Yes and Yes
Commissioned by Solas Nua
Photo by Steve O' Connor
"Like Joyce did with words, Roche plays with the infinite choreographic possibilities of movement.......Crafting a wonderful, dreamlike experience.......Yes and Yes, an artistic delight, offering a multitude of perspectives for you to enjoy and discuss time and again"
To mark 100 years since the first publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, one of the most important works of modern literature, Solas Nua in Washington D.C in partnership with Cork Opera House, commissioned Liz Roche and her company to create a brand-new dance piece, Yes and Yes.
Yes and Yes takes its title from the final episode of the book which both begins and ends with a “yes”. “…yes I said yes I will Yes”; the famous last words of the book, exclaimed by Molly Bloom. The dance journeys through the episodes of Ulysses, exploring the sensuality, absurdity, release, and resignation of the book in movement with four extraordinary dancers and through film, sound, and design.
Over 70 minutes, the work maps the movement of the narrative through the streets of Dublin in 1904 and explores those same spaces and encounters today, with contemporary bodies revealing new and surprising connections.
Yes and Yes by Liz Roche is a co-production between Solas Nua in Washington DC and Liz Roche Company in partnership with Cork Opera House. Commissioned by Solas Nua. Kindly supported by Culture Ireland and The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
|Created and Choreographed by||Liz Roche|
|In collaboration with dancers||Sarah Cerneaux, Mufutau Yusuf, Diarmuid Armstrong and Grace Cuny|
|Stage and Costume Design||Katie Davenport|
|Lighting Design||Davison Scandrett|
|Film and Videography||José Miguel Jiménez|
|Costume Supervisor||James Seaver|
November 10th — 12th, 2022
Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 7.30pm
9th & 10th September, 2022
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St NE Washington, D.C. 20002
September 13th, 2022
John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts at Villanova University, 800 E. Lancaster Ave. Villanova Philadelphia, PA 19085
“Liz Roche Company bask[s] in the complexity of Joyce's multi-layered novel.... a sense of irreverence is never far from the surface....the novel, a conceptual scaffold for the impressive choreography. The dance, performed excellently by Mufutau Yusuf, Sarah Cerneaux, Grace Cuny and Diarmuid Armstrong, seems carried along by the energy of the writing.”