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November 11th — 13th, 2021
As part of Dublin Dance Festival Winter Edition 2021
The Abbey Theatre, Dublin; O'Reilly Theatre, Dublin
Photo by Steve O'Connor

Photo by Steve O'Connor

"Roche is a poet of movement, the body her language, which she meticulously articulates into shapes and forms."
Chris O'Rourke, The Arts Review


A moving tapestry of live music and dance exploring human connection.

Part gathering, part concert, part improvisation, this live performance is about people gathering together in a time of fractured connections and shifting environments. It explores the desires and compulsions in the urge to move, the charge that circulates in a crowd, the connections between music and movement in shifting spaces of togetherness and separation.

Dēmos is performed by an exceptional cast of eight dancers from Liz Roche Company and three musicians playing live with a further six recorded from Crash Ensemble – breathtaking music and innovative design take centre stage alongside sublime choreography in this multi-disciplinary work.

Commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre, in partnership with Crash Ensemble and New Music Dublin.

A suite of interconnected shorts, Dēmos – films of separation and togetherness is part of a new collaborative project between choreographer Liz Roche and composer David Coonan, commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre, which culminates in Dēmos Live

Filmed on the Abbey Stage, the superb cast of Liz Roche Company dancers and Crash Ensemble musicians come together to perform scenes from the new work, in films made in collaboration with filmmaker José Miguel Jiménez. Filmed by Steve O'Connor and Peter Martin.

Commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre, in partnership with Crash Ensemble and New Music Dublin.

A dance and film installation with live performances for Uillinn dance season 2021.

An immersive and intimate dance and film installation performance [created by choreographer Liz Roche and filmmaker José Miguel Jiménez, with composition by David Coonan, recorded and performed by new music specialists Crash Ensemble and featuring live performances by dancers Emily Terndrup, Luke Murphy, Yumi Lee and musician Kate Ellis.]


Live show

Choreographer Liz Roche
Composition David Coonan
Set and Costume design Katie Davenport
Lighting Design Sinead McKenna
Filmmaker José Miguel Jiménez
Recorded and performed Crash Ensemble
Performers Justine Cooper, Kévin Coquelard, Lucia Kickham, Yumi Lee, Luke Murphy, Glòria Ros Abellana, Emily Terndrup, Mufutau Yusuf
Musicians - Live Kate Ellis (Cello), Brian Bolger (Guitar), Alex Petcu (Percussion)
Musicians - Recorded Larissa O'Grady, Léonie Bluett, Macdara Ó Seireadáin, Barry O'Halpin, Máire Carroll
Musical improvisations conceived in collaboration between the composer and musicians Kate Ellis and Brian Bolger
Dramaturgy Shane O'Reilly
Music Producer & Sound Engineer Adrian Hart
Band Coordinators Jonathan Pearson, Matt Rafter
Chief LX Simon Burke
Production Manager Eamonn Fox
Stage Manager Lisa Krugel
Costume Supervisor Nicola Burke
Set Build Theatre Production Services


Installation Liz Roche and José Miguel Jiménez
Directed and choreographed Liz Roche
Visuals José Miguel Jiménez
Performers Yumi Lee, Luke Murphy, Emily Terndrup, Kate Ellis
Music David Coonan, recorded by Crash Ensemble
+ above credits from Live Show

Produced by Liz Roche Company from a live production and films commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre in partnership with Crash Ensemble and New Music Dublin.


Dēmos trailer

Photos by Steve O'Connor

Photo by Steve O'Connor

Photos by Steve O' Connor


November 11th, 2021

O'Reilly Theatre, Dublin

12th & 13th November, 2021

The Abbey Theatre, Dublin


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