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The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick and Liz Roche Company have created a

new creative partnership, IntraSpaces, an experimental space for both organisations to collaborate on research, performance and pedagogy/training.

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Exchange takes place across the fields of high level professional practice, arts research and performance training to foster relationships between the Academy, Liz Roche Company and a wider range of Irish and international artists, organisations and communities.

This partnership model between the university and this professional dance organisation supports the development and dissemination of dance knowledges across the Irish and international arts and research landscape.

Interdisciplinarity is key, with a view to creating opportunities for shared projects to intersect with a range of Academy faculty, students and courses.


LRC offers open access to students into its working practices supported by the expertise of the company dancers, associated dance artists and creative collaborators in sound, light, set, costume and dramaturgy.


Particular alignments for shared performance projects are envisioned with the MA Contemporary Dance Performance and the new MA Composition and Creative Music Practice.

A series of artistic and performative outputs are proposed for each year.

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Events 2020:

Lighting Design for Dance Project

November 1st 2019 - January 22nd 2020

This is a focused and strategic professional development and action research opportunity for selected members of the professional dance community and dance makers from the Irish World Academy postgraduate programme who are matched with post-graduate lighting designers at The Lir Academy. 

Partners Liz Roche Company, The Lir Academy, Dance Ireland and IWAMD at UL

Choreography & Composition Workshop 

March 9th - 11th  Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Professor Mel Mercier, Chair of Performing Arts, Course Director, BA World Music and Liz Roche will work with the students from the MA in Composition and Creative Music Practice and MA in Contemporary Dance Performance.

Company Residency

April 20th - 22nd Irish World Academy of Music and Dance


This was planned ahead of the performance of The Here Trio on April 23rd at Dance Limerick; Liz Roche and dancers Sarah Cerneaux, Glòria Ros Abellana and Ryan O'Neill were meant to work with students from the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance.

Company Residency

May 12th - June 1st Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Over this 3 week period the company will conduct two periods of research & development for a new work in February 2021. Jodi Melnick and Colin Dunne will work together and Liz Roche, Jenny Roche and Jodi Melnick will continue the process started in Oct 2019.

Modes of Capture Symposium: Dance Transmission Across Distance and Time - In partnership with Dublin Dance Festival

29th & 30th May 

Building on the success of the Modes of Capture Symposium, held at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in 2019 as part of IntraSpaces, the Modes of Capture Symposium 2020 explored how dance artists exchange knowledges, practices and experiences across networks of relationships that span time and space.


How do we embody and transmit movement legacies from dancer to dancer and from generation to generation? How are we currently extending and expanding our practices through encounters enabled by travel, residencies and international/interdisciplinary projects? How might we reimagine ways of artistic exchange in an uncertain future where international travel may become increasingly restricted due to shifting borders, climate change and other global issues?


This year the symposium has to be reimagined to be delivered online. It took place over two days as part of Dublin Dance Festival's 2020 Digital Capsule.and draw together dance artists, academics and dance advocates in a series of talks, workshops and informal performances.

Keynotes included Rebecca Hilton, former dancer with Stephen Petronio, Michael Clark and Jennifer Monson and currently professor for Site, Event, Encounter at Stockholm University of the Arts.

September 28th  - October 2nd

Open Workshop/Tenderfoot with Liz Roche Company at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

This 5 day intensive invites dancers to come and work with the company as it develops new work.


Links to Academic Journals and Papers supporting the research

Roche, Jenny (2018) ‘Traces from Elsewhere: Dancing Together Across Distance and Time’. Text and Performance Quarterly, 39 (1)


Roche, Jenny (2019). ‘Writing Wrongheaded: Narratives from a dance piece and community project exploring women’s bodily autonomy

in Ireland’, Social Alternatives, 38 (1), 5-14.


Roche, Jenny (2019). ‘Liz Roche’s Pilgrimage: shifts in perception through proximity to a dance’, in One Here Now: The Brian O’Doherty/Patrick

Ireland Project, published by Paper Visual Art and Sirius Arts Centre.

Events 2019


27th October - November 13th 2019 New York based choreographer and dancer, Jodi Melnick will be working with Liz Roche Company on a new work for 2020. During this time Jodi will also make a new short work for the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance Students. 

7th - 9th October 2019 Liz Roche and Jenny Roche - Three-day research with students from the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance, continuing the research that began with the company in June 2019.



The Capturing of Process in Contemporary Dance-making

Presented by The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL and Liz Roche Company

Partners: Dublin Dance Festival, Lime Tree Theatre Limerick, Dance Limerick

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd June 2019

Video by Lucy Dawson

Research Residency June 16th - 20th 2019 with I/Thou company - Miguel Do Vale, Gloria Ros, Kevin Coquelard, Ailish Maher, Sarah Cerneaux - with digital artist Ruth Gibson and researcher Jenny Roche

Research Residency June 6th - 15th 2019 with Beth Gill and Liz Roche Company dancers Henry Montes, Finola Cronin, Sarah Cerneaux & Liz Roche.

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