Bastard Amber



Presented by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre, Bastard Amber is a major new work by leading Irish choreographer, Liz Roche.


Moving her rigorous exploration of the body into the realm of the soul, this enthralling piece is partly inspired by WB Yeats’ seminal poem Sailing to Byzantium and the meditative golden paintings of the late Patrick Scott.

A profound journey into humankind’s spiritual quest, Bastard Amber is filled with unforgettable imagery and stunning design, conjuring a lustrous Byzantine world of contradictory influences, a meeting place of East and West

With a sublime international company of dancers performing alongside live musicians and featuring an original score, Bastard Amber promises to be a provocative and haunting experience.

This landmark production marks the first time that an Irish choreographer has been commissioned to create a contemporary dance work for the Abbey Theatre.

Co-commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival, the Abbey Theatre and Kilkenny Arts Festival with support from Yeats2015, Dublin City Council, The O'Reilly Theatre and Dance Ireland
Photo: Luca Truffarelli



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Tour funded by the Arts Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Tour funded by the Arts Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

"Bastard Amber is a stunning and beautiful production, worthy of its historic commission and a fitting tribute to one of Ireland's foremost choreographers." ★★★★★ Chris O'Rourke

"Yeats may have established the Abbey, but tonight Roche has ownership of the stage.. From the very first moments of the dance, she puts the body at the forefront.... Roche's choreographic dexterity is at its height" ★★★★ 
Michael Seaver The Irish Times


"this passionate, evocative, and stirring production of  Bastard Amber  is a dance piece that everyone can cut their teeth on. The Company’s performance cannot be faulted, they exude strength, impeccable form...The effect is mesmerising. A truly unique and enriching experience for contemporary dance enthusiasts and novices alike. 4.5 stars."

VIDEOS - Bastard Abbey Full Work at The Abbey Theatre DDF 2015 | Bastard Amber Off Site Tech at The O'Reilly Theatre | Rehearsals at Dance House | Interview with Liz at The Abbey Theatre

Bastard Amber full work at The Abbey Theatre DDF 2015Bastard Amber Off Site Tech at The O'Reilly Theatre - Dublin Dance Festival 2015Bastard Amber Rehearsals at Dance House - Dublin Dance Festival 2015Bastard Amber Interview at The Abbey Theatre - Dublin Dance Festival 2015