An extraordinary dance performance inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Yes and Yes

Atlas Performing Arts Center Sept 9 & 10
Brain tipped, cheek touched with flame, they listened feeling that flow endearing flow over skin limbs human heart soul spine
from Ulysses by James Joyce.

To mark 100 years since the first publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, one of the most important works of modern literature, Solas Nua has commissioned choreographer Liz Roche and her company to create a brand-new dance piece, Yes and Yes, to premiere in Washington D.C. this September.

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, finally name the sense of surrender implied throughout. Yes and Yes follows the 18 episodes, suffused with curiosity, sensuality, release and resignation, and explores this in movement with four extraordinary dancers and through film, sound and design. Dublin city and its people, today and 100 years ago, serve as the heart and the backdrop of the piece, bringing this heady mix of ideas together.

A stellar creative team will work on Yes and Yes, with film/visuals by José Miguel Jiménez, dramaturgy by Wayne Jordan, to an original score by Ray Harman, with lighting by Davison Scandrett and stage design and costumes by Katie Davenport. Danced by Sarah Cerneaux, Mufutau Yusuf, Grace Cuny and Diarmuid Armstrong, this show will be the first time the company has premiered and performed on a Washington, D.C. stage. Yes and Yes will then travel to the John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts at Villanova University, Philadelphia and later to Project Arts Centre in Dublin and Cork Opera House.

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.

Booking Information

September 9th – 10th, 8:00pm

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Tickets – $20 – $45

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September 13th

John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts at Villanova University,
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova
Philadelphia, PA 19085

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On Saturday September 10, Liz Roche will also participate in a panel discussion as part of the Global Irish Studies Initiative of Georgetown University’s “Ulysses in the World” conference. https://globalirish.georgetown.edu/
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Photos and trailer by José Miguel Jiménez

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The Here Trio Team

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Glòria Ros Abellana

Glòria Ros Abellana graduated in classical dance at Institut del Teatre in Barcelona, she continued her studies at Cannes Jeune Ballet (France). She joined Introdans Ensemble voor de Jeugd (NL), with whom she performed internationally in pieces by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Inbal Pinto. As a freelancer, she has worked with Arno Schuitemaker, Arthur Rosenfeld and Núria Guiu, among others. She has recently premiered “IAM | En alguna ocasió”, co-created with composer and pianist Carles Viarnès, and performs as well present time compositions with saxophonist Albert Cirera and singer Celeste Alías. Her shows and screendance projects have been presented in Spain, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Portugal, The Netherlands and Australia. Besides her activity as a performer and maker, Glòria also works as a teacher, movement assistant for theatre pieces, and manager at the performing arts production house Elclimamola. Glòria was awarded 1st prize in Shortcuts – Experimental Dance Film Festival (Austria) and has been a guest teacher at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (University of Limerick, Ireland). As a member of the Liz Roche Company (Ireland), she has performed in Totems, I/Thou, The Here Trio and Dēmos.

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Lucia Kickham

Lucia Kickham is a Dublin-based dance artist, who has been performing and collaborating internationally since 2011. Trained in The Netherlands, she has worked with companies and artists which include Philip Connaughton, Junk Ensemble, TRASH, Maria Nilsson Waller and Jessie Keenan Dance. In recent years Lucia has been a recipient of awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Dance Ireland, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Tipperary Dance and Le Grand Studio Bruxelles. In 2020 she was awarded a Next Generation Award from the Arts Council of Ireland to develop her performance improvisation practice with a recent showing of her work SOLO-ing presented at Tipperary Dance International Festival 2021. Lucia was Dance Ireland HATCH Artist 2018 which lead to the creation of ensemble work, INIT:The Warm Up Project performed at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019. Lucia is Associate Artist with Liz Roche Company 2019 – 2021 and is very grateful for the generous support she has received during this time.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Choreography and concept Liz Roche
Dancers Ryan O’Neill, Glòria Ros Abellana and Lucia Kickham with Sarah Cerneaux on film
Sound Design & Visuals Luca Truffarelli
Lighting Design Stephen Dodd
Original Music Bryan O’Connell
Dramaturgy Shane O’Reilly
Apprentice/Cover Dancer Arudhra Krishnaswamy
Set & Costume Liz Roche
Photography Luca Truffarelli
Production Manager Eve D'Alton
Stage Manager Lisa Krugel
Set Build Theatre Production Services

We are proud of our partners.

Liz Roche Company is strategically funded by the Arts Council