Alternately Terrific & Gentle

premiere The Complex
DATES 11-12 December 2020

Booking Live Event at The Complex, 11-12 Dec 2020:

Booking Online Event on 13 December 2020, 3pm:

12 collaborating artists in 7 countries make a new dance transmission project between moving bodies connected by friendship, history and coincidence

This December Liz Roche Company will premiere a film installation/performance entitled Alternately Terrific and Gentle at The Complex Dublin on December 11th & 12th and online on December 13th.

Taking a different approach to making dance in collaboration with Irish and International artists Liz Roche, Jodi Melnick and Jenny Roche have created a new dance trio and have passed the creative baton on to a further group of collaborating artists who are individually interpreting the piece, bringing their own distinctive creative voices to the shared movement material. Liz Roche is working with film maker José Miguel Jiménez and a team of filmmakers overseas to create the films with artists Colin Dunne, Maïa Nunes, Mufutau Yusuf, Paul White, Liv O’Donoghue, Malcolm Low/Jodi Melnick and Justine Cooper, with composition by Robert Boston. The performance installation (which will include a live element) runs for two days only at 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm at The Complex, Dublin on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 December.

Ticket purchasers will receive a special package by post with creative materials enclosed. In the event that restrictions do not allow the live installation to be presented to an audience (or if ticket holders cannot travel to the venue) then you will still receive the materials by post and you can attend the event online on Sunday 13th December at 3pm. Ticket holders will receive an exclusive link and be invited to experience the piece together online.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to receive your package before the event date please make sure to order your tickets by December 6th (Ireland) and December 1st (International). If you book later than these dates we will send you the package anyway, so don’t forget to include your postal address and if you are booking for a friend don’t forget to include their postal address too.

All materials compiled and designed by Liv O’Donoghue in collaboration with Liz Roche.

*Approximate duration is 40 minutes

Liz Roche, Jenny Roche, Jodi Melnick Photo by Maurice Gunning
Colin Dunne - Photo Jose Miguel Jimenez


Work began on the piece in 2019 and the intention was to make a dance work about transmission between dancing bodies for the stage that would bring together a group of dance artists from different corners of the world to perform in Dublin. Now with Covid-19 as part of our daily reality, Liz Roche Company had to find another way to realise this project. With continued rehearsals online and by creating films with filmmaker José Miguel Jiménez, Liz Roche has been co-ordinating the creation and filming of the works with the collaborating artists. The central trio, now danced by Liz Roche, Justine Cooper and Jenny Roche was filmed in The Complex Dublin with Liv O’Donoghue’s text based work with writer Rachel Donnelly being filmed at a Dublin office space. Colin Dunne’s film was created and filmed at St. John’s Church/Dance Limerick, Jodi Melnick and Malcolm Lowe’s duo is located and filmed in a quarry in upstate New York. Paul White is filming in a theatre space in Berlin with filmmaker Pippa Samaya and Mufutau Yusuf in contemporary outdoor space outside Brussels with filmmaker Davide Belotti. Maïa Nunes is creating a soundscape and visuals from her current home in Trinidad. New York based composer Robert Boston will score many of the works.

Inspired by an array of texts, music, letters and visual art - the title is taken from a love letter from composer John Cage to choreographer Merce Cunningham where he describes the intensity of rain one afternoon as “alternately terrific and gentle” and declares to want to “measure my breath in relation to the air between us”, passing through Leonard Cohen’s writing on how to speak poetry - “Speak the words, convey the data.... Respect the privacy of the material” and Bob Dylan’s protest song A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall, to visual artist Dorothy Cross, who working in sculpture, film and photography, examines the relationship between living beings and the natural world, seeing the body and nature as sites of constant change, creation and destruction, new and old.

In this transmission project between these dancing bodies, the artists looked to nature and how to capture an occurrence in all its wildly different materialisations; always in awe of the plasticity of forms that shape the same basic energies as they rear up into their full thunderous capacity, and then fall away to the gentlest of mists.


You can see Alternately Terrific and Gentle in two ways: Live and Online (broadcast):

1. LIVE: when you buy a ticket for one of the performance/installation events at The Complex on 11 and 12 December 2020, Liz Roche Company will send ticket holders a specially designed package in the post full of texts, songs, conversations and ideas that will begin an experience of the works in advance of the show. Please, make sure that you enter your postal address carefully.

If restrictions do not ease in December ticket holders will still be sent the specially designed package along with a link to the films.


2. ONLINE: This online showing will compliment the performance installation at The Complex. Ticket purchasers will receive a special package by post with creative material enclosed, so please make sure that you enter your postal address carefully.

The event will be presented online on Sunday 13th December 2020 at 3pm. Ticket holders will receive an exclusive link and be invited to experience the piece together online or watch it later at their convenience.


Alternatively Terrific and Gentle by Liz Roche Company Justine Cooper Photo Jose Miguel Jimenez
Alternatively Terrific and Gentle by Liz Roche Company Photo Jose Miguel Jimenez

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