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

Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer: Moving Identities

Dr. Jenny Roche
2015
London
Palgrave Macmillan
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Book Chapters

What would it be if it didn't have to be like that?: Undisciplining the travel of dance ideas in the Neo-liberal university

Dr. Jenny Roche
2018
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Dancing as Knowledge Production/Dancer as Researcher in Practice-led Research

Dr. Jenny Roche
2015
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Dancing as knowledge production/dancer as researcher in practice-led research

Dr. Jenny Roche
2015
Lisbon
University of Lisbon
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Disorganising principles: Corporeal fragmentation and the possibilities for repair

Dr. Jenny Roche
2015
UK
Triarchy Press
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Moving between first-person and third-person bodies in dance teaching

Dr. Jenny Roche
2016
Berlin
Logos Verlag
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Dancing, Identity and Place: Balancing Subjectivity and Technique in Contemporary Dance Training

Dr. Jenny Roche
2018
Cham, Switzerland
Palgrave Macmillan
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Dancing strategies and moving identities: The contributions independent contemporary dancers make to the choreographic process

Dr. Jenny Roche
2018
London and New York
Routledge
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Towards a Deterritorialised Field of Dance

Dr. Jenny Roche
2020
London and New York
Dance Books
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Disorganising principles: Corporeal fragmentation and the possibilities for repair

Dr. Jenny Roche
2015
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Liz Roche's Pilgrimage: Shifts in Perception through Proximity to a Dance

Dr. Jenny Roche
2019
Cobh, Co.Cork
Paper Visual Art/Sirius Arts Centre
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Moving between first-person and third-person bodies in dance teaching

Dr. Jenny Roche
2017
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Creative adaptations: integrating Feldenkrais principles in contemporary dance technique to facilitate the transition into tertiary dance education

Dr. Jenny Roche
2015
ABINGDON
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Shifting embodied perspectives in dance teaching

Dr. Jenny Roche
2016
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Review: "Body and Performance" edited by: Sandra Reeve, Triarchy Press (2013)

Dr. Jenny Roche
2013
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Moving identities : multiplicity, embodiment and the contemporary dancer

Dr. Jenny Roche
2009
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Traces from elsewhere: dancing together across distance and time

Dr. Jenny Roche
2018
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Solo3 [Live Performance (Dance)]

Dr. Jenny Roche
2008
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Embodying Multiplicity: The independent dancer's moving identity

Dr. Jenny Roche
2011
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Writing Wrongheaded

Dr. Jenny Roche
2019
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Other Journals

Perceiving the interactive body in dance: Enhancing kinesthetic empathy through art objects

Dr. Jenny Roche
2015
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Conference Publications

International Symposium for Dance Studies: Perspectives on Dance in a Changing Environment

Dr. Jenny Roche
2015
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Mapping Spectral Traces; NUI Galway and Maynooth

Dr. Jenny Roche
2012
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Dance Research Forum of Ireland 4th International Conference

Dr. Jenny Roche
2012
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Somatics and Technology Conference, University of Chichester

Dr. Jenny Roche
2012
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Atelier: European Dance House Network, 11-12 December 2015, Dance House, Dublin.

Dr. Jenny Roche
2015
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International Symposium for Dance Studies: Perspectives on Dance in a Changing Environment. 17 October 2015, Korea National University of the Arts, South Korea.

Dr. Jenny Roche
2015
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Conference Contributions

Atelier: European Dance House Network

Dr. Jenny Roche
2015
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Panpapanpalya; 2nd joint congress of daCi (dance and the Child international) and WDA (World Dance Alliance) Global Education and Training Network

Dr. Jenny Roche
2018
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Conference of Irish Geographers

Dr. Jenny Roche
2018
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Published Reports

The Arts Council Dance and Education Report: Reshaping the Landscape: A Pathway to Professional Dance Training of International Standing in Ireland

Dr. Jenny Roche
2016
Dublin
The Arts Council
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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

Time Over Distance Over Time

Dr. Jenny Roche
2016
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Expanded Fields

Dr. Jenny Roche
2019
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We Are Here And We Are Everywhere At Once

Dr. Jenny Roche
2017
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