Liz Roche Company premiered the full length production of Body and Forgetting on the Peacock presented by The Abbey Theatre, Dublin as part of Dance Ireland 21's Made In Dublin Series. Followed by a tour to perform at DanceXchange Birmingham Hippodrome, UK and nationally at the Backstage Longford, The Model Sligo, Firkin Crane Cork and Watergate Kilkenny.
Body And Forgetting was developed with the support of Modul-dance, a pan-European dance mobility project and Dance Ireland, with support of the Arts Council, Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin City Council, EU Culture programme and European Dancehouse Network.
Choreographer & Director: Liz Roche
Performers: Katherine O’Malley, Justine Cooper, Alexandre Iseli, Liv O’Donoghue, Jenny Roche, Grant McLay
Film: Alan Gilsenan
Composer/Muscian: Denis Roche
Lighting design: Sinéad Wallace
Director of Photgraphy: Richard Kendrick
Editor: Emer Reynolds
Duration: 52 minutes
Our attempts in life to hold fast to memories and objects of meaning is at the heart of Liz Roche’s Body and Forgetting. Taking inspiration from the work of Czech writer Milan Kundera, the performers move in dialogue with filmed versions of their dancing selves. They re-write their histories, make better endings to their stories, say what they regret not having said. These filmed reflections or versions of themselves, by offering a mirror, ultimately bring the performers back to themselves, richer from the experience.
‘We are in a time when dancers talk, dancers sing, dancers move inanimate objects around and show slides of themselves as children. Clothes are changed, endlessly.... Choreographers will do anything to actually avoid that very, very difficult thing - composing choreography and getting dancers to dance. But Liz Roche is the real thing, a real maker of steps. Liz makes ravishing solos and she chooses dancers with a great group chemistry. Proper sustained phrases, subtle textures, wonderful spools of crafted dancing material are before us - in a rare showing of dancers simply dancing. Your mind, quite rightly, sometimes has to work hard and rush to try and keep up. There’s a whiff of wistful narrative, more than a gentle hint of character. Things flicker and linger and can be brilliantly inconclusive. Movement is the message with every gesture and scene resonating differently with each person watching it - that’s the beauty’. Julia Carruthers, Director, Dublin Dance Festival.
About the company:
Liz Roche Company (formerly known as Rex Levitates Dance Company) is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies. An artistically ambitious and resourceful arts organisation, the company deliver its program with consistency, originality and an attention to detail which has led to a steady expansion since 1999. The company has performed throughout Ireland and abroad, most notably at the South Bank Centre London, the Baryshnikov Arts Centre and Judson Memorial Church New York, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Meet in Beijing Festival, Festival De La Nouvelle Danse Uzes and Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.
Filmed and Edited by Kerbute Production