Sorrowful tribute to Ireland’s lost souls from CoisCéim Dance Theatre
This article is from 2014.
‘Eight thousand people go missing in Ireland every year,’ we are told part way into Irish company CoisCéim’s sorrowful production. Some of them return home. A few are never found. Missing is part tribute to those who disappear and part exploration of grief for those who are left behind, taking us on a weaving path of movement and words into the world of the vanished.
Before the piece begins, chairs are scattered carelessly across the floor, a forest of spiny legs that will be righted into a kind of shifting order as the dance progresses. Sometimes they are framed in orderly fashion, creepily reminiscent of waiting rooms; sometimes they are clustered haphazardly, at one point seeming almost to claim the body of dancer Emma O’Kane.
The stories of the missing are told to us in statistics, jobs and names. But none of that quite matches the poignancy of the descriptions of the clothing the people were wearing and the locations they were last seen at; a final snapshot for a life now in limbo. Dance may seem like an odd medium to communicate the ideas, but its motion and its grace remind us of what is no longer there.
Dance Base, 225 5525, until 24 Aug (not 18), 6pm, £8-£10 (£6-£8).