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A deeply personal and riveting interpretation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, by John Scott and starring New York dance legend Valda Setterfield.

In this reinterpretation of the Shakespearean classic, Setterfield gives a moving performance that explores the unravelling of a universe, parental love, fear of death, enlightenment, ageing and dementia.

Toppling the gendered hierarchy, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia are portrayed by three virtuosic male dancers.

Setterfield, 83, has worked with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Woody Allen, David Gordon Pick Up Company and as a soloist for Merce Cunningham.

Lear was originally commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014 and subsequently performed to full houses at New York Live Arts and Dublin in 2016, and at Dance Base Edinburgh 2017 where it won a coveted Herald Angel award for Setterfield’s outstanding performance.

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain

This magnificent Lear... makes the tragedy all the more poignant... Scott and the performers construct wonderfully revealing rhythms and movements
Arts Journal
A perfect balance of movement and text... John Scott and Valda Setterfield combine to dazzling effect, with warmth and humour
The Irish Times

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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Post-Performance Talk
In Conversation: Richard Alston and Valda Setterfield
6.30 – 7pm