Today, Aosdána elects 1 new member. The newly elected member is choreographer John Scott. There had been a tie between 3 candidates for the last available place at the first ballot count on 13 October. Today’s election completes the election of new members for 2020.
Aosdána, founded in 1981, honours artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland, and assists members in devoting their energies fully to their art. Following an Arts Council survey in 1979 on the living and working conditions of artists and discussions on a scheme to support individual artists, Aosdána was collaboratively established by the Arts Council and the Government at the time. Membership of Aosdána, which is by peer nomination and election, is limited to 250 living artists, who have produced a distinguished body of work. The membership includes creative artists working in a wide range of genres within the disciplines of architecture, choreography, music, literature and visual art.
John Scott (Choreography) Dublin born, choreographer. John Scott studied and performed at Irish National College of Dance/Dublin City Ballet 1982 – 1985 in works by, Anton Dolin, Anna Sokolow and Babil Gandara. He subsequently studied with Choreographer/Composer/Filmmaker, Meredith Monk in New York and performed in her masterpiece Quarry at Spoleto Festival and for Oona Doherty, Yoshiko Chuma, Sarah Rudner, Anna Sokolow and Thomas Lehmen in the US, UK and Ireland. He founded Irish Modern Dance Theatre in 1991 as a platform for his own work and to create international choreographic exchanges with major international choreographers with the Irish dance community to develop a contemporary Irish choreographic voice. His choreographic work includes Divine Madness (2019), Inventions (2018), Cloud Study (2018), Everything Now, Lear, Fall and Recover, Actions in Ireland at Dublin Dance Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival and internationally at John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC, New York, Live Arts, La MaMa, Danspace Project at St Mark’s Church, PS 122, New York, Dance Base, Edinburgh, Sounded Bodies Festival and Queer Zagreb, Les Hivernales, Avignon, Tanzmesse Dusseldorf, Forum Cultural Mundial, Brazil and Ramallah International Dance Festival, Palestine. Since 2003, Scott has developed pioneering works integrating Survivors of Torture from Africa and the Middle East. He has choreographed several dance films shown on RTE and at international festivals. He recently collaborated with Pan Pan on Beckett’s QUAD. Scott is a subject of Sadlers Wells’ 52 Portraits by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargin and Hugo Glendinning. He has also created works for Blanca Arrietta Company, Bilbao; Conservatoire Superieur National pour la Musique et pour la Danse, Paris; Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company and Step Up Dance Company. He has taught choreography at Irish World Academy, UL, Drama Department, UCD, Drama Department NUIG, Drexel University, Philidelphia, University of Colorado at Boulder and San Jose State University USA.