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
Mondays from 12 September 7.30pm-8.30pm Dance Limerick Studio, John's Square €60 for six weeks / €12 per class (drop-in rate) A new term of beginner Hip-Hop classes with Rachel Sheil, for teens and adults, starts at Dance Limerick in September. Ever wanted to learn Street Dance in a fun and welcoming environment? This class encourages social dancing, learning hip-hop foundations and having fun! Places are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot. Email firstname.lastname@example.org About Rachel Sheil: Rachel has been teaching for over six years and is currently completing 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 Intervarsity competitions. She hopes to continue her passion here in Limerick and share all the knowledge she has accumulated.
Step Up Dance Project 2016 culminates in the performance of Snapshot, a collection of short dance works, beginning at Dance Limerick on Wednesday 24 August at 6pm. Directed by renowned choreographer Lea Anderson, Snapshot will be performed by young contemporary dancers Millie Daniel-Dempsey, Sibéal Davitt, Lisa Hogan, Emily Kilkenny Roddy and Rachel Sheil. Admission free. The show will also tour, as follows: Dance Limerick: Wed 24 Aug, 6pm The Cube, NUIG: Thurs 25 Aug, 6pm Firkin Crane, Cork: Fri 26 Aug, 6pm DanceHouse, Dublin: Sat 27 Aug, 4pm Inspired by superstars of dance, sport, screen and pop, Snapshot is a portfolio performance of short pieces which have emerged from an intense research period, analysing and sampling movement from footage and photos. Assuming the role of dance historian, the choreographer and dancers have compiled, collated and confounded source material from iconic figures as diverse as Michael Jackson and Muhammed Ali to Martha Graham and Marilyn Monroe. The result is a fascinating coming together of styles, rhythm and drama in a captivating dance theatre experience. Step Up Dance Project aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. Open to exceptional recent dance graduates, selected via open competition, Step Up is an intensive programme of classes, development, rehearsals and performance, directed by a guest choreographer. The project is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL. Now in its sixth year, Step Up 2016 sees an expanded programme designed to enhance the participants’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and thereby improve their professional opportunities in Ireland. The new expanded Step Up programme includes the following elements: - Creation & Performance - Repertory Programme - Dancers as Entrepreneurs - Personal Development Guest choreographer of Step Up 2016 Lea Anderson is Artistic Director of The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs, two of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the UK. In 2002, Lea was awarded an MBE for her services to dance, and in 2006 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Dartington College of Arts. In autumn 2014, she was appointed Regents Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles and is currently Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. Her latest works include a performed exhibition of choreography and costume at The V & A Museum in London, a full-length theatrical piece, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Pans People Papers, an ongoing digital series with filmmaker Marisa Zanotti. Lea recently choreographed How To Talk To Girls At Parties, the latest film directed by John Cameron Mitchell, based on the short story by Neil Gaiman, due for release in 2017. Commenting on this year’s project, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick and Producer of Step Up, says “Many young dancers from Ireland train abroad. The Step Up programme is a wonderful opportunity for them to return and re-connect with the professional dance community here. Participants work under the direction of a renowned choreographer, developing their technical and performance skills, and deepening their understanding of the creative process. This is a great opportunity for any young dancer who has the drive, energy and initiative to succeed, and for the audience to witness some of our exceptional young talent. All are welcome, so we’d love our Limerick audience to come and see what some of our best young dancers are up to!” Additional Info – Dancer Biographies: Millie Daniel-Dempsey Millie graduated in 2015 from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance with a BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance Performance. During her training Millie gained experience working with Scottish based company Fuora Dance Project and for Scottish Dance Theatre’s Creative Learning department. Following graduation, Millie performed at festivals in Scotland and Germany before moving to Budapest to take part in Budapest Dance Theatre’s élite training programme. Earlier this year, she worked with the Crossover Project dance company in Berlin. Sibéal Davitt Sibéal Davitt is a Dublin-born dance artist. Her style of dance is influenced by contemporary, classical and Irish traditional sean-nós dance, having trained in all styles from an early age. In 2009 she won Glas Vegas, a national talent competition televised on TG4, and subsequently performed in Las Vegas and at leading venues around the world. In 2014, Sibéal graduated with an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance (First Class Hons) at UL. As part of this year’s 1916 commemorations, Sibéal performed in RTÉ’s Centenary, televised live on Easter Monday from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. She also performed Fógraím / I Proclaim as part of Embodied, a series of six solos by Irish female choreographers, commissioned by the GPO: Witness History Public Art Commission and Dublin Dance Festival. Sibéal is currently looking at bridging contemporary and traditional dance in her choreographic practice. Lisa Hogan Lisa’s passion for dance and the arts began at an early age and led her to pursue a BA in Voice and Dance at the University of Limerick. She went on to further training at the College of Dance, Dublin, graduating with a professional dance training diploma. Lisa is eager to work towards the many opportunities the dance community in Ireland and abroad has to offer. Emily Kilkenny Roddy Originally from County Laois, Emily began her dance training at Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE), studying jazz, classical ballet and contemporary dance. She choreographed and successfully auditioned pieces for the BIFE end of year showcase for three years and was named Student of the Year in 2013. Having achieved her HND, she went on to study for a BA (Hons) in Dance at the University of Chichester and is due to graduate in October 2016. She has previously performed and worked with international company ATOM- r and dance artists Aisling O’Coineen, Nick Bryson and Karen Gleeson. Rachel Sheil Rachel is currently completing her MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL. Her background in contemporary and street dance training influences her solo work. Rachel has worked with choreographers such as Hélène Cathala, John Scott, Iseli-Chiodi Dance and Laura Murphy. Most recently she completed the TRY! residency under Iseli-Chiodi Dance, participated in a dance intensive in Austria, with support from an Arts Council Travel and Training Award and received a mentorship residency award from Dance Ireland, beginning in January 2017. Rachel will perform her MA final solo in September and will continue to develop her choreographic practice and to teach at various locations in Ireland. Photos by Maurice Gunning ENDS Further info: Dance Limerick (061) 400994 / email@example.com
Five exceptional dancers have been selected to work with renowned choreographer Lea Anderson on Step Up Dance Project 2016. The successful dancers, selected from a competitive Open Call earlier this year, are: - Sibéal Davitt - Millie Daniel-Dempsey - Lisa Hogan - Emily Kilkenny Roddy - Rachel Sheil Step Up: Dance Project is an intensive dance project which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. It is open to recent dance graduates, selected via a competitive screening process. The 2016 project runs from 2-27 August. Following four weeks of intensive classes and rehearsals, Step Up will culminate in the performance of an engaging new contemporary dance work, directed by Lea Anderson, which will also tour to 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 sixth year, Step Up 2016 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 Step Up is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL. Performances: Dance Limerick: Wed 24 August Galway: 25 Aug Firkin Crane, Cork: 26 Aug DanceHouse, Dublin: 27 August
Ballet Workshop for Adults: Beginners & Improvers Level With Patricia Crosbie Thursday 18 August | 3.00pm-6.00pm Dance Limerick Studio Workshop Fee: €30 To book: Click link on right All are welcome to an intensive workshop in ballet with Patricia Crosbie at Dance Limerick. This workshop is designed to give an insight into the world of classical ballet. Aimed at adults, beginners and improvers level, the three-hour workshop will begin with a ballet class to focus on warm up, technique, flexibility and posture. Class will be followed by a short talk about the quintessential, classical ballet Giselle, giving insight into the choreography, history and music of this dramatic ballet from the 19th Century. Finally, the participants will learn a short excerpt from Act 2 of this world-renowned ballet. Participants may be interested to know that Giselle will be performed by Cork City Ballet at the Cork Opera House in November. Tutor: Patricia Crosbie Patricia Crosbie was a member of Irish National Ballet for 6 years, dancing leading roles in many of the classics, including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Patricia was a principal with London Ballet Theatre and Vienna Festival Ballet and toured worldwide with the renowned rock band, The Kinks, choreographing and performing in their concerts. Patricia is now Ballet Mistress with Cork City Ballet for whom she has choreographed many ballets. She has conducted workshops and Master classes for INYB, Crux Dance Company, Siamsa Tire and for Dance Ireland and has been teaching Adult Beginners Ballet classes at Firkin Crane Dance Centre for almost 3 years. Patricia taught ballet and jazz ballet on the Diploma in Dance course at Cork’s College of Further Education (CSN) for 12 years and is now ballet tutor on the MA and BA dance courses at Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Patricia was awarded her MA in Dance from UL in 2011 and is Associate Artist for 2015/16 with Dance Ireland
Interested in giving hip hop a go? Regular Dance Limerick teacher Rachel Sheil and Bianca Paige Smith are joining forces to present a Hip Hop Summer Workshop on Sat 6 August, 2pm-5pm. €30 for the full workshop, or you can attend for one session (€12) or two (€22). For further info and to register: Email firstname.lastname@example.org Or find them on Facebook (link on right) Photo: Pat Shanahan
Dance Limerick is delighted to announce that renowned dance artist and choreographer Mary Nunan will lead the new season of Contemporary Dance Classes for Adults, beginning on Tuesday 20 September at 6pm. Tues 20 Sept - Tues 25 Oct (six weeks) 6pm-7.15pm | Dance Limerick Studio €60.00 (six weeks) *Free Taster Class on Culture Night, Friday 16 September at 6pm in the Studio* The aim of these new 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. Mary Nunan is a contemporary dance artist/choreographer, performer and teacher. She started her professional career as a member of Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-86) and went on to become a founder member and Artistic Director of Daghdha Dance Company in Limerick from 1988-1999. During this period she created a substantial body of critically acclaimed solo and ensemble choreographies for the company. Mary was Course Director of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL from 1999-2016. She is a very experienced teacher who has taught extensively, nationally and internationally, in a range of contexts. Mary enjoys teaching at every level – from beginners to professional master classes.
Dance artist Sheena Kelly will host two open integrated workshops to coincide with her residency at Dance Limerick. Dates: Tues 28 June & Tues 05 July Time: 10am-12pm Venue: Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church) The workshops are free and are open to adults with and without disabilities. Participants should ideally have some dance/performance experience, although this is not essential. Artists working within integrated dance, theatre and/or art are also most welcome. Sheena will be at Dance Limerick to develop her work Whispers, an integrated piece for four dancers: Sheena herself and Linda Fearon from Northern Ireland, and Lisa Cahill and Deirdre Corry from Limerick. The work explores disjointed spaces and weaves together stories, vocals and movements to engage the audience in every breath and whisper. Residency: Mon 28 June – Fri 08 July. Open Sharing: Fri 08 July, 1pm at Dance Limerick.
Mary-Jo Gilligan and Jessica Kelly are in Dance Limerick on a short residency to develop 'A Dancer Drowned', a project about movement and immersion in an interconnected world. The work centres around the mysterious event described in the title, and is evolving through experiments with collaborative writing and internet imagery, as well as the aesthetics and philosophy of dance. About Mary-Jo Gilligan Mary-Jo Gilligan is based in Dublin. Her work is typically site specific and participatory, usually performative, often collaborative and is deeply influenced by an interest in public art, relational processes and somatic practice. Since completing studies in the University of Ljubljana and NCAD Dublin, Gilligan has worked with the following commissioning bodies: Portlaoise County Council, Out Of Site, RGKSKSRG, Culturstruction and Dublin City Council. She has also undertaken residencies with Roscommon County Council, ID11 Netherlands, The Performance Corporation, VOID, Fís and Greenstar. Gilligan was the recipient of a studio residency at IMMA 2012/13. Recent work includes Our Listening Field for Foaming at the Mouth Phoenix Park, 2015. About Jessica Kelly Jessica Kelly defines her work simply as ‘moving images’. For her, video may be a complex screendance or as simple as a two-frame loop. She also works with performance and text. Collaboration is a frequent feature of her practice, which is influenced by the visual paradigms and implications of the internet, VJ culture and dance. Jessica completed her Masters in KASK (Ghent) in 2014 and graduated from Media in NCAD in 2007. From 2009-10 she was a resident artist of Daghdha Dance Company (Limerick). At present she is based in Dublin, where she is a member of the artist-led initiative Ormond Studios and facilitates LUX Critical Forum. This month her work will be exhibited in 'Homeland Video Loop' at Damer House Gallery in Tipperary and she will also host '(phe)NOM(e)NON' at the Guesthouse Project in Cork, with Chloe Brennan and Irene Murphy.
Vocal Magic: Creating and Healing with Voice Sat 30 July 2016 10:00hrs – 17:00hrs Workshop Fee: €50 / €30 (unwaged/student) To book, click link on right. Vocal Magic is a full day vocal workshop with acclaimed international performer, singer, author and priestess Andrea Goodman. Situated in the beautiful Dance Limerick Space (St John’s Church) this workshop is suitable for singers, performance artists, theatre practitioners and anyone with an interest in using the voice within the context of ritual and healing. The workshop will cover: - Exercises and demonstrations in vocal technique, intuitive singing, and sound-healing; - Understanding archetypal song, sound as metaphor, intention as creative muse; - Experiencing the voice as a channel of healing and transformation; - Exploring the fine line between theatre and ritual. About Andrea Goodman: Andrea Goodman is one of the original singers in the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble, appearing in theatre and concerts world-wide from 1974 to 1991. She appeared in the films "Ellis Island" and "Book of Days”, Peter Greenaway's "Four American Composers" and five Meredith Monk albums, including "Dolmen Music" and "Turtle Dreams." Living in Maine since 1989, Andrea works with Figures of Speech Theatre as singer, composer, music director, actress and puppeteer, most recently singing David Lang's "Little Match Girl Passion" for an exquisite theatrical production of the story, presented at Bates College. Andrea also performs, with Anna Dembska, as Music of a New Frequency, an improvisational duo. Andrea recently sang in the opera-in-progress, "The Nubian Word for Flowers" by author Ione and composer Pauline Oliveros, and previously in their opera "Io and Her". Andrea has taught voice internationally, privately and in workshops, for 38 years, including in Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden and Ireland. Over the last 26 years, she has developed Cosmic Harmony, a class to transmit and facilitate vocal sound healing and the free flow of intuitive singing. An ordained minister/priestess since 1998, she is the founder of Ruby-Throated Spirit, Sanctuary, Studio and Labyrinth, where she offers weddings and other ceremonies, retreats, voice lessons, sound healing, astrology and Tarot. Her CD, "Divine Doorways," in collaboration with percussionist Gerry Hemingway, features improvisations on Tarot archetypes. Andrea’s book, Lightning Holds My Hand, A Woman's Journal of Guidance (2008), was referred to as “A beacon...to illuminate the dark night of the soul.” (Donna Henes). Her poetry and essays, including monthly astrological messages, appear in anthologies and journals. www.rubythroatedspirit.com This event is subsidised by the Limerick Grants Award and is hosted by Ceara Conway, Artist in Residence. Further info from email@example.com
Wed 08 June 2016, 10am-11:30am Canadian choreographer Lin Snelling and Belgian dance dramaturg Guy Cools will lead a professional class at Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church) on Wednesday 8th June from 10am-11:30am. Lin and Guy are in Dance Limerick for a two-week artist residency. Their improvised performance practice Rewriting Distance creates a space for the word 'story' to be condensed, fragmented and re-told through cycles of dancing, speaking, reading, writing and watching. In Limerick they are working with choreographer/dancer Mary Nunan, singer Oscar Mascarenas, poet Jo Slade and dance artist/filmmaker Mary Wycherley. Professional classes are offered at Dance Limerick by visiting artists as part of their residency and are suitable for professional dancers and advanced level students.
Dance Classes for all ages are ongoing at Dance Limerick. Contemporary Dance for Adults Tuesdays 6pm | €60 for six weeks, begins 20 Sept 2016 Ballet for Adults Thursdays 6pm | €60 for six weeks, begins 22 Sept 2016 Dance Club for Tots* Saturdays 10am & 11am *Classes are full - Email firstname.lastname@example.org to go on our waiting list for September. Dance Club for 5-8yrs** Saturdays 12 noon **Class is full - Email email@example.com to go on our waiting list for September. Dance Club for 9-14yrs*** Saturdays 1pm **Class is full - Email firstname.lastname@example.org to go on our waiting list for September. Limerick Youth Dance For 15-25yrs Saturdays 2pm-4pm from 24 September Auditions for new term: Sat 10 Sept, 2pm Click link below for audition application form Hip Hop for Adults with Rachel Sheil Thursdays 7.30pm Email email@example.com Kundalini Yoga with Tricia McGlacken Ryan Fridays 6pm Email firstname.lastname@example.org 5Rhythms Movement Meditation with Jenny Fahy Saturdays on a monthly basis (see link for dates) Email email@example.com Photo credit: Alan Place
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