Established and renowned choreographer Mary Nunan has been commissioned to create a piece especially for the launch of Dance Limerick on the 3rd October at the Daghdha Space. An experienced and accomplished choreographer Mary Nunan is currently Course Director of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick, and was the founding Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company. Mary's commission (currently unnamed) has at its starting point the romantic and lyrical 2nd movement of Franz Schubert's String Quintet in C major. Fittingly Mary has created an ensemble piece with five female dancers. The choreography meets the otherworldly tranquility of the music with grounded, soft, earthy movements as the dancers trace patterns in the space. It also holds a steady intensity as it passes through the turbulent passages of the music with movement patterns that, rhythmically and spatially, fall together and apart: repeatedly. A celebration of dance and also a celebration of the beauty and space of the church (Daghdha Space), the performance very much honours Schubert's composition while not slavishly following it. Commenting on her commission Mary says: “In working on this piece I really wanted to celebrate the capacity that the dancers have and bring a layer of subtelty and detail to relatively simple movements. It takes a lot of skill and sensitivity to do this so I’m delighted to have this opportunity to work with what I consider to be some of the best dancers in Ireland in choreographing this work. I rarely work with music so taking Schubert's composition as my starting point was very unusual for me. What I've really tried to do here is to get inside the music with movement, in essence to get in under the music.” Mary's commission is 15 minutes long and will be performed in front of approximately 100 guests at the launch of Dance Limerick on Thursday 3rd October. The five female dancers performing the piece are Katherine O'Malley, Lisa McLoughlin, Laura Murphy, Nora Rodriguez and Dagmara Jerzak.
For too long Limerick has been without regular weekly professional dance classes. It is one of Dance Limerick's priorities to provide access for dancers in the Limerick region to weekly professional classes. It is fair to say that life as a professional dancer places a lot of demands on your body and mind. It takes a lot to stay on top of your game and it’s to your best advantage to remain physically fit at all times. A weekly class is a place for a dancer to check in with his/her own body and to give space to really work on fitness as well as technique and creativity. Having regular contact with other dancers in the locality is also a great way of sharing ideas, gaining peer support and generating relationships for potential future collaborations. The dance classes will be lead by local dance artists and occasionally by guest artists. The classes run every Thursday morning from 10am - 11am in the Dance Limerick Studio, John's Square starting on the 10th October. Classes operate on a drop in basis and the fee is E7 per class. The first five classes will be led by Isabella Oberlander. Living in Limerick Isabella has a wealth of experience in performing and teaching contemporary dance. Recent projects have included work with Legitimate Bodies Dance Company, a residency at Dance Ireland, and performances with Daghdha Dance Company.
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