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Culture Night: Bloodlines by John Scott

Dance Limerick Performance Space - Dance Limerick Performance Space (St. John's church), John's Square, Limerick

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Bloodlines is a dance performance/installation based on memory, migration and the body’s stories, created in the unique setting of Dance Limerick, by Irish Modern Dance Theatre’s John Scott.

Bloodlines, danced by a cast of migrant dancers, tells stories carried through these individual's bodies, a multitude of small personal dances based on migration and stories, culminating in a group dance of joy. Bloodlines is based on the idea of Sand Mandalas: a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made of coloured sand (here substituted with paper) over which the dances unfold. It is the creation of a purifying dance work using memory and personal history. The piece features a soundscape of migrant stories and dreams with live musical accompaniment.

Bloodlines is a dance work using memory and personal history, to give dignity and agency to the displaced people now living in Ireland. To inspire and educate the public, to celebrate diversity and inclusivity. To facilitate a meeting of cultures, to reflect all people living in Irish society, to support the evolution of a future Irish identity beyond the existing, received notion of Irishness. 

Concept and choreography by John Scott
Lighting, design and projections by Gearóid Ó Hallmhuráin
Soundscape by Jacob Woulfe and Jared L.

John Scott has been working with asylum seekers and refugees since 2003, mostly through SPIRASI – the Centre for Care for Survivors of Torture. His works dealing with migration include ‘Fall and Recover’, ‘The White Piece’ and ‘Everything Now’, which have been performed at Dublin Dance Festival, Internationale Tanzmesse, Dusseldorf, Forum Cultural Nundial, Brazil and La MaMa, New York.