Established in 1999, Liz Roche Company is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies. With a reputation for its finely wrought and beautifully crafted choreographic style, the Dublin based company presents the works of choreographer Liz Roche in collaboration with artists, dancers and designers of the highest calibre. An artistically distinctive and ambitious arts organisation, the company has produced over twenty original productions, touring throughout Ireland and further afield in the UK, Germany, France, USA, Australia and China, most notably being presented at the Baryshnikov Arts Centre and Judson Memorial Church in New York, the South Bank Centre, London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, The Irish Arts Festival Beijing, Brisbane Powerhouse and Dance Bites Festival Sydney, Australia.
Recent achievements include:
Commission by Cork Opera House in partnership with Sirius Arts Centre Cobh to create two new dance pieces, I Thou and Pilgrimage, responding to the work of iconic Irish visual artist Brian O'Doherty/Patrick Ireland for Cork Midsummer Festival and COH 2018 and DDF 2019.
Commission by the Goethe-Institut Irland, to present a new site specific work Näher..closer, nearer, sooner for the reopening of their Merrion Square buildings, presented at Dublin Fringe Festival 2018.
Liz directed Embodied, commissioned by An Post for the GPO and Ireland 2016:Centenary Programme and in 2017, presented Totems in the National Gallery of Ireland as part of the programme of event to mark the reopening of the Milltown and Dargan Wings. In 2015 the company premiered Bastard Amber, a co-production and co-commission between the Abbey Theatre and Dublin Dance Festival with Kilkenny Arts 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.
In a time of cognitive, verbal, and visual overload, Liz Roche Company creates contemporary dance that engages the audience about human dilemma's at a deep, non-verbal level. It does this through an ever-developing movement vocabulary, crafted by choreographer Liz Roche, that expresses the body as an evolved site for social and self-discovery.
Over twenty years, the affective nature of this distinctive crafted movement style has created a body of work that has influenced generations of young Irish dancers. A major part of the formation of the dance cultural landscape in Ireland, the company is constantly exploring new ways to find the bridge between arts and audiences.
We are dedicated to collaboration, archiving, researching, challenging and extending the art of contemporary dance. We do this this through the creation of new dance works, made in collaboration with artists, dancers and designers of the highest calibre which tour nationally and internationally, and through supporting the work of emerging and established artists through our professional development programs.
The company is supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council and through its establishment of ambitious creative partnerships with significant Irish cultural bodies, such as The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Dublin Dance Festival and The Lir Academy. The company was in residence with Dublin Dance Festival and The Civic Theatre 2017 - 19.
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 was formally known as Rex Levitates Dance Company. Now under the artistic direction of choreographer Liz Roche, the team consists of Company Manager Moyra D'Arcy, Communications Manager Noelia Ruiz and development consultant Catherine Nunes. 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 Liz Roche Company (formerly Rex Levitates). 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.
Between 2009 and 2012 Liz was choreographer-in-residence at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University Limerick, and is a former recipient of Peter Darrell Choreographic Award, Bonnie Bird U.K. New Choreography Award and the Dublin Fringe Festival's Jane Snow Award.
She has been commissioned to make work for a number of dance companies including the National Ballet of China, Arcane Collective, Maiden Voyage Dance, Croi Glan Integrated Dance, Scottish Dance Theatre, Cois Ceim and Dance Theatre of Ireland.
Choreographies for theatre include The Abbey Theatre's Anna Karenina, DrumBelly, King Lear, Alice In Funderland, The Government Inspector; The Red Shoes, Festen and The Mariner at The Gate Theatre, Dancing at Lughnasa for the Lyric Theatre Belfast, Woyzeck in Winter for GIAF and The Barbican, The Talk of the Town, Miss Julie, The Secret Garden and Alice In Wonderland for Landmark Productions, Medea and A Tender Thing for Siren Productions. Her work in opera includes choreographies for Irish National Opera (Aida 2018), Wexford Festival Opera (The Mines of Sulphur), National Opera of Korea (Aida), Rossini Opera Festival (Semiramide), Opernhaus Zurich (Axur Re D'Ormus & Lucio Silla), Opera de Nice (Lucio Silla) and Opera Ireland (Pique Dame, Don Carlos, Aida, Macbeth, La Cenerentola, The Silver Tassie, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Andre Chenier, Mazeppa).
She was a selected artist for Modul Dance, a European network for dance artists from 2011 – 2014 and was a board member of Theatre Forum and Dance Ireland.
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.
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.
Associate Artist 2018 - 2020
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.