Liz Roche Company open 2021 with a dance film of The Here Trio, a brand new full digital dance piece.
Navigating what it means to connect in the midst of a pandemic, post-Brexit, the work confronts the tension between our sense of boundaries and belonging.
As performers challenge preconceived ideas about the right to belong, the piece explores how this reflects on our impermanent existence in the rapidly changing environments we inhabit.
With Brexit underway one year on from the original performance, the newly worked piece acts as a dialogue between then and now, looking at how the pandemic has impacted the state of play. Dancers’ movements convey bodies that are slightly outside of themselves: agitated, driven and stressed. Voices are independent from their speakers, images fracture and reform, and the senses are stuck in over-exaggerated comparisons. Time doesn’t flow, but hiccups along, with memories and imagined histories erupting throughout.
This gorgeous work creates new resonances within the idea of what it means to be “here”, especially now as we navigate this turbulent moment of change in our lives.
Moving between the original live performance to the newly adapted and socially distanced version from last October, don’t miss this breathtaking blend of recorded live production and filmed interpretation.
This special full-filmed version is made from the original live dance staging of the show filmed at The Source Arts Centre, Thurles for TPD’20 International Dance Festival and the original video work of that live version in The MAC Belfast.
Filmed by Lucy Dawson, Shane Vaughan and Luca Truffarelli, who has also edited the new film and is a main collaborator on this work. The piece is also made in close collaboration with lighting designer Stephen Dodd and composer Bryan O’Connell.
Co-produced with Maiden Voyage Dance and screened in partnership with Project Arts Centre, Tipperary Dance Platform and Dance Limerick.
Closed captioning will be available to viewers.
Post-Show Q&A: Included in your booking is a recording of the insightful post-show Q&A with our superb panellists Fearghus O’Conchuir (Choreographer/dancer/Artistic director), Luca Truffarelli (videographer), Mary Wycherley (choreographer and Director – Light Moves Festival of Screendance) and Liz Roche. This discussion is Open Captioned.
The film will also be available to ticket holders until 8PM Saturday 6 March.
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Cast Ryan O’Neill, Lucia Kickham, Justine Cooper, Sarah Cerneaux, Glὸria Ros Abellana
Choreographer Liz Roche
Lighting Designer Stephen Dodd
Original Music and Drum Recordings Bryan O’Connell
Sound Design & Visuals Luca Truffarelli
Set and Costume Liz Roche
Filming Lucy Dawson, Shane Vaughan and Luca Truffarelli
Video Editor Luca Truffarelli Drum
Samples by kind permission of Jeremy Davis
Set Build Theatre Production Services
Liz Roche is co-founder and Artistic Director of Dublin based dance company Liz Roche Company (formerly Rex Levitates Dance Company). Company-in-residence (2017 – 2019) at Dublin Dance Festival and the Civic Theatre Tallaght, the company has produced and toured over 20 of her works, performing throughout Ireland and internationally at prestigious venues and festivals including the Baryshnikov Arts Centre New York, South Bank Centre London, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Meet in Beijing Festival and Powerhouse Brisbane.
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 Here Trio for Maiden Voyage Belfast and Naher… closer, nearer, sooner, for Goethe-Institut Ireland for the opening of their newly refurbished building on Merrion Square. In 2017 the company presented Totems for the National Gallery of Ireland and Dublin Dance Festival.
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 celebrations.
In 2015 the company premiered Bastard Amber, commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival and 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 the Abbey Theatre.
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, Croi Glan Integrated Dance, Scottish Dance Theatre, Cois Ceim and Dance Theatre of Ireland.
She is a graduate of London Contemporary Dance School. As a dancer, she has worked with world renowned choreographers and companies: Rosemary Butcher (UK), Jodi Melnick (USA), John Jasperse Company (USA), Les Carnets Bagouet, Cathala & Ramalingom, (France) and Christine Gaigg 2nd Nature (Vienna) and has performed at Montpellier Danse, Paris Biennale, Festival De La Nouvelle Danse, Impuls Festival and the Viennale. In Ireland she has danced with John Scott’s imdt, Cois Ceim Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Ireland and Daghdha Dance Company.
Ryan O’Neill achieved a first-class honours degree in Dance from the Ulster University and studied his Masters in Dance Performance at Laban as part of a professional postgraduate company Transitions. Since then Ryan has worked with Maiden Voyage Dance, Off The Rails, ponydance, Tinderbox, Oona Doherty Works (NI) Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Junk Ensemble, Panpan, Company Philip Connaughton, Coisceim, Liz Roche Company (IRL) Gwyn Emberton Dance (UK) and Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More in Shanghai. In 2011 Ryan was selected by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for recognition of his achievements as a young person in the Arts. Ryan is also a qualified Ashtanga Yoga teacher.
Lucia Kickham 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, Company Philip Connaughton, junk ensemble, Liz Roche Company, Maria Nilsson Waller and Oonagh Kearney. Lucia frequently performs at festivals in Dublin, Cork and Belfast and has toured throughout the UK, Sweden and The Netherlands. She has trained intensively with David Zambrano in Flying Low & Passing Through techniques, developing her interest in group dynamics within composition and teaching environments. In recent years Lucia has received awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane Cork and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.
Lucia was HATCH Artist 2018 at Dance Ireland and is Associate Artist with Liz Roche Company 2018/21. During the HATCH residency she worked on the development of a new work INIT: The Warm Up Project. She also had a Dance Limerick Percolate Residency for This is Me, Trying to Communicate. INIT: The Warm Up Project was presented as part of the Dublin Dance Festival First Looks Programme 2019. It went on to perform at The Lir Academy as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2019.
This is Me, Trying to Communicate was presented on June 22nd, 7.30pm at Dance Limerick as part of the Modes of Capture Symposium 2020.
In 2020 Liz Roche Company was awarded an Arts Council Dance Commissions Award to support new work by Lucia Kickham in 2021
Justine Cooper. Originally from New Zealand, Justine has been based in Ireland as a freelance dance artist, teacher and choreographer since 2008. Most recently working with Liz Roche Company, (ATG film) and (‘The Here Trio’ Sept/Oct, 2020). Emma Martin, United Fall, (‘I am Ireland’) film for the opening of Culture night 2020 in collaboration with RTE, Justine Doswell, (‘Corvidae’ for John Scott’s Dancer from the Dance Festival, June/July, 2020, Contrapuntus III and ‘The Thing Is ?’ ) Oona Doherty (Lady Magma, 2020, 2019), Liz Roche Company (Wrongheaded for Dublin Dance Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 , Bastard Amber, Body and Forgetting, Fast Portraits, Secondary Sources), United Fall (Girl song, Noorderzon Festival 2018, DTF 2017, Tundra, Dogs, Listowel Syndrome ), Maria Nilsson Waller (Merry.go.round, Irish Tour 2018, DDF 2016,) ANU/Cois Ceim Dance Theatre (These Rooms, Lift Festival 2018, DTF 2016), Cois Ceim Dance Theatre (Body Language, RHA 2017, Agnes, Dance Talking), Junk Ensemble (Dusk Ahead, Bird with Boy, Sometimes We Break), Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre Company Member (1998-2000). Justine’s own work Folds of the Crane was presented as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2015, Dublin Dance Festival 2016 and Whats Next Festival, Limerick, 2018.
Sarah Cerneaux was born in La Réunion Island and was raised in France where she started street dance at the age of 17. After working as a computer engineer for Alcatel Inc. she decided to redirect her career path to focus on dancing. She then joined the James Carles’ dance school in Toulouse.She passed her E.A.T. (Technical Aptitude Exam) in Contemporary and Jazz dance in 2003. After completing her degree, she moved to Paris and kept learning with teachers such as Corinne Lanselle, Carolyn Carlson, Julyen Hamilton and Junior Almeida.Since then she has worked with Abou Lagraa Company (2006-2014), Christine Bastin (2008), David Drouard Company (2009-2011), Vincent Mantsoé Company (2009-2012) and Maryse Delente Company (2012-2013) amongst others. She moved to London in 2014 and started to work with Liz Roche Company in Dublin on ‘Bastard Amber’. She joined Akram Khan Company in November 2014 and toured the production ‘Kaash’ for 2 years. Throughout 2017 – 20 she performed in The Here Trio,Wrongheaded’, Pilgrimage and I/Thou with Liz Roche Company. She teaches repertory for the Akram Khan Company and re-staged, in 2019, Bastard Amber on the graduating students of Lasalle College Singapore for Liz Roche Company. Sarah lives now in France where she works with the Amala Dianor Company and Desiré Davids company, while she continues to perform in Ireland with Liz Roche Company. She, recently, started to develop her own work.
Glòria Ros Abellana graduated in classical dance at Institut del Teatre in Barcelona, she continued her studies at Cannes Jeune Ballet (France). She joined Introdans Ensemble voor de Jeugd (NL), with whom she performed internationally in pieces by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Inbal Pinto,… As a freelance, she has worked with Arno Schuitemaker and Arthur Rosenfeld, among others. Glòria was awarded 1st prize in Shortcuts – Experimental Dance Film Festival (Austria). She is part of the Liz Roche Company, Ireland dancing in Totems, I/Thou, The Here Trio and Demos. She develops her own instant composition work in collaboration with other dance, music and visual artists. Her shows and videodance projects have been presented in Spain, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Australia.
Luca Truffarelli is a freelance photographer and video maker based in Dublin. He graduated in photography in 2011 and started experimenting and challenging himself in the field of visual arts. Over the past few years, he has been involved in contemporary dance and theatre works as a photographer/video maker, visual/set and sound designer and artistic collaborator.
Stephen Dodd is a lighting designer for theatre, dance, and opera. Currently based in Dublin, he trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College. Recent lighting designs include: For Liz Roche Company: The Here Trio (LRC & Maiden Voyage Dance co-production), I/Thou, Wrongheaded. For United Fall: Birdboy, Girl Song, Dancehall, Dogs, Listowel Syndrome. For Junk Ensemble: The Misunderstanding of Myrrha. For Dead Centre: To Be a Machine (Version 1.0), Beckett’s Room, Hamnet, Chekhov’s First Play, LIPPY. For Brokentalkers: The Examination, The Circus Animal’s Desertion. For Irish National Opera & United Fall: Orfeo ed Euridice. For Company SJ: Company. For The Emergency Room: riverrun.
Bryan O’Connell is a drummer/percussionist, improviser and composer of rhythmic acoustic and electronic music. Previous work for the theatre includes Bastard Amber and Interloper (Liz Roche Company) and Hear Me Sing Your Song and With Raised Arms (Liv O’Donoghue). He co-wrote a soundtrack to The Adventures of Prince Achmed with Eric Friedlander and Buzz Aldrin Allstars, performed in Brooklyn Academy of Music and the National Concert Hall. He also co-wrote and performed a score to Helmuth Costard’s Fußall Wie Noch Nie with Ernst Reijseger, Sean Macerlaine, Matthew Nolan and David Stalling. With Tom Lane, he co-wrote the score for Bird With Boy (junk ensemble) ABSOLUT Fringe Festival 2011, Best Music nomination, winner of Best Production) and Listowel Syndrome and DOGS (Emma Martin), ABSOLUT Fringe Festival 2012, winner of Best Design and Best Show).
“An intriguing reflection on space, history and the transitory, uncertain nature of our humdrum existence.” – The Stage (UK)
Supported by the The Arts Council of Ireland and by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland & by Belfast City Council. Proudly supported by RTÉ Supporting The Arts.
Live on 4 March at 9pm, there will be a postshow talk. The panel for this includes Fearghus O’Conchuir (Choreographer/dancer/Artistic director), Luca Truffarelli (videographer), Mary Wycherley (choreographer and Director – Light Moves Festival of Screendance) and Liz Roche.