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.