Reference Code: IE 2135 N57

Title: The Liv O’Donoghue Papers

Dates of Creation: 2006-2013

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium: 1 box (111 files)



Name of Creator(s): O’Donoghue, Liv (b. 1985).

Biographical History: Liv O’Donoghue trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in the UK, graduating in 2007 with the Outstanding Achievement Award.  She then joined the school’s graduate company, Verve, touring and performing internationally while also completing her Graduate Diploma in Performance.  Since then, she has worked and toured extensively with distinguished dance companies and choreographers, including Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Rex Levitates Dance Company (later renamed Liz Roche Company), and with other artists, including composers Christian Mason and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, and photographers Elena Galotta and Luca Truffarelli.

In addition to her collaboration with other artists, Liv O’Donoghue has developed her own choreographic practice.  Her work has been shown at dance festivals in Ireland, Europe, Japan, and the USA. In 2011, she was Artist-in-Residence at the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo.  In 2012-2013, she undertook dance residencies at various European dance houses, including TanzQuarter in Vienna, as a Carte Blanche Artist for the multi-annual cooperation project Modul Dance.  In 2012, she was also selected as an artist for the European dance project Act Your Age, in which choreographers research and create new work inspired and performed by senior individuals to tackle the issue of age and ageing.  Her widely acclaimed work is supported by the Arts Council, Culture Ireland, and Dance Ireland.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Liv O’Donoghue to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 2 July 2012.




Scope and Content: Posters, flyers, brochures, programmes, working notes, press cuttings, and photographs illustrating Liv O’Donoghue’s career as a dancer and choreographer and her collaboration with other artists.

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

System of Arrangement: Documents have been arranged into three series.  Series 1 contains material relating to Liv O’Donoghue’s choreographies.  It has been further divided into six sub-series by dance work and arranged chronologically by date of creation.  Series 2 contains material relating to her collaboration with other artists and dance companies and has been grouped by collaborator and thereunder arranged chronologically by date.  Series 3 contains material relating to her other activities and has been arranged chronologically by date.




Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to all items.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Standard copyright regulations apply to all items.  For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult with the staff.

Language/ Scripts of Material: English.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: Paper documents and photographs in good condition.

Finding Aids: A hard copy of the descriptive catalogue is available at the Special Collections and Archives Department, Glucksman Library, University of Limerick.




Related Units of Description: Additional photographs of Liv O’Donoghue and information about her collaboration with other artists can be found on her website at




Archivist’s Note: Papers arranged and described by Anna-Maria Hajba.

Rules or Conventions: This description follows guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd edition, 2000; Irish Guidelines for Archival Description, 2009; National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; and EAP Guidance on Data Protection for Archive Services, 2018.

Date of Description: March 2013.  Revised December 2020.


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