Liz Roche


Liz is artistic director and choreographer for Dublin based dance company Liz Roche Company.


Since 1999, her work for the company has been performed throughout Ireland and internationally, most notably at the Baryshnikov Arts Centre and Judson Memorial Church New York, South Bank Centre London, Massachusetts International Festival of Art, LEAP Liverpool, Edinburgh Fringe Festival , Meet in Beijing and Festival of Irish Arts Beijing, Festival De La Nouvelle Danse Uzes and Centre Culturel Irlandais/ CND (France).


Liz Roche was choreographer-in-residence at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University Limerick from 2009 -2012 and is a former recipient of Peter Darrell Choreographic Award, The Bonnie Bird U.K. New Choreography Award and the Jane Snow Award.


She has also been commissioned to make work for a number of dance companies including the National Ballet of China, Scottish Dance Theatre, Cois Ceim, Dance Theatre of Ireland and recently collaborated with choreographers Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri on Cold Dream Colour working with composers Paul Chavez and The Edge.


As a dancer, she trained at London Contemporary Dance School and The College of Dance Dublin. She has danced with renowned choreographers and companies: Rosemary Butcher, Jodi Melnick, John Jasperse Company, Les Carnets Bagouet, Helene Cathala & Fabrice Ramalingom and Christine Gaigg performing at Montpellier Danse Festival, Paris Biennale, Festival De La Nouvelle Danse Uzes, Impuls Tanz 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. Liz has also danced in various short films including David Bolger’s Hit & Run and Morleigh Steinberg’s Unsung for RTE’s Dance on The Box.


Her work in opera includes choreographies for The Mines of Sulphur at Wexford Festival Opera, Aida at the National Opera of Korea, Semiramide at Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro and Liceu Barcelona, Lucia Silla and Axur Re L'Ormus at Opernhaus Zurich, Lucia Silla at Opera de Nice and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Silver Tassie, Queen of Spades, La Cenerentola, Macbeth, Aida, Andre Chenier, Don Carlos for Opera Ireland.


Her work in theatre includes choreographies for the Abbey Theatre productions of Alice in Funderland, The Government Inspector, The Cherry Orchard, Burial at Thebes, The Gate Theatre's production of Festen, The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish and The Carrolling Corcorans at The Ark Children's Theatre, Medea for Siren Productions and The Talk of The Town, Miss Julie, The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland for Landmark Productions.


Liz is a former board member of Theatre Forum, former Chair of Dance Ireland and is currently one of the selected artists for the European Dancehouse Netwok programme - Modul Dance.


Praise for the work of Liz Roche:

Superb, haunting and addictive…Roche’s Choreographic style carries a certain weight to it, as though dancers are dancing on a planet with a stronger gravity and a denser atmosphere…” Christine Madden, Irish Times


Liz Roche has been an integral part of Ireland's dance community for many years but her choreography has never settled into a groove.. she is a restless artist, continually pushing herself into new places.. her work communicates at a very private level."
Ballet Tanz


It was full of graceful instinct as the dances literally seemed to lose themselves in their own and each other’s shape and gesture…” Irish Theatre Magazine


5 stars…elegantly crafted choreography that’s confident in its understatement…will undoubtedly reward repeated viewings.” Irish Times


Liz Roche is an artist with a serious track record..." Judith Mackrell, The Gaurdian