2022 - 2024
We are proud to have Nigeria-born Irish performer 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, Dēmos at the O’Reilly Theatre for Dublin Dance Festival Winter 2021 Edition, commissioned by The Abbey Theatre and Dublin Dance Festival and most recently in Yes and Yes, commissioned by Solas Nua in Washington D.C.
Mufutau Yusuf made his full-length NYC choreographic debut with "Òwe“, meaning "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.
Since then, Mufutau has performed extensively with Liz Roche Company and is presenting his brand new commission 'Impasse' as a work-in-progress piece at Dublin Dance Festival 2023. 'Impasse' is commissioned by Liz Roche Company through an Arts Council Commission Award and supported by Solstice Arts Centre. Mufutau Yusuf is Associate Dance Artist at Liz Roche Company 2022 - 24.
"It’s been a wonderful and exciting first year for me as Associate Artist with Liz Roche Company, although a relatively quiet one as I have focused more on other projects than my own creative works. That however hasn’t taken away from the teaching and choreographic opportunities that has come my way through the company and especially the guidance and mentorship I received from Liz while creating and developing my first full length choreographic work. I’m really looking forward to working even closer with the company in the coming year with some exciting projects on the horizon."