We are delighted to welcome Nick Bryson and his company as resident artists from 10-12 March. Together with Robin Dingemans, he is putting the finishing touches to a new dance work AT THE POINT AT WHICH IT LAST MADE SENSE. Through a series of extraordinarily arresting images and startling poses of a young couple lip-syncing to perfect advertising voices, the work attempts to fast-track the audience to the logical conclusion of the advertising industry, before rushing them into the middle of a commercial staged maelstrom…. This is a visually arresting exploration of beauty, from the profound to the superficial and everything in between, an extraordinary combination of dance, sound and video. The performance grapples with our image-driven culture, stimulating debates just by being beautiful. Performed by Paralympian James O'Shea (UK) and Rosa Vreeling (NL)…. THE MECHANISM OF EVOLUTION As part of this Residency Nick and his company open up their Morning Class to professional and advanced level dancers. The class will explore the approach to movement used within the work they are making. They take a somatic approach to generating movement and the class will include floor work and a learned standing sequence. Nick, originally from Belfast, trained as a dancer at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds and as a choreographer at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. He worked as a choreographer in residence at the Firkin Crane in Cork, taking his creations to Dublin, Amsterdam, New York and Basel amongst other places. As a dancer he has worked for Rebus, This Torsion, Myriad and Daghdha Dance Companies. He also holds an MA in Performance from the University of Limerick.
How much? How little? When? To go or to stay? To speak or to listen? To give or to take? To be in the middle, to be on the outside or to be among? To belong or to long for? Inevitably our attitudes are always present in the way we move and are influenced by our environment. We can play with those attitudes by moving differently and by embodying different modes or expressions of life in our movement improvisations. The workshop will run at The Daghdha Space Monday & Tuesday 24 & 25 February 10.00 - 5.00 pm with a break for lunch at 1.00 - 2.00 pm And at the Irish Academy for World Music and Dance on Wednesday 26 February 10.00 - 5.00 pm and Thursday 27 February 10.00 - 1.00 pm As well as patterns and pathways within our individual practice, we shall explore the communication that happens between us in the changing moment, identifying, accepting and disrupting habits as a way of opening up new choices, a new movement vocabulary and fresh resources for imaginative and creative work. This workshop is hosted by the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL. In association with UL, a small number of places are available for professional dance artists and actors with movement training. The workshop will last 3.5 days and will take place Dr. Sandra Reeve is a movement artist/researcher, director and teacher and author of ‘Nine Ways of Seeing a Body’. She lives in West Dorset, England. Sandra teaches an annual programme of autobiographical and environmental movement workshops called Move into Life and creates small-scale ecological performances. She is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter, focusing on Performance and Ecology, and a Senior Registered Dance Movement Therapist.
We are delighted to welcome Maria Nilson Waller as our second Residency Artist in 2014. Maria is researching a new dance piece to be performed by herself and two Sweedish dancers along with our own Katherine O'Malley. Renowned composer George Higgs will be mentoring Maria on the use of music and rhythm in the piece. Originally from a mountainous region of Scandinavia, Maria has been inspired by the ocean surrounding since coming to Ireland, and her piece aims to investigate the blue economy and this most important of ecosystems. Maria will share an insight into this work with a work-in-progress performance and discussion of her research. Audience feedback is most welcome.
As part of her Residency, Maria will host morning class for local professional and advanced level dancers. Maria has a solid background in various Contemporary styles, Classical Ballet and Yoga, influences from a range of techniques appear in her class. Her class aims to meet the multiple, individual needs of todays independent dancers. Attention is given to correct alignment of the skeleton to achieve greater freedom and mobility in joints and muscular systems, aiming for a healthy and sustainable use of the body. Making use of gravity, the different physical dynamics of the body, our minds presence, imagination and musical interaction, her classes offers a structure where the dancer’s strive for artistic expression, physical virtuosity and daily maintenance goes hand in hand. The class combines choreographed and improvised exercises and wishes to function not only as a place for dancers to prepare and develop body and mind, but also as a way to connect and exchange artistic ideas within the community of dance artists. Maria Nilsson Waller trained at the Royal Swedish Balletschool and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. She has been working as a freelance dancer and choreographer across Europe since 2004, and since 2009 is based in Dublin. As a performer she has danced in pieces by Liv O’Donoghue (IRE), Bo Arenander, Per Jonsson, Helena Franzén (SE), Susan Rethorst (NY), Hervé Koubi, Myriam Naisy (FR) Cahoots NI (U.K) and Fiona Quilligan (IRE). Her own work has been presented at a number of venues in France, Sweden and Ireland, through a.o Cannes Jeune Ballet (22nd Century, Med en doft av snö, 2009), Estrad Norr (Ingenmansland, 2011, Last Land, 2012, Stream, 2013) and Dublin Dance Festival (Walker, 2011, Last Land 2012). Maria is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist 2013/2014.
SEEING DANCE is a series of four talks offering opportunity to find out more about watching dance, enabling you to enjoy dance performances and to understand how past and present choreographers convey their ideas to the audience. The series will cover the key moments in the history of dance performance and practice, as well as taking an up to date look at some of the choreographers and dance companies appearing in Limerick in 2014. As such, the talks cover the work of seminal choreographers such as Martha Graham and will illuminate the work of Jerry Pearson, Liz Roche, John Scott, Megan and Jessica Kennedy and Russell Maliphant, within the context of what's gone before and how this has influenced or impacted upon their work. SEEING DANCE is delivered by Brigitte Moody, Course Director of the Graduate Diploma and Masters in Dance at the University of Limerick.Related upcoming performances in Limerick Related performances to these talks are 12 Feb | Jerry Pearson | A Body of Work | Daghdha Space 19 Feb | Liz Roche Company | Interloper | Lime Tree Theatre 03 Apr | John Scott Company | Magnetic | Daghdha Space 16 Apr | Junk Ensemble | Falling Song | Lime Tree Theatre 27 May | Sadler's Wells/Russell Maliphant | Still Currant | Lime Tree Theatre See calendar pages for further information
Dance Classes for People Aged 55+ with Lucy Dawson. A creative, contemporary movement class that aims to increase body awareness, mobility and freedom of movement in a relaxed environment for all abilities. Participants will also experience improved flexibility, and strength while dancing to different styles of music. Bring a partner or come alone and meet like minded friends and dance lovers. No previous experience necessary. Drop in and pay on the door. ABOUT LUCY DAWSON Lucy Dawson is a Contemporary Dance Artist, Photographer and Film Maker from Keith in Scotland. She began her dance training at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee, and then continued on to The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, where she received her BPA in Contemporary Dance Performance. Lucy has been teaching for over 10 years and is currently in Limerick, having recently completed the MA Contemporary Dance Programme at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Lucy's main aim in her teaching is always to provide students with challenging, creative classes, and skills that will enable them to express their individuality through movement.
Open Call for professional dance artists. Closing date 20 November 2013. Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed at the studio, or the performance space, depending on the nature of the project. Residencies are open to dance artists in all genres and may last between one and four weeks. We are particularly interested to hear from artists wishing to work collaboratively as part of their practice and artists wishing to develop new work to premiere at Dance Limerick. Visiting artists are encouraged to interact with local artists by providing a weekly class for the local professional community and through informal presentation of work on the culmination of the residency. As part of the residency Dance Limerick can supply Studio Space Performance Space for one performance Technical Assistance for performance A contribution to travel costs Accommodation in apartments and/or artist friendly houses for up to 4 Artists A small contribution toward production costs Both studio and performance spaces are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Proposals will be assessed by a panel on the basis of the quality of the proposal and the available budget.
Spoken Dance , Limerick's first integrated dance company is hosting open dance workshops at the Daghdha Space. These workshops are supported by Dance Limerick. Spoken Dance is a unique contemporary dance company that strives to engage people with and without disabilities in the art form of dance. Led by professional dance artist Mary Hartney, Spoken Dance creates and performs new, exciting and challenging dance works. The company is committed to investigating in a safe and supportive environment new methods for physical inclusivity and the integration of all bodies in a creative space. Spoken Dance and Dance Limerick are offering an exciting platform to engage in dance no matter what your experience, age, or ability. You can find out more information about Spoken Dance on Facebook or contact Mary Hartney on 0861268222 or Lisa Cahill 086 4085877.
Classes are aimed at an advanced level and appropriate for trained dance artists and advanced level students. Classes will be led by local dance artists living in the Limerick region and occasionally by guest artists in residence at the Studio. The first five classes will be led by Isabella Oberlander.
Through a combination of performance platforms, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures, Dance Limerick will advocate for artistic dialogue and exchange. In collaboration with dance artists across a range of practices, Dance Limerick will promote the creation of new and innovative work and will devise programmes of access, engagement and participation for the wider public.
Based at the premises of the former Daghdha Dance Company, Dance Limerick houses offices and a fully equipped studio space along with a separate performance venue known as the Daghda Space
Further information about facilities and opportunities for professional dance artists available from Jenny Traynor at