Bastard Amber

premiere Abbey Theatre
presented in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival & Abbey Theatre
DATES 25-27 May 2015
Photo credit Luca Truffarelli

Yeats may have established the Abbey, but tonight Roche has ownership of the stage… From the very first moments of the dance, she puts the body at the forefront…. Roche’s choreographic dexterity is at its height.


A ground-breaking dance production that draws inspiration from two of the great Irish artists of the modern age, WB Yeats and Patrick Scott by the internationally renowned Liz Roche Company.

Co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival, the work's premiere at Dublin Dance Festival in May 2015 was a historic moment for dance in Ireland, the first time ever for an Irish choreographer to be commissioned to create a full length dance work for the main stage of Ireland’s National Theatre.
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BASTARD AMBER was a resounding success, receiving fantastic reviews, standing ovations and was seen in the Abbey by President Higgins and his wife Sabine Higgins.

The production now stands as a landmark event both for Liz Roche – who remains at the forefront of defining a new landscape for dance in Ireland – but also for Irish contemporary dance within a culture more noted internationally for words rather than movement.

Following on from the Abbey performances Bastard Amber has since performed at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, August 2015, L’Espace des Arts, Chalon-Sur-Saone, France, as part of Festival Instances 2015 supported by Culture Ireland and toured Ireland to Town Hall Theatre Galway, Lyric Theatre Belfast, An Grianan Letterkenny and Lime Tree Theatre Limerick supported by the Arts Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Bastard Amber is a stunning and beautiful production, worthy of its historic commission and a fitting tribute to one of Ireland’s foremost choreographers. Not to be missed.



Bastard Amber is a multi-disciplinary work where live music and highly innovative  design/visual art took centre stage alongside sublime choreography performed by a stellar company of Irish and international dancers. 

Choreography and Concept Liz Roche  

Set Design Paul Wills (UK)

Lighting Design Lee Curran (UK)

Music Composition Ray Harman (IRE)

Costume Design Catherine Fay (IRE)

Musicians Zoe Conway, John McIntyre, Bryan O'Connell, Ray Harman

(with Doug Sheridan and Sarah Lynch -  Tour)

Performers Henry Montes (UK), Helene Cathala (France), Katherine O'Malley (Ireland), Sarah Cerneaux (France), Marc Stevenson (France/UK), Liz Roche (Ireland)  

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