Bastard Amber

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We are delighted to welcome the Liz Roche Company to An Grianán for the first time with 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.

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.

“Bastard Amber is a stunning and beautiful production, worthy of its historic commission and a fitting tribute to one of Ireland’s foremost choreographers. Not to be missed.”

“Yeats may have established the Abbey, but tonight Roche has ownership of the stage… From the very first moments of the dance, she puts the body at the forefront….Roche’s choreographic dexterity is at its height” The Irish Times

BASTARD AMBER was a resounding success, receiving fantastic reviews, standing ovations and was seen in the Abbey by President Higgins and his wife Sabine Higgins. The production now stands as a landmark event both for Liz Roche – who remains at the forefront of defining a new landscape for dance in Ireland – but also for Irish contemporary dance within a culture more noted internationally for words rather than movement.

Following on from the Abbey performances Bastard Amber has since been performed at the Kilkenny Arts Festival and at the prestigious Espace des Arts, Chalon- Sur-Saone, France, as part of Festival Instances 2015 supported by Culture Ireland.

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.

Liz Roche on Bastard Amber from Liz Roche Company on Vimeo.

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.

Bastard Amber is co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival, with support from Dance Ireland and the O’Reilly Theatre. It is an Affiliate Event of Yeats 2015, Ireland’s National celebration of W.B. Yeats.Liz Roche Company would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council, Dublin City Council, Yeats 2015, Dance Ireland and the O’Reilly Theatre.

Learn more about the show on our blog.

  • Category: Dance / Highlights
  • Date: Tuesday 29 November 2016
  • Tickets: €18/€15
  • Time: 8pm

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