2017 has seen Liz Roche Company, one of Ireland’s foremost exponents of contemporary dance, commence a planned three year residency at the Civic. This major revival of her 12 Minute Dances is the first public offering of that residency.  This week at the Civic, 21 – 23 September, the work will be performed by a company of exceptional dancers and with members of the Company’s Active Audience Team participants, who have been following the re-rehearsal process.  Participants have followed the work of the Liz Roche Company through a programme of events, workshops, talks and performances allowing them experience up close how the Company goes about developing, producing and performing existing and new dance work in a variety of performance settings.

We went behind the scenes to get to know a little bit more about the Active Audience members.  Second in our session of interviews is Eimear Beardmore. To read more about other participants Remi Ajike, click here.

Where are you from?
I’m from Dublin

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a yoga teacher and primary school teacher, I love all things dance, movement and theatre!

What prompted you to get involved in the Active Audiences programme?
I have a big interest in dance and was curious to learn more about the process behind a contemporary dance performance. I’ve admired the work of Liz Roche company for a number of years and thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes as it were. As I teach alot I was also thrilled to get the chance to be involved in the performance as part of the Active Audiences programme. It was also fantastic like minded dance enthusiasts!

Can you tell a little bit  about what you have gained from the experience?
I’ve gained a huge amount! As I studied Dance it was fantastic to see the choreographic process at work. As I said I really admire the work of the company and to see Liz, the dancers and Seán at work was thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring! As I live not too far from The Civic the experience has reminded me of the high quality work you can access without needing to head into town.


12 Minute Dances
Thursday 21st and Saturday 23rd September / 8pm
Tickets €16/€14