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.  First up- Remi Ajike.

Where are you from?
I’m originally from London but have lived in Ireland (Co. Wicklow) for around twenty five years now.

Tell us a little about yourself.
In England, I worked as a veterinary nurse but here in Ireland I have worked as a translator, librarian and mother!

What prompted you to get involved in the Active Audiences programme?
About seven years ago I took part in some dance sessions run by Cois ceim outreach and discovered I loved dancing. I try to regularly go to dance performances and gradually have become more involved with dance, especially by attending integrated/inclusive dance classes. As I am particularly interested in contemporary dance, it seemed a golden opportunity to take part in Active Audience. I immediately thought it would be a great and enjoyable way to discover what it takes to be a professional dancer  and glean some insights on how a choreographer ticks and how the very many facets of a professional dance company function.

Can you tell a little bit  about what you have gained from the experience?
It’s just made me more and more enthusiastic about dance and given me ideas of how to further enjoy my own personal dance experience.


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