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Powerful Somethings; Liz Roche Company. New: Interloper

Liz Roche Company Interloper posterSometimes words are so frustrating.

Especially when trying to describe something that moves you. Something that stirs up the dust covering the realm where your nearly forgotten memories and emotions live. And when that something kicks up the dust, you realize those memories & emotions aren’t just playing out in your head, they are in your body too. Even the smell of the way things were comes rushing back.

That’s a powerful something. I don’t know what that something was for you, but for me, it was Liz Roche Company’s Body and Forgetting.

Now, Liz Roche Company has a new work: Interloper. It will be on in Dublin from 26 Feburary – 1 March. I’m certainly going! Contemporary dance is a wonderful art form where you don’t need words, and as I found out through speaking with dancers & choreographers at Dublin Dance Festival‘s ‘Fast Track to Dance,’ you needn’t worry if you can’t figure out what it’s ‘about!’ A piece might just be ‘about’  beautiful and/or interesting movements. Whew! Pressure to understand is gone!

The message the dance folks gave us was this: if dance brings your mind & emotions somewhere, great- but don’t sit there sweating it by trying to know exactly what is being ‘said,’ or feeling that you’ll get it wrong. Just have the experience of watching. What you think & feel beyond that is going to be individual to you, and there is no ‘wrong’ in that. So enjoy!

Here’s a bit about Interloper (because we do still love words!) and a video of excerpts.




Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin


Interloper [in-ter-loh-per]: a person who becomes involved in a place or situation where they are not wanted or are considered not to belong.


We all question our place amongst people and wonder if we truly belong. Who decides if we belong or not? Isn’t there something life-affirming in deciding not to listen to your doubting inner voice, but instead to jump into each new situation not knowing what treasures you might find?


Leading Irish dance company Liz Roche Company are bringing their new work, Interloper, to the Samuel Beckett Theatre Dublin, with performances 26th February – Saturday 1st March.


The work features dancers Liz Roche and Henry Montes, actress Caitríona Ní Mhurchú and drummer Bryan O’Connell, with lighting from Lee Curran and set & costume design by Joe Vanek.


This eclectic cast of individuals comes together to perform a quirky and heartfelt dance piece that explores identity and belonging. Interloper highlights the bonds we make and break on a daily basis, and how we try to balance what we want with the desires of those around us.

Liz says of this experience, “As a group of performers brought together specifically for this show, we all genuinely felt like interlopers at various points along the way, questioning our place in the piece and wondering if we belonged.

“The inspirations for Interloper have come from so many different places – Dublin’s screaming seagulls, the yearning in Neil Young’s songs, timeless Chekov, hilarious and heart-breaking personal stories among the cast and crew, giddy morning walks on Foley St, the list goes on…Interloper has evolved from all of these places…”


Details of dates & how to get tickets

Wednesday 26th February 8pm – Preview

Thursday 27th February–Saturday 1st March 8pm (Matinee 2.30pm Saturday March 1st)

Booking: Advance bookings may be made at Samuel Beckett Theatre online. Tickets will also be available on the door or from the Box Office. Phone + 353 (01) – 896 2461 from 3pm on days of performance.

Prices: €18 / €14 concession

Liz Roche Company is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies. Known for its own distinctive movement and performance style, the Dublin based company presents the works of choreographer Liz Roche in collaboration with artists, dancers and designers of the highest caliber. The company has produced over twenty original productions since its establishment in 1999 and has performed throughout Ireland and in the UK, Germany, France, USA and China.

Interloper is part of Dublin Dances Into Spring.

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Here’s a video from Body and Forgetting

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Hope you enjoyed! Dance into Spring 🙂

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