Some People Say & Great

Some People Say is a frightening piece precisely because of the cool intelligence of its premise: it asks us to consider the systems and the viewpoints that created these unnervingly eloquent puppets, regardless of whether we dislike them or not. Boldly complex in its movement language and confident in its execution, Some People Say is remarkable and disturbing.’

Exeunt Magazine

Some People Say is a snapshot in time, a response to the Trump presidency in its campaign and first few months in office. Two dancers, each a different Trump, a different articulation of opposing views.

There are two Donald Trumps. One is a successful businessman, an outsider and anti-establishment figure who cuts through the whining political correctness of the liberal elite. The other Trump is a bigot and racist, a misogynistic, petulant man born of extreme wealth and white male privilege.

Both Trumps lead us to truths about America: the deep inequality between rich and poor, white and black, entrenched systemic divides that are reflected in closed social media bubbles and biased news perspectives.

On stage there will be two dancers, each a different Trump, a different articulation of opposing views. They are separate, they do not see each other; they will weave, miss, clash yet, at times, cohere; they will find themselves irrevocably tied together, an undeniable counterpoint to the other.

Some People Say will reach out, not inwards, in an attempt to speak of our contemporary political climate; it will also seek to examine the complexities of a dichotomy, to explore, sketch and propose an intricate, ever-shifting interrelationship.


Some People Say is devised with and performed by Katie Armstrong and Christina Liddell. Music and Sound Design by silo portem, more information here.

Some People Say premiered at The Place’s Resolution Festival in January 2018 and was subsequently performed with live music from silo portem at Hidden Door in May 2018.

Some People Say is a development of Róisín’s previous short duet, Great, which explores the overtly masculine, bravado body language of President Trump and his erratic use of language. Both Trump’s mannerisms and speech seek to create power relationships where he is in control, the almighty in the room, a narcissistic god. Great was selected for Dance Base’s Heads Up showcase in 2017.

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