Liz is co-founder and Artistic Director of Liz Roche Company. The company has produced and toured over 20 of her works, performing throughout Ireland and internationally at prestigious venues and festivals including the Baryshnikov Arts Centre and Judson Church New York, South Bank Centre London, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Meet in Beijing Festival and Powerhouse Brisbane.
Between 2009 and 2012 Liz was choreographer-in-residence at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University Limerick, and is a former recipient of Peter Darrell Choreographic Award, Bonnie Bird U.K. New Choreography Award and the Dublin Fringe Festival’s Jane Snow Award.
Liz’s 2015 work Bastard Amber was presented by Dublin Dance Festival and The Abbey Theatre. This was the first time in the history of the state that an Irish choreographer has been commissioned to make a full length work for the main stage of the Abbey Theatre.
She has also been commissioned to make work for a number of dance companies, festivals and venues including the National Ballet of China, Scottish Dance Theatre, Cork Opera House, Sirius Arts Centre, Goethe-Institut Ireland, Kilkenny Arts Festival, The National Gallery of Ireland, Arcane Collective, Maiden Voyage Dance, Croi Glan Integrated Dance, Cois Ceim and Dance Theatre of Ireland.
As a dancer, she has worked with the following choreographers and companies: Rosemary Butcher (UK), Jodi Melnick (USA), John Jasperse Company (USA), Les Carnets Bagouet, Cathala & Ramalingom, (France) and Christine Gaigg 2nd Nature (Vienna) and has performed at Montpellier Danse, Paris Biennale, Festival De La Nouvelle Danse Uzes, Impuls Festival and the Viennale. In Ireland she has danced with John Scott’s imdt, Cois Ceim Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Ireland and Daghdha Dance Company.
She has also choreographed extensively in opera and theatre, most notably for The Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Landmark Productions, Wexford Festival Opera, Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, Liceu Barcelona, Opernhaus Zurich, Opera Ireland and Irish National Opera.
Liz was a selected artist for Modul Dance, a European network for dance artists from 2011 – 2014 and a board member of Theatre Forum and Dance Ireland (chair).