The Irish Arts Center and New York Live Arts present Arcane Collective founded by independent dance artists, Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri, whose longtime collaboration has produced work for both stage and screen, in landscapes both urban and wild. Their work pushes the boundaries of conventional contemporary dance with the uncanny ability to alter perceptions of the body, space, and time.
Return to Absence embodies the resonant images and wrought emotions characteristic of Samuel Beckett's trilogy Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. Constructing a fluent language of movement and environments as abstract and absurd as Beckett’s unparalleled composition of words, the dance emerges as an intimate portrayal of humanity; a rich and ridiculous non-linear storytelling.
Arcane Collective assembles international artists from interdisciplinary backgrounds, a hybrid of cultures and aesthetics, that creates visually compelling and refined theater. Presenting work steeped in poetic resonance, each production invokes an unprecedented theatrical engagement that carves a lasting impression into the psyche of its audience.