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. Currently Company-in-Residence at Dublin Dance Festival and the Civic 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. 

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. 

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,  Brisbane Powerhouse and Dance Bites Festival Sydney, Australia, Massachusetts International Festival of Art, The South Bank Centre London, LEAP Festival Liverpool, DanceBase Edinburgh, Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, Festival De La Nouvelle Danse Uzes and The Irish Arts Festival Beijing. 

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. Each year we also run a Tenderfoot programme which invites younger dancers to work with the company during research and development of new work. 


Artistic Director Liz Roche
Company Manager Moyra D'Arcy
Company Development Manager Catherine Nunes


  • I/Thou (Cork Opera House 2018)

  • Pilgrimage ( Sirius Arts Centre Cobh 2018)

  • NÄHER…. CLOSER, NEARER, SOONER ( Dublin Fringe Festival 2018)

  • Totems ( National Gallery of Ireland 2017)

  • WRoNGHEADED ( Dublin Dance Festival and UK Tour 2017)

  • Time Over Distance Over Time ( Dublin Dance Festival, Dance Bites Festival Sydney and Brisbane Powerhouse  2016)

  • Bastard Amber by Liz Roche (Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach 2015)

  • Interloper by Liz Roche (Samuel Beckett Theatre 2014)

  • Neither Either by Liz Roche (2014)

  • Body and Forgetting by Liz Roche ( Irish & UK Tour 2013)



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