In response to the lockdown this exciting 3-month audience engagement programme from Liz Roche Company and Dublin Dance Festival moved online. We were able to offer our 40 participants a series of weekly practical creative tasks, talks and feedback sessions, with the overall programme offering a deeper insight into the art form of dance, with opportunities to discuss and to respond creatively to dance works by Liz Roche Company and a range of choreographies presented at Dublin Dance Festival. 

Facilitated by Jenny Macdonald and Liz Roche with members of Liz Roche Company, this opportunity gave our participants insight into the company’s creative process on their recent work, The Here Trio, exploring key themes such as memory, empathy, what it is to be “here”, and relationships between politics and psychology on this island and beyond. 

Having put out an open call in February of this year, we gathered a group of 40 volunteer participants to take part in our Creative Audiences programme, a 3-month audience engagement project. In light of the Coronavirus lockdown we moved the programme online and were delighted to be able to offer our participants a series of weekly practical creative tasks, talks and feedback sessions.

The aim of the overall programme was to offer a deeper insight into the art form of dance, with opportunities to discuss and to respond creatively to dance works by Liz Roche Company and work presented at Dublin Dance Festival’s Digital Capsule 2020.

Our participants engaged in many different ways with the process over this time. We began with improvisation and creative writing tasks designed for a social distancing situation, as well as a series of behind the scenes talks with DDF artistic director Benjamin Perchet, Choreographer Liz Roche and The Here Trio dancers Sarah Cerneaux, Glòria Ros Abellana and Ryan O’Neill.

The process then moved towards the generation of personal creative responses to the experience with the facilitators supporting participants throughout.

We are highlighting 7 responses from different members of the group that show their journey through this process. Some reflect their own personal process and some are presented as independent creative responses to the experience and the issues we encountered along the way. All took the journey with us with open hearts and real commitment and we hope you enjoy the work.


OPEN CALL

Creative Audiences

Liz Roche Company and Dublin Dance Festival would like to invite you to become a member of their Creative Audiences group. Between March and May the group will meet for a series of creative events allowing for a deeper engagement with the work of Liz Roche Company and Dublin Dance Festival. Events will include workshops, talks, rehearsals and performances.

This fantastic opportunity gives insight into the company’s creative process on their recent work The Here Trio, as well as connecting the group to other amazing contemporary dance pieces at this year’s festival. No previous dance or movement experience is required, though those with dance experience are welcome too! Workshops will create opportunities to explore key themes in the work including memory, empathy, what it is to be “here”, and relationships between politics and psychology on this island and beyond.

The programme creates opportunities for discourse, as well as for responding creatively to the work.

All we are asking for is your commitment to the group and your openness to respond creatively to the dance experiences on offer.

CREATIVE AUDIENCES is facilitated by Jenny Macdonald and Liz Roche with members of Liz Roche Company.

Participation is free of charge. Deadline: 16th March 2020, 5pm

To join Creative Audiences, please fill out this sign up form http://bit.ly/CreativeAudiencesForm.

EVENTS:

  • March 19th First Meet & Greet 7pm – 9pm The Lab Foley Street Studio 2
  • March 30th First Workshop 7pm – 9pm The Lab Foley Street Studio 2
  • April 15th Second Workshop 7pm – 9pm The Lab Foley Street Studio 1
  • April 26th On- stage workshop with LRC dancers at Samuel Beckett Theatre (12.30pm) + attend performance The Here Trio by Liz Roche (3pm)
  • May 13th Meeting – Creative responses 7pm – 9pm The Lab Foley Street Studio 2
  • May 19th-30th Attend one performance out of a choice of 3 at Dublin Dance Festival 2020
  • May 31st Presentation of CREATIVE AUDIENCES responses at Modes of Capture Symposium

We are proud of our partners.

Liz Roche Company is strategically funded by the Arts Council and supported by Dublin City Council