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. Liz Roche is co-founder and Artistic Director and the company is currently Company-in-residence at Dublin Dance Festival, and The Civic Theatre. Recent commissions include I/Thou for Cork Opera House in partnership with Sirius Arts Centre which saw a major new production for the Opera House stage inspired by the work of visual artist Brian O'Doherty/Patrick Ireland. The piece then performed at Dublin Dance Festival 2019. Naher... closer, nearer, sooner in collaboration with theatre -maker Shane O'Reilly was commissioned by Goethe-Institut Ireland, Pilgrimage for the One Here Now Brian O'Doherty/Patrick Ireland Project 2018 at Sirius Arts Centre Cobh for Cork Midsummer Festival and Totems for reopening of the Milltown and Dargan wings of the National Gallery of Ireland in 2017.
In 2016 Liz directed Embodied, a series of 5 choreographed female proclamations for the Dublin Dance Festival, commissioned by An Post/GPO for their 2016 centenary celebrations.
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.
In 2019 the company partnered with the Irish world Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick to deliver the Modes of Capture Symposium which marked the beginning of IntraSpaces, a new creative partnership with Irish World Academy, University of Limerick; The symposium was presented also in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival and Dance Limerick.
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. The company supports associate dance artists to develop their skills and make new work. They have been Katherine O'Malley 2011 - 18 and now, Lucia Kickham 2018/19.
Choreographer and dancer Liz Roche's background in dance began with dance classes at the age of 5. She graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 1993 and over the subsequent years performed in the works of many prominent Irish, mainland European and US choreographers. At the age of 25 she co-founded Rex Levitates Dance Company (now Liz Roche Company). She continued to perform for other companies while choreographing her own dance work alongside many new commissions, opera and theatre engagements bringing her all over the world. In 2003, the company began to receive regular funding from the Arts Council and Dublin City Council and because of this, Liz was able to focus on her own choreography and the building of a company of dancers and collaborators. In the last 15 years she has made over 20 new works for the company and with support from Culture Ireland, has been invited to present work at prestigious venues and festivals from New York to Beijing to Sydney.
She has also choreographed extensively in opera and theatre, most notably for The Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Landmark Productions, Wexford Festival Opera, Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, Liceu Barcelona, Opernhaus Zurich and Irish National Opera.
Moyra was 25 years a freelancer in Theatre, Film and Events, In that time time she worked in production, as a lighting designer, and as an administrator and producer. Moyra joined Liz Roche Company as Company Manager in January 2016.
Catherine Nunes is a highly experienced freelance arts consultant & producer. She was formerly the Associate Director of London's Dance Umbrella and also founded the International Dance Festival Ireland (now the Dublin Dance Festival). She has worked with Liz Roche Company since 2010, working in particular on producing, strategic planning and forging partnerships.
Lucia is a Dublin-based dance artist performing and collaborating internationally since 2011. Trained in The Netherlands, she has worked with companies and artists which include TRASH(NL), Liz Roche Company, John Jasperse, Philip Connaughton, Maria Nilsson Waller, junk ensemble, Ciotóg, Catherine Young, Nightstar Dance Company, Laura Murphy. Lucia has performed in Dublin Dance Festival, Belfast Theatre Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and toured throughout the UK, Sweden and The Netherlands. Lucia has undertaken intensive training with David Zambrano in Flying Low & Passing Through and has a keen interest in group dynamics within improvisation, composition and teaching environments. In recent years she has been a recipient of residency awards from Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane Cork and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. Her first evening length work On.Pulse. premiered in Spring 2017 supported by the Arts Council.
"I am very pleased to formally accept the position as Associate Artist with Liz Roche Company. Having the support of such an established and esteemed company is an important opportunity as a dance artist, and gives me great excitement as I take my next steps.
Liz Roche Company played an influential part in the initial stages of my career, and I am delighted to reconnect in this partnership as a more seasoned performer and maker.
For the next two years I will be nurturing and honing my choreographic process, and I am grateful for the support of Liz Roche Company in this endeavour. It is my intention to undertake studio research for a new group work, taking time to investigate my creative practice. I look forward to this exciting period of exploration and personal development".
Associate Artist New Directions 2018
We are delighted to announce that we have created a new supporting initiative in the company: Associate Artist New Directions alongside our Associate Artist position.
New Directions offers financial support and advice to a dance artist who is developing a new direction in their practice. We are very pleased to launch this initiative with Katherine O’Malley as recipient and excited to see where this journey will bring her.
Katherine is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has been an Associate Dance Artist with Liz Roche Company for the past 10 years. She holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from UL and has performed work by Liv O'Donoghue, John Scott Dance, Sara Rudner (USA), Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Cíotog Dance Company, Maiden Voyage Dance, Dylan Quinn, Splinter Productions with Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri (USA), Thomas Lehman (GR) and Catapult Dance Company, The Abbey Theatre, Pan Pan Theatre, Bedrock Productions among others. Katherine choreographed and performed “Bias” for the Dublin Dance Festival 2016 produced by Liz Roche Company in partnership with DDF. Katherine is also an Amatsu Practitioner.