Uillinn Dance Season 2021 - DĒMOS by Liz Roche Company

films of separation and togetherness
, an installation with live performances
by Liz Roche Company

Friday 22 October |
In Person
6:30 pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm | 40 mins

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An immersive and intimate dance and film installation performance created by choreographer Liz Roche and filmmaker José Miguel Jiménez, with composition by David Coonan, recorded and performed by new music specialists Crash Ensemble and featuring live performances by cellist Kate Ellis, dancers Emily Terndrup, Luke Murphy and Yumi Lee.

The installation features visual material from Dēmos – films of separation and togetherness that premiered online this May at Dublin Dance Festival. These films are a suite of interconnected short performances that explore separation and togetherness in a time when our connection to each other feels fractured. The installation gives a new take on these films and the emotional and physical states that they explored, with rehearsal footage of the dance and music integrated into the installation as a way of sharing with our audience the often unseen moments of togetherness that happen in the making of a piece. Through the music and visuals, the dancers react and respond in ways that rebuild their sense of connection across time, place and with each other.

Reviews for Dēmos:

★★★★ "If COVID provides context, Dēmos... often transcends it, speaking to existential togetherness & distance. Serving as a timely reminder that Roche is a poet of movement, the body her language, which she meticulously articulates into shapes & forms."
- The ArtsReview

★★★★ "the films, created by Liz Roche and José Miguel Jiménez, are an important snapshot of today."
- The Irish Times

Installation Credits:
Installation by Liz Roche and José Miguel Jiménez
Directed and choreographed by Liz Roche
Visuals by José Miguel Jiménez
Performers: Cellist Kate Ellis and dancers Yumi Lee, Luke Murphy and Emily Terndrup
Music by David Coonan, performed by Crash Ensemble
Produced by Liz Roche Company from a live production and films commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre in partnership with Crash Ensemble and New Music Dublin.

Film Credits:
Films by José Miguel Jiménez and Liz Roche
Choreography: Liz Roche
Composer: David Coonan
Dancers: Justine Cooper, Kévin Coquelard, Lucia Kickham, Yumi Lee, Luke Murphy and Emily Terndrup
Musicians: Kate Ellis (Cello) , Brian Bolger (Guitar), Alex Petcu (Percussion)
Recorded Musicians: Larissa O'Grady, Macdara Ó Seireadáin, Barry O'Halpin, Máire Carroll
Musical improvisations for 'Hand in Hand' and 'Landscape(s)' conceived in collaboration between the composer and musicians Kate Ellis and Brian Bolger
Set & Costume Designer: Katie Davenport
Lighting Designer: Sinead McKenna
Projections: José Miguel Jiménez
Dramaturg: Shane O'Reilly
Director of Photography: Steve O'Connor
Filmed by: Steve O'Connor and Peter Martin
Edited by: José Miguel Jiménez
Music Producer & Sound Engineer: Adrian Hart
Photography: Steve O'Connor
Production Manager: Eamonn Fox
Stage Manager: Lisa Krugel
AV assistant: Eavan Aiken
Band Coordinator: Jonathan Pearson
Set build by: Theatre Production Services

More about Liz Roche Dance Company: 

Liz Roche Company has been presenting evocative and compelling contemporary dance on Irish and International stages for over 20 years. Established in 1999, Liz Roche Company (formerly known as Rex Levitates Dance Company) is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies.

Known 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 thirty original productions, touring throughout Ireland and further afield in the UK, Germany, France, USA 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.

The company is currently Company-in-residence at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick and was Company-in-residence at Dublin Dance Festival and The Civic Theatre between 2017 -2019. Recent commissions include: Dēmos for Dublin Dance Festival 2021 and The Abbey Theatre, The Here Trio for The Mac Belfast for Maiden Voyage Dance, 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. Naher... closer, nearer, sooner 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.

Image by José Miguel Jiménez

The Contemporary Dance Programme at Uillinn is presented in partnership with Cork County Council and supported by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. 


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