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dyad is a new duet created by Justine Doswell, framed 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. 

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

Enhance your Experience 

As part of this event, you will get access to two short films:

A recitation of the Holy Qur'an Surah Maryam (19:16-30) by Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, filmed in the Lady Chapel of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin by kind permission of the Dean, the Very Reverend Dr William Morton.

A behind-the-scenes film that includes interviews with Justine Doswell and members of the creative team.

"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 on The Thing is? 


Concept: Justine Doswell 

Choreography: Justine Doswell in collaboration with cast 

Cast: Salma Ataya and Justine Cooper 

Director of Photography and 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 

Preliminary Research & Development: Salma Ataya, Ella Clarke, Justine Cooper, Millie Daniel Dempsey, Rebecca Reilly and Emily Kilkenny Roddy, 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 and John Scott 

Production Manager: Lisa Mahony 

Produced by: Irish Modern Dance Theatre under their Associate Artist 2021 programme.

Photos: Luca Truffarelli

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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    20 minutes
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