Liz Roche Company has been presenting evocative and compelling contemporary dance on Irish and International stages for over 15 years. Unanimously appreciated for its physicality, poetic strength and the cleverness of its intuitive collaborations with other art-forms, the company has become a leading light in the development of contemporary dance in Ireland. In 2015 the company premiered Bastard Amber, a co-production between the Abbey Theatre and Dublin Dance Festival. It was a historic moment for dance in Ireland, the first time ever for an Irish choreographer to be commissioned to create a full length dance work for the main stage of Ireland’s National Theatre.
The work itself explores themes of shared memory, image, embodiment, migration, politics and family, connecting itself to poetry, visual art and literature as sources of inspiration.
New dance programmes are created every season and older ones re-staged and toured. Supported by the Arts Council and also by Culture Ireland, the company has performed at the Baryshnikov Arts Centre and Judson Memorial Church, New York, The South Bank Centre London, LEAP Festival Liverpool, DanceBase Edinburgh, Le Centre Culturel Irlandais and The Irish Arts Festival Beijing. In previous years the company has also performed in Germany, France, Cyprus, China and the UK and in 2016 toured to Brisbane Powerhouse and Dance Bites Festival Sydney, Australia.
Each year we run a Tenderfoot programme which invites younger dancers in to work with the company during research and development of new work.
The company was co founded in 1999 by sisters Liz Roche and Jenny Roche and is under the artistic direction of choreographer Liz Roche. Dance consultant Catherine Nunes works closely with the company in planning and development alongside Company Manager Moyra D’Arcy. Dublin born dancer, Katherine O’Malley has performed with the company since the beginning and has been associate artist since 2011.
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