Liz Roche Company (Ireland)
Thur 13 Oct | 8 pm
The Source Arts Centre, Thurles
“Liz Roche is an artist with a serious track record…” Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Wrongheaded is a new piece by award-winning choreographer Liz Roche working with poet Elaine Feeny, director Mary Wycherley and light designer Sinead Wallace. Dancers Justine Cooper and Sarah Cerneaux engage in an intense and rhythmically physical duet, performed live and on film, which highlights the difficulty Irish women face today in gaining autonomy around their bodies and is in some ways a response to the current call for repeal of the 8th amendment.
Beginning as a short film, unfolding to the backdrop of Elaine’s specially commissioned spoken word poetry, Wrongheaded locates the dancers in a liminal undefined space representing the in-between space that women find themselves in when having to step outside the normal medicals channels in order to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. The dancers respond to the rhythm and repetitions of the poetry working with feeling states of frustration, aggression and suspension until finally, exhaustion. The dancers are not in relationship with each other in the film but between them are representing both the individual and the idea of “women”, all different but intrinsically the same. As a dancer, choreographer and mother of two, I am deeply saddened by the continuing disregard of women’s rights in relation to their own bodies that I believe is set out in the 8th Amendment.
Choreographer Liz Roche
Poet Elaine Feeney
Film Director Mary Wycherley
Film producer Zlata Fillipovic
Film Score Ray Harman
Lighting Designer Sinead Wallace
Performers Justine Cooper and Sarah Cerneaux
Production Manager Stephen Dodd
Produced by Liz Roche Company
About the company
Liz Roche Company was established in 1999 and is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies. Growing an international reputation for its finely wrought, 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 in the UK, Australia, Germany, France, USA and China. In 2015 the Abbey Theatre and Dublin Dance Festival commissioned Bastard Amber from the company. This piece was a landmark event as it marked the first time an Irish choreographer had been commissioned to make a full length original work by the Abbey Theatre.
Funded by the Arts Council. Thank you to the performers, creative, film and production team and a special thanks to Jürgen Simpson and the Abbey Theatre Dublin.
Between abstraction and narrative, caught in a relationship of frustrated repetition and ritual, the dancers find ways of showing the undercurrent of desperation that Irish women face today around choices for their own bodies.