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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 June to Sunday 23rd June 2019


Modes of Capture:

The Capturing of Process in Contemporary Dance-making

About the Symposium

When: June 21st - 23rd 2019

Where: Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick

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The theme of the symposium is an exploration of the various means of capturing creative process to engage with the layers, threads, fragments and memories that interweave throughout the process of dancemaking. This will be situated in relationship to the possibilities afforded by the archive, including the idea of the ‘anarchive’ (Manning and Massumi), which rather than seeking to document a past event, endeavours to create a ‘feed-forward mechanism’ for process traces which continue to inform future creations, and ‘Living Archives’ (Kozel) which explores means of mobilizing the archive through technology and site related work. The symposium invites perspectives on how dance artists document process and deal with questions of transfer and legacy. Situated in Ireland, where the performative and dancing body has often been elided from mainstream narratives, this exploration has particular resonance when questioning what may be lost through prioritising the artefact over lived experience. Therefore, a key aspect of this symposium is what performers in particular can contribute to knowledge about dancemaking, while at the same time, opening up channels for participants to interact outside of the boundaries of either theorist or practitioner according to a variety of logics of practice.

The event invited proposals for scholarly presentations, workshops, process showings and low-tech performances of various formats and is open to experimental or interactive modes that would intersect with the themes or processes in other ways.


The keynote presentation was delivered on Friday 21st June by Professor Susan Kozel from the University of Malmö, Sweden on the topic of Affective Choreographies and was followed by a performance of I/Thou by Liz Roche Company at the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick. 

Symposium committee: Dr Jenny Roche, Liz Roche and Dr Róisín O’Gorman.

Associated events:

Modes of Capture Symposium: An Introduction

Dublin Dance Festival 

Sun 12 May at 4.30pm 

Project Arts Centre, Space Upstairs 

Dr Jenny Roche hosted a panel discussion with Dr Linda Murray, Curator of the Dance Archive at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts; Dr Finola Cronin, Lecturer in Drama Studies at University College Dublin; and Val Bourne CBE, Founder/Artistic Director, Dance Umbrella, London and

Founding Board Member, Dublin Dance Festival.

This event introduced the Modes of Capture Symposium: The Capturing of Process in Contemporary Dance-making, a research and performance symposium which took place at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, 21 – 23 June 2019 in partnership with Liz Roche Company and

Dublin Dance Festival.

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