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.

As Company-in-Residence at the Academy, 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.

Outputs include:

Modes of Capture Symposium 2021
May 21st – 23rd 2021

Over 40 artists and academics presented around the theme of decolonising structures, thinking and embodiment within current modes of dancemaking and documentation. Keynote and guest speakers and performers: Dr. Prarthana Purkayastha, Qudus Onikeku, Dr. Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Gilles Jobin, Dr. Alys Longley, Charles Koroneho, Lucia Kickham.

Modes of Capture Symposium – The Capturing of Process in Contemporary Dance-making May 29th & 30th 2020

Dance Transmission Across Distance and Time: Addressing our dynamic dancing present in relation to our shared lineages and possible futures. This 2 day online symposium commissioned 12 presentations and 12 movement responses from Irish and international dance artists and scholars that reimagined ways of artistic exchange and how we think about legacy and connection in light of current social and environmental realities.

Modes of Capture Symposium 2019– The Capturing of Process in Contemporary Dance-making June 21st – 23rd 2019

The inaugural The Modes of Capture Symposium was presented in partnership with with Dublin Dance FestivalLime Tree Theatre and Dance Limerick. 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.

The theme of the symposium was an exploration of the various means of capturing creative process to engage with the layers, threads, fragments and memories that interweave throughout the process of dancemaking.

Shared Projects also include:

Liz Roche Company Residencies at The Irish World Academy to develop new work – 2 per year.

Lighting Design for Dance Project – Annual professional development partnership with The Lir Academy and Dance Ireland.

Choreography & Composition Workshops –  Led by Liz Roche and 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.


Liz Roche Company is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies. With a reputation for its finely wrought and beautifully crafted choreographic style, the Dublin based company presents the works of choreographer Liz Roche in collaboration with artists, dancers and designers of the highest calibre. An artistically distinctive and ambitious arts organisation, the company has produced over twenty original productions, touring throughout Ireland, UK, Germany, France, USA, Australia and China, most notably being presented at the Baryshnikov Arts Centre and Judson Memorial Church in New York, the South Bank Centre, London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, The Irish Arts Festival Beijing and Brisbane Powerhouse.

The company is dedicated to collaboration, archiving, research, as well as extending the art of contemporary dance. We deliver a wide-ranging programme of professional and audience development opportunities in partnership with high-level institutions such as The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Dublin Dance Festival, The Lir Academy and Dance Ireland.


The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance is the centre of academic and performance excellence housed at the University of Limerick, Ireland. The Academy honours the energies of performance and academic reflection across a wide range of genres and disciplines. These in turn are informed by innovative community outreach and artist-in-residence initiatives that take the Academy to the wider community while attracting a wealth of international performance and scholarly expertise. Founded  in  1994 by Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, it has come to find its true home on the beautiful banks of the River Shannon in a state of the art building, which includes two theatres, recording studio, individual practice rooms and dance studios, provides and inspiring creative space for all those who study there. The Academy has a strong international presence with students from over 40 countries studying there. With a faculty of excellent performers, academics and industry professionals the experience of studying at the Irish World Academy second to none. It offers a suite of taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in musicians dance related subject areas and its research is at the forefront of these fields of inquiry worldwide.