PRESS

“Liz Roche is an artist with a serious track record..."

Judith Mackrell, The Guardian


Liz Roche has been an integral part of Ireland's dance community for many years but her choreography has never settled into a groove. Yes, there's an aesthetic line runing through her repertoire but she is a restless artist, continually pushing herself into new places.... her work communicates at a very private level.
Michael Seaver - Ballet Tanz


WRONGHEADED 2016
"Liz Roche uses the Eighth Amendment debate to interrogate broader insidious effects of patriarchy... her artistic touchstone – a commissioned poem by Elaine Feeney – draws physical responses that are immediate as gesture mirrored word. More persuasive are the movement’s overall matching of the tone of desperation and repression.." ★★★★
The Irish Times Michael Seaver

 

TIME OVER DISTANCE OVER TIME 2016
"This reflective work is a contemporary perspective on generation emigration, a philosophical approach to the question of distance and time. Her intuitive collaboration with the technology that shortens and underlines distance demonstrates how it can also create additional layers of anxieties… and it’s all beautifully rendered.

The Irish Times Seona Mac Réamoinn

 

"Time Over Distance Over Time is a thoughtful, intimate and deeply moving exploration of the physical and emotional distance experienced by those living on opposite ends of the planet… moments of pure genius, reminding us of Roche’s unique talent for crafting powerful, resonant performances.”" ★★★★
Examiner.com Chris O'Rourke


BASTARD AMBER 2015
"Bastard Amber is a stunning and beautiful production, worthy of its historic commission and a fitting tribute to one of Ireland's foremost choreographers." ★★★★★
Examiner.com Chris O'Rourke

"Yeats may have established the Abbey, but tonight Roche has ownership of the stage.. From the very first moments of the dance, she puts the body at the forefront.... Roche's choreographic dexterity is at its height" ★★★★
Michael Seaver The Irish Times

 

"Roche's spirit quest is a lament for perfection but it might succeed in granting the extended existence yearned in the lines that inspired it. While the ephemerality of performance may not preserve, the memories of the spectator certainly will, and from a haunting and glowing tableau where dancers use their bodies to create still frames of each other, the artist may very well escape into eternity."
Broadway.com Chris McCormack

 

NEITHER EITHER 2014
" the choreography also reveals layered meanings, providing a quartet of exquisite dancers the chance to investigate what it’s like to feel divided or torn. The dance becomes a gentle exploration of one’s internal landscape, with brief spoken references to Carl Jung, which thread the movement to ideas beyond the stage." ★★★★
Irish Times Christie Seaver

 

"Magical show sparked by two words…..a spectrum of industrial light and human magic" ★★★★
Belfast Telegraph

 

In keeping with Liz Roche’s fluid style, the dancers interweave seamlessly: pushing, lifting, climbing and meting their way through the push and pull conflict - opening up new spaces where there appears to be noe.. Verdict: X-quisite”★★★★
Irish Daily Mail Alison Martin


"Powerful without ever being frenetic, capturing stillness within movement, Neither Either is a profoundly moving production and one of the most exquisite performances you are likely to see this year.." ★★★★★

Examiner.com Chris O'Rourke

 

INTERLOPER 2014
"My mind and heart were moved. I laughed and yet I felt a kind of pang that these great artists, these people were being hindered in their expression, their life. They never lost me in this fifty minutes of confident expression, of dance."
Vulgo.ie Deirdre Kinahan

 

FAST PORTRAITS 2012
"Fast Portraits is a gem... their dancing is fluid yet weighted. Roche's choreography is delicately woven but its threads possess an elusive tensile strength. Entrancing."
Donald Hutera The Times

 

"It is impossible not to get sucked into this immersive world, seductive and hypnotic - as intimate and beautiful as the score."
Lorna Irvine The Skinny

 

BODY AND FORGETTING 2012
A impressive multi-layered meditation on memory and identity’
The Irish Times


SHARED MATERIAL ON DYING
2008
It was at once elegant, strong and sad, but still offered a meditative sense of hope.
Michael Seaver - The Irish Times


I CAN'T MAKE IT ALONE 2008
Liz Roches's exquisite "I Can't Make It Alone", with her company Rex Levitates, displayed a new richness and maturity in her ever-developing choreographic vocabulary in Project Arts Centre in December.... fine, lyrical choreograpny which was without doubt Roche's best work to date.
Deirdre Mulrooney - Dance Europe Feb


With this piece, it seems a new focus and eloquence has emerged in Liz Roche's choreography.....Roche's choreographic style carries a certain weight, as though dancers are performing on a planet with stronger gravity and a denser atmosphere... a fine production by Roche and her company.
Christine Madden - The Irish Times


THE SAME JANE 2007
“A perfect ending illustrates how despite jettisoning theatrical frills, Roche maintains complete control of her form.”
Michael Seaver - The Irish Times


SWEET APOLLO 2006
“….Roche shows a definite affinity with the artistic values of the antique world, a lyricism that hasn’t gone saccharine, that can instead prove quite stark and elemental… but is suffused with a power and energy you feel before you see”
Christine Madden - The Irish Times


CROSS PURPOSES 2004
“Roche weaves these concepts into her work with a seductiveness and guile that leaves you saying: Hang on. Do that again.”
“Impressively articulate dance.”
Michael Seaver - The Irish Times


RESUSITATE 2004
“The result is a work of singular intensity – so much so that it almost feels voyeuristic to watch it”
Dance Europe


“Resuscitate was a powerful example of Roche’s talent and ability – not to mention courage in exploring new territory….”
Christine Madden - The Irish Times


BREAD AND CIRCUS 2003
“Admirably physical, disturbing and absorbing”
Seona Mac Reamonn - The Sunday Tribune June


THEIR THOUGHTS ARE THINKING THEM 2002
“Liz Roche's engrossing duet exploring the contours of shape and space was a moving sculpture in progress, illuminated in it's fine execution and as with a fine work of art, invited viewing upon viewing”
Seona Mac Reamonn - The Sunday Tribune


''Superb, haunting and addictive'
Christine Madden - The Irish Times Oct


BLUSH 2000

“....they are developing an extraordinarily subtle gestural language here.....certainly auspicious”
Mic Moroney - The Guardian