Precious Metal

Irish Modern Dance Theatre (Ireland)

Thursday 12 October, 20:00
The Source Arts Centre | Booking: 05 04 90 204
50 min. | €12/10 | 7 yrs+

“Ireland’s dance landscape has been given a splash of colour by iconoclast John Scott, spearheading Irish Modern Dance Theatre, a group which has already become something of a national institution…. Scott also addresses the details of aesthetic, social and spatial hierarchy…. Words and gestures somewhere between Beckett, Chaplin and Monty Python.”


‘Precious Metal’ explores themes of identity, migration and belonging, past and present. ‘Precious Metal’ is a powerful and playful new work featuring an international team of technically brilliant and culturally diverse dancers and artists. ‘Precious Metal’ combines passion, virtuosity and humour in an exciting progresssion of Scott’s award-winning work with migrants and torture survivors. The dancers speak different languages and have different cultures, although they all now identify as Irish.

Set design and lighting is by long-time French collaborator Eric Wurtz. The original sound composition, by Irish composer Tom Lane, is sampled from metallic sources, including cymbals, dulcimer strings and bells, reminiscent of Javanese gamelan.

“The thing that drives this for me is the disconnect between what/who is identified as Irish. And who we are as group and how we break the stereotype and re-define our identity. I have an anglo-Irish accent and am often not perceived or accepted as being truly Irish – when I speak. I am, however, Caucasian and pale – so as long as I don’t speak, I can get away with being Irish. My colleagues are many different complexions and stand out more – I personally identify with them. I don’t do this work to be Mother Teresa – I work with them because they are interesting and inspiring and beautiful”  John Scott.



Choreography: John Scott

Lighting and Design: Eric Wurtz

Composition & sound design: Tom Lane

Dancers: Kevin Coquelard, Ryan O’Neill, Florence Welalo, Mufutau Yusuf


More about Irish Modern Dance Theatre

Founded by John Scott in 1991. Performances range in size from solos to 15 dancers and performers range from Merce Cunningham and William Forsythe virtuosos to African torture survivors, with whom he has created several unique works, the most famous being ‘Fall and Recover’.

Recent works include Lear, with Valda Setterfield, performed at the Samuel Beckett Theatre Dublin, New York Live Arts, Kilkenny Arts Festival; Quad in collaboration with Pan Pan Theatre, at Dublin Dance Festival/Beckett Summer School; HYPERACTIVE, at La MaMa Moves Dance Festival/Galway Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival; Feathers, Tiger Dublin Fringe, 2015; Actions and The White Piece; and Merce Cunningham’s Totem Ancestor. Precious Metal was created in 2016 to celebrate the company’s 25-year anniversary.



Principal Funders: The Arts Council and Dublin City Council. Supported by Culture Ireland, Dance Ireland, The Iris O’Brien Foundation and Newstalk.





Precious Metal - John Scott
A powerful and playful new work. Precious Metal combines passion, virtuosity and humour in an exciting progresssion of Scott’s award-winning work with migrants and torture survivors.