Dance Theatre: THE HERE TRIO – Belfast, Armagh, Limerick & Dublin

Maiden Voyage Dance & Liz Roche Company

in a new co-production present

The Here Trio

The Mac, Belfast – 7 & 8 February, 2020 

The Market Place Theatre, Armagh – 12 February, 2020 

Dance Limerick – April 23, 2020

Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin – April 25 & 26, 2020

The Here Trio: From acclaimed choreographer Liz Roche, challenges preconceptions about site, history, and the right to belong in a place.

The Here Trio is co-produced in partnership with Liz Roche Company, performed by Ryan O’Neill, Sarah Cerneaux, and Gloria Ros Abellana, original music by drummer, Bryan O’Connell, with sound design and visuals by Luca Truffarelli.

Maiden Voyage Dance (Belfast) and Liz Roche Company (Dublin) make a new cross-border collaboration at a very interesting time, where Brexit will certainly shape how personal, political and business dealings between Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland will change for everyone in the future – but how in particular will it leave Northern Ireland? This new dance piece, THE HERE TRIO, takes location and recent histories as its starting point, challenging some strong preconceived ideas of belonging.

Opening in Belfast (at The Mac) and in Armagh City (at The Market Place Theatre) it then makes its way south to Dance Limerick and Live Collision International Festival, Dublin in April 2020.

THE HERE TRIO by Liz Roche is one part of an upcoming dance double bill (together with BRINK by Eileen McClory) on boundaries and belonging, where trauma mediates so much of our beliefs and behaviours. THE HERE TRIO strives to bring us back into the moment – to a place where scars, real or imagined, no longer determine our every outcome

 Nicola Curry Artistic Director of Maiden Voyage commented: 
We are delighted to be collaborating with Liz Roche Company to bring a timely work on boundaries and belonging to the stage with a combined all island creative team just one week after 31 January Brexit deadline. The politics of place impact us all in myriad ways but it is often forgotten that the body is our first home. This new double bill of The Here Trio by Liz Roche and BRINK by Eileen McClory brings the intelligence of the body that houses and holds our past and present experiences to the fore to address often overwhelming issues of where we feel we belong and how we survive when things are beyond our control.”

In this co-production with Maiden Voyage Liz Roche added:

“It means I can work with a cast of terrific dancers combined from both our companies and a stellar creative team”. 

On making this new work in Belfast, Roche concluded:

It’s never easy to comment on a political situation, especially when you are not at the centre point of that experience – you question your right to be there and your permission as a creative artist to have an opinion, and yet there is an empathy and an affect that you have felt for as long as you can remember that needs further investigation and expression, and so it becomes important to try”.

This piece originated with a commission offer from Maiden Voyage to Liz Roche Company last year, which kick-started thoughts on the current political situation on the island of Ireland, in relation to Brexit. Roche found herself really interested in making a new work that dealt with the strange mix of emotions raised by this circumstance. Realising that even as an outsider as such, the memory of a more difficult time was not that distant, and the fear of a return to conflict is palpable. 

At least that was the energy Roche took into the studio for this work, but came at it from a different angle – one that looked at how belief is formed, and how the overwhelming information of our life experiences dictate outcomes. The process then took a turn towards the senses, and how they differentiate and compare for us. In a grounded way, they let us know that we are ‘here’, but they are also easily corruptible; due to stress or a traumatic experience, they can overreact, and the emotional and physical response that ensues can go out of control. It is within this stressful atmosphere that the piece searches for quiet and focus, though it is not always easy to find it.

The Here Trio will perform as a double bill with BRINK, a new duet from Eileen McClory in Belfast and Armagh only.

BRINK negotiates the fragile balance for survival when our future is entrusted to another. BRINK is performed by Ryan O’Neill and Vasiliki Stasinaki with music by Katie Richardson.

Maiden Voyage Dance will be hosting outreach performances and creative engagement workshops, in schools and colleges, from Belfast to Bangor and Derry to Enniskillen in February 2020.
THE HERE TRIO CAST  Ryan O’Neill / Sarah Cerneaux / Glὸria Ros Abellana


Choreographed by Liz Roche

Lighting by Stephen Dodd

Original Music by Bryan O’Connell

Sound Design & Visuals by Luca Truffarelli

MAIDEN VOYAGE DANCE has been leading the way in contemporary dance in Northern Ireland for 18 years as an artist-led commissioning company. The company have created 23 Maiden Belfast full length/mixed bill productions, 9 Dance Exposed short works for public space, and 3 Off Spring new works for young and family audiences, with local, national and international choreographers and collaborators. Established in Belfast in 2002 by Artistic Director Nicola Curry, and joined by Company Manager, Sandy Cuthbert, in 2016. 

Maiden Voyage is principally funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Supported by Belfast City Council.

LIZ ROCHE COMPANY has produced over twenty original productions, touring throughout Ireland and further afield in the UK, Germany, France, USA, Australia and China, most notably being presented at the Baryshnikov Arts Centre and Judson Memorial Church in New York, the South Bank Centre, London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, The Irish Arts Festival Beijing and Brisbane Powerhouse.

Liz Roche Company is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland.


THE MAC, Belfast

Opens Friday 7 February | 11.00am & 8.00pm | £12.50 – £18

Runs Saturday 8 February | 8.00pm | £12.50 – £18



Wednesday 12 February | 8.00pm | £7


**ALSO runs at Dance Limerick 2020 (April 23) & Live Collision International Festival at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin (April 25 & 26)

*Approximate duration of Double Bill is 75-80 minutes including interval


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