Liz Roche Company, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary dance companies, will bring a new full-length dance production ‘Body and Forgetting’ to Longford’s Backstage Theatre on February 13 next.
Described by the critics as an “impressive multi-layered meditation on memory and identity” ‘Body and Forgetting’ is an exquisite elegy to the broken, stuttering and insistent memories that forms the backdrop to life.
Following its premiere in The Abbey Theatre at the end of January, the full-length ‘Body and Forgetting’ will be performed at DanceXchange Birmingham Hippodrome, UK just prior to the Irish tour that will incorporate Longford, Sligo, Cork, Kilkenny and Limerick.
Emotionally powerful and haunting, Liz Roche’s choreography interacts with a film piece by Alan Gilsenan and with Denis Roche’s live score. Inspired by Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, the company of remarkable dancers find their way through delicately woven circumstances of disappearance, loss, relationship and hope in this atmospheric work.
“I began looking at the writings of Milan Kundera and was particularly interested in his stories of disappearance and memory, and how he portrays the complexities of loss and betrayal,” Ms Roche told the :Leader recently. “I was clear that I wanted the live dancing to be in response to a fixed film, so I could then play with the past, present and future possibilities. I was aware of the nature in which Alan Gilsenan makes his work and the emphasis he places on time. For me, he brought new perspectives to my lines of questioning and reinforced the humanity within the movement and the dancers.”
Tickets are selling fast, so to book contact Backstage Theatre on (043) 3347888 or log onto www.backstage.ie Prices: €15/€12 concession.