“Liz Roche is an artist with a serious track record..." Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

Liz Roche has been an integral part of Ireland’s dance community for many years but her choreography has never settled into a groove. Yes, there’s an aesthetic line running through her repertoire but she is a restless artist, continually pushing herself into new places…. her work communicates at a very private level.

MICHAEL SEAVER | BALLET TANZ

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

JANE COYLE | THE STAGE UK

I/THOU
2019

mesmeric… A beautifully crafted meditation on connections between individuals.
☆☆☆☆

MICHAEL SEAVER | THE IRISH TIMES

NÄHER
2018

a lithe interplay of vivid recollections.
☆☆☆☆

CHRISTIE SEAVER | THE IRISH TIMES

No one conveys the flow of energy through movement in quite the same way as Liz Roche. Under Roche’s choreographic gaze even the act of breathing can become profoundly moving.

CHRIS O’ROURKE | THE ARTS REVIEW

WRoNGHEADED
2018

…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

[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

PILGRIMAGE
2018

Just as O’Doherty played with permanence and impermanence in both title and paintings, choreographer Liz Roche and co-collaborator composer Linda Buckley have created an impressive work that celebrates the immediacy of the present, but leaves etchings of ghostly afterimages and sounds.
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MICHEAL SEAVER | THE IRISH TIMES

TOTEMS
2017

…it’s a work of undeniable power, one that is always thought provoking and… crafts moments of sublime beauty. 
☆☆☆☆

CHRIS O’ROURKE | THE ARTS REVIEW

12 MINUTE DANCES
2017

“12 Minute Dances” arrests your attention from its very first moments and never lets go. Throughout, flashes of colour inform Roche’s beautifully formed and flowing physical images, as six dancers, and a musician, convey moments of power and vulnerability in five pieces as stunning as they are moving.
☆☆☆☆☆

CHRIS O’ROURKE | THE ARTS REVIEW

WRoNGHEADED
2017

The choreography is sharp and expressive, thrashing us with the narrative and revealing the savage beauty at its heart.

MIKE SMITH | ASIW 

Sometimes frantic, always intense and primeval … Wrongheaded is a tremendous immersion into the experience of shared, bonded womanhood that offers a glimmer of hope and the possibility of genuine political and social change.
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ALEX WREN | BUZZ MAGAZINE

WRoNGHEADED
2016

Liz Roche uses the Eighth Amendment debate to interrogate broader insidious effects of patriarchy… her artistic touchstone – a commissioned poem by Elaine Feeney – draws physical responses that are immediate as gesture mirrored word. More persuasive are the movement’s overall matching of the tone of desperation and repression.
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MICHAEL SEAVER | THE IRISH TIMES 

..there’s an urgency, immediacy and power to ‘Wrongheaded’ that catches your breath… Not to be missed.

CHRIS O’ROURKE | THE ARTS REVIEW

This reflective work is a contemporary perspective on generation emigration, a philosophical approach to the question of distance and time. Her intuitive collaboration with the technology that shortens and underlines distance demonstrates how it can also create additional layers of anxieties… and it’s all beautifully rendered.

SEONA MAC RÉAMOINN | THE IRISH TIMES 

With wild yet controlled exuberance… “Time Over Distance Over Time “is a thoughtful, intimate and deeply moving exploration of the physical and emotional distance experienced by those living on opposite ends of the planet… moments of pure genius, reminding us of Roche’s unique talent for crafting powerful, resonant performances.
☆☆☆☆

CHRIS O’ROURKE | THE EXAMINER

Bastard Amber is a stunning and beautiful production, worthy of its historic commission and a fitting tribute to one of Ireland’s foremost choreographer.
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CHRIS O’ROURKE | THE EXAMINER

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.
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MICHAEL SEAVER | THE IRISH TIMES

Roche’s spirit quest is a lament for perfection but it might succeed in granting the extended existence yearned in the lines that inspired it. While the ephemerality of performance may not preserve, the memories of the spectator certainly will, and from a haunting and glowing tableau where dancers use their bodies to create still frames of each other, the artist may very well escape into eternity.

CHRIS McCORMACK | BROADWAY.COM

NEITHER EITHER 
2014

the choreography also reveals layered meanings, providing a quartet of exquisite dancers the chance to investigate what it’s like to feel divided or torn. The dance becomes a gentle exploration of one’s internal landscape, with brief spoken references to Carl Jung, which thread the movement to ideas beyond the stage.
☆☆☆☆

CHRISTIE SEAVER | THE IRISH TIMES

Magical show sparked by two words…..a spectrum of industrial light and human magic
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BELFAST TELEGRAPH

In keeping with Liz Roche’s fluid style, the dancers interweave seamlessly: pushing, lifting, climbing and meting their way through the push and pull conflict – opening up new spaces where there appears to be noe.. Verdict: X-quisite.
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ALISON MARTIN | IRISH DAILY MAIL

Powerful without ever being frenetic, capturing stillness within movement, Neither Either is a profoundly moving production and one of the most exquisite performances you are likely to see this year.
☆☆☆☆☆

CHRIS O’ROURKE | THE EXAMINER

INTERLOPER
2014

My mind and heart were moved. I laughed and yet I felt a kind of pang that these great artists, these people were being hindered in their expression, their life. They never lost me in this fifty minutes of confident expression, of dance.

DEIRDRE KINAHAN | VULGO.IE

FAST PORTRAITS
2012

Fast Portraits is a gem… their dancing is fluid yet weighted. Roche’s choreography is delicately woven but its threads possess an elusive tensile strength. Entrancing.

DONALD HUTERA | THE TIMES

It is impossible not to get sucked into this immersive world, seductive and hypnotic – as intimate and beautiful as the score.

LORNA IRVINE | THE SKINNY

BODY AND FORGETTING
2012

A impressive multi-layered meditation on memory and identity.

THE IRISH TIMES

SHARED MATERIAL
ON DYING
2008

It was at once elegant, strong and sad, but still offered a meditative sense of hope.

MICHEAL SEAVER | THE IRISH TIMES

I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE
2008

Liz Roches’s exquisite “I Can’t Make It Alone”, with her company Rex Levitates, displayed a new richness and maturity in her ever-developing choreographic vocabulary in Project Arts Centre in December…. fine, lyrical choreograpny which was without doubt Roche’s best work to date.

DEIRDRE MOOLRONEY | DANCE EUROPE FEB

With this piece, it seems a new focus and eloquence has emerged in Liz Roche’s choreography…..Roche’s choreographic style carries a certain weight, as though dancers are performing on a planet with stronger gravity and a denser atmosphere… a fine production by Roche and her company.

CHRISTINE MADDEN | THE IRISH TIMES

THE SAME JANE
2007

A perfect ending illustrates how despite jettisoning theatrical frills, Roche maintains complete control of her form.

MICHAEL SEAVER | THE IRISH TIMES

SWEET APOLLO
2006

Roche shows a definite affinity with the artistic values of the antique world, a lyricism that hasn’t gone saccharine, that can instead prove quite stark and elemental… but is suffused with a power and energy you feel before you see.

CHRISTINE MADDEN | THE IRISH TIMES

CROSS PURPOSES
2004

Roche weaves these concepts into her work with a seductiveness and guile that leaves you saying: Hang on. Do that again.”
“Impressively articulate dance.

MICHAEL SEAVER | THE IRISH TIMES

RESUSCITATE
2004

The result is a work of singular intensity – so much so that it almost feels voyeuristic to watch it.

DANCE EUROPE

Resuscitate was a powerful example of Roche’s talent and ability – not to mention courage in exploring new territory….

CHRISTINE MADDEN | THE IRISH TIMES

BREAD AND CIRCUS
2003

Admirably physical, disturbing and absorbing.

SEONA MAC RÉAMOINN | THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE

THEIR THOUGHTS ARE
THINKING THEM
2002

they are developing an extraordinarily subtle gestural language here…..certainly auspicious.

THE GUARDIAN

BLUSH
2000

Admirably physical, disturbing and absorbing.

SEONA MAC RÉAMOINN | THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE

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