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Film still: Luca Truffarelli

A Piece of My Heart

Six women are present. Aged 18 to 81, their presence is singular and plural, individual and collective, real and imagined. Together they sculpt the space in nostalgic reverie, editing their recollections in each step they take; yearning for past selves, for connection to the versions of themselves they once were and those they have loved, still love.


A Piece of my Heart is a bittersweet vignette, a succession of moments that explore love and loss, nostalgia and regret. A subjective progression of past, present and future, a personal memoir tinged with joy and melancholy.

Why do we lose ourselves in memories instead of living in our present? Because once upon a time, they were the happiest place we knew.

Ranata Suzuki

Choreography: Justine Doswell in collaboration with the cast

Cast: Alessandra Azevedo, Joanna Banks, Kama Bugala (DYDC), Millie Daniel-Dempsey, Rebecca Reilly and Emily Kilkenny Roddy

Music: Veinte Años, 1935 by María Teresa Vera and Guillermina Aramburu (Kassner Associated Publishers Ltd UK), performed and recorded by Isaac et Nora (2019) represented by Madame Vodevil.
Filmed by Luca Truffarelli

La condition humaine II, 1935 by René Magritte
… we sometimes remember a past event as being in the present. Time and space lose meaning and our daily experience becomes paramount. This is how we see the world. We see it outside ourselves, and at the same time we only have a representation of it in ourselves.

René Magritte

Commissioned by Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Dancer From the Dance - Festival of Irish Choreography 2021, with support from the Complex.
Preliminary 2019 research funded by an Arts Council Bursary, supported by a Dance Ireland Residency with dance artists: Salma Ataya, Muirne Bloomer, Kama Bugala (DYDC), Ella Clarke, Justine Cooper, Millie Daniel-Dempsey, Aoife McAtamney, Liv O'Donoghue, Emma O’Kane, Rebecca Reilly, Mariam Ribon and Emily Kilkenny Roddy.

Presented by Irish Modern Dance Theatre Dancer from the Dance Festival of Irish Choreography >>

Free admission, donations welcome.

Available to Watch: Wednesday 7 July  GATHERING 3: Live streamed Dance Performance 19:30h IST / 20:30h CET / 14:30h EST
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