2022 - 2024
We are proud to have dancer and choreographer Mufutau Yusuf as our Associate Artist 2022/2024. Nigeria-born Irish performer Mufutau Yusuf had his introduction to contemporary dance at the age of 16 with Dublin Youth Dance Company, and made his professional debut two years later with the Irish Modern Dance Theatre in Fall and Recover, the first of many works he would perform with the company.
He subsequently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, and since graduating in 2016, Yusuf has worked as a freelancer with various choreographers and companies as well as developed his own artistic works for both stage and film.
He is currently based between Ireland and Brussels, where he works with Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez. Mufutau has performed with Liz Roche Company in Alternately Terrific and Gentle in 2020 and Dēmos at the O’Reilly Theatre for Dublin Dance Festival Winter 2021 Edition, commissioned by The Abbey Theatre and Dublin Dance Festival. Mufutau Yusuf made his full-length NYC choreographic debut with Òwe—“proverb” in the Yoruba language, at the Irish Arts Centre, New York in 2022. Using personal and found archival material as concept, visual design and soundscape, and with a highly-charged amalgam of traditional and contemporary movement, Yusuf seeks to decode his personal identity through the lens of the ancestral.
"I am both delighted and grateful to be accepting the Associate Artist position with Liz Roche Company. As an aspiring dance maker, I hope, with the support of the company, to be able to outline my own creative endeavours and articulate my artistic vision through researching and developing a new work over the coming years, meanwhile focusing on the production of a current work in progress, as well as engaging in choreographic and performance researches and practises that will surely nurture and guide me along this path as a maker. Additionally, having been primarily based outside of Ireland the last few years, I hope this position as associate artist will allow me to reconnect my work back to Ireland and engage more with the ever growing artistic landscape in the country."