Dēmos - films of separation and togetherness Liz Roche Company / Crash Ensemble
Co-commissioned and co-presented by Dublin Dance Festival and The Abbey Theatre
A suite of short films navigating absence and presence through movement and sound.
18 May—29 May
Dēmos - films of separation and togetherness, a series of interconnected shorts, is part of a new collaborative project between choreographer Liz Roche and composer David Coonan, commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre, which culminates in a live performance later this year.↓ Read more
45 mins approx.
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7pm, Tues 18 May – 11:59pm, Sat 29 May
From the show
"Liz Roche from Ireland continues to marry an increasingly unquiet rhetoric with gorgeous movement."
TANZ Magazine (Ballet International/Tanz Aktuell)
★★★★ "...you will certainly be stimulated, challenged, and provoked to deeper engagement by what is an undeniably powerful production by a truly remarkable artist."
The Arts Review
★★★★ “The movement is organic, softly moulded to the communication of bodies and minds... the strongest impression is the impact of the ensemble…They move and breathe almost as one.”
Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ “Roche's gift is to sense how dance of its essence allows the body to speak for itself; articulate, nuanced and powerful."
The Irish Times
Filmed on the Abbey Stage, the superb cast of Liz Roche Company dancers and Crash Ensemble musicians come together to perform scenes from the new work, in films made in collaboration with filmmaker José Miguel Jiménez.
Used to denote a ‘district’ or ‘land’ as well as ‘the people’ within, the Ancient Greek term dēmos connotes a complex sense of connection between bodies in a shared space, a fluid state of harmony and disharmony.
Bringing together dancers and musicians, it poses urgent questions of how to feel together in a time when togetherness feels fractured. The films follow journeys through the cracked spaces these bodies occupy; physical and digital, real and imagined.
Enhance your Experience
As part of this event, you will get access to a short interview with with Liz Roche and members of the creative team behind the project.
- Choreographer Liz Roche
- Composer David Coonan
- Dancers Justine Cooper, Kévin Coquelard, Lucia Kickham, Yumi Lee, Luke Murphy, Emily Terndrup
- Musicians Kate Ellis (Cello), Brian Bolger (Guitar), Alex Petcu (Percussion)
- Recorded Musicians Larissa O'Grady, Macdara Ó Seireadáin, Barry O'Halpin, Máire Carroll
- Films by José Miguel Jiménez, Liz Roche
- Edited by José Miguel Jiménez
- Filmed by Steve O'Connor, Peter Martin
- Set & Costume Designer Katie Davenport
- Lighting Designer Sinead McKenna
- Projections José Miguel Jiménez
- Dramaturg Shane O'Reilly
- Production Manager Eamonn Fox
- Stage Manager Lisa Krugel
- Music Producer & Sound Engineer Adrian Hart
- AV assistant Eavan Aiken
- Band Coordinator Jonathan Pearson
Liz Roche Company is strategically funded by The Arts Council of Ireland | An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and The Abbey Theatre, in partnership with Crash Ensemble and New Music Dublin.