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Light Moves 2018 Open Call Announced
Wed 31 Jan '18

Light Moves Festival of Screendance is excited to announce the opening of submissions for our fourth festival taking place 8 - 11 November 2018 in Limerick, Ireland. Light Moves invites filmmakers, choreographers and video artists to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2018 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The festival will take place in Limeick, Ireland at venues across the city including Dance Limerick and Belltable. Submissions can be made via FilmFreeway.com (see link to right) Deadline: Friday 20 April 2017 Light Moves will award a range of prizes to both established and student works for films submitted via the Open Call. Works considered shall include: - Long films exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context - Short films not exceeding 20 minutes duration to be presented in a cinematic context - Documentaries (please see terms and conditions) - Student films in which the director and/or the choreographer is a registered student on courses up to and including MA level degrees - Works for the cinematic context will be presented at scheduled screenings with the facility to screen in HD, up to 2.39 widescreen and in stereo or 5.1 surround sound. Light Moves welcomes works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art. Submissions that attend to the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as alternate forms such as animation and computer modelling will all be considered. Please note: In 2018 Light Moves will curate installations by invitation only. Therefore, unlike previous years, Light Moves will not be accepting installation type submissions via the open call. For full details, including submission fees please read the Terms & Conditions prior to submitting your film. Queries regarding film submissions can be made via info@lightmoves.ie

Youth Dance Projects during Easter Holidays
Tue 30 Jan '18

Go to the WHAT'S ON section at the top of the page and click on any of the Youth Dance Projects dates to Book! Easter Holidays | 26-30 March 10am-1pm | 5-12yrs 2pm-5pm | 13yrs+ €60 / €55 for a sibling Dance Limerick is delighted to announce our exciting dance projects for young people aged 5-12yrs and 13yrs+ during school holidays in February and March. Each week-long programme will take you on a journey of discovery, where you will work in a fun, creative and supportive environment with experienced hip hop and contemporary dancer Rachel Sheil. You will learn to use movement as a form of expression and are encouraged to engage fully in the creation and formation of dance. The projects will culminate in informal performances at the end of each week. About the choreographer Rachel Sheil Rachel has been teaching for over 8 years and recently completed her MA in Dance Performance at UL. She has taught Hip-Hop in Ireland, the UK and San Francisco and has also been successful in several Irish Inter-varsity competitions. Rachel has performed in events and festivals around the country also and is currently working on her own choreography.

Daniel Squire
STEP UP DANCE PROJECT 2018 - OPEN CALL
Tue 30 Jan '18

Step Up: Dance Project has announced its Open Call for recent dance graduates to apply for the 2018 programme. Step Up: Dance Project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and the Arts Council. It aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. The programme comprises of training, rehearsals, performance and personal development for six selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The programme will enhance your professional networks by connecting you to the Irish contemporary dance community, thereby improving your professional opportunities in Ireland. This programme includes: 1. Creation and Performance of a new dance piece with Choreographer Catherine Young Catherine is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist and a UK Bench Fellow. Her most recent works include 'Ultima Thule', 'Woman Stood Regardless' and 'Welcoming the Stranger' which opened the 2017 Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine. She is a guest lecturer/choreographer on the BA and MA programmes at the University of Limerick and has worked and studied with many international choreographers and companies including Nacera Belaza (Alg/Fr), Lacina Coulibaly (Kongo BA Tereia Dance Company (Africa), Retina Dance Company (UK/Belgium), Wendy Houstoun (UK) and Hofesh Shechter Company (UK). Catherine has been commissioned to create a new work with this year’s Step Up participants which will be performed in Limerick, Galway, Cork and Dublin. Further information about Catherine Young is available at www.catherineyoungdance.com. 2. Learning and Performing Repertory with Choreographers John Scott and Daniel Squire This element of Step Up enables dancers to work with two choreographers on the reconstruction/setting of existing choreography. Participants will gain an understanding of choreographic ideas and their historical context and will develop their technical and performance skills through different working practices, genres and techniques, resulting in a final public sharing. The Repertory Programme will take place over two weeks (12 days) from Monday 30 July to Saturday 11 August. In addition to the training, the Repertory Programme enables participants to work with choreographers beyond what would be available in a day-long workshop or audition, thereby facilitating a more embedded connection between choreographers and participants. In 2018, the two repertory pieces will be performed and toured in a mixed bill along with the newly commissioned. 3. Development Workshop and Information Sessions Increasingly, independent dance artists are required to initiate their own opportunities and to manage their own projects. Running over 2 days in November, the workshop will include: • Meeting key personnel within the dance field in Ireland • Developing a portfolio for presenters and for funding applications • Writing about your work At the end of the training, participants will have a toolkit or road map for taking the next steps in their career path. 4. Independent Development / Study This element of Step Up facilitates further opportunity for your professional development. It offers a menu of options from which you may choose one element (see sample menu below). Alternatively, you may initiate a development area of your own. The Step Up Programme Manager will assist with initiating the appropriate conversations with the chosen organisations. • Working with an artist-in-residence to deliver a particular aspect of the artist’s local programme. • Working with a company during its research period towards the creation of a new dance piece. • Taking a series of classes or training opportunities at Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane or Dance Limerick. • Working with the Light Moves Festival in a developmental capacity. This might be on audience development, volunteer co-ordination etc. • Working with a mentor to develop critical writing skills with a view to reviewing dance performances. • Developing knowledge around working with socially engaged practice by participating in events or workshops organised by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. Time frame / Key Dates The full rehearsal / performance period for the creation of new work with Catherine Young and the Rep Artists, John Scott and Daniel Squire, will run from Monday 30 July – Saturday 8 September using state of the art studios and facilities at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL initially, and then at Dance Limerick, before touring to Galway, Cork and Dublin 6-8 September. Terms & Conditions • Rehearsals will take place 10.00 – 6.00 pm daily Monday to Saturday for the duration of the rehearsal period. Should additional hours in the evening be required, participants are expected to be available for these too. • Accommodation will be provided for the first part of rehearsals on campus at UL, and subsequently in artist friendly houses in the city for the second period of rehearsals. • Tour accommodation and tour travel as required, will be arranged and paid for by Step Up. • A stipend of €150 weekly will be paid to each participant • Participants must be available on an exclusive basis for the full programme. Applications We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate in summer 2018 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years. Applicants must be born in, or resident in the Republic of Ireland and have a strong dance technique. Please send your CV and a personal statement describing why you would like to be involved in Step Up and confirming your availability for the full programme. Applicants should also send web links of recent live dance footage, to include: • 10 minutes of contemporary technique class material, ideally of you performing during the class in which you learnt it. If not, then footage of you performing the material outside of the class setting is also acceptable. • An excerpt of a solo (performed in a studio or live performance) • An excerpt of a group piece, in a studio or live performance • Please identify yourself clearly (in group footage) so we know who you are Applications should be submitted via email by 5pm Monday 5 March to stepupdanceproject@gmail.com with Step Up Application in the subject line. A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition in Limerick in March. Six dancers will then be selected from audition to take part in the Step Up 2018 programme. Letters of offer will be sent immediately following the audition. Queries on the application / process can be addressed to Jenny Traynor, Programme Director at stepupdanceproject@gmail.com.

New Term of Kids and Adults Dance Classes at Dance Limerick
Tue 12 Dec '17

New year means new term of Dance Classes at Dance Limerick! **To book your place today go to our 'WHAT'S ON' section at the top of the page and click on the date of the class on our calendar** ADULT DANCE CLASSES - Contemporary Dance | From Tuesday 16 Jan | 6-7:15pm | €90 for 8 weeks The aim of these classes is to provide an opportunity for participants to develop the skill and confidence to dance with ease. Informed by postmodern dance and somatic principles, each class will begin with simple warm-up exercises and build progressively towards more expansive movement phrases which travel out into the space. All of the activities are based on practices/techniques which will help to release tensions which limit the range of movement. This will, in turn, allow each person to move with greater clarity and efficiency, to regain a sense of the natural flow of their movement and to enjoy their own unique dancing body. - Ballet for Beginners | From Thursday 18 Jan | 7:30pm-8:45pm | €90 for 8 weeks This class develops good posture, balance, flexibility, coordination, spatial awareness and rhythm inherent both to Ballet as well as to a healthy body and mind. Ballet is not only a beautiful dance discipline, it also promotes the development of mental concentration and memory recall, together with body toning, strengthening and elongation of the muscular structure. Participants will learn basic ballet positions and patterns in a traditional structured class, consisting of a warm up, barre and centre exercises, and finally a relaxing warm down routine, incorporating improvised movements to music. - Ballet for Improvers | From Thursday 18 Jan | 6pm-7:15pm | €90 for 8 weeks This class develops good posture, balance, flexibility, coordination, spatial awareness and rhythm inherent both to Ballet as well as to a healthy body and mind. Ballet is not only a beautiful dance discipline, it also promotes the development of mental concentration and memory recall, together with body toning, strengthening and elongation of the muscular structure. Participants will learn basic ballet positions and patterns in a traditional structured class, consisting of a warm up, barre and centre exercises, and finally a relaxing warm down routine, incorporating improvised movements to music. DANCE CLUBS FOR KIDS FROM SAT 13 JAN - Dance Club for Tots - 2-4yrs | 10am-10:45am OR 11am-11:45am | €60 for 8 weeks Designed to give our youngest dancers a head start, this Dance Club for Tots explores movement through music, stimulating imagination and promoting creativity, while participating with a parent/caregiver. This lively class explores moving as a group, telling stories through movement, rhythm exercises and improvisation. Time is spent learning to follow directions as well as free expression time which allows Tots to explore and develop co-ordination, all while having fun! -Dance Club for 5-8yrs | 12pm-12:45pm | €60 for 8 weeks Modern and jazz styles combine in this introduction to movement and music from around the world. Children will be encouraged to use their imagination to express their own individuality and develop their creativity, while also building confidence and strength. -Dance Club for 9-14yrs | 1pm-2pm | €60 for 8 weeks This class will focus on movement creation through play, improvisation and freestyle. Rachel shares techniques she has researched and learned to provide structured improvisations (contemporary) and a freestyle environment (urban styles). Every class is different, building skills consistently, but in different ways. Dancers develop skills around body-awareness and perception, along with awareness of space and people around them. Through group improvisations, working in small groups and pairs, the class focuses on moving, expressing through movement and, of course, having fun! This class is suitable for boys and girls of any ability. **To book your place today go to our 'WHAT'S ON' section at the top of the page and click on the date of the class on our calendar**

Mary Wycherley
Limerick Dance Artist in Residence for 2018: Mary Wycherley
Mon 11 Dec '17

Mary Wycherley was announced as Limerick Dance Artist in Residence for 2018 in June of this year. Mary is a dance artist whose work embraces live performance, choreography and film. In 2015 Mary was first appointed Limerick Dance Artist in Residence by the Arts Council of Ireland and has been the successful recipient of the position since then. The Dance Artist Residency scheme is a partnership between the artist, Dance Limerick and Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council and is funded by the Arts Council. The residency is based at Dance Limerick’s impressive facilities for dance at John’s Square. As an artist, director, curator and educator, she has long been an advocate for innovative modes of presentation for dance and movement. Her work embraces live performance, choreography and film and has been presented at festivals and galleries throughout Ireland, Europe and the US. Her screendance feature film “In the Bell’s Shadow” premiered in 2015 and is being shown internationally including the Galway Film Fleadh, The Lighthouse Cinema and the American Dance Festival. Mary has forged ongoing collaborations with internationally renowned artists such as Joan Davis, Mary Nunan, Jürgen Simpson and Yoshiko Chuma. She is a director and curator of Light Moves, Ireland’s first festival of screendance, and a guest lecturer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL. As part of her residency Wycherley is also co-curator of Light Moves Festival of Screendance, a festival of dance, film and media arts held in Limerick every November. For updates on the residency keep an eye on our website and social media (see bottom of this page).

Percolate Dance Residency Programme
Percolate Residency Programme - Open Call for 2018
Thu 09 Nov '17

Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2018 at Dance Limerick. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists for a period of two weeks. Aims: Percolate aims to provide: - professional dance artists with space and support for research, experimentation, practice development and/or performance of new work - the local professional dance community with opportunities for professional development. As part of each residency, we encourage artists to share their work either through a work-in-progress showing or a talk for their peers. How to Apply: The selection is competitive. Please click on the links below for further details and an application form. Applications should be emailed to jenny@dancelimerick.ie Deadline: Thursday 30 November 2017

Studio Subscription Scheme
Studio Subscription Scheme
Thu 09 Nov '17

Studio Subscriptions Scheme| €60 | Open Call for Local Artists In 2018, Dance Limerick will initiate a Studio Subscription Scheme for a small number of professional artists interested to develop their work or their practice. The scheme offers 40 hours of studio space which can be used by the hour, day or week and subject to availability. In addition, the subscription will entitle artists to free professional level classes which will run at least once monthly and to concession rate tickets (€10) to Dance Limerick’s performances programmes. Performance tickets will be available online and will include all booking fees. The total value of the package is approximately €1,000. Applications are welcome from dance and performance artists living locally. Interested artists should send a CV and a short statement about how they may wish to use the studio space in 2018. Please email info@dancelimerick.ie with applications and for more details.

Dance Classes at Dance Limerick
Dance Classes for Adult - New Term!
Fri 13 Oct '17

Dance Limerick presents a new term of evening dance classes fr adults from Tuesday 17 October 2017. Term of 8 classes €90 including booking fee. Choose between Contemporary Dance on Tuesdays with Salma or Ballet on Thursday with Rebeca. Click on our 'Dance' or 'What's On' sections across the top of the page for booking details! Contemporary Dance | From Tuesday 17 October | 6-7:15pm The aim of these classes is to provide an opportunity for participants to develop the skill and confidence to dance with ease. Informed by postmodern dance and somatic principles, each class will begin with simple warm-up exercises and build progressively towards more expansive movement phrases which travel out into the space. All of the activities are based on practices/techniques which will help to release tensions which limit the range of movement. This will, in turn, allow each person to move with greater clarity and efficiency, to regain a sense of the natural flow of their movement and to enjoy their own unique dancing body. Ballet | From Thursday 19 October | 6-7:15 (improvers) or 7:30-8:45 (beginners) This class develops good posture, balance, flexibility, coordination, spatial awareness and rhythm inherent both to Ballet as well as to a healthy body and mind. Ballet is not only a beautiful dance discipline, it also promotes the development of mental concentration and memory recall, together with body toning, strengthening and elongation of the muscular structure. Participants will learn basic ballet positions and patterns in a traditional structured class, consisting of a warm up, barre and centre exercises, and finally a relaxing warm down routine, incorporating improvised movements to music. Click on our 'Dance' or 'What's On' sections across the top of the page for booking details!

SEE | OBEY by Jouka Valkama
Light Moves Festival of Screendance 2017
Mon 25 Sep '17

Light Moves, Ireland's international festival of dance, film and media arts, is back for its fourth edition this year, running 2nd-5th November with events across Limerick City. The festival invites audiences to see dance differently, with an intriguing programme packed with thought-provoking and cutting-edge new and existing work offering an inspiring and stimulating journey of discovery. For full programme and bookings see www.lightmoves.ie. Light Moves has enjoyed sell out successes in previous years, creating a home for screendance in Limerick. This year’s festival programme offers the most exciting line up of artists yet, featuring world class dancers, filmmakers, visual artists and musicians from Ireland and as far afield as China and Iran. Highlights include works by Aernout Mik (Netherlands), Harun Farocki (Czech Republic), Cindy Sherman (USA) and Amanda Coogan (Ireland). The festival will feature live dance and music performances, exhibitions, film screenings from an open call submission, workshops, a festival symposium, talks and more. The festival will begin with two events on Thursday 2nd November. At 6pm, the installation series Screendance in the Gallery at the Limerick City Gallery of Art presented in collaboration with Light Moves will open, featuring video pieces by Aernout Mik, Harun Farocki, Cindy Sherman and Rosemary Butcher along with works from the ground-breaking Carriageworks commission 24 Frames Per Second. This reception will be followed by the festival's opening performance at Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church), Moments Of Movement by award winning Berlin-based documentary filmmaker Eva Stotz & Amsterdam tap dancer Marije Nie, with guests including saxophonist Cathal Roche, percussionist Erik Kooger and live sound designer Benjamin Jefferys. Moments of Movement tells the story of steps; our own steps, and those of faceless masses forced to be on the move globally. The piece combines the visually stunning and global film archive of Eva Stotz, with the virtuosic and evocative rhythms of Marije Nie. Light Moves 2017 will feature an incredible line up of Irish artists and films including Falling Out of Standing, by CoisCéim Dance Theatre and Anú and choreographed by David Bolger, Owen Boss and Louise Lowe; I'm Roger Casement, directed by Dearbhla Walsh and choreographed by Fearghus Ó Conchúir; Sekar Arum – Forging The Irish World Academy Javanese Gamelan directed by Maurice Gunning, and Amanda Coogan: Long Now, which captures Amanda Coogan during a gruelling six-week live durational exhibition. Ríonach Ní Néill'sI Modh Rúin tells the story of women who went against the status quo and brought their families up as Irish speakers. See the Man, choreographed by Maria Nilsson Waller and directed by Jose Miguel Jimenez, focuses on a fortnight in a soccer team's life which takes in both the last match of the season and the public presentation of their Tchaikovsky-fuelled dance performance. Jimenez also directs Medicated Milk, choreographed by Áine Stapleton, a re-telling of the life of Lucia Joyce. Light Moves will take place in locations across Limerick, including Dance Limerick's home in John's Square with the historic St John's Church, Belltable, Limerick City Gallery of Art and the University of Limerick. For full programme and bookings see www.lightmoves.ie.

Florent Schwartz
DANCE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PERCOLATE PROGRAMME OCTOBER
Wed 02 Aug '17

During the month of October Dance Limerick will host 3 residencies as part of the Percolate programme. Working between the church and studio venue these dance artists will develop their own projects in a progressive and supportive environment. 2-13 October Agnese Lanza and Julie Havelund-Willett | Inter Pares Project Inter Pares Project is an international choreographic research collaboration between Agnese Lanza and Julie Havelund-Willett. They are investigating the activity of learning through various channels and formats, and what remains in the body and focus after these explorations. 9-20 October Maija Nurmio, Saskia Oidtmann and Mark Carberry | Physically Speaking ‘Our way of moving is like a fingerprint of our identity, it shows different facets of who we are. Our body and thus the movement of our body is part of our character, our personality, our being. The event of movement shows our physical self.’ With '’Physically Speaking'' Maji, Saskia and Mark want to awaken themselves and other people from their bodily slumber and redirect the focus on the width of expression that the body offers us and make that an accessible place. 16-27 October Florent Schwartz | Co-Pulation 'Two bare beings stand up. It is the next day. The stage is unmade, covered with a carpet of ropes that, over knots and doubts, unroll under their feet. Two beings who, through a rhythmic and mimetic dance, try to remember, multiply the movements, tangle in their arms. Two beings of obsession, who try to translate the truth while fleeing from it, camouflaging themselves but they reflect each other'. *Dance Limerick’s Artist Residency Programme was re-named “Percolate” in January 2017 to reflect the sense of an idea that is brewing, developing or simmering and which can be brought to its next stage through a focused residency period. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists for a period of two weeks.

Step Up 2017 Participants
STEP UP DANCE PROJECT 2017
Tue 23 May '17

Step Up is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick and the Arts Council, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. This year five exceptional dancers have been selected to work with renowned choreographer Gary Clarke on Step Up Dance Project 2017. The successful dancers, selected from a competitive Open Call earlier this year, are: Bianca Paige Smith Bianca Smith, from NJ, USA is currently living in Limerick, having just completed her MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick. She holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. She is primarily trained in traditional Irish dance with experience in hip-hop, lyrical and ballroom dance. Most recently Bianca created Two Can Do, which premiered at 2017 Limerick Fringe Festival. The work was awarded the Most Innovative Show. She has also received Arts Council Funding to train in Brussels to continue evolving the work. Two Can Do will be performed at Culture Night in Dance Limerick this September. Celina Jaffe In 2010 Celina received a dual BA from Indiana University in French and International Studies with a minor in Contemporary Dance. Since then, she has performed various dance styles across the US, Ireland, and France. She also studied contact improvisation under Nancy Stark-Smith and Charlie Morrissey. Celina is on a full scholarship from Enterprise Ireland pursuing an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL. Her recent work includes dancing, acting, and singing for four professional theatre and dance companies in Indianapolis, Indiana and choreographing solos and films for her MA. You can next catch Celina performing at Limerick Culture Night on 22 September. Sarah Greene Originally from Kildare but living in Scotland Sarah Greene is a 4th year student at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. She is a strong, creative, technically trained dancer with experience in cunningham, contact improvisation, physical theatre and ballet techniques. Sarah has an interest in physical theatre and improvisation and has recently worked as a rehearsal director, assistant choreographer and soloist in Rite of Spring as part of Aspire Dundee Project. Niamh Kelly Niamh Kelly is a graduate from the BA Voice and Dance at the University of Limerick who is now based in Cork. She recently received a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland to take part in an intensive 3 week workshop with the Irish Aerial Creation Centre in Clare learning aerial dance skills and takes part in their yearly festival. Niamh has also competed in the Intervarsities All Ireland Dance Competition placing first in contemporary dance in 2015 and has worked as an assistant choreographer with Cork based dance company New Moon Youth Dance Co. Oran Leong Half Irish, half Chinese, Oran calls Dublin home. An Irish dancer for nearly 19 years, he competed regionally and internationally before obtaining his TCRG (teaching credentials) in 2016. He was first introduced to contemporary dance by Mariam Ribón and the Dublin Youth Dance Company (2014-2016) and is now completing an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. In 2013 he graduated with a double honours BA in music and an Nua-Ghaeilge (Modern Irish) from Maynooth University. Oran feels incredibly blessed and grateful for every opportunity and support he has received to pursue art. Following four weeks of intensive classes and rehearsals, Step Up will culminate in the performance of an engaging new contemporary dance work, directed by Gary Clarke, which will tour Limerick, Galway, Cork and Dublin. Performances will take place over the last days of the project. Guest dance teachers will also work with the participants over the five week period. Now in its seventh year, Step Up 2017 sees an expanded programme which will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and thereby improving their professional opportunities in Ireland. This new expanded programme includes the following elements: - Creation & Performance - Repertory Programme - Dancers as Entrepreneurs - Personal Development Performances: 30 August | Dance Limerick 31 August | Nun's Island Theatre, Galway 1 September | Firkin Crane, Cork 2 September | DanceHouse, Dublin Step Up is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL.

DANCE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE - PERCOLATE JUNE + JULY
Tue 23 May '17

During the months of June and July Dance Limerick will host 4 of our residencies for 2017. Working between the church and studio venue these dance artists will develop their own projects in a progressive and supportive environment. Rachel Sheil | 5-18 June Rachel’s residency is centred around developing material from play. Rachel is deeply compelled by the importance of imagination and the re-claiming of one's freedom and she will be using childhood games, Japanese anime, cartoons and video games as an impetus to make movement. This work is a continuation of her mentorship residency in January with Dr. Mary Nunan in Dance Ireland. Catherine Young | 12-23 June Catherine’s residency project looks at the idea of ‘refuge’ and stems from her recent work with refugees from Gaza, Iraq, Syria and Africa. Catherine will explore several themes and stories that have arisen from this initial research period that warrant further exploration. She will develop a full-length work inspired by this community and their quest to find refuge, home, tolerance and integration. She aims to develop a piece that will feature 4-5 dancers combining not only experienced artists but also members of the community which inform the work. Monica Munoz Marin | 17-28 June Monica Munoz will use her residency at Dance Limerick for the further development of her solo Sink or Swim. This piece plays with the social norms and expectations imposed on females in an over-sexualised society that accepts women only as the object, not the subject, of desire. She will also start a duet called The Quiet Women with her collaborator Justine Cooper. Lucy Dawson | 3-14 July The question of how to communicate internal experiences to others using the medium of film is one of the key drivers in Lucy’s artistic practice. In this residency, she will explore the sensation of breath, using a series of creative tasks drawn from contemporary dance, yoga and martial arts practices. The techniques will be filmed in order to capture and express these experiences. *Dance Limerick’s Artist Residency Programme was re-named “Percolate” in January 2017 to reflect the sense of an idea that is brewing, developing or simmering and which can be brought to its next stage through a focused residency period. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists for a period of two weeks.

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Dance Limerick exists to support the development of professional dance artists within the Limerick region and beyond.

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
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