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Photo: Luca Truffarelli


An evocative duet filmed in the magnificent surroundings of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.
A meditation on archetype and architecture, this evocative work reflects on the qualities of a woman whose faith and body served as a connection between the human and the divine: Mary / Maryam. A woman chosen among all women, revered in both Christianity and Islam. A link across time, culture and creed.

Explored through the liquid virtuoso of dance artists Salma Ataya and Justine Cooper, dyad delves into the complex nature of interconnection, twinned concepts and shared ideals. Exquisitely captured on film by Luca Truffarelli, the performances unite with Andrew Clancy’s sculptural design, Paul Keogan’s chiaroscuro lighting, and Mary Barnecutt’s evocative cello to foreground the universality of the body as a sacred vessel and an extraordinary construction.


"Expertly marshalling an intersection of influences, Doswell’s choreography skilfully orchestrates the disparate voices... in a variety of kinetic tableaux that transcend the everyday" Eamon Carr 

Presented by Dublin Dance Festival, dyad was due to be performed live as part of the 2021 Edition.

Ticket price: €8
Available to Watch: 7pm, Thursday 20 May to 11:59pm, Monday 31 May


Concept: Justine Doswell
Choreography: Justine Doswell in collaboration with the cast
Dancer artists: Salma Ataya, Justine Cooper
Director of Photography & Film Editing: Luca Truffarelli
Dramaturgy: Katalin Trencsényi
Music Composition & Performance: Mary Barnecutt
Lighting Design: Paul Keogan
Set Design: Andrew Clancy
Costume Design Katie Davenport
Costume Supervision: Monica Ennis
Sound, Recording & Mix: Sandra O'Mahony
Chief LX: Simon Burke
Camera Assistant: Pato Cassinoni 
Preliminary Research & Development: Salma Ataya, Ella Clarke, Justine Cooper, Millie Daniel Dempsey, Rebecca Reilly, Emily Kilkenny Roddy and Katalin Trencsényi
Consultanc:y Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, Imam Anwar Shah
Mentorship: Ella Clarke, John Scott
Production Manager: Lisa Mahony
Produced by Irish Modern Dance Theatre
Recorded in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin by kind permission of the Dean, Very Rev Dr William Morton.

Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland | An Chomhairle Ealaíon with support from Dublin Dance Festival, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Dance Limerick, LD Dance Shawbrook, Dance Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council.

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