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7th & 8th September, 2018
Commissioned and Co-produced by Cork Opera House in partnership with Sirius Arts Centre
Cork Opera House
Photo by Clare Keogh

Photo by Clare Keogh

"Mesmeric… A beautifully crafted meditation on connections between individuals…"
Michael Seaver, The Irish Times


I/Thou is a mesmerising dance piece that responds to the work of iconic visual artist Brian O’Doherty, also known as Patrick Ireland.

Inspired by O’Doherty’s mix of perfection and playfulness, this work echoes the themes of migration, language and identity that are ever present in his work – particularly in his wall painting series One, Here, Now, created for Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh in the late nineties and restored again in 2018.

The moving body is set in distilled landscapes of sound, colour and light, creating a world of possibilities in which, even if for a moment, we can transcend individuality. The result is a beautifully compelling performance exploring the everyday intimacies that form our connection to our surroundings and to each other.

I/Thou premiered at Cork Opera House on 7th September 2018 as a centrepiece of the Sirius Arts Centre's year-long programme One Here Now The Brian O'Doherty Patrick Ireland Project celebrating O'Doherty's remarkable career. In 2019 I/Thou performed at Dublin Dance Festival, Roscommon Arts Centre and the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick.


Choreography Liz Roche
Composition Linda Buckley
Set and Costume Design Joe Vanek
Lighting Design Stephen Dodd
Dancers Sarah Cerneaux, Miguel do Vale, Glòria Ros Abellana, Ailish Maher, Jack Webb and Kévin Coquelard
Cello Kate Ellis
Recorded Singers Suzanne Savage & Robbie Blake


Singers Robbie Blake, Suzanne Savage, Vivienne Hassell
Cello Ilse de Ziah
Musical Director John O'Brien
Video Paddy Cahill (2018) & Luca Truffarelli (2019)
Photography Clare Keogh
Creative Producer Catherine Nunes
Company Manager Moyra D'Arcy
Line Producer Aisling O’Brien
Production Manager Lisa Mahony
Stage Manager Lisa Krugel


Filmed by Paddy Cahill


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