The Here Trio

premiere The MAC Belfast
Commissioned & Co-Produced by Maiden Voyage Dance
DATES 7-8 February 2020
Photo credit Luca Truffarelli

An intriguing reflection on space, history and the transitory, uncertain nature of our humdrum existence.


The Here Trio premiered in Belfast in February 2020 one week after Brexit. Performed as part of a programme of work around Boundaries and Belonging, The Here Trio challenges preconceived ideas about the right to belong in a place and reflects on our impermanent existence in the rapidly changing environments we inhabit.

The dancers movements convey bodies that are slightly ‘out-side’ of themselves, agitated and driven, even stressed. Voices are independent from their speakers, images fracture and reform, and the senses are stuck in over exaggerated comparisons. Time doesn’t flow, but hiccups along, with memories and imagined histories erupting throughout.

The piece is made in close collaboration with the dancers Sarah Cerneaux, Ryan O’Neill and Gloria Ros Abellana and with videographer and sound designer Luca Truffarelli, lighting designer Stephen Dodd and composer Bryan O’Connell.

In October, Liz Roche reworked The Here Trio with dancers Ryan O’Neill, Justine Cooper and Lucia Kickham taking into consideration social distancing restrictions and the new environment and conditions for live performance due to the Covid pandemic.

This new version now moves between the original and the present live performance with an increased emphasis on film throughout. This creates new resonances with the idea of what it means to be “here”, especially now as we navigate this turbulent moment of change in our lives.

Due to the pandemic, live performances at Tipperary Dance Platform International Festival and Dance Limerick were cancelled but the piece was filmed at The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, and broadcast for TDP’s digital programme during the festival.


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Directed and Choreographed by Liz Roche
with dancers Ryan O'Neill, Lucia Kickham, Justine Cooper (re-worked version)
and Ryan O'Neill, Sarah Cerneaux, Glria Ros Abellana (original and film)

Sound Design & Visuals by Luca Truffarelli

Lighting Design by Stephen Dodd

Original Music and drum recordings by Bryan O'Connell

Set and costume by Liz Roche

Set build by Theatre Production Services

Drum samples by kind permission of Jeremy Davis

Production Manager Sebastián Pizarro Olivera
Stage Manager Lisa Krugel
Company Manager Moyra D'Arcy
Digital Communications Manager Noelia Ruiz

Original production commissioned by Maiden Voyage Dance

Co-produced by Maiden Voyage Dance & Liz Roche Company

Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council and by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland & by Belfast City Council.

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