The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick, and Liz Roche Company have created a new creative partnership, IntraSpaces, an experimental space for both organisations to collaborate on research, performance and pedagogy/training.​

Exchange takes place across the fields of high level professional practice, arts research and performance training to foster relationships between the Academy, Liz Roche Company and a wider range of Irish and international artists, organisations and communities.

This partnership model between the university and this professional dance organisation supports the development and dissemination of dance knowledges across the Irish and international arts and research landscape.

Interdisciplinarity is key, with a view to creating opportunities for shared projects to intersect with a range of Academy faculty, students and courses.

Liz Roche Company offers open access to students into its working practices supported by the expertise of the company dancers, associated dance artists and creative collaborators in sound, light, set, costume and dramaturgy.

Particular alignments for shared performance projects are envisioned with the MA Contemporary Dance Performance and the new MA Composition and Creative Music Practice.

A series of artistic and performative outputs are proposed for each year.

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IntraSpaces Liz Roche Company Irish World Academy University of Limerick

Events 2020

November 1st 2019 - January 22nd 2020

Lighting Design for Dance Project

This is a focused and strategic professional development and action research opportunity for selected members of the professional dance community and dance makers from the Irish World Academy postgraduate programme who are matched with post-graduate lighting designers at The Lir Academy

Partners Liz Roche Company, The Lir Academy, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick.

March 9th - 11th 2020

Choreography & Composition Workshop

Professor Mel Mercier, Chair of Performing Arts, Course Director, BA World Music and Liz Roche will work with the students from the MA in Composition and Creative Music Practice and MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick.

April 20th - 22nd 2020

Company Residency

This was planned ahead of the performance of The Here Trio on April 23rd at Dance Limerick; Liz Roche and dancers Sarah Cerneaux, Glòria Ros Abellana and Ryan O'Neill were meant to work with students from the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at IWAMD. 

May 12th - June 1st 2020

Company Residency

Over this 3 week period the company conducted two periods of research & development for a new work in February 2021. Jodi Melnick and Colin Dunne worked together and Liz Roche, Jenny Roche and Jodi Melnick will continue the process started in Oct 2019.

29th - 30th May 2020

Modes of Capture Symposium 2020: Dance Transmission Across Distance and Time

Presented in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival.

Building on the success of the Modes of Capture Symposium, held at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in 2019 as part of IntraSpaces, the Modes of Capture Symposium 2020 explored how dance artists exchange knowledges, practices and experiences across networks of relationships that span time and space.

This year the symposium has to be reimagined to be delivered online. It took place over two days as part of Dublin Dance Festival's 2020 Digital Capsule and draw together dance artists, academics and dance advocates in a series of talks, workshops and informal performances.

Keynotes included Rebecca Hilton, former dancer with Stephen Petronio, Michael Clark and Jennifer Monson and currently professor for Site, Event, Encounter at Stockholm University of the Arts.

Click here to see the full programme of events and abstracts. 

September 28th - October 2nd 2020


Open Workshop/Tenderfoot with Liz Roche Company at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

This 5 day intensive invites dancers to come and work with the company as it develops new work.

Events 2019

7th - 9th October 2019

Research Workshop at Irish World Academy

Liz Roche and Jenny Roche led this three-day research with students from the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance, continuing the research that began with the company in June 2019.

27th October - November 13th 2019

Company Residency at Irish World Academy

New York based choreographer and dancer, Jodi Melnick will be working with Liz Roche Company on a new work for 2020. During this time Jodi will also make a new short work for the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance Students. 

21st -23rd June 2019

Modes of Capture Symposium 2019: The Capturing of Process in Contemporary Dance-making

Presented by The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL and Liz Roche Company

Partners: Dublin Dance Festival, Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, and Dance Limerick

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