WRoNGHEADED

premiere Project Arts Centre
As part of Dublin Fringe Festival
DATES 11-16 September 2016
Photo credit Maria Falconer

★★★★

Roches’ gift is to sense how dance of its essence allows the body speak for itself, articulate, nuanced and powerful.”

SEONA MaC REAMOINN, THE IRISH TIMES, May 2018

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Wrongheaded merges film, poetry and movement to confront the realities of women's rights and freedom of choice in Ireland. It was created in response to the on-going debate to abolish the Irish constitutional ban on abortion; a ban which was eventually overthrown by referendum in May 2018. While standing as a testament to a momentous time of change in Ireland, WRoNGHEADED also delves deep into the institutional repression that mediates much of our society's behaviour to this day. Driven by Elaine Feeney's spoken word poetry and electrifying performances from the dancers, the piece is a jolt to the system.

Alongside the fearless poetry of Elaine Feeney, the piece features the exquisite work of film director Mary Wycherley, composer Ray Harman and lighting designer Stephen Dodd with electrifying performances by dancers Sarah Cerneaux, Justine Cooper, Jack Webb and Kevin Coquelard.

★★★★

“…you will certainly be stimulated, challenged, and provoked to deeper engagement by what is an undeniably powerful production by a truly remarkable artist.” 

CHRIS O’ROURKE, THE ARTS REVIEW, May 2018


 

This extended version of the original 2016 production, played to full houses and critical acclaim at the 2018 Dublin Dance Festival. Featuring a new male dance duet performed by Kévin Coquelard and Jack Webb, which mirrors the choreography of the two superb female dancers Sarah Cerneaux and Justine Cooper.

Together with Elaine Feeney’s spoken words this creative ensemble staged a new extended interwoven tapestry to the exquisite work of filmmaker Mary Wycherley, projected in a new format for this show; alongside new music from composer Ray Harman (from the band Something Happens); and superb stage illuminations by lighting designer Stephen Dodd.

All these elements gathered together to create an intense forum for emotion and physicality but ultimately, Wrongheaded is a refuge from the necessary but ongoing debate; and a space to consider these issues from a new perspective.

★★★★

[Roche’s] choreography is sharp and expressive, thrashing us with the narrative and revealing the savage beauty at its heart”…… “the fierce and feisty spoken words of Galway poet Elaine Feeney; a fire-cracker delivery of vicious text that has emerged from the so many dark, heart breaking and sickening examples of women subjugated through their bodies.”

MIKE SMITH, ARTS SCENE WALES

Wrongheaded Phogo by Ewa Figaszewska
Photo by Ewa Figaszewska

Performances

venue PROJECT ARTS CENTRE
DATES 11 - 16 SEPTEMBER 2016
AS PART OF DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL
venue CHAPTER ARTS
DATES 8 NOVEMBER 2017
AS PART OF CARDIFF DANCE FESTIVAL
venue PROJECT ARTS CENTRE
DATES 16 - 17 MAY 2018
AS PART OF DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL
venue PAVILLION THEATRE DUN LAOGHAIRE
DATES 22 MAY 2018
AS PART OF IRISH TOUR
venue HAWK'S WELL THEATRE, SLIGO
DATES 24 MAY 2018
AS PART OF IRISH TOUR
venue DANCE BASE
DATES 3 - 19 AUGUST 2018
AS PART OF EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
venue CAPSTONE THEATRE
DATES 6 NOVEMBER 2018
AS PART OF LEAP DANCE FESTIVAL

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Choreography Liz Roche  

Dancers: Sarah Cerneaux, Justine Cooper, Kévin Coquelard, Jack Webb and Liv O’Donoghue (replacing Justine Cooper at Pavilion Theatre & Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo, 2018)

Poetry by Elaine Feeney

Film by Mary Wycherley

Music Composition by Ray Harman

Lighting Design by Stephen Dodd

Voiceover: Elaine Feeney & Andrew Bennett

Stage Manager: Lisa Krugel

Production Manager: Stephen Dodd

Photos: Ewa Figaszewska / Maria Falconer

Director of Photography: Eleanor Bowman

Film Producer: Zlata Filipovic

Wrongheaded Liz Roche Company Photo Maria Falconer
Wrongheaded Liz Roche Company Photo Maria Falconer 17

We are proud of our partners.

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