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Expanded Fields, performance

Expanded Fields, performance at Limerick City Gallery of Art

23 & 24 November 2019
Limerick City Gallery of Art

Expanded Fields

Expanded Fields – A moving image installation with live performance, sound and virtual reality


Collaboration between dance artist Jenny Roche, visual artist and choreographer Ruth Gibson, artist Bruno Martelli and composer Mel Mercier with dancers Kévin Coquelard, Henry Montes and Ursula Robb.


At Limerick City Gallery of Art, 23rd & 24th November 2019

Installation running all day with live performances 

Saturday 23rd  at 11am, 1pm and 3pm

and  Sunday 24th 1pm and 3pm


This installation will invite audiences into proximity with a piece of choreography, to encounter the inner worlds, images, sounds and sensations that dancers experience in the performance of a moment of dance. Film, sound installation and virtual reality spaces alongside episodic live performance will illuminate the ‘expanded fields’ emanating from this dancing moment, inviting the viewer into an intimate perspective on the complexities of individual and shared experiences of dancing together. The creative team have worked with live performance, film, Motion Capture data and sound recordings of the dancers to produce an installation which enables the audience to enter into this intimate perspective on what it means to dance a piece of choreography. The audience can encounter the live performers in the gallery at specific times throughout the two days and between performances can explore the film, sound and virtual reality traces the dancers leave behind.


Behind this work lies a deep curiosity about how to convey the complexity of a dancing moment and to allow the feeling states and images that are experienced by dancers to be perceived by an audience. How do we create an encounter that makes us aware of our capacity to experience the world through all of our senses and to transmit these sensations between each other when we share a performance experience? It’s something ineffable, intuited and yet familiar—our ability to connect with each other on a myriad of levels at once. 


See trailer at:


FREE EVENT: All welcome


This project is funded by the Arts Council and supported by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Live Collision International Festival and Lightmoves Festival of Screendance.


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Jenny Roche

Jenny Roche has worked as a contemporary dancer since the early 1990s performing with a wide range of choreographers in Ireland and internationally, including Michael Keegan-Dolan, Rosemary Butcher, Jodi Melnick, John Jasperse, Yoshiko Chuma and in work by Dominique Bagouet, restaged by Les Carnets Bagouet (France). She has danced for Daghdha Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Ireland, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Cois Céim and was a founder member of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre. She co-founded Rex Levitates Dance Company (now Liz Roche Company) with her sister, choreographer Liz Roche in 1999 and has performed extensively with the company, most notably in the Meet in Beijing Festival, China, in 2006 and the Baryshnikov Arts Centre, NYC, in 2011. In 2010 she received her doctoral award from Roehampton University, London. From 2007 to 2011, she was Dance Adviser to the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and she was Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Dance at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane from 2013 to 2017. Jenny continues to work as a performer and creative collaborator. She performed in Time Over Distance Over Time a collaborative work with Liz Roche Company that took place between Ireland and Australia, with performances in Dublin Sydney and Brisbane in 2016. She has recently performed with Carol Brown, Ruth Gibson, Bruno Martelli and Russell Scoones on a dance film/installation WAHAWAEWAO presented in the Pah Homestead Gallery, New Zealand in 2017 and at Lightmoves Festival of Screendance in 2018. Her book, Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer: Moving Identities was published in 2015.


Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli

Gibson / Martelli investigate the relationship between figure and landscape via modes of moving, and bodily responses. The viewer is pulled into a lexicon of realities where movement is explored and experienced through the gateways of emergent technologies. Bruno Martelli graduated from Central St. Martins and Ruth Gibson from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Worldwide commissions include residencies in North America, China, Australia and New Zealand and exhibitions at the Barbican, Detroit Institute for Art, and The Venice Biennale. Solo shows include ‘Big Bob’ (2015) at Jaffe-Friede Gallery in Hanover, USA, ‘MAN A’ (2015) at UNION Gallery, London and ‘80ºN’ (2014) at QUAD Gallery in Derby. They have exhibited in London in group shows: ‘Enter Through The Headset 4’ (2019) at Gazelli Art House, ‘Observation Rooms’ (2019) at Arthouse 1,‘This Is Where We Came In’ (2018) at Angus Hughes Gallery, ’Splintered Binary’ (2017) at Gossamer Fog and ‘Now Play This’ (2017) at Somerset House.Nominated for a British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) the duo are recipients of several awards: a Henry Moore Foundation New Commission, a National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Award and in 2015 they won the Lumen Gold Prize. Their virtual reality work Drawing Levels was last exhibited at Gazelli Art House, London in 2019. Gibson is Associate Professor at Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University.  The artists live and work in London.


Mel Mercier

Mel Mercier is Professor and Chair of Performing Arts at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. He is the director of the Irish Gamelan Orchestra and the traditional percussion ensemble PULSUS. Mel released TESTAMENT, an album of 11 original compositions for theatre in January 2019 (Heresy Records). Recent theatre composition and sound design projects include: The Small Things (Corcadorca, Cork); How It Is (Part 1) and How It Is (Part 2)  (Gare St Lazare/Everyman Theatre, Cork, and Print Rooms, London); Far Away (Corcadorca/Spike Island, Cork); CONCERT with Colin Dunne (CND Paris/Dublin Dance Festival/Kilkenny Arts Festival/Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York); Le Tempest de Marie (Comédie Francaise/Odeon, Paris); King Lear (Old Vic, London); The Tempest (Salzburg Festival) and Sacrifice at Easter with Pat McCabe and Pat Kiernan (Cork Midsummer Festival). Awards include Best Soundscape for How It Is (Part 1) (Irish Times Theatre Awards 2018), Best Soundscape for Far Away (Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017), Gradam Cheoil Award for Collaboration for CONCERT (TG4, 2018), New York Festival Bronze Medal Award for his RTÉ Doc on One radio documentary, Peadar Mercier (2017), the New York Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award nomination for his sound score for the Testament of Mary on Broadway in 2012.



Kévin Coquelard began Dance and Theatre as a child in Paray-Le-Monial, France. In 2008 he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. He has danced in choreographies by Hofesh Schecter, Itzik Galili and John Scott. Kévin premiered The Big Message with John Scott at Briqueterie at the Centre de Development Choregraphique, Val de Marne, Paris. Since then, Kevin has performed and toured in Bastard Amber, Wrongheaded, Pilgrimage among others for Liz Roche; Tardigrade in the Dublin Fringe Festival for Philip Connaughton; Mind your steps for Catherine Young and for John Scott in Magnetic, Actions, Hyperactive, Feather and in the World Premiere of Lear in Kilkenny Arts Festival and at the South Bank Centre in London.


Ursula Robb

Born and raised in New Zealand, Ursula trained at the New Zealand School of Dance, and before travelling to Europe in 1995, danced with the ‘Royal New Zealand Ballet’ and the ‘Douglas Wright Dance Company’. Whilst in Europe, Ursula spent a decade dancing and touring with acclaimed companies: Ultima Vez’ (Wim Vandekeybus), ‘Rosas’ (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker) and ‘Zoo’ (Thomas Hauert). Since 2005, Ursula has been focusing predominantly on teaching and rehearsal directing; tutoring at performing arts institutions including PARTS (Belgium), the NZSD (New Zealand), and DNSPA (Denmark). Ursula has also worked as a rehearsal director for Rosas, Opera de Paris, and Opera de Lyon. Now residing in Ireland, Ursula has recently completed a Masters in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at UCD (2017).


Henry Montes is a freelance dance maker, performer and teacher. He presently dances with Liz Roche Company, Dublin. He has worked with Reinhild Hoffman and Susanne Link in Germany and in NYC with Keely Garfield, Jonathon Appels, Amy Greenfield and KJ Holmes. Resident in the UK since 1991 he has performed with Jonathan Burrows, Charles Linehan, Rosemary Butcher, Kerstie Simson and Joan Davis. He was a member of Siobhan Davies Dance from 1998-2009 and was awarded the 2003 Critics Circle National Award for Outstanding Male Artist. He performed in the early work of Trisha Brown for Pioneers of the Downtown Scene at the Barbican Art Gallery, London 2011 and in Tino Sehgal’s These Associations at Tate Modern in 2012. His film in collaboration with Marcus Coates A Question of Movement has had screenings since 2011.


Professor Jools Gilson from University College Cork has been invited to contribute some writing for the Expanded Fields catalogue.  


Further performances of EXPANDED FIELDS will take place in the Live Collision International Festival in April 2020.


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