Robert Connor & Loretta Yurick (1999)
"DTI's foray into the world of multi-media explores what could
be the dream life of the ubiquitous Technology Park."
"Robert Connor in his opening solo is all cool precision in front
of computer screens and at the service of the Celtic Tiger. Tim
Redfern's overhead digital projections could be right out of a U2
concert.non-fiction sci-fi we all have to come to terms with."
".digitally captured human movement projected above and the remarkable
non-virtual presences below.all falling and collapsing so eloquently
under the weight of the next millennium."
Mulrooney DANCE EUROPE
".the piece has succeeded in creating something rich and strange
that continually engages the eye. The choreography is spare and
elegant, reflecting subtle, changing moods."
"..the dancers shapes are the dominant ones, framed by moving stars
or rippling water..suddenly we find ourselves in territory that
is reminiscent of the Elysian Fields with immortals dancing as water
shimmers and ripples in the background."
Dixon, Ballet International, Tanz Acktuell
".Soul Survivor uses the contrast between the natural and
the man-made, the simple and the complex, the dark and the light,
the sound and the silence, to pose questions for the audience.it
brings the audience to a place where, without the trappings and
pressures of our modern world, the inner voice can answer..a journey,
".unique, thought provoking .from a place of busyness to a place
of beauty,.. a remarkable new show."
"Images of calm water contrast with jagged computer babble.an extensive
video and pulsating soundtrack act as counterpoint to the physical
sometimes fragile movement."
"The effect is mesmerising.exciting.rich and absorbing."
MacRaemoinn, The Sunday Tribune
"In theory, the worlds of dance and technology are poles apart.but
SOUL SURVIVOR marries the two disparate elements in a memorable
multi-media creation.In an atmosphere that is at times positively
frightening and disorienting, it manages to be both ethereal and
"You leave the performance.enlightened. We may not know who we
are but we have the power to direct where we are going."
O'Mahony, GLOBAL DORAS
"What a pleasure it is to see a show that incorporates great special
effects - yet is not driven by them."
Smith, The Evening Herald
"In SOUL SURVIVOR you can meet the past and the present.a
journey that is like being on a river, flowing down the current..passionate,
explosive and sensuous."
Robert Connor & Loretta Yurick; Original Music: Fran Hegarty & John
Ryan; Video: Tim Redfern, Digital Media Centre,DIT; Lighting: Mark
Galione; Costumes: Marc O'Neill; Additional Music: Meredith Monk,
John Taverner & Arvo Part; Dancers: Murine Bloomer, Robert Connor,
JJ Formento, Olwen Grindley and Robert Jackson.