) and Long Day’s Journey into Night (Leatherhead Theatre). Television work includes Going into Exile, The Country Boy, Glenroe, O’Flaherty VC, Ballykissangel, The Loves of Cass McGuire, Mother Courage, The Hanging Gale (BBC and RTE), Z-cars and The Pallisers (BBC) and Ros na Rún (TG4). Film work includes The Fighting Prince of Donegal, Ulysses, Here are Ladies, Ar Dover Féin. 

Máire recently appeared in the Long Christmas Dinner at the Peacock Theatre and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress by The Irish Times, 2022.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

David is the Artistic Director and co-founder of CoisCéim Dance Theatre. His work has been seen by millions of people worldwide and has received prestigious awards for its innovation, performance and choreography. David has directed and choreographed over 30 original productions for CoisCéim, including Go To Blazes, Francis Footwork, the highly lauded The Wolf and Peter, Body Language, and the major international co-production These Rooms (Irish Times Theatre Award, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), TATE Liverpool). His work for the company has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Peak Performances in the USA, Spring Loaded (The Place) and the Brighton Festival in the UK, Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House (Australia). David has received numerous choreographic commissions for theatre and opera including Druid (Ireland), Spoleto Festival (USA), Guthrie Theatre (USA), RTÉ (Ireland), National Theatre (UK), Abbey Theatre (Ireland) and Opera Ireland. He is a member of Aosdána. www.coisceim.com/about-us/

Denis has worked with numerous dance and theatre companies. He won the Irish Times theatre award for Best Design Sound in 2019 and 2010 and was a nominee in 2015. Work with CoisCéim includes CRISTIAN AND COSMO, OUR FATHERS and FRANCIS FOOTWORK. Denis was an associate artist with the Abbey in 2008 and was a participant on Rough Magic’s ADVANCE programme in 2012. In 2016 Pat Kinevane’s play SILENT (Fishamble) won an Olivier award for which Denis composed the music. His work in film includes music for the feature films OLDER THAN IRELAND (Snack box Films), THE IRISH PUB (Atom Films) and HIS AND HERS (Venom Film).

John is an alumnus of Dublin Youth Theatre and a founding member of Malaprop Theatre Lighting credits include:

With Malaprop:
Hothouse, Where Sat The Lovers, Everything Not Saved, Jericho, BlackCatfishMusketeer, LOVE+

This Solution (Shaun Dunne)
Navy Blue (Oona Doherty)
Mosh (Rachel Ní Bhraonain)
Tiny Plays 24/7, Tiny Plays For A Brighter Future (Fishamble), 
Venus in Furs (Rough Magic SEEDS),
The Roaring Banshees (Devious Theatre Co.)
We Can’t Have Monkeys in the House (Sad Strippers), 
Bulrusher, The Three Sisters, The Laramie Project, Demons (Lir Academy), 
The Egg Is A Lonely Hunter (Hannah Mamalis)

Maree is an award-winning set and costume designer based in Ireland. She has collaborated with David Bolger and CoisCéim Dance Theatre many times in the past on productions which include the critically acclaimed AGNES and INVITATION TO A JOURNEY. Maree has designed sets and costumes for most of Ireland’s leading companies, in theatre, dance, musicals and opera. She is also the course director for the MFA in Stage Design at the Lir Academy, Trinity College, Dublin.