About this project
“A streamlined version of Shakespeare’s play, It shakes us up, lets us see the play anew” Joan Acocella/The New Yorker
Lear is a remarkable collaboration between John Scott (Irish Modern Dance Theatre) and downtown New York dance legend, Valda Setterfield. It has been invited to play at Dance Base, Edinburgh, during Edinburgh Festival Fringe, from August 23rd – 27th, 2017. Originally commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival, Lear is poised to make a leap onto the global stage as part of the world’s largest performing arts festival. Lear has thrilled critics and audiences in Kilkenny, Dublin, Cork and at New York Live Arts. We now ask for your help to bring this outstanding work to Edinburgh.
The inimitable Setterfield, noted for her work with David Gordon Pick Up Company and as a soloist for Merce Cunningham, plays King Lear, giving a profoundly moving performance that explores the unravelling of a universe, parental love, fear of death, personal transformation and enlightenment. Her primal honesty is pitted against the boisterous energy of three young male dancers in the roles of Goneril, Cordelia and Regan. Scott and Setterfield deliver a work that is both deeply personal and playful - Deborah Jowitt called it “magnificent...deep and true on every level”. This is a phenomenal opportunity for us to bring the production to a much larger audience and holds the potential to create many more touring dates across the world for Lear. We are determined to leave our stamp on this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Culture Ireland will generously support our travel and Dance Base will provide accommodation, venue and promotional services. What we are struggling with is something hugely familiar to all those in the arts world. We currently do not have the full means to pay our spectacular performers and technicians. And we can’t go to Edinburgh without them.
Our €6000 fundraising goal will contribute to fees for the artistic and technical team for their time preparing for and at Edinburgh Fringe. The work will be re-rehearsed in Dublin in late July, before being brought to life in Edinburgh. Remounting this work, which features design by Eric Würtz and music by Tom Lane and James Everest, at one of the most important arts festivals in the world is both a challenge and a huge opportunity for IMDT. In addition to this Kickstarter campaign, we are hosting our ‘100 Knights Summer Cabaret’ event in Dublin on July 20th – a party packed with live performances and a few cheeky surprises. Supporters of our Kickstarter will automatically be included on the Guest List for the night, for donations of €10 and above.
Risks and challenges
We have a hugely talented team of performers and technical crew ready to go to Edinburgh in August. We will be hosted and promoted by Dance Base, the main dance presenter in the city, which has a strong reputation and a broad audience network – so we know that Lear will be in safe hands when we get to the Fringe. However, if we do not reach our fundraising target this poses a significant financial risk to IMDT and may impact our ability to fulfil our commitments to pay all our artists. We are determined to get Lear to Edinburgh as it offers such an important opportunity to give further life to the production and we believe that our experienced team, led by John Scott, has the necessary skills and tenacity to reach our fundraising goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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