For Immediate Release – Wednesday 11 November, 2020
Liz Roche Company
ALTERNATELY TERRIFIC & GENTLE
Strategically funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and supported by Dublin City Council
THE COMPLEX, Dublin – Friday 11 & Saturday 12, December / thecomplex.ie
FURTHER INFORMATION at lizrochecompany.com
12 collaborating artists in 7 countries make a new dance transmission project between moving bodies connected by friendships, histories and coincidences - performing in 1 place:
Liz Roche Company will premiere a new work this December, a film installation performance entitled Alternately Terrific and Gentle. Taking a different approach to making dance in collaboration with Irish and International artists, Liz Roche, Jodi Melnick and Jenny Roche have created a new dance trio and have passed their creative baton to a further group of collaborating artists who are individually interpreting the piece. While bringing their own distinctive creative voices to the shared movement material. Liz Roche is working with filmmaker José Miguel Jiménez and a team of filmmakers overseas to create the films with artists Colin Dunne, Maïa Nunes, Mufutau Yusuf, Paul White, Liv O'Donoghue, Malcolm Low, Jodi Melnick and Justine Cooper, with composition by Robert Boston. The film installation (which will include a live performance element too) runs for two days only (with designated time slots due to restrictions) at The Complex, Dublin on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 December.
This creative trio of choreographers and dancers are Jodi Melnick (New York), Liz Roche (Dublin) and Jenny Roche (Limerick). They set out to remake the idea of performance and began creating this new work before and during lockdown, which inspired a series of filmed interpretations and responses from a further group of 9 extraordinary choreographers, performers and creative artists hailing from Trinidad, New York, New Zealand, Chile, Berlin, Brussels, Limerick and Dublin.
Work began on the piece in 2019 and the intention was to make a dance work about transmission between dancing bodies for the stage that would bring together a group of dance artists from different corners of the world to perform in Dublin. The piece was to draw on the friendships, histories and coincidences that connected the dance artists as people, however intimate or distant those connections may be. The heart of the work by Melnick, Roche and Roche is movement material from within the trio that they would then
teach this to the rest of the group individually over time. Each new dancer would bring their own interpretation to the piece and the work would grow as a result of those differences. In this transmission project between these dancing bodies, they looked to nature and how to capture an occurrence in all its wildly different materialisations; always in awe of the plasticity of forms that shape the same basic energies as they rear up into their full thunderous capacity, and then fall away to the gentlest of mists.
Inspired by an array of texts, music, letters and visual art - the title is taken from a love letter from composer John Cage to choreographer Merce Cunningham where he describes the intensity of rain one afternoon as “alternately terrific and gentle” and declares to want to “measure my breath in relation to the air between us”, passing through Leonard Cohen’s writing on how to speak poetry - “Speak the words, convey the data.... Respect the privacy of the material” and Bob Dylan’s protest song A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall, to visual artist Dorothy Cross, who working in sculpture, film and photography, examines the relationship between living beings and the natural world, seeing the body and nature as sites of constant change, creation and destruction, new and old.
Now that Covid has changed everything for the immediate future Liz Roche Company had to find another way to realise this project. With continued rehearsals created online together and by creating films with filmmaker José Miguel Jiménez, Liz Roche has been co-ordinating the creation and filming of the works with their collaborating artists. The central trio, now danced by Liz Roche, Justine Cooper and Jenny Roche was filmed in The Complex Dublin with Liv O’Donoghue’s text based work being filmed at a Dublin office space. Colin Dunne’s film was created at St. John’s Church/Dance Limerick, Jodi Melnick and Malcolm Lowe’s duo is located and filmed in a quarry in upstate New York. Paul White is filming in a theatre space in Berlin and Mufutau Yusuf in contemporary outdoor space outside Brussels. Maïa Nunes is creating a sound scape and visuals from her current home in Trinidad. New York based composer Robert Boston will score many of the works.
This programme of dance films will be presented as a film installation with a live performance element (Covid permitting) at The Complex, Dublin on December 11th and 12th 2020 at 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm on each day.
Due to restrictions capacity for this event will be extremely limited. A small group will be permitted into the space to view the works. The works can also be enjoyed online on Sunday December 13th at 3pm.
HOW IT WORKS
Ticket purchasers will receive a special package by post with creative material enclosed. In the event that restrictions do not allow the live installation to be presented to an audience (or if ticket holders cannot travel to the venue) then the event will be presented online on Sunday 13th December at 3pm. Ticket holders will receive an exclusive link and be invited to experience the piece together online.
José Miguel Jiménez (Filmmaker - Chile)
Colin Dunne (Dancer/Choreographer - Limerick)
Mufutau Yusuf (Dancer/Choreographer - Ireland/Belgium)
Paul White (Dancer/Choreographer - Australia/Germany)
Liv O’Donoghue (Actor/Dancer/Choreographer -Dublin)
Malcolm Low (Dancer/Choreographer New York)
Justine Cooper (Dancer Ireland/New Zealand)
Maïa Nunes (Visual/Performance - Artist Ireland/Trinidad)
Robert Boston (Composer - New York)
Jodi Melnick (Choreographer-dancer New York)
Jenny Roche (Choreographer-dancer Limerick)
Liz Roche (Choreographer-dancer Dublin)
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 and further afield in the 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 and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, The Irish Arts Festival Beijing and Brisbane Powerhouse.
Recent achievements include: I/Thou for Cork Opera House, Sirius Arts Centre and DDF 2019, The Here Trio at The Mac Belfast for Maiden Voyage Northern Ireland, Naher... closer, nearer, sooner for the Goethe-Institut, Totems for National Gallery of Ireland, Embodied for DDF and An Post/GPO and Bastard Amber for the Abbey Theatre, DDF15 and Kilkenny Arts Festival; the first commission of its kind for an Irish contemporary dance company. Residencies include Company-in-residence at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL (currently) Company-in residence at Dublin Dance Festival and The Civic Theatre 2017 – 19.
VENUE: THE COMPLEX, 21-25 Arran St. East, Smithfield, Dublin
Friday 11 & Saturday 12 December INSTALLATION - 5pm | 6.30pm | 8pm - €12
Sunday 13 December ONLINE - 3pm - €10
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Booking Online Event on 13 December 2020, 3pm: bit.ly/OnlineATG
*Approximate duration is 40 minutes
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