• DDF Company in Residence 2017 - 2019
    The renowned Liz Roche Company is DDF COMPANY IN RESIDENCE from 2017–2019. Read on for details and planned activities.
  • DDF Audiences

Artist Residencies

Dublin Dance Festival is committed to creating opportunities for Irish dance artists and strengthening the influence of Irish contemporary dance on the European and international scene. As well as commissioning and presenting new and recent work made in Ireland each year, the Festival is also supporting the development of selected artists and companies through a programme of long and short term residencies.

Liz Roche Company: DDF Company in Residence 2017-2019

Artist Residencies

The renowned Liz Roche Company is in residence with the Dublin Dance Festival from 2017–2019. This exciting new initiative will explore new ways of researching, making and experiencing dance, both during and beyond the Festival dates, over a sustained 3-year period.

Audience members, artists and academics from a broad range of disciplines are invited to input and engage with this creative journey as it unfolds. Roche will also mentor younger choreographers and dancers, opening up the work of the Company to them through workshops, classes and rehearsal opportunities. This residency represents the unique development of a relationship which began with a fledgling residency in the early days of the Festival. As one of Ireland’s most innovative and inspiring choreographers, Roche has continued to enrich the Festival’s programme ever since, most recently with Bastard Amber, a DDF co-commission at the Abbey Theatre, and as director of DDF’s Embodied at the GPO.

In 2017, the company performed a studio-sharing as part of First Looks during the Festival in May; the world premiere of Totems at the National Gallery of Ireland will take place in July; and a dance audience development initiative and performances in association with the Civic Theatre, Tallaght has already begun.

Colin Dunne & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Artist Residencies

Dublin Dance Festival welcomes this initiative which brings together two major and undeniable international talents. Irish-based Colin Dunne has achieved more than most in the world of Irish dance, staging a dialogue with his own history and the history of the artform. Morocco/Belgium-based Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is celebrated as one of the most original and ambitious artists working in contemporary dance today. They have been dreaming about working together for more than ten years. Dublin Dance Festival is delighted to catalyse a preliminary joint research and development period in May and July in Antwerp, to be followed by further collaboration periods in November, with the support of Théâtre National de Bretagne in Rennes, and back in Ireland across 2018.

Oona Doherty

Artist Residencies

Oona Doherty is one of Ireland’s most exciting and promising artists. At DDF2016 she delivered the powerful Lazarus and the Birds of Paradise as part of the First Looks programme, a solo blurring the lines of verbatim socialist theatre, performance art and dance. She later performed the piece as part of Hope Hunt in 2016, for which she won Best Performer at the 2016 Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival. Lazarus introduces Episode I of Doherty’s upcoming group piece HARD TO BE SOFT – A Belfast Prayer in Four Parts, to be premiered in October at the Belfast International Arts Festival 2017. Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre are facilitating a residency period for Episode III from 3–10 June in the Peacock Theatre to help bring this important work to fruition.


In 2017 we’re looking forward to bringing you great dance all year round, not just in May!

First up, you can catch Liz Roche Company’s Totems at the National Gallery of Ireland in July as part of her DDF residency.

In September, make sure you drop into DDF’s Dance Days tent at Electric Picnic, where we will return for a third year with a host of fun, free dance classes for Picnic-goers.

We are also delighted to partner with Cork Opera House on their ‘Best of Irish’ programme, which will see Liz Roche Company’s 12 Minute Dances and Philip Connaughton’s Extraterrestrial Events take to the stage in September and October respectively. Plus we will be supporting artists all year round through our programme of residencies.


Fast Track to Dance

Our popular FAST TRACK programme in collaboration with Live Collision is back for its fifth successive year. If you haven’t seen much dance but are curious to explore what it’s all about, then this is the perfect way to start. On Saturday 27 May, let the Live Collision team immerse you in a jam-packed day of dance that will take you right to the heart of the 2017 Festival. Attend shows, meet Festival artists and engage in discussions about what you’ve seen in facilitated group sessions. Then you’ll meet back the next day for a debrief and a coffee, followed by a Sunday afternoon dance film screening. This is a great opportunity for anyone who’s keen to develop a critical eye and learn more about the artform. It’ll be fun and it’ll be FAST!

To apply email producer@livecollision.com for an online application form. Apply by Fri 28 April. Places are limited. Successful applicants will be notified by Fri 5 May.

Sat 27 May, 12pm–10pm &
Sun 28 May, 2pm–5.10pm

Cost: €50 (includes tickets to 3 shows and 1 film screening)

Creative Audiences

Liz Roche Company, the Civic Theatre, Tallaght Community Arts and Dublin Dance Festival invite audiences in Tallaght to engage with dance over a six month period from April to September 2017. Participants will follow the work of the Liz Roche Company (DDF Company in Residence) through a programme of events, workshops, talks and performances that will allow them to experience how the Company goes about developing, producing and performing dance work in a variety of performance settings. Dublin Dance Festival will provide two sponsored places on the Fast Track programme for Creative Audiences participants, who will also attend a number of Festival events.

Programming Dance

Dublin Dance Festival teams up with Theatre Forum to deliver this new initiative to support venue managers already programming dance. During the Festival, the group will gather for this one-day programme designed to grow dance audiences in their venues. In a facilitated discussion, programmers will share their insights on how to attract larger and more diverse audiences for dance as well as their programming and marketing successes. This group will also meet with Irish dance artists and producers before attending a Festival show that evening.

Delve at DDF

ISACS (The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network) partners with Dublin Dance Festival for the second year on their Delve initiative, a professional development programme which encourages ISACS members to get out, see and engage with performances from a variety of artforms all over Ireland. DDF will support Delve by sponsoring two places on the Fast Track programme, as well as facilitating the group to see a selection of Festival shows. This programme is open to ISACS members only.