Jennifer Roche


Contact Details

Senior Lecturer
Irish World Academy Building
University of Limerick
Castletroy
Limerick
T: 061 213464
E: Jenny.Roche@ul.ie
researcher

Biography

Dr Jenny Roche is a dance artist who 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 (Ire), Janet Smith (UK), Rosemary Butcher (UK), Jodi Melnick (NYC), John Jasperse (NYC), Yoshiko Chuma (NYC) and in work by Dominique Bagouet, re-staged by Les Carnets Bagouet (France). She has danced for Daghdha Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Ireland, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Cois Ceim 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 2001, she completed her Master’s degree in Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, at the University of Limerick and in 2010 she received her doctoral award from Roehampton University, London. Her thesis title was Moving Identities: Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer and her area of research continues to be the dancer’s creative practice within choreographic processes. From 2007 to 2011, she was Dance Adviser to the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. She served as a committee member of the Step up: Dance Project, Ireland, a professional development programme for recently graduated contemporary dancers and was project manager of the inaugural year of the programme. She has completed the first stage of her studies an Amatsu practitioner under one of the key teachers of the system in the UK and Ireland, Dennis Bartram and is now a certified Amatsu Anma practitioner. Jenny continues to work as a performer and choreographer. She recently 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 Dance Festival, Dance Bytes in Sydney and The Brisbane Powerhouse in 2016. She has recently collaborated with choreographer Carol Brown and digital artists Gibson/Martelli on a dance film/installation to be presented in the Pah Gallery, New Zealand in 2017. Her book, Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer: Moving Identities was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

Research Interests

 At the core of my research are questions emerging from the phenomenological perspective of dancers who are both live self-aware participants in the choreographic process and the material through which the choreography is realised and the dance formed. Through practical enquiry and experimentation based on my own experience as a dancer and the experiences of other dancers working within this genre, I continue to explore how contemporary dancers' embodied knowledge unfolds through the choreographic process. My research extends into the fields of dance and somatic practices, particularly in relation to the influence of somatic approaches on dance training. I have had an international career as a dancer, choreographer and artistic director for over twenty years and continue to work on projects within arts practice research contexts.

I have a broad range of skills as a researcher, moving between academic scholarship, arts policy and creative practice contexts. I have published extensively on a range of subjects including creative practice and dance training. Aside from publishing, I have also worked as a collaborator on interdisciplinary creative practice outputs with international artists in recent years. Most recently, Time Over Distance Over Time, which received highly competitive Australia Council funding, was performed in Australia and Ireland and brought together artists and researchers from Ireland, the UK and Australia to develop a new creative work, which was also funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland. It involved an international collaboration across a range of venues, festivals, production companies and funders in a highly complex project. In January 2017, I worked with digital artists Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli and choreographer Carol Brown (Associate Professor from the University of Auckland), to develop a film installation, We Are Here And We Are Everywhere At Once, filmed in Central Otago, New Zealand and presented in galleries in Auckland and London.

Books

  Year Publication
2022 Choreography: The Basics.
Jenny Roche and Stephanie Burridge (2022) Choreography: The Basics. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]
2015 Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer: Moving Identities.
Roche, Jennifer (2015) Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer: Moving Identities. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

Year Publication
2020 'Towards a Deterritorialised Field of Dance'
Carol Brown, Ruth Gibson and Jenny Roche (2020) 'Towards a Deterritorialised Field of Dance' In: Ann David, Michael Huxley and Sarah Whatley (eds). Dance Fields: Staking a Claim for Dance Studies in the Twenty-First Century. London and New York: Dance Books. [Details]
2019 'Liz Roches Pilgrimage: Shifts in Perception through Proximity to a Dance'
Jenny Roche (2019) 'Liz Roches Pilgrimage: Shifts in Perception through Proximity to a Dance' In: Miranda Driscoll (eds). ONE HERE NOW: The Brian ODoherty/Patrick Ireland Project. Cobh, Co.Cork: Paper Visual Art/Sirius Arts Centre. [Details]
2018 'Dancing strategies and moving identities: The contributions independent contemporary dancers make to the choreographic process'
Jenny Roche (2018) 'Dancing strategies and moving identities: The contributions independent contemporary dancers make to the choreographic process' In: Butterworth, Jo and Wildshut, Liesbeth (eds). Contemporary Choreography: A Critical Reader. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]
2017 'Moving between first-person and third-person bodies in dance teaching'
(2017) 'Moving between first-person and third-person bodies in dance teaching' In: Practicing Dance: A Somatic Orientation. Logos Verlag, Berlin, pp. 123-126. [Details]
2015 'Disorganising principles: Corporeal fragmentation and the possibilities for repair'
(2015) 'Disorganising principles: Corporeal fragmentation and the possibilities for repair' In: Attending to Movement: Somatic Perspectives on Living in This World - Conference. 2013 : Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University. Axminster, England : Triarchy Press. [Details]
2015 'Dancing as Knowledge Production/Dancer as Researcher in Practice-led Research'
(2015) 'Dancing as Knowledge Production/Dancer as Researcher in Practice-led Research' In: In Quaresma, Jose & Dias, Fernando Rosa (Eds.) Research in Arts: The Oscillation of the Methods. University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 105-117. [Details]
2018 'What would it be if it didn't have to be like that?: Undisciplining the travel of dance ideas in the Neo-liberal university'
Jenny Roche and Alys Longley (2018) 'What would it be if it didn't have to be like that?: Undisciplining the travel of dance ideas in the Neo-liberal university' In: Carol Brown and Alys Longley (eds). Undisciplining Dance in Nine Movements and Eight Stumbles. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
2018 'Dancing, Identity and Place: Balancing Subjectivity and Technique in Contemporary Dance Training'
Jenny Roche (2018) 'Dancing, Identity and Place: Balancing Subjectivity and Technique in Contemporary Dance Training' In: Aoife McGrath and Emma Meehan (eds). Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Dance Performance and Practice. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Moving between first-person and third-person bodies in dance teaching'
Jenny Roche (2016) 'Moving between first-person and third-person bodies in dance teaching' In: Coogan, Jenny (eds). Practicing Dance:A Somatic Orientation. Berlin: Logos Verlag. [Details]
2015 'Disorganising principles: Corporeal fragmentation and the possibilities for repair'
Jenny Roche (2015) 'Disorganising principles: Corporeal fragmentation and the possibilities for repair' In: Whatley, Sarah; Garrett Brown, Natalie and Alexander, Kirsty (eds). Attending to Movement: Somatic Perspectives on Living in This World. UK: Triarchy Press. [Details]
2015 'Dancing as knowledge production/dancer as researcher in practice-led research'
Roche, Jenny (2015) 'Dancing as knowledge production/dancer as researcher in practice-led research' In: Quaresma, Jose and Dias, Fernando Rosa (eds). Research in Arts: The Oscillation of the Methods. Lisbon: University of Lisbon. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Year Publication
2021 ''And then again, I draw myself to the detail' Capturing experiential states in contemporary dance making through Expanded Fields'
Gibson, R;Roche, J (2021) ''And then again, I draw myself to the detail' Capturing experiential states in contemporary dance making through Expanded Fields'. Performance Research, 26 :71-77 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Writing Wrongheaded'
(2019) 'Writing Wrongheaded'. Social Alternatives, [Details]
2018 'Traces from elsewhere: dancing together across distance and time'
Roche J. (2018) 'Traces from elsewhere: dancing together across distance and time'. Text And Performance Quarterly, 38 (1):5-14 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Shifting embodied perspectives in dance teaching'
Jenny Roche (2016) 'Shifting embodied perspectives in dance teaching'. Journal Of Dance And Somatic Practices. 8(2), Pp. 143-156, [Details]
2013 'Review: Body and Performance edited by: Sandra Reeve, Triarchy Press (2013)'
Jenny Roche (2013) 'Review: Body and Performance edited by: Sandra Reeve, Triarchy Press (2013)'. Journal Of Dance And Somatic Practices. 5(2), Pp. 197-198, [Details]
2011 'Embodying Multiplicity: The independent dancer's moving identity'
Roche, Jennifer (2011) 'Embodying Multiplicity: The independent dancer's moving identity'. Research In Dance Education, 12 (2):105-118 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Moving identities : multiplicity, embodiment and the contemporary dancer'
(2009) 'Moving identities : multiplicity, embodiment and the contemporary dancer'. Phd By Creative Works, Roehampton University London, [Details]
2008 'Solo3 [Live Performance (Dance)]'
(2008) 'Solo3 [Live Performance (Dance)]'. [Details]
2015 'Creative adaptations: integrating Feldenkrais principles in contemporary dance technique to facilitate the transition into tertiary dance education'
Roche, J;Huddy, A (2015) 'Creative adaptations: integrating Feldenkrais principles in contemporary dance technique to facilitate the transition into tertiary dance education'. Theatre Dance And Performance Training, 6 :145-158 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2015 'Perceiving the interactive body in dance: Enhancing kinesthetic empathy through art objects'
Smith, Michael and Roche, Jennifer (2015) 'Perceiving the interactive body in dance: Enhancing kinesthetic empathy through art objects' Body, Space and Technology, (14) . [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2015 International Symposium for Dance Studies: Perspectives on Dance in a Changing Environment
Roche, Jenny (2015) Dancing practices from multiple perspectives: the increasingly complex role of the contemporary dancer International Symposium for Dance Studies: Perspectives on Dance in a Changing Environment Korea National University of the Arts, South Korea, [Details]
2015 Atelier: European Dance House Network, 11-12 December 2015, Dance House, Dublin
Jenny Roche (2015) Atelier: European Dance House Network, 11-12 December 2015, Dance House, Dublin Atelier: European Dance House Network, 11-12 December 2015, Dance House, Dublin [Details]
2015 International Symposium for Dance Studies: Perspectives on Dance in a Changing Environment. 17 October 2015, Korea National University of the Arts, South Korea
Jenny Roche (2015) International Symposium for Dance Studies: Perspectives on Dance in a Changing Environment. 17 October 2015, Korea National University of the Arts, South Korea International Symposium for Dance Studies: Perspectives on Dance in a Changing Environment. 17 October 2015, Korea National University of the Arts, South Korea [Details]
2012 Somatics and Technology Conference, University of Chichester
Jennifer Roche (2012) Developing Somatic Sensibilities for Voice and Dance Performance Somatics and Technology Conference, University of Chichester [Details]
2012 Mapping Spectral Traces; NUI Galway and Maynooth
Jennifer Roche (2012) Something of the Shape Remains in my Body Mapping Spectral Traces; NUI Galway and Maynooth [Details]
2012 Dance Research Forum of Ireland 4th International Conference
Jennifer Roche (2012) Locating Bodies in Space: How to build a moving identity in the information age Dance Research Forum of Ireland 4th International Conference [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 Panpapanpalya; 2nd joint congress of daCi (dance and the Child international) and WDA (World Dance Alliance) Global Education and Training Network,
Jenny Roche (2018) Rainbows, seals and flying lamas: an intergenerational dance project between primary school children and university dance students. [International Refereed Conference], Panpapanpalya; 2nd joint congress of daCi (dance and the Child international) and WDA (World Dance Alliance) Global Education and Training Network, Adelaide, Australia , 08-JUL-18 - 13-JUL-18 [Details]
2018 Conference of Irish Geographers,
Jenny Roche (2018) Traces from elsewhere: dancing together across distance and time. [Invited Oral Presentation], Conference of Irish Geographers, Maynooth University , 11-MAY-18 - 11-MAY-18 [Details]
2015 Atelier: European Dance House Network,
Jenny Roche (2015) Keynote presentation. [Invited Lecture], Atelier: European Dance House Network, Dancehouse, Dublin , 11-DEC-15 - 12-DEC-15 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2016 The Arts Council Dance and Education Report: Reshaping the Landscape: A Pathway to Professional Dance Training of International Standing in Ireland.
Jenny Roche (2016) The Arts Council Dance and Education Report: Reshaping the Landscape: A Pathway to Professional Dance Training of International Standing in Ireland. The Arts Council, Dublin. [Details]

Film or Broadcast

  Year Publication
2017 We Are Here And We Are Everywhere At Once.
Carol Brown, Ruth Gibson, Bruno Martelli and Russell Scoones (2017) We Are Here And We Are Everywhere At Once. Film or Broadcast [Details]

Performance

  Year Publication
2019 Expanded Fields.
Jenny Roche, Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli (2019) Expanded Fields. Performance [Details]
2016 Time Over Distance Over Time.
Liz Roche (2016) Time Over Distance Over Time. Performance [Details]