NDAI: Irish Modern Dance Theatre

Reference Code: IE 2135 N19
Title: The Irish Modern Dance Theatre
Dates of Creation: 1992-2019
Extent and Medium: 2 standard boxes, 51 outsize items (224 files)

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Name of Creator(s): The Irish Modern Dance Theatre.

Administrative History: Irish Modern Dance Theatre, also known as John Scott Dance, was founded in 1991 by Dublin-born John Scott to create and commission new works to expand the experience of dance theatre for audiences in Ireland and abroad.  Since its instigation, the company has operated the policy of employing Irish dancers in its work whenever possible and seeking Irish dancers living abroad to bring them back to work in Ireland.  It has also forged links with international choreographers and other artists, including Meredith Monk, John Jasperse, Thomas Lehmen, Sara Rudner, Sean Curran, Chris Yon, Deborah Hay, and Charles Atlas.  The Irish Modern Dance Theatre has produced several ground-breaking works which break traditional theatre and dance conventions, leaving audiences thrilled and sometimes shocked.  They have been performed in theatres, art centres and schools across Ireland.  International venues include PS 122, Danspace Project at St Marks Church, La MaMa (New York), Forum Cultural Mundial, SESC (Rio De Janeiro), l’Étoile Du Nord (Paris), Pustervikstheatern (Göteborg), Varna Summer Festival, Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Estonia), Scenario Pub.bli.co (Sicily) andAl Kasaba Theatre (Ramallah).

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by John Scott to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 21 June 2011.  Additional materials received on 2 September 2013 and 17 July 2019.


Content and Structure

Scope and Content: Mainly promotional material (posters, flyers, and brochures) relating to performances given by Irish Modern Dance Theatre in Ireland and abroad, and other events organized by the company.

System of Arrangement: The documents have been arranged into four series according to the activities to which they relate.  Series 1 contains general promotional material relating to the Irish Modern Dance Theatre.  Series 2 contains material relating to dance works performed by Irish Modern Dance Theatre and has been divided into three sub-series by choreographer.  Within each sub-series, material has been divided by choreography and arranged chronologically by date of performance.  Series 3 contains material relating to events organized by Irish Modern Dance Theatre.  Series 4 contains correspondence and dance-related ephemera collected by John Scott.


Conditions of Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to all items.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Standard copyright regulations apply to all items.  For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult with the staff.

Language/ Scripts of Material: Predominantly English.  A small number of items are in French, German, Bulgarian, Swedish, Croatian, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic.


Allied Materials 

Related Units of Description: An interview of John Scott by Dr Catherine Foley, in which he discusses his career, can be found in the Conversations in the Archives collection (N24) in the National Dance Archive of Ireland.  Recordings of performances of the Irish Modern Dance Theatre and related images are available on the dance company’s website at https://www.johnscottdance.com/.


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