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 result is a beautifully compelling performance exploring the everyday intimacies that form our connection to our surroundings and to each other. 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.
Featuring a specially commissioned score, I/Thou brings together world-class performers and creative collaborators including composer Linda Buckley, set and costume designer Joe Vanek and lighting designer Stephen Dodd.
I Thou premiered at Cork Opera House on 7th September 2018 as a centrepiece of the Sirius Arts Centre's year-long programme celebrating O'Doherty's remarkable career.