Resources for Artists (Archive)

Flying Low with Lucia Kickham

last: Fri 22 Mar '19

Flying Low is a dance technique developed by Venezuelan dance artist David Zambrano. It’s main focus is the dancer’s relationship with the floor. Passing Through is a complex system of spontaneous composition based on collective leadership, interconnection and infinite possible pathways in space. In this workshop Lucia will introduce the participants to the key elements of these movement approaches.

The workshop builds up from gentle exercises which examine the natural spiral patterns within the body and develops into more energetic and expansive sequences. We will concentrate on pathways and use of energy as opposed to strict forms.

While aiming for speed in our movement we will also search to maintain a relaxed, easy body and acute awareness to our surroundings. Groundedness, efficiency of movement, practicality, open awareness and group dynamics are important elements at play in this movement training. This is an energetic workshop exploring the mechanics of the body, group consciousness and decision making.

Professional Morning Class with Lucia Kickham

last: Thu 21 Mar '19

Lucia Kickham will host a morning class as part of her 2 week residency at Dance Limerick.


Lucia is a Dublin-based dance artist performing and collaborating internationally since 2011. Trained in The Netherlands, she has worked with companies and artists which include TRASH, Company Philip Connaughton, Maria Nilsson Waller, Junk Ensemble, Liz Roche Company, Ciotóg and Oonagh Kearney.

Lucia frequently performs at festivals in Dublin, Cork and Belfast and has toured throughout the UK, Sweden and The Netherlands. She has trained intensively with David Zambrano in Flying Low & Passing Through techniques, developing her interest in group dynamics within composition and teaching environments. In recent years Lucia has received awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Firkin Crane Cork and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. Lucia was Hatch Artist 2018 at Dance Ireland and is Associate Artist with Liz Roche Company 2018/19.


last: Sun 10 Mar '19

Dancers and movers of Ireland are invited once a month to Dance Limerick. We will open-workshop our movement ideas and come together to create a deeper sense of community among Limerick dance artists.

Open to: choreographers or dance teachers with new/ongoing movement questions AND/OR movers ready to explore and bring a choreographer's ideas to life.

Adult event (over 18s), all are welcome, please message with any questions.

Hosted and facilitated by Celina Jaffe.



last: Thu 28 Feb '19

Studio Friends Scheme | €60 per year | Open Call for Local Artists

In 2019, The Studio Friends Scheme is open 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 performance 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 2019.

Please email with applications and for more details.


last: Wed 20 Feb '19

Join us for an informal, work-in-progress sharing by Rosalind Crisp at the end of her research period at Dance Limerick. This is a free event and all are welcome.

For details of Rosalind's workshop on Friday 15 February click here

More on Rosalind's Residency

Rosalind Crisp will return to Dance Limerick for a period of experimentation in a co-mentoring relationship with Mary Wycherley, building on their exchange initiated by Mary in 2018. In this framework Rosalind will pursue her development of DIRtywork, a solo performance event derived from her group project DIRt (Dance In Regional disaster zones). DIRt explores how dance & collaborative arts practice might embody, understand and respond to the unfolding environmental crisis in Australia, and connect to local, national and international communities.


Rosalind Crisp is one of Australia's most innovative and mature artists. Over 30 years she has created a substantial body of original dance work and a method of choreographic improvisation. In 1996 she established the Omeo Dance studio, Sydney, home to experimental dance for ten years. Invited to Paris in 2003, she became the first choreographic associate of Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson. The Atelier managed and toured her company work for ten years (2004 - 2012). In 2016 the French Ministry of Culture awarded her a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Dame of the Arts). Rosalind tours extensively throughout Europe and Australia, performing, collaborating, teaching and creating works for other companies. She holds a Masters by research from the University of Western Sydney and in 2014, in acknowledgment of her influence on many generations of Australian dancers, the University of Melbourne made her an Honorary Fellow.

'Beyond analogy, Crisp’s movement is astonishing in its sheer otherness...the standard syntax of dance is erased. It’s magical...'
                                                                                                                                - Keith Gallasch, RealTime

Image by Maurice Gunning


last: Tue 19 Feb '19

Closing 5pm Monday 18 February! 

Step Up Dance Programme 2019 brings a new outlook and continues to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland. Step Up is curated by Irish born, Marguerite Donlon, International choreographer and Director of “Donlon Dance Collective”, based in Berlin.

This year’s programme combines creating three brand new works with International choreographers, working on specific technical skills, from a renowned improvisation teacher, learning repertoire from one of the greatest masters in dance, personal coaching, followed by performances in three cities, by the six selected dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years. Step Up will enhance young dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish and international contemporary dance community, thereby improving their professional opportunities for young dancers in Ireland and abroad.

Creation and Performance of new Choreographies

Three new works by international choreographers will be specially created for the 6 dancers.

Marguerite Donlon, Choreographer (Ireland, Germany), further information HERE . A new mid length choreography

Francesco Vecchione, Choreographer (Italy, Spain), further information HERE. A new short choreography

Emanuele Soavi, Choreographer (Germany, Italy), further information HERE. A new short choreography


Prof Dieter Heitkamp. Improvisation teacher (Germany)

An in-depth workshop on improvisation techniques by one of their greatest teachers in this field. A dance piece may develop out of this process and will be subsequently performed with the other works. Further information HERE  

Rainer Behr. Pina Bausch Repertory teacher (Germany)

Reiner Behr, is a long time dancer with Pina Bausch. Participants will learn repertoire choreography as well as the philosophy and deeper meaning of each movement handed down to Reiner directly from Pina Bausch. Further information HERE  

Eoin Mac Donncha. Ballet master and Rehearsal Director (Ireland)

Eoin trained at The Rambert School of Ballet in London before working at various state theatres in Germany including Stadtheater Giessen and Staatstheter Saarbrucken. He has worked with the Cathy Sharp Dance Company, Switzerland, the Expressions Dance Company, Australia, and has danced for Ballet Hagen under the direction of renown choreographers including Wayne McGreggor. Currently, he works as a soloist in Budapest with choreographer Pál Frenák. Eoin has taught at the Hong Kong academy of performing arts in Hong Kong, and has set a piece for the students of the graduating year there. Eoin will teach morning class and will assist the choreographers and rehearse the new works. He will be in the studio at all times, to assist with artistic matters.

Personal Development

Independent dance artists are required to initiate their own opportunities, to manage their career paths and often their own projects. The Personal Development aspect of the Step Up programme aims to give participants a broad toolkit or road map for taking the next steps in their career path. Activities will include

Coaching with Rivca Rubin. Personal Coach. (England)

Rivca encourages artists to ascertain their vision, locate the essence and refine their practice, grow purpose, align practice to values, and create working cultures people engage with, flourish and enjoy working in. Further information about Rivca and her work HERE 

Meeting key personnel within the dance field in Ireland

Meeting Step Up Alumni to hear their experiences since participating in Step Up

Workshop with Jenny Traynor, Programme Director, emphasising self-empowerment, tips and guidance on presenting yourself professionally, online and in applications to dance companies, programmers and funders. Further information about Jenny and Dance Limerick at

Timeframe / Key Dates

The full rehearsal / performance period runs from Monday 24 June– Saturday 31 August, 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 performing in Limerick, Cork and Dublin.

Terms & Conditions

• Rehearsals will take place 10.00 – 6.00 pm Monday to Saturday for the duration of the rehearsal period. Some additional hours in the evening may be required, as the discretion of the choreographers.
• 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 small weekly stipend will be paid toward day to day living costs
• Participants must be available on an exclusive basis for the full programme.


We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate before mid-June 2019 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years.
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 which runs Monday 24 June to Saturday 31 August 2019.

Applicants should send web links of recent live dance footage, to include:

• 10 minutes of contemporary and/or ballet 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 dance 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

Closing Date

Applications should be submitted via email by 5pm Monday 18 February to with Step Up Application in the subject line.

Next Steps

A shortlist of applicants will be invited to an audition on 29 March. Six dancers will be selected from audition to take part in the Step Up 2019 programme and letters of offer will be sent in the week of 1 April.
Queries on the application / process can be addressed to Jenny Traynor, Programme Director at

Step Up Dance Programme 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.

Rosalind Crisp. photo by Edita Sentić for Culture of Change, Zagreb

Workshop with Rosalind Crisp

last: Fri 15 Feb '19

As part of a 2 week residency Rosalind Crisp will host a 3 hour workshop for dance artists and performers. Rosalind will share her practice of choreographic improvisation - a dynamic set of principles and practical tools that guide a dancer's attention to the continual process of composing in real time with and from the materiality of the body. The body is prepared by undoing held tension and unquestioned patterns and pathways. Breath, weight, and sensation are prioritised.

Practical tools and compositional parameters guide the exploration of movement sourced from touch, texture, imagination and every part of the dancer's body - parts that are anatomically segmented or fictitiously separated. Processes of flow, delay and rupture detach the dancer from presenting "moves" and guide attention to the continual emergence and shaping of dance material in a shared and porous relationship with an audience.

For more on Rosalind Crisp's residency, her biography and information on a her work-in-progress sharing on Wednesday 20 February click here


last: Sat 09 Feb '19

This workshop will be improvisation led, working with physical and energetic states to generate new realms for the body's imagination. Participants will work with repetition, melting from one body state to the next in an attempt to find new dances inside ourselves. 

About Emma Martin

Emma Martin is choreographer and director based in Co. Carlow. Her dance company United Fall was established in 2015, (previously Emma Martin Dance).  Productions include Orfeo ed Euridice (with Irish National Opera, 2018) Girl Song (2017), Dancehall (2015), Tundra ( 2014), Dogs (2012), and Listowel Syndrome (2010). From 2012-2017 she was Dance Artist in Residence at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow and since 2011 an associate artist of Dance Ireland. Most recent theatre collaborations include Danse, Morob with Olwen Fouere and Arlington with Enda Walsh. 


last: Fri 08 Feb '19

Moving with Purpose. In this workshop we will first build tools to access the widest sphere of our physical reach in space. Harnessing the potential forces of gravity, coil, momentum and drifting we will find physical efficiency and build complex sequences to trick our balance and disorientate our expectations. After establishing our broadest physical availability we will challenge ourselves to apply our skills both new and old in unfamiliar directions.

About Luke Murphy

Award Winning Choreographer and Artistic Director of Attic Projects, creating and performing original works across Ireland, UK and USA since 2012. Founder and Programming Director of The Catch8 Workshop Series. BFA 2009 Point Park University, MA 2017 University of Chichester.

Past productions: Ultima Vez (2014-2018) Punchdrunk (2009-2017, Original Cast member of Sleep No More NYC and Shanghai) Kate Weare Company (2011-2014), Pavel Zustiak Palissimo Company (2011-2013), Martha Clarke (2010-2011). Projects with, John Kelly, John Scott, Luca Silvestrini- Protein Dance, Sean Curran, Jonah Bokaer and Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company.


last: Thu 07 Feb '19

Socially engaged practice describes art that is collaborative, often participatory and involves people as the medium or material of the work.  Related terms include New Genre Public Art, Community Art and Activist Art. Whatever term we want to use, many independent artists now use socially engaged practice as a dynamic and contemporary form of practice within their own art making, while simultaneously, there is a growing interest from local citizens and communities, to affect social change through art and/or to have an input into art that resides within their public realm.

We invite you to join with us and our artist panel, George Higgs (music), Marilyn Lennon (visual arts) and Ríonach Ní Néill (dance) to hear about their experiences and inspirations for making art that is socially engaged. The discussion will be chaired by Annette Moloney, Independent Curator and Public Art Advisor to the Arts Council.

Please join us for our opening reception of What Next immediately before the discussion, 5-6pm, also at Limerick City Gallery of Art. Click here for details. 



last: Thu 07 Feb '19

This event is now sold out, please email to be added to a waiting list.

Rita Marcalo and Kristina Lomas (Instant Dissidence) invite you to explore Risks, Rights & Reputations.

What is the role and responsibility of the arts and the artists in ensuring that we continue to be brave in our work, manage ethical choices, and challenge the growth of a risk-averse culture?

For the arts sector to thrive and grow, we need to take risks. But what does it mean to take an artistic risk?

In this session we will explore what artistic risk looks like and why it is important. We will also consider the steps that need to be taken in order for artists, commissioners and audiences to create and experience art that is challenging, provocative and sometimes uncomfortable.

Over the course of the day you will hear from guest speakers Rita Marcalo (Artistic Director of Instant Dissidence) and Kristina Lomas (Project Manager for Instant Dissidence), and through guided activities and discussion, explore and develop your own ideas for new projects and approaches.

This workshop is aimed at artists, commissioners and potential arts participants and audience members. 

This workshop follows on from Rita and Kris taking part in the Arts Council England funded What Next? RRR Ambassadors Programme. This programme aims to support the creative industries to continue to take creative and programming risks and to identify the benefits that this brings artists and arts organisations to thrive and survive.

The High Kicks. Photo by Shane Vaughan

Over 50s Dance Project

last: Thu 24 Jan '19

Do you enjoy dancing? Would you like to try something new? Come join The High Kicks of Limerick, an ensemble of dancers aged 50+ led by choreographer Kristyn Fontanella.

Learn new moves and enjoy a social dance, the emphasis with these classes will be on having fun!

Sessions are €5 each, 2-3:15pm. Email or call 061 400 994 for details. 

No upper age limit - No experience necessary. Come on your own or bring a friend!


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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