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Civic Theatre 


Part film, part dance, part active observation this is a rare chance for our audiences to be a creative partner and take part in the making of an artwork to be presented in tandem with our performances.


Installation County Library Tallaght FREE ADMISSION

The Active Audience group perform a special performance element within the installation


Friday 19th Oct between 6pm and 7.30pm

(prior to the WRoNGHEADED performance at Civic at 8pm)

Saturday 20th October between 12pm and 3pm

Film and installation: Liz Roche and Luca Truffarelli
Music: Ray Harman (from Wrongheaded)
Active Audience Performers/Contributors: Remi Ajike, Eimear Beardmore Verina Borissova, Kate Connaughton,
Aoife Dempsey, Monika Hyland Sandra McCullagh, Caroline McNamara, Nick Nikolaou, Eoin O’Loughlin, Mary
O’Neill, Zara O’Sullivan, Avril Power
Active Audience Facilitators: Jenny Macdonald with Liz Roche and Katherine O’Malley

Liz Roche Company-in-Residence Civic Theatre Tallaght

The Liz Roche Company, renowned presenters of evocative and compelling contemporary dance on Irish and International stages for over 15 years, is partnering with The Civic on a unique three year residency (2017-2019) to:


  • utilise the resources of a significant venue to maximise the quality, scale and out-reach of its current and planned artistic programme

  • to enable, through collaboration and support the further development of the company’s practise

  • to develop joint projects of scale and locality

  • to develop and grow an audience in the 250,000 strong catchment area of South Dublin County region, expanding the company’s audience beyond its hitherto normal Dublin City Centre reach.


In 2018 this residency specifically aimed to:

  • Produce and present an installation film and performance work at County Library Tallaght in partnership with the Civic Theatre Tallaght and Tallaght Community Arts.

  • Bring tried and tested contemporary dance to a new audience

  • Foster a new producing relationship between both organisations

  • Encourage community engagement in high- calibre professional contemporary dance.


Active Audience

Liz Roche Company partnered by The Civic Theatre Tallaght, Tallaght Community Arts and Dublin Dance Festival invited audiences to engage with contemporary dance over a six month period in 2018. Participants have followed the work of Liz Roche Company through a programme of events, workshops, talks and performances that allowed them to experience up close how the company goes about developing, producing and performing a dance work in a variety of performance settings.


Co-ordinated by Jenny MacDonald, the programme responded to the group feedback from 2017 and Liz Roche has created a specially tailored and unique to Tallaght preamble to the company performances of WroNGHEADED at the Civic Theatre (Oct 19th &20th) by way of a dynamic installation involving local audience reactions to the source subject matter behind the creation of the piece. Part film, part dance, part active observation this is a rare chance for our Active Audience to be a creative partner and take part in the making of a world class artwork.


Company artists involved: Liz Roche (Artistic Director), Luca Truffarelli (Film maker), Katherine O’Malley (LRC Associate dance artist), Lucia Kickham (LRC Associate dance artist).The Active audience programme runs one event each month from June – October with varying levels of participation.

Liz Roche says“Following on from last year’s Active Audience experience, I am confident that in 2018 we can take it to the next level. Creating an installation performance alongside our ongoing workshops and performances is an exciting prospect, that will bring our Active Audience into the very heart of how we make and present our dance.”

On October 19th and 20th the Active Audience performed inside an installation created by videographer Luca Truffarelli and choreographer Liz Roche at the County Library in Tallaght.


Active Audience 2017

As the first project of the 3 year residency with  the Civic Theatre Tallaght Liz Roche Company, The Civic, Tallaght Community Arts and Dublin Dance Festival invited audiences to engage with contemporary dance over a six month period from April to September 2017. Participants followed the work of Liz Roche Company through a programme of events, workshops, talks and performances which allowed them experience up close how the company goes about developing, producing and performing a dance work in a variety of performance settings. This project was co-ordinated by Jenny Macdonald.

The MENU of activities for 2017 included:


FIRST MEETING May 3rd  Civic Theatre Tallaght

We were thrilled with the huge turn out for our introductory event. 

ACTIVE AUDIENCE WORKSHOP- Civic Theatre May 17th 7.30 - 9pm

A chance for the group to meet with Jenny Macdonald - group facilitator; to develop the ideas discussed at the   introductory event and to get moving!!


A visit to the NATIONAL GALLERY of IRELAND  and then a showing of THE DANCE and a talk about its inspirations.

The group visited the National Gallery of Ireland to view the permanent collection followed by work -n-progress showing of Totems at DanceHouse.

Totems, was a major new work responding to the collection of the National Gallery presented as part of the programme of events to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished wings of the gallery in July 2017.



Saturday June 3rd 12 Minute Dances rehearsal in Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre,Tallaght

Active Audience opportunity to observe rehearsal of 12 Minute Dances which perfromed in The Civic Theatre Tallaght in September 2017.



Wednesday July 5th National Gallery of Ireland. Pre rehearsal tour of the newly re-opened Dargan and Milltown Wings.

3pm Tech and dress rehearsal of Totems and chanced to see the technical team in action.


July 6th - 9th Totems performances at the National Gallery of Ireland 




at Civic Theatre 21st and 23rd September   CULTURE NIGHT 22nd Sept , talks, performance excerpts

Some members of the Active Audience who participated in the performances of 12 Minute Dances at the Civic Theatre share a bow with the perfomers.

Some Feedback from the Participants

  • seeing spaces as possible spaces to perform. That is looking at the art gallery in terms of its space pattern and its content-and also made me more aware of other spaces

  • very enjoyable so far. Different kinds of unexpected learning! Now knowing what to expect anyway-that’s the joy of it for me. ​

  • I feel like I’ve experienced the ‘landscape’ of the dance through the movement and creations of the dancers...& moments during the week have ‘echoed’ some of the movements

  • I would love to experience being able to move in the day. Be the dancers more-which given my age and general unfitness is not possible (well in my dreams I can sometimes fly so maybe in my dreams)

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