Irish Modern Dance Theatre: Oona Doherty and Valda Setterfield rehearse Inventions. Photograph: Ewa Figaszewska The Irish Modern Dance Theatre will perform ‘Inventions’ at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Ewa Figaszewska

Inventions, a new Bach-inspired dance by John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre, will premiere in the midst of Kilkenny Arts Festival’s classical-mus(...)

Stills from some of the 52 Portraits dances

There’s nothing nice about Monday’s inbox: a bulging headache of weekend emails and last week’s procrastination. Not so for subscribers to 52 Portrait(...)

Dramatic legacy: Samuel Beckett directing Waiting for Godot in Berlin in 1975; it is surely impossible to encounter the stark setting of WB Yeats’s Purgatory – a road, a tree – without thinking of Beckett’s play. Photograph: Heuer/Ullstein Bild via Getty

In his influential book The Empty Space the English director Peter Brook wrote about what he called the Holy Theatre, or “the notion that the stage(...)

Adrian Dunbar opens the third edition of the Happy Days Festival, the world’s first and only festival dedicated to the Nobel-prize winning writer Samuel Beckett, at The Skull, Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen,  Co Fermanagh. Photogprah:  Paul Faith

Catastrophe Adrian Dunbar directs one of Beckett’s last plays, the short and pointedly political depiction of a director and his assistant engaging wi(...)

Alistair Spalding: ‘I hardly ever go to America to see work; we take work there but there isn’t a flourishing of dance.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Talk to Alistair Spalding about dance, and one of the first things he’ll light upon is hip hop. “All the terminology in ballet and the movement and vo(...)

Meditating on mortality: Klaus Maria Brandauer in Krapp’s Last Tape. Photographs: Das Letzte Band

There are three events that Sean Doran recalls, over the course of a varied international career as an artistic director, when he thought he had fi(...)

‘Actions: an Evening of Men in Motion’ gives a more textured view of John Scott’s artistic make-up

Actions: An Evening of Men in Motion Peacock, Dublin **** It’s a shame we don’t see more nights of repertory from Irish dance compa(...)

Some feat: Ashley Chen and Kevin Coquelard in Actions, by Irish Modern Dance Theatre

For once, a glint of light in the tunnel of recession is not from the blade of an approaching axe but a welcome flash of optimistic endeavour. A new (...)