Chrysalis Dance Chrysalis Dance

Thought Once Was (2012)

Choreography: Judith Sibley
Music: Jesse Ronneau

Paul Hayes
Costumes: Sheelagh Hayes

Stage Manager:
Paul Killoran
Lighting Design: Mike "Psych" Byrne

Leighton Morrison
Administrator: Sheelagh Hayes


Amy Lawson
Joanne Klijn
Jane Magan
Leighton Morrison
Andrea Santato

This double bill provided a visceral feast for the senses. The audience were taken on a poignant and emotional journey where the company demonstrated their incredible versatility.

The Space Where Thought Once Was

"The Space Where Thought Once Was", is an exploration into Dementia. A glimpse into the minds of those in whom all powers of representation and imagery, all sense of the concrete, all sense of reality are being destroyed. Souls without a past or future stuck in a constantly changing meaningless moment.

The piece is set to an original score by American composer Jesse Ronneau whose haunting work is characterised by an exploration of advanced instrumental techniques.

This piece was shortlisted for the Galway County Council, County Mayor Awards 2012.


Scatenato is taken from the Italian musical term, meaning wild, unchained, and loose.

The company will be joined on-stage by the Contempo String Quartet, Galway's Ensemble in Residence.These virtuoso musicians will perform an original mix of Shostakovich's string quartets 8, 10 and 11 and George Crumbs Black Angels String quartet.The choreography weaves fluidly between moments of conscious abandonment, passionate engagement and elements of stillness and power.

Irelands only neo-classical dance company have firmly established themselves as a cutting-edge company, revolutionising classical ballet and fusing exquisite technical ability with modern, accessible themes.

Company dancers Leighton Morrison, Andrea Santato, Joanne Klijn, Amy Lawson and Jane Magan feature in this work. Both pieces are choreographed by Judith Sibley.



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