Dance: Cloud Study – Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin

Mufutau Yusuf in Cloud Study – Image: Andrew Downes

John Scott’s Irish Modern Dance Theatre brings his wildly-acclaimed dance piece, Cloud Study, to Dublin, in a show that chases dreams, memories and home.

Following sell-out performances and standing ovations at Galway International Arts Festival 2018 last July, John Scott stages Cloud Study, his wild, beautiful, and explosive ‘running dance’ with music by Ryan Vail at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, this November.

In a specially revised staging for Smock Alley’s Boys’ School, Cloud Study is part dance, part dream, part theatre, part athletics.

Two compelling dancers, Mufutau Yusuf, an Irishman, born in Nigeria, and Salma Ataya, a Palestinian Dabka dancer, attempt to run 1,000 kilometres in circles and lines through the space, chasing dreams, memories, and home.

John Scott, creator of the stunning HYPERACTIVE, and award-winning migration-themed Fall and Recover, returns to Smock Alley to give Dublin audiences their first taste of his fierce and highly energetic running dance piece; running away, running in circles, which become turns and then falls. Each fall and run generates beautiful, frantic, raw movements of lifts, and wild shapes in the air. 

The music for the show is created by the super-talented Derryman, Ryan Vail, noted for his spectacular audible creations of experimental electronica. Currently, Vail is a big star in TV music circles, and recently composed a remix of the opening title music for the smash Netflix series, Stranger Things. Ryan’s most recent album, Distorted Shadows, has been shortlisted for Album of the Year 2018 by Northern Irish Music Prize, which also lists Vail for Best Live Act.
Cloud Study is the perfect blend of dance, music and monologues. The show also tackles themes of migration, which is very close to Scott’s heart and his dance work over the years. This powerful dance piece runs over four days for five performances, so there’s plenty of opportunity to experience this outstanding piece of performance work.


Mufutau Yusuf and Salma Ataya


Choreographed & Devised by John Scott

Music by Ryan Vail

Lighting and Design by Eric Wurtz

Dramaturgy by Lucius Fromm

Assistant Choreography and teaching by Muirne Bloomer

Costumes by Justine Doswell

 Ireland’s dance landscape has been given a splash of colour by iconoclast John Scott, spearheading Irish Modern Dance Theatre, a group which has already become something of a national institution… Scott also addresses the details of aesthetic, social and spatial hierarchy… words and gestures somewhere between Beckett, Chaplin and Monty Python” – Thomas Hahn/tanz

Cloud Study runs from 21 to 24 November at


Opens Wednesday 21 November | 8.00pm | €15/€12

Runs until Saturday 24 November | 8.00pm | €15/€12

Matinee Saturday 24 November | 2.00pm | €12

Box Office – Tel: 01 677 0014 /

*Approximate duration of show – 50 Minutes 

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