Wed 08 Feb '17

Limerick Dance Collective, a group of professional dance artists based in Limerick, are hosting a series of Open Labs on the first Monday of every month at Dance Limerick Studio. Open Lab is an improvisation space for experienced movers and makers to meet, to play, to experiment and to dance together. Participants are invited to bring their curiosities, tasks and proposals to share with the group. Each meet-up will run from 6pm – 9pm. For updates, see Limerick Dance Collective on Facebook (link on right). Photo by Lucy Dawson.

Mon 16 Jan '17

Dance Limerick's Artist Residency Programme is now called Percolate. We feel this reflects 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. To coincide with this change, we have extended the deadline for applications to this year's residency programme to Friday 3 February. Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2017 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 Deadline: Friday 3 February 2017 (extended deadline) Photo: Dance artist Murni Omar, photographed at Dance Limerick by Alan Place

Thu 12 Jan '17

Limerick Youth Dance starts back for the new term on Wednesday 18 January with a Free Taster Session! If you're curious about dance and are aged 15-25, why not join us for this free session to try it out? All are welcome. No experience required, just your curiosity and enthusiasm! Wed 18 January | 6pm-8pm Dance Limerick Studio 1-2 John's Square Click on the link on right for more details about Limerick Youth Dance and we hope to see you on the 18th! IMAGE CREDIT: Lucy Dawson

Live Archive comes to Dance Limerick, Sat 28 Jan - With Robert Connor, Joan Davis, Mary Nunan & Loretta Yurick
Wed 11 Jan '17

Connections between past work and current practice are explored in Live Archive, a special performance of choreography from iconic Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre, at Dance Limerick on Saturday 28 January. Original company members Robert Connor, Joan Davis, Mary Nunan and Loretta Yurick explore some of their previous choreographies, working along with present day early and mid-career dance artists. Through this process of bringing their archive back to life, they open themselves up to what can happen when dance artists re-examine their past work with a new generation of dancers. Tickets €12/€10 are available from Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre was the first state funded contemporary dance company in Ireland and operated from 1979-1989. The company evolved from Dublin Contemporary Dance Studio, set up by Karen Callaghan and Joan Davis to pioneer modern dance in Ireland. Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (DCDT) rapidly built up a varied repertoire of both original and guest choreographers’ work and many of Ireland’s key choreographers and dancers began their professional careers with the company. Director/Curator of Live Archive Emma Meehan invited original company members to respond to the archive of DCDT by selecting works they would like to re-visit and dancers they were interested in collaborating with, in order to re-examine and pass on their work. Meehan explains “Of particular interest is the process of re-visiting as much as re-creating the works in their entirety. What happens when dance artists re-investigate their past work with a new generation of dancers?” Answering this question will be well known dance artist Mary Nunan, who will work with dancer Katherine O’Malley and musician/composer Óscar Mascareñas to re-visit her first choreography Search (1983), based on Samuel Beckett’s Company; Robert Connor and Loretta Yurick will recreate their duet Coupled Reflections (1984) with dancers Eimear Byrne and Anderson de Souza; Joan Davis will explore her choreography Continuum (1986) through a collaborative re-working based on her current practice with dancer Lisa Cahill; and Robert Connor will reconstruct, with Anderson de Souza, the male solo from Lunar Parables (1984) by guest DCDT choreographer Jerry Pearson. Emma Meehan will weave the evening together using stories from the process of working as researcher with the dancers and archive. The performance will conclude with a post-show conversation hosted by Mary Wycherley, Limerick’s Dance Artist-in-Residence. Announcing details of the performance, Director of Dance Limerick Jenny Traynor said “We are really excited to present Live Archive here in Limerick. Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre was a trailblazer in the development of contemporary dance in Ireland, with many of the original company members going on to become leaders, educators and key influencers here in Ireland and overseas. This is a fantastic opportunity for audiences to see the evolution of contemporary dance and to experience dance as a living, breathing, organic artform. Limerick audiences are in for a very special evening of dance”. CREDITS: Original Company Members: Robert Connor Joan Davis Mary Nunan Loretta Yurick Performers: Eimear Byrne Lisa Cahill Anderson de Souza Óscar Mascareñas Katherine O’Malley Director/Curator: Emma Meehan Administration & Production Support: Kristyn Fontanella Poster Design: Neill O’Dwyer Post-show conversation host (Limerick): Mary Wycherley TOUR PERFORMANCES Saturday 28 January: Dance Limerick Saturday 18 February: Firkin Crane, Cork Live Archive was first performed at DanceHouse, Dublin on the 8th and 9th of December 2016. Image Credit: Doina (Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre), courtesy of the National Dance Archive of Ireland, University of Limerick.

Thu 24 Nov '16

Sat 10 Dec | 1pm Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church) €7 / €5 / Family of four €20 "Every afternoon, the children used to play in the Giant's garden... One day, the Giant came back..." Inspired by Oscar Wilde's well-known short story The Selfish Giant, Limerick Youth Dance presents a new dance theatre piece for young audiences. Gently exploring the circle of life, the young dancers reflect the changing seasons, friendship and kindness through movement and dance. Suitable for family audiences.

Thu 24 Nov '16

Thurs 2 December | 11am-12.30pm Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church) €7/€5 Dance artist Sarah Cerneaux will lead a professional class at Dance Limerick on Thursday 2nd December, prior to her performance that night with Liz Roche Dance Company in Bastard Amber at the Lime Tree Theatre. The class is open to professional dancers and advanced level students. Please email to reserve your place. About Sarah Cerneaux: Sarah Cerneaux started street dancing at the age of 17 in France. Having completed her degree, she moved to Paris and continued her training, studying with teachers such as Corinne Lanselle, Carolyn Carlson, Julyen Hamilton and Junior Almeida. Since then she has worked with Abou Lagraa Company, D.A.D.R Company and Vincent Mantsoe Company. Sarah moved to London in 2014 and began working with Liz Roche Company and Akram Khan Company London. Photo: Luca Truffarelli

Thu 24 Nov '16

Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2017 at Dance Limerick. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists for a period of two weeks. Please click on the files below for full details and application form. Closing date: Friday 3 February 2017.

Tue 15 Nov '16

Young dance artists Bianca Paige Smith and Eimear Byrne will lead a Contemporary Dance Workshop at Dance Limerick Studio on Sunday 20 Novembe from 2.30pm-5.30pm. The workshop is divided into the following sessions: - Technique Class - Lyrical Class - Duet Improvisation Workshop fee: €20.00 To book your place, please email

Sat 12 Nov '16

Wednesdays, 6pm-7.30pm Dance Limerick Studio 16 Nov - 14 Dec Limerick Dance Collective, a group of professional dance artists based in Limerick, are hosting a new series of Open Labs on Wednesday evenings at Dance Limerick Studio. Open to experienced movers, the purpose of these labs is to facilitate movement exploration and peer to peer exchange. A different member of Limerick Dance Collective will lead each session, guided by their own choreographic inquiries and investigations. Dancers who participate in the labs may become part of performances in the future. Wed 16 Nov: Lucy Dawson Wed 23 Nov: Kristyn Fontanella Wed 30 Nov: Isabella Oberländer Wed 7 Dec: Micheal Rowsome Wed 14 Dec: Lucy Dawson

Thu 15 Sep '16

We're delighted to announce the exciting programme for this year's Light Moves Festival of Screendance. Now in its third year, this year's programme showcases beautiful, thought-provoking and cutting-edge new work in Limerick venues 3rd-6th November. Highlights include artists from home and abroad, past and present, including Merce Cunningham, Terence Malick, Olwen Fouéré, Tacita Dean, Jennifer Walshe, Temper-Mental MissElayneous, Laura U. Marks, Vivienne Dick, John Scott, Douglas Rosenberg, and Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion. The festival is an opportunity for audiences both local and international to watch, learn, film, compose, dance, discuss and participate. The programme includes Irish and world premieres, performances, installations, workshops, labs and talks from leading artists and thinkers from across the world. The festival includes a special focus on work from Ireland, a participatory project for older people and screenings for audiences aged 4+. Details were announced at Dance Limerick on Tuesday 13th September by festival curators Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson, who were joined by special guest Professor Mel Mercier, Chair of Performing Arts at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, to officially launch the programme. Mary Wycherley and Jürgen Simpson said: “We invite you to delve into the rich diversity, boldness and vibrancy of screendance; film experienced through the lens of movement and choreography.” Light Moves will take place in locations across Limerick, including Dance Limerick's home in John's Square at the historic St John's Church, Belltable Arts Centre and Limerick City Gallery of Art. The festival is produced by Dance Limerick in partnership with DMARC (Digital Media and Arts Research Centre) at the University of Limerick, and is funded by the Arts Council, Limerick City and Count Council and the JP McManus Fund. For tickets, festival passes and the full festival programme, see or click link on right. Click below for programme launch press release.

Mon 12 Sep '16

Hip Hop Workshop with Rachel Sheil & Bianca Paige Smith Sat 17 Sept 2pm-5pm Dance Limerick (St John's Church) Workshop fee: Full workshop (3 classes): €20 One class: €8 Two classes: €15 Contact:

Kristyn Fontanella presents In Limbo, THURS 15 SEPT, 8PM
Wed 07 Sep '16

What is Irish dance… and the space between? Dancer and choreographer Kristyn Fontanella brings her new work In Limbo to Dance Limerick on Thursday 15 September at 8pm. This new piece explores traditional Irish dance in a contemporary context and asks “What is Irish dance… and the space between?” Tickets €7/€5 As a trained Irish dancer working more recently in contemporary dance, Kristyn Fontanella has developed a sense of being “in-between” the perceived norms of both forms of dance and has spent the last year researching movement that is influenced by both. “Coming from quite a rigid and controlled dance background, I’m using my training in other dance forms to investigate how to move in an honest way, that still has a quality of the tradition in the movement. I’m seeking to break down the dance form to its essential elements and discover how this makes the dancer move in relation to the music; a simplified movement of traditional Irish dance”. Kristyn has been developing this work with a group of dancers willing to explore and experiment with her: “Thanks to a Traditional Arts Bursary from the Arts Council, I have been able to research and develop this vision with some young Irish dancers who are passionate about discovery and are willing to go outside their own comfort zone in this exploration. I believe this experience will open a new doorway for future generations of Irish dancers – a new tradition of exploration, to carry on for themselves”. Announcing details of In Limbo, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said “We’re delighted to welcome Kristyn Fontanella and her cast for the first public performance of In Limbo. Kristyn is an incredibly hard-working dance artist, who constantly questions her art form and seeks new opportunities to discover and collaborate. We’re excited to see her pushing the boundaries of traditional Irish dance and seeking to carve a new path where the traditional meets the contemporary, and we hope that Limerick audiences will join us to experience this new approach”. In Limbo will be performed by dancers Sibéal Davitt, Sarah Fennell, Kristyn Fontanella, Laura Lundy, Fiona McCabe, Aoife O’Brien, Cian O’Flynn and Kelsey Schule, with music performed by Aisling Drost, Sharon Howley, Niamh Ní Bhriain and Kevin Prendergast. Choreography/Direction by Kristyn Fontanella, Musical Direction/Composition by Sharon Howley and Lighting Design by Gearóid O hAllmhuráin. Picture Credit: Karen Goltz ENDS




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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