Lighting Design for Dance Project

Liz Roche Company, The Lir Academy and Dance Ireland are collaborating on Lighting Design for Dance, a project which brings together choreographers with lighting and costume students from the Lir's MFA in design in a creative and supported performance forum. All three organisations are delighted to be working together to bring choreographers and design MFAs into a practical and supported space for the development of their skills and new ideas.

Following an open call, choreographers Justine DoswellMatt SzczerekMihaela Griveva are using the space provided to them by Dance Ireland to begin the process where they will be paired with the Lir MFA students in lighting designunder the mentorship of renowned choreographer Liz Roche.    

The aim of this opportunity is to offer a supportive and resourced environment to learn about and experiment with lighting design for dance productions while offering a series of structured supports including:

  • Residency periods at DanceHouse to devise work
  • Guidance and mentoring throughout the process
  • Use of The Lir Academy theatre space
  • Technical support and expertise throughout the process
  • Presentation at The Lir Academy of the artistic outcome.

This project grew out of an informal relationship between Liz Roche and the Lir Academy MFA lighting design programme. Liz has been workshopping new work with the MFA lighting design programme for the last four years and seeing the potential to develop this into a much wider professional development opportunity she approached Dance Ireland who agreed to partner the project. 


Image: Luca Truffarelli