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Photo: Luca Truffarelli

dyad 2021

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. A contrapuntal embodiment, reflecting on the essence of a sacred feminine archetype, a paradigm of purity and piety, aspects of which have influenced and dictated women’s lives and roles in the structure of societies over many centuries.


"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 digitally by Dublin Dance Festival, dyad was due to be performed live as part of the 2021 Edition, May 20 - 31 2021.

The Irish Times ★★★★ 

The Arts Review ★★★★
Choreographer's process on the development of dyad for Dublin Dance Festival >>


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 (film) and Gearóid O hAllmhuráin (live)
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 
Post Production Sound: Brian Hogan, Lance Hogan and Simon Francis Mastering
Additional Post Production: Derek Pelly
Preliminary Research & Development: Salma Ataya, Ella Clarke, Justine Cooper, Millie Daniel Dempsey, Rebecca Reilly, Emily Kilkenny Roddy and Katalin Trencsényi

Consultancy and Recitation: Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri (Chief Imam and Mufti, Islamic Centre of Ireland, and Chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council)
Additional Consultancy: Imam Anwar Shah

Mentorship: Ella Clarke, John Scott
Production Manager: Lisa Mahony

Digital Marketing: Yes Man Media
Produced by Irish Modern Dance Theatre as part of the company's Associate Artists 2021 programme.
Recorded in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin by kind permission of the Dean, Very Rev Dr William Morton.

Proudly 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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