Liz Roche Company presents Totems in the exquisite surrounds of the Shaw Room at the National Gallery of Ireland running from Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th July, 2017.

As part of the hugely anticipated programme of events to mark the re-opening of the Dargan and Milltown wings of the National Gallery this summer, the acclaimed Liz Roche Company presents the world premiere of Totems in the exquisite surrounds of the Shaw Room and The Grand Gallery.

An extraordinary group of six dancers will come together with live musicians to respond anew to these historic gallery spaces with five intimate performances taking place from Thursday 6th to Sunday, 9th July. Totems strips Roche’s subtle and poetic choreography back to its purest essence. Combining intricate movement patterns with live music, the result will be a thrillingly evocative experience that echoes our accepted wisdoms, collective histories and deepest instincts.

Totems will place the living, breathing work of one of Ireland’s most innovative and inspiring choreographers into an historic gallery space as it re-emerges to the waiting public.

Liz Roche Totems - Photo Luca Truffarelli

Performers & Creatives

Choreographer: Liz Roche

Performers: Henry Montes, Glòria Ros Abellana, Miguel Do Vale, Marc Stevenson, Liv O’Donoghue, Katherine O’Malley

Music Composition & Performance:
 Ray Harman, Mary Barnecutt, Doug Sheridan

Costumes: Catherine Fay

Tickets cost 
€15 (concessions available) and may be purchased online.

About Liz Roche

Liz Roche - Photo Alan Gilsenan

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. 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. In March 2017 Liz Roche Company was announced as DDF’s Resident Company 2017-2019. This exciting new initiative will explore new ways of researching, making and experiencing dance. Since a fledgling residency in the early days of the Festival, Roche has enriched the Festival’s programme ever since, most recently with Bastard Amber, and as director of DDF’s Embodied at the GPO.


the thin grey line

All photos © Luca Truffarelli, except photo of Liz Roche © Alan Gilsenan

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