Lighting Design for Dance

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This professional development opportunity is for choreographers interested in working collaboratively with lighting design. 

The aim is to offer a supportive and resourced environment to learn about and experiment with lighting design for dance productions. The project pairs choreographers with MFA students in lighting design from The Lir Academy offering a series of structured supports including: 

  • Residency periods at Dance House to devise work

  • Guidance and mentoring throughout the process

  • Use of The Lir Academy theatre space and Irish World Academy Theatre space

  • Technical support and expertise throughout the process

  • Informal presentation to an invited audience at The Lir Academy.

The project caters for choreographers who wish to learn more about the lighting design process, as well as provide experimental time for experienced choreographers who wish to realise a specific idea in advance of a creative process.

Contemporary dance choreographer Liz Roche, will mentor the choreographers as part of the professional development process. Lighting designer Sinead Wallace from The Lir Academy faculty will oversee the design students.

Project partners: Liz Roche Company, The Lir Academy, Dance Ireland, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Lighting Design for Dance 2021

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Lighting Design for Dance 2020

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Participants and dates


CHOREOGRAPHERS: Nick Nikolaou, Niamh O'Loughlin

LIGHTING DESIGNERS: Kevin Murphy, Michael Rathbun


CHOREOGRAPHERS: Roisin Whelan, Sarah Fennell, Melissa Bori, Adrika Subhash, Wu Fei,Yumi Lee

LIGHTING DESIGNERS: Stephen Bourke, Israel Del Barco, Brian Mitchell, Roberto Ventruti


CHOREOGRAPHERS: Justine Doswell, Mihaela Griveva, Matt Szczerek

LIGHTING DESIGNERS: Colin Doran, Blue Hanley, Matt Burke


CHOREOGRAPHERS: Dagmara Jerzak, Justine Cooper and Lucia Kickham

LIGHTING DESIGNERS: Isreal Negrao, Johann Fitzpatrick, Danielle Donnally and Fenna Von Hirschheydt

We are proud of our partners.

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