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LIGHT MOVES FESTIVAL OF SCREENDANCE 2015 | CALL FOR PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS
Thu 25 Jun '15

Following the open call for films, Light Moves festival of screendance is pleased to announce its call for presentations and paper proposals for inclusion at the Light Moves Symposium 2015: Peeling away the layers. The symposium sits within the Light Moves festival, 19-22 November, and aims to encourage artistic and scholarly exchange, debate and discussion in screendance and related disciplines including performance, dance, film, visual arts, sound and text. Proposals are invited from practitioners and scholars for max 20 minute presentations. Experimental and/or group formats of presentation are welcome. The theme for this year’s symposium is "Peeling away the layers". Papers and project presentations may include but are not limited to the following areas: - Screendance as a language for social, cultural and political conversations. - Let’s talk about digital: :: Challenging the allure of High Definition. :: The ubiquitous camera. :: Primitive technologies, embracing artefact and rediscovering lo-fi. - Screendance conventions and the interplay between mainstream and experimental practices. - Mediating and experiencing time in screendance (uninterrupted, compressed and expanded time) - Harnessing performativity; liveness in screendance. - Confronting stereotype (body, dance and location) Submissions: Proposals for presentations and papers should be emailed to lightmovesfestival@gmail.com Deadline: Friday 07 August 2015 Please submit in PDF format only. Proposals should be no more than 300 words and should include: - The title of your paper or presentation - A maximum 300 word abstract (including brief description of the questions, concepts and topics you wish to explore and how) - Your preferred presentation format/approach - A short biography - A/V requirements - Website links that support your proposal, if available. The Light Moves Screendance Symposium is hosted by Dance Limerick and DMARC, University of Limerick. Light Moves festival of screendance 2015 takes place at Dance Limerick from 19-22 November and follows the highly successful inaugural event last year. Ireland’s only festival of screendance, Light Moves is dedicated to the art of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The festival is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of dance film / screendance in Ireland. Curated by Jurgen Simpson and Mary Wycherley, Light Moves combines classics, family screenings, invited works, open submissions, and explorations of screendance with some of the most respected figures in the field, Light Moves will feature a host of different events. Further details from www.lightmoves.ie (link on right)

LIMERICK YOUTH DANCE HOSTS FREE TASTER SESSION FOR NEW MEMBERS, WED 16 SEPT, 6PM-8PM
Tue 23 Jun '15

Limerick Youth Dance is currently on a summer break but will return with a FREE Taster Session to welcome new members on: Wed 16 Sept 2015, 6pm-8pm Dance Limerick Studio All young people aged 15-25yrs welcome! Limerick Youth Dance (LYD) is a great opportunity for young people who have a passion for dance to develop as a dancer, to create new dance pieces and to perform on stage and screen. Joining Limerick Youth Dance means… - making a commitment to be part of a dance ensemble, a group of people dedicated to dance projects - participating in weekly workshops - meeting other young dancers Participants join up for a term/year with Limerick Youth Dance. Term 1: Sept-Dec 2015 Term 2: Jan-April 2016 Term 3: April-June 2016 Fee Per Term: €100.00 Teacher: Angie Smalis trained and worked professionally as a dance artist in her home country of Greece before moving to Vienna, Austria in 2001 to join the Volksoper Wien. Angie relocated to Limerick in 2003 to join Daghdha Dance Company. She is Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre and Director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of contemporary dance artists with intellectual disabilities. Angie is also a proud mother of 5! Photo: Still from Limerick Youth Dance film "Stoixeia/Elements", created by LYD members in Spring-Summer 2015, filmed by Dominik Kosicki.

LIMERICK 2020 BRAINSTORMING SESSION AT DANCE LIMERICK, WED 17 JUNE
Tue 16 Jun '15

The first Citizen Brainstorming Session will take place at Dance Limerick on Wednesday 17th June from 4pm to 6pm to meet and discuss Limerick's bid for European Capital of Culture 2020. This get together will be an opportunity to share ideas that can help feed into the 2020 Bid Book. Format as follows: 4.00pm - Tea/Coffee 4.30pm - Introduction, Mike Fitzpatrick, Limerick 2020 Bid 4.35pm - Breakout sessions with facilitators helping to draw together 4 themes 5.35pm - Presentation of ideas 5.50pm - Thank you and conclusion Themes: (I) What are the 'hard' issues culture should be addressing in Limerick? (Ii) How do we make culture in Limerick more inclusive? (Iii) What do you think should be in the programme for 2020? (iv) What can Europe learn from Limerick and vice versa? Please RSVP to info@limerick2020.ie

STEP UP DANCE PROJECT 2015 GUEST CHOREOGRAPHER HELENE CATHALA
Thu 04 Jun '15

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome Hélène Cathala as guest choreographer of Step Up Dance Project 2015. Hélène Cathala worked as a dancer and close collaborator with Dominique Bagouet and Trisha Brown from 1989-1992. In 1993, she co-founded the Compagnie La Camionetta with Fabrice Ramalingom, with whom she created numerous dance productions. She then initiated a collective project for research and experimentation, Changement de Proprietaire (Change of Ownership), in Montpellier. In 2006 she embarked on a solo career, forming her own company Hors Commerce, investigating the world of dance, theatre, literature and choreography. Step Up Dance Project is an intensive five-week programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development, open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. The project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, and aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. The five dancers, selected from an Open Call earlier this year, who will participate in Step Up: Dance Project 2015 are: - Amy Robyn Lyster - Hayley Cunningham - Jessie Keenan - Marion Cronin - Olwyn Lyons The Step Up programme will enhance these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland. Working with Hélène Cathala, they will create a new dance work to be performed at Dance Limerick, Firkin Crane in Cork and DanceHouse in 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. Project: 6th July - 8th August Performances: Dance Limerick: Thurs 6th August Firkin Crane, Cork: Fri 7th August DanceHouse, Dublin: Sat 8th August

News from Colin Dunne
Mon 11 May '15

Limerick based dance artist, Colin Dunne will be performing in London in May, as part of a major collaboration between the Tate Modern and French company Musée de la danse under its director Boris Charmatz. Dunne is one of a number of international artists and thinkers who have been invited to participate in 20 Dancers for the XX Century, which takes place in the museum’s gallery spaces for a period of 48 hours.

THE LIMERICK SPRING FESTIVAL OF POLITICS & IDEAS COMES TO DANCE LIMERICK
Thu 09 Apr '15

"Eat Your Children", a new film about Ireland, austerity and dissent, which explores the role of the activist in society, will be screened at Dance Limerick as part of The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas. The Limerick Spring celebrates the role of the citizen in the political life of Limerick. The festival's theme this year is "Citizen Activist – how the citizens of Limerick, Ireland and Europe can shape our own futures into 2015 and beyond". "Eat Your Children" is a provocation, an inside out activist film, that tries to document something that seems to be invisible. It is a road trip quest by two friends who emigrated from Ireland during the financial crash – now they have come back to find out why Ireland does not resist austerity in the way that people seem to do in the rest of Europe. The film’s formal use of observational footage, street voxpop, archive material, metaphorical visual essay language mixed with on-the-road verite, makes for a rich and accessible tapestry of audiovisual material that immerses the viewer in the world of the protagonist-filmmakers, who are trying to understand identity, post-colonialism, nationalism, globalisation, resistance and the discontented in contemporary Ireland and Europe. Ireland’s reaction to the banking crisis asks future generations to keep paying off a dead bank’s debt. Taking its title from Jonathan Swift’s 1729 "A Modest Proposal" that suggested Ireland eat its young as a solution to poverty, "Eat Your Children" continues in this satirical tradition to explore contemporary economic hardship, and the response and lack thereof, to unprecedented austerity measures. Director, Writer, Producer: Treasa O’Brien Co-Director & Writer: Mary Jane O’Leary Stinging Hornet Films

LIMERICK YOUTH DANCE STARTS NEW TERM WITH FREE OPEN SESSION FOR NEW MEMBERS
Wed 08 Apr '15

Limerick Youth Dance, run by Dance Limerick, will begin its new term on Wednesday 15 April with an open session for new members at Dance Limerick Studio, John’s Square, Limerick. Limerick Youth Dance is an ensemble of young people aged 15-25 years interested in developing as dancers, performing on stage and screen and meeting other like-minded young people. The open session is a great opportunity for any young person interested in giving dance a go. All are welcome. This session is free and will run from 6pm-8pm. Limerick Youth Dance meets every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm at Dance Limerick Studio. Joining Limerick Youth Dance means making a commitment to be part of a dance ensemble - a group of people dedicated to dance projects - participating in weekly workshops and meeting other young dancers. Limerick Youth Dance has been very active in the past year, creating and presenting performances with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, students from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL and producer/composer NUBUS. The members were also part of the hugely successful Culture Night celebration at John’s Square with Music Generation, Limerick Youth Theatre and Scoil Uí Ruairc Irish Dancing School. Limerick Youth Dance is led by dance artist Angie Smalis. Angie trained and worked professionally as a dance artist in her home country of Greece before moving to Vienna, Austria in 2001 to join the Volksoper Wien. She relocated to Limerick in 2003 to join Daghdha Dance Company. In addition to Limerick Youth Dance, at Dance Limerick Angie also teaches a Contemporary Dance Class for Over 55s every Monday and a Contemporary Dance Class for Adults every Tuesday. She is Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre and Director of Patterns Dance Collective, a group of contemporary dance artists with intellectual disabilities. Angie is also a proud mother of 5!

DANCE CLASSES FOR ALL AT DANCE LIMERICK
Mon 30 Mar '15

We have dance classes for all ages every week at Dance Limerick! See our schedule below and click links on right for further details about any of the classes. Contemporary Dance for Adults Tuesdays | 6pm-7.15pm | €12 (class) / €60 for six classes Limerick Youth Dance (15-25yrs) Wednesdays | 6pm-8pm | €100 per term Ballet for Adults Thursdays | 6pm-7.15pm | €12 (class) / €60 (six classes) Dance Club for Tots (1)* Saturdays | 10am-11.45am | €40 (six classes) *Please Note: This class is full. Please email info@dancelimerick.ie if you would like to go on our waiting list. Dance Club for Tots (2)* Saturdays | 11am-11.45am | €40 (six classes) *Please Note: This class is full. Please email info@dancelimerick.ie if you would like to go on our waiting list. Dance Club for 5-8yrs Saturdays | 12 noon - 12.45pm | €40 (six classes) Dance Club for 9-14yrs* Saturdays | 1pm-2pm | €40 (six classes) *Please Note: This class is full. Please email info@dancelimerick.ie if you would like to go on our waiting list. Professional Classes Professional Dance Classes take place at Dance Limerick Studio during residencies by visiting dance artists and are suitable for professional dancers and advanced level students. See links on right for further details.

LIGHT MOVES: FESTIVAL OF SCREENDANCE 2015 | OPEN CALL
Wed 18 Mar '15

Filmmakers, choreographers and video artists are invited to submit screendance works for consideration for Light Moves: Festival of Screendance 2015. The Festival takes place at Dance Limerick from 19-22 November and follows the highly successful inaugural event last year. The Early Bird submission deadline has now passed. The final deadline is 10 June 2015. Full details from www.lightmoves.ie (link on right) or by clicking on the files below (Open Call and Terms & Conditions).

STEP UP: DANCE PROJECT 2015 - OPEN CALL | DEADLINE FRI 17 APRIL 2015
Wed 18 Mar '15

Applications are invited for Step Up: Dance Project 2015, an intensive five-week programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development with guest choreographer Hélène Cathala, open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. Step Up: Dance Project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Please click the link below for full details. Applications should be emailed to stepupdanceproject@gmail.com by Friday 17 April 2015.

DANCE LIMERICK PRESENTS MARBLE & BREAD, BY MEGAN KENNEDY
Wed 25 Feb '15

Dance Limerick is delighted to present Marble and Bread, a promenade dance theatre piece by choreographer Megan Kennedy, Limerick's first Dance Artist-in-Residence. The Sailor's Home, O'Curry Street, Limerick. Performers: Luke Brown, Deirdre Griffin, Marc Stevenson, Tilly Webber. More details to follow shortly. Photo by Maurice Gunning

DANCE CLUB FOR TOTS IS FULL!
Fri 16 Jan '15

We have been overwhelmed with the interest in our Dance Club for Tots! This class is now FULL (as of 16th January). If anyone would like to go on a waiting list for this class, please email info@dancelimerick.ie with: - Your name - The age of your child - Your contact telephone number and email address If places become available, we will contact you on a first come first served basis. Thank you everyone for your interest in our Dance Club!

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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

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