Body and Forgetting

premiere Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage
DATES 28 Jan - 2 Feb 2013
Photo credit Moira Lawson

An impressive multi-layered meditation on memory and identity”


Liz Roche Company dancers have a unique musicality of movement all their own…. doing what the best contemporary dancers do: making us see the familiar human body as something wonderful”


Body and Forgetting‘s world premiere (35 minute version) was the opening performance at Dublin Dance Festival 2012, performing with Sarah Dowling’s The Wake. The work was then developed and extended in 2013 with the full version premiering at The Abbey Theatre on The Peacock Stage in January 2013. It subsequently toured Ireland and to DanceExchange, Birmingham, accompanying Liz Roche Company’s Shared Material on Dying.

Body and Forgetting is a powerful dance performance that brings together the work of choreographer Liz Roche, filmmaker Alan Gilsenan, composer Denis Roche, lighting designer Sinead Wallace, costume designer Catherine Fay and company dancers Alexandre Iseli, Liv O’Donoghue, Katherine O’Malley, Justine Cooper and Lucia Kickham.

Inspired by Milan Kundera’s The Book Of Laughter and Forgetting, the dance journeys through delicately woven circumstances of disappearance, loss, relationship and hope. In the piece, the dancers attempt to hold fast to memories and objects of meaning and to move in dialogue with filmed versions of their dancing selves. In this they use their movements to re-write their histories, make better endings to their stories, and say what they regret not having said. These filmed reflections or versions of themselves, offer a window into a past space, offering a fixed recorded point from which to create or invent new narratives. 

The 2013 performances of Body and Forgetting on the Peacock stage contributed to the programme of Dance Ireland 21 – Made in Dublin.

Body and Forgetting was developed with the support of Modul-dance, a pan-European dance mobility project and Dance Ireland.

Photo by Moira Lawson
Photo by Fionn McCann


DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, The Patrick Centre

7 – 8 February 2013

Backstage Theatre, Longford

13 February 2013

The Model, Sligo

16 February 2013

The Firkin Crane, Cork

18 February 2013

The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

20 February 2013


Choreography: Liz Roche

Dancers: Katherine O'Malley (2013), Justine Cooper, Alexandre Iseli, Liv O'Donoghue, Lucia Kickham (2012 and 2013 tour). Film: Grant McLay, Jenny Roche, Justine Cooper

Composition and live performance: Denis Roche

Lighting Design: Sinéad Wallace

Costume Design: Catherine Fay

Film: Alan Gilsenan

DOP: Richard Kendrick


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