Course Director of the MA in Contemporary Dance at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick

Jenny Roche

Jenny Roche Time Over Distance Over TimePhoto Luca Truffarelli

Dr Jenny Roche has worked as a contemporary dancer since the early 1990s performing with a wide range of choreographers in Ireland and internationally, including Michael Keegan-Dolan, Rosemary Butcher, Jodi Melnick, John Jasperse, Yoshiko Chuma and in work by Dominique Bagouet, restaged by Les Carnets Bagouet (France). She has danced for Daghdha Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Ireland, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Cois Céim and was a founder member of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre.

She co-founded Rex Levitates Dance Company (now Liz Roche Company) with her sister, choreographer Liz Roche in 1999 and has performed extensively with the company, most notably in the Meet in Beijing Festival, China, in 2006 and the Baryshnikov Arts Centre, NYC, in 2011. In 2010 she received her doctoral award from Roehampton University, London. From 2007 to 2011, she was Dance Adviser to the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and she was Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Dance at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane from 2013 to 2017.

Jenny continues to work as a performer and creative collaborator. She performed in Time Over Distance Over Time a collaborative work with Liz Roche Company that took place between Ireland and Australia, with performances in Dublin Sydney and Brisbane in 2016. She performed with Carol Brown, Ruth Gibson, Bruno Martelli and Russell Scoones on a dance film/installation WAHAWAEWAO presented in the Pah Homestead Gallery, New Zealand in 2017 and at Lightmoves Festival of Screendance in 2018.

In November 2019, she collaborated with Gibson, Martelli and Mel Mercier on the installation and live performance, Expanded Fields for Limerick City Gallery of Art. Her book, Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer: Moving Identities was published in 2015.

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