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Physical Semaphores A Danced Meditation on Spiritual & Physical States

Irish Modern Dance Theatre
John Scott, choreographer
Raymond O'Donnell, organ
Admission €15.00; concessions €12.00

Founded in 1991 by dancer and choreographer John Scott, Irish Modern Dance Theatre is one of the most original and responsive dance companies working in Ireland today. A Dublin-based ensemble, Scott and international guest choreographers create distinctive dance works with diverse casts, mixing virtuosic Irish and international dancers with African and Middle Eastern refugees and torture survivors. Its works include Lear, Inventions, Actions and Fall and Recover, all recognised for their intelligence, honesty and humanity. Its work crosses disciplines, subverts expectations of dance and dancers and finds new ways to explore contemporary issues.

The dancers for this performance are Inez Berdychowska, Anna Borsuk, Ivan Cheplik, Conor Thomas Doherty, Mia O’Connor, Favour Odusola and Eoin Ó Fiannachta.

Raymond O'Donnell has been organist & Director of Music at Galway Cathedral since January 1994. A native of Dublin, he studied music and mathematical physics at Maynooth University, graduating in 1991 with a first-class honours Master's Degree in organ performance and interpretation. He founded Galway Cathedral Recitals in 1994, which presents a major series of organ concerts in the Cathedral every summer; and in 2006-2007 he oversaw the rebuilding of the Cathedral organ by Trevor Crowe, which saw it become one of the finest organs in the country. In addition to his work in the Cathedral, he has a busy performing career, and is in demand as soloist and accompanist in Ireland and across Europe. He is an adjunct lecturer at Maynooth University in harmony and counterpoint, and a tutor in organ performance and keyboard skills.


Jehan Alain (1911-1940)

Le jardin suspendu (1934)

Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin (1937)

Simon Preston (1938-2022)

Alleluyas (1965)

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Psalm-prelude, set 2 no. 2 (1939)

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Apparition de l'église éternelle (1932)

Le banquet céleste (1928)