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Näher… closer, nearer, sooner

Site specific dance piece (2018) Dance Film (2021)

September 20th — 23rd, 2018
Premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2018
Photo by Luca Truffarelli

Photo by Luca Truffarelli

"… exquisitely choreographed… “Näher…closer, nearer, sooner” resonates most powerfully, transforming the Goethe-Institut into a living, breathing, resonant space full of hope and memory."
Chris O'Rourke, The Arts Review


Näher...closer, nearer, sooner is a site-specific dance piece commissioned by Goethe-Institut Irland to celebrate the grand reopening of their newly refurbished Georgian home on Merrion Square in Dublin.

A cast of fifteen dancers brought audiences on a captivating and emotional journey through the exquisite site, sharing visceral and moving memories, texts and dances.

Co-created by choreographer Liz Roche and playwright Shane O'Reilly, with sound design by Berlin based designer Roy Carroll and costumes by Catherine Fay, the piece explored the crossover and connections between the texts and concepts of W.B. Yeats and the life and works of Goethe. Inspired by Yeats' notion that for a time, when someone dies, they dream backwards through the more personal deeds and thoughts of their lives, Näher...closer, nearer, sooner explored the moments of significance that can and might arise on this imagined introspective journey.

With support from The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Goethe-Institut Irland and Dublin City Council, Liz Roche Company and Invisible Thread Films made a short film, Näher, based on the live piece. Näher is directed by Alan Gilsenan, with Director of Photography Colm Horgan and music by Ray Harman. The film's performers are Kévin Coquelard, Finola Cronin, Liv O'Donoghue and Grant McLay. Our dance film Näher to premiered at Cork International Film Festival November 7th 2021. Filmed in Dublin’s Goethe Institut, Näher follows four lost souls as they move and gather in shared moments of remembrance, bringing life to haunted spaces new and old, evoking fleeting memories and suspended dreams.

The film draws from the original production of Näher… closer, nearer, sooner commissioned by Goethe Institut Irland on the occasion of its re-opening at 37 Merrion Square in 2018. The live promenade dance piece premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2018 and explored W.B. Yeats’ belief that the dead dream backwards through their lives. Journeying through different rooms of the building, the choreography offered opportunities to dream back into the lives of the performers and share in their search for the moments of most meaning to them.

Site-specific piece and dance film teams

Choreography Liz Roche
Devised by Liz Roche and Shane O'Reilly
Costume Design Catherine Fay
Sound Design Roy Carroll
Cast Finola Cronin, Henry Montes, Anne-Laure Dogot, Kévin Coquelard & Senior Dancers from Dublin Youth Dance Company
Photography and Videography Luca Truffarelli
Video Documentation Paddy Cahill
Director Alan Gilsenan
Created and Choreographed Liz Roche
Co-created by Shane O'Reilly
Original Music Ray Harman
Costume designer Catherine Fay
Performers Finola Cronin, Kévin Coquelard, Liv O'Donoghue, Grant McLay
Director of Photography Colm Hogan
Edit Bjorn Mac Giolla
Camera Assistant Aoife Quinn
Sound Recordist Kieran Horgan
Costume maker Mara Kuvika
Online Edit & Grade Michael Higgins
Sound Mix Paul Finan
Graphics Hugh Rodgers
Producer Zlata Filipović
Co-producers Liz Roche Company and Invisible Thread Films

Film Trailer

A lithe interplay of vivid recollections
Christie Seaver, The Irish Times


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