In 2019 the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick and Liz Roche Company created a new creative partnership, INTRASPACES, an experimental space for both organisations to collaborate on research, performance and pedagogy/training.

Throughout this initiative, exchange takes place across the fields of high level professional practice, arts research and performance training to foster relationships between the Academy, Liz Roche Company and a wider range of Irish and international artists, organisations and communities.

This partnership model between the university and this professional dance organisation supports the development and dissemination of dance knowledges across the Irish and international arts and research landscape.

Interdisciplinarity is key, with a view to creating opportunities for shared projects to intersect with a range of Academy faculty, students and courses.

Liz Roche Company offers open access to students into its working practices supported by the expertise of the company dancers, associated dance artists and creative collaborators in sound, light, set, costume and dramaturgy.

Particular alignments for shared performance projects are developed with the MA Contemporary Dance Performance and the new MA Composition and Creative Music Practice and a series of artistic and performative outputs are proposed for each year.

The Modes of Capture Symposium 2019, The Capturing of Process in Contemporary Dance-making, was our inaugural event to mark this new partnership. It was presented in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival, Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick and Dance Limerick over two days from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd June 2019.

An introduction to MOCS 2019 took place as part of Dublin Dance Festival on Sunday, 12 May at Project Arts Centre. Dr Jenny Roche hosted a panel discussion with Dr Linda Murray, Curator of the Dance Archive at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts; Dr Finola Cronin, Lecturer in Drama Studies at University College Dublin; and Val Bourne CBE, Founder/Artistic Director, Dance Umbrella, London and Founding Board Member of Dublin Dance Festival.

In October 2019 Liz Roche and Jenny Roche led a three-day research with students from the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy, continuing the research that began with the company in June 2019.

In October/November  2019 New York based choreographer and dancer, Jodi Melnick, worked with Liz Roche Company on a new work for 2020. During this time Jodi also made a new short work for the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance Students at IWA. 

In 2019 we were also delighted to welcome The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance as project partner of the Lighting Design for Dance Project, a professional development partnership between Liz Roche Company, The Lir Academy and Dance Ireland.

Working with the MFA’s in Lighting Design from the Lir, the postgraduate students from the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at IWA developed their choreographies alongside choreographer/dancers Roisin Whelan and Sarah Fennell. Over the course of the project all participants had access to high quality mentoring, resourced studio and theatre spaces, technical support, advice and feedback and the opportunity to make new connections within the arts community.

The project culminated in an informal showing of the work for an invited audience at The Lir Academy on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 at 7pm.

This is a focused and strategic professional development and action research opportunity for selected members of the professional dance community and dance makers from the Irish World Academy postgraduate programme who are matched with post-graduate lighting designers at The Lir Academy. 

In March 2020 Liz Roche Company led a Choreography & Composition Workshop with Professor Mel Mercier, Chair of Performing Arts, Course Director, BA World Music with the students from the MA in Composition and Creative Music Practice and MA in Contemporary Dance.



Videography: Lucy Dawson