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Liz Roche Company

National Gallery of Ireland 

July 2017


Totems by Liz Roche

National Gallery of Ireland July 2017 in association with Dublin Dance Festival

Thursday 6th to 9th July 2017


"The whole is other than the sum of the parts” - Kurt Koffka

Liz Roche Company leaves behind the comfort of the traditional theatre space for the newly refurbished National Gallery of Ireland as part of a major programme of work to mark its opening. Here, in the wonderfully renovated Milltown and Dargan Wings, an extraordinary company of dancers and musicians will both confront and collaborate with this landmark artistic space in a joint act of creative renewal.

Drawing on its surroundings and the ways in which we interpret in a gallery setting, Totems moves through the Shaw Room and Upper Gallery of the National Gallery in a series of intricate physical patterns resonating with the live score and imagining relationship to the surrounding memories, symbols and histories.

Choreography by Liz Roche in collaboration with dancers Henry Montes, Glòria Ros Abellana, Miguel Do Vale, Marc Stevenson, Liv O’Donoghue, Katherine O’Malley.

Music composition and performance Ray Harman, Mary Barnecutt, Doug Sheridan

Costume Designer Catherine Fay

Lighting Stephen Dodd

 “In Totems, the National Gallery of Ireland, along with its paintings are challenged, confronted and collaborated with by Roche, from a lived feminist perspective. Just like the newly refurbished National Gallery Totems makes some singularly strong choices that will certainly divide is a work of undeniable power, one that is always thought provoking and, very often, crafts moments of sublime beauty.”


The Arts Review, Chris O'Rourke

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