Bastard Amber as part of Dublin Dance Festival at the Abbey Theatre
Presented by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre, Bastard Amber is a major new work by leading Irish choreographer, Liz Roche. Moving her rigorous exploration of the body into the realm of the soul, this enthralling piece is partly inspired by WB Yeats’ seminal poem Sailing to Byzantium and the meditative golden paintings of the late Patrick Scott.
A profound journey into humankind’s spiritual quest, Bastard Amber is filled with unforgettable imagery and stunning design, conjuring a lustrous Byzantine world of contradictory influences, a meeting place of East and West. With a sublime international company of dancers performing alongside live musicians and featuring an original score, Bastard Amber promises to be a provocative and haunting experience.
This landmark production marks the first time that an Irish choreographer has been commissioned to create a dance work for the Abbey Theatre’s main stage.
The Abbey Theatre was founded by WB Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory with the patronage and support of Miss Annie Horniman for the purchase of a premises on Old Abbey Street. The Abbey Theatre opened its doors for the first time on December 27, 1904.
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In this YouTube interview, choreographer Liz Roche spoke to the Abbey Theatre team about the background and inspirations behind Bastard Amber.