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'Spellbinding … It’s nice to see a bit of rock-star oomph being injected into the world of contemporary dance.'

That was the verdict of the Irish Times when Cold Dream Colour, a hypnotic dance production inspired by the work of Louis le Brocquy, opened in Ireland in 2010. Now the production, conceived and directed by Morleigh Steinberg, choreographer and wife of The Edge, is opening in Los Angeles.

Dublin-born Louis le Brocquy is recognized around the world as the foremost living figure in the history of C20th Irish art. A master of painting, illustration, printmaking, tapestry design and set design, his work has received international praise during a seventy year career.

Experiencing Le Brocquy’s paintings for the first time, Morleigh was drawn to their powerful and evocative imagery. 'My response was a pure physical and emotional intrigue that stirred me. I imagined the vitality of his paintings, springing from the singular plane of the canvas into multi dimension, my body feeling their potential to translate into movement.'

In an interview with U2.com ahead of the Irish premiere a couple of years back, Morleigh told us that she asked Le Brocquy if he'd 'ever seen his paintings danced'.

'He said no, he'd never seen his paintings danced! So the idea started there. He so often pays homage to different painters, and I thought, for his birthday we could pay homage to him.'

Leading Los Angeles choreographer Oguri collaborates with Morleigh and another Dublin-based choreographer Liz Roche in Cold Dream Colour which features a score by Edge and Paul Chavez. The U.S. premiere takes place at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) next month, from May 16 to Sunday, May 20. Buy tickets here

Official website for Cold Dream Colour.

Louis le Brocquy’s official website.

COMMENTS

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Yogic
03 May, 2012
Ecclectic
I love to throw and splash paint on canvas so the movement looked to me like how the paint must feel when its trying to blend on the canvas..... The Canvas consumes while the Paint Dances for the Edge.... Bravo Morleigh.... € : ).
tan_lejos_tan_cerca
26 April, 2012
Great job
It's a great homage with the dancers doing a mysterious and expressive dance. The bodies and textures appearing and disappearing from a play between the light and the darkness in an empty, almost naked space. The music of Edge creating new landscapes...
andrewja2003
25 April, 2012
See In full for free!
Go to the video above click on vimeo letters it will take you to the vimeo site, look on the right hand side where it says More and click: 4. Cold Dream Colour- full length I saw the whole thing and thought the music from The Edge and Paul Chavez was great and the film itself is very moving, I suggest everybody to watch it on vimeo or the theater!
Paulmccaig
25 April, 2012
this is THE EDGE
i can listen to the edge all night i think a solo album would go down well and a cool video very relaxing ...... keep rockin from paul the bhoy
PauloSilva
25 April, 2012
remember of u2 passangers whith brian en
good job edge,,still the best guitar all time we need you,,and that sound remember u2 in passangers,,love for you and u2,,love from portugal
thetak1
24 April, 2012
That music
Wow I love that first bit of music. Sounds like Sigur Ros. If U2 have something like that as the intro to their album, it'll be amazing
Shannon387
24 April, 2012
Nicely done
I remember hearing about this. Thanks for sharing. From the clips it looks very nicely done. I wish I were a little closer, I'd love to see this.
shovels
24 April, 2012
cold dream colour
Will there be a soudtrack available for the dance production of Cold Dream Colour and if so is there a date of release?
NanyandGonzo
24 April, 2012
Awesome collaboration
Very nice, good idea to give movement to art. Never thought of this before.
All I Want Is You 2
24 April, 2012
Dream
I wish I lived in/near LA so I could see this. Will it come to Chicago?
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