Resources for Artists (Archive)

Fragments, by Sheena Kelly


last: Fri 08 Jul '16

Sheena Kelly comes to 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

Integrated Dance Workshops: Tues 28 June & Tues 05 July, 10am-12pm

Sharing: Fri 08 July, 1pm

Image: Fragments, by Sheena Kelly
Dancers: Linda Fearon & Helen Hall


last: Fri 17 Jun '16

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.


last: Fri 10 Jun '16

Dance Limerick welcomes Canadian choreographer Lin Snelling and Belgian dance dramaturg Guy Cools.

Rewriting Distance is an interdisciplinary, improvised performance practice developed by Lin Snelling and Guy Cools. It creates a space for the word 'story' to be condensed, fragmented and re-told through cycles of dancing, speaking, reading, writing and watching.

"For the Dance Limerick residency we will be joined once again by choreographer/ dancer Mary Nunan and for the first time with singer Óscar Mascareñas, poet Jo Slade and filmmaker and dance artist Mary Wycherley. We look forward to returning for this residency, as it offers occasions to revisit and collaborate with dancers and artists from the Irish community. What does it mean to return? Our guests are also invited to ask their own questions inside the Rewriting Distance form".

Guy Cools: Guy Cools is a dance dramaturg. Recent positions include Associate Professor at the research institute Arts in Society in Tilburg, and Guest Professor at Ghent University. He has worked as a dance critic and curator and as a production dramaturg, with amongst others Koen Augustijnen (BE), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (BE), Danièle Desnoyers (CA), Lia Haraki (CY), Akram Khan (UK), Arno Schuitemaker (NL), and Stephanie Thiersch (DE). His most recent publications include The Ethics of Art: ecological turns in the performing arts (2014); Body: Language (2012), and In-between Dance Cultures: on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan (2015). (101 words)

Lin Snelling: Lin Snelling’s performance, writing and teaching are based in the qualities improvisation can offer as it applies to dance, theatre, and somatic practice. She toured the world extensively as a performer with Carbone 14 and worked with many improvisation ensembles. As an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta she is presently teaching dance, experiential anatomy and composition. Her most recent dance collaborations are Performing Book with visual artist Shelagh Keeley at MoMA (New York), the Power Plant (Toronto) and Vancouver Art Gallery (2014-15). She works with choreographer Tedi Tafel and was part of Every Day, Life World and the Calendar Project in Montreal.


last: Sat 11 Oct '14

Dance Limerick Residencies 2015 | Closing Date 10 October 2014 Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in 2015 at the studio, or the performance space, depending on the nature of the project. Residencies are open to national and international dance artists in all genres for a period of two weeks. Aims The Residency aims to provide: 1. professional dance artists with space and some support for research, experimentation, practice development and/or performance of new work 2. local dance professionals with opportunities for interaction and networking The selection is competitive and the selection panel will choose artists who can make the best use of the facilities available and who will have a positive impact on the professional dance community. Dance Limerick also has a particular interest in receiving applications from artists who wish to: a) premiere new work at Dance Limerick b) engage with local non-dance communities e.g. through conversations or research workshops, possibly leading to the making of new collaborative work As part of each Residency, we encourage artists to share their work either through a work-in-progress showing or through a talk. First Fridays, an initiative of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL, is now well established in Limerick and this forum provides the opportunity for artists to share and talk about their work with like-minded professionals and advanced dance students. As the name suggests, this forum meets on the First Friday of each month and we try to programme residencies at Dance Limerick to coincide with these dates. Both Dance Limerick and the studios at UL are accessible to wheelchair users.

 Proposals will be assessed by a panel on the basis of the criteria in the attached information sheet. Applications should be made on the accompanying application form and emailed to Closing Date for receipt of applications is Friday 10 October 2014


last: Fri 13 Jun '14

Iseli-Chiodi Company invites dancers to participate in {CHO-LAB}, a one-week professional choreographic dance laboratory, from Monday 9 to Friday 13 June 2014 at Dance Limerick.
The lab aims to be a week of collaborative exchange, allowing the company to explore ideas for group choreography and broaden their practice, while helping and supporting the dancers to enhance their skills.
{CHO-LAB} is free of charge, but limited to 10 dancers. Closing date for applications is 2nd May 2014.

Dance Limerick mysteryskin dancer-in-residence roberta jean contemporary dance

MYSTERYSKIN in Residence at Dance Limerick

last: Sat 10 May '14

Dance Limerick is delighted to welcome choreographer Roberta Jean/MYSTERYSKIN who is bringing dancers and musicians together to research a new work.


last: Thu 27 Feb '14

How much? How little? When? To go or to stay? To speak or to listen? To give or to take? To be in the middle, to be on the outside or to be among? To belong or to long for?

Inevitably our attitudes are always present in the way we move and are influenced by our environment. We can play with those attitudes by moving differently and by embodying different modes or expressions of life in our movement improvisations.

The workshop will run at The Daghdha Space Monday & Tuesday 24 & 25 February 10.00 - 5.00 pm with a break for lunch at 1.00 - 2.00 pm
And at the Irish Academy for World Music and Dance on Wednesday 26 February 10.00 - 5.00 pm and Thursday 27 February 10.00 - 1.00 pm

As well as patterns and pathways within our individual practice, we shall explore the communication that happens between us in the changing moment, identifying, accepting and disrupting habits as a way of opening up new choices, a new movement vocabulary and fresh resources for imaginative and creative work.

This workshop is hosted by the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at UL. In association with UL, a small number of places are available for professional dance artists and actors with movement training. The workshop will last 3.5 days and will take place

Dr. Sandra Reeve is a movement artist/researcher, director and teacher and author of ‘Nine Ways of Seeing a Body’. She lives in West Dorset, England. Sandra teaches an annual programme of autobiographical and environmental movement workshops called Move into Life and creates small-scale ecological performances. She is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter, focusing on Performance and Ecology, and a Senior Registered Dance Movement Therapist.


last: Tue 18 Feb '14

We are delighted to welcome Maria Nilson Waller as our second Residency Artist in 2014. Maria is researching a new dance piece to be performed by herself and two Sweedish dancers along with our own Katherine O'Malley. Renowned composer George Higgs will be mentoring Maria on the use of music and rhythm in the piece.

Originally from a mountainous region of Scandinavia, Maria has been inspired by the ocean surrounding since coming to Ireland, and her piece aims to investigate the blue economy and this most important of ecosystems. Maria will share an insight into this work with a work-in-progress performance and discussion of her research. Audience feedback is most welcome.


last: Tue 06 May '14

SEEING DANCE is a series of four talks offering opportunity to find out more about watching dance, enabling you to enjoy dance performances and to understand how past and present choreographers convey their ideas to the audience. The series will cover the key moments in the history of dance performance and practice, as well as taking an up to date look at some of the choreographers and dance companies appearing in Limerick in 2014. As such, the talks cover the work of seminal choreographers such as Martha Graham and will illuminate the work of Jerry Pearson, Liz Roche, John Scott, Megan and Jessica Kennedy and Russell Maliphant, within the context of what's gone before and how this has influenced or impacted upon their work.

SEEING DANCE is delivered by Brigitte Moody, Course Director of the Graduate Diploma and Masters in Dance at the University of Limerick.Related upcoming performances in Limerick

Related performances to these talks are
12 Feb | Jerry Pearson | A Body of Work | Daghdha Space
19 Feb | Liz Roche Company | Interloper | Lime Tree Theatre
03 Apr | John Scott Company | Magnetic | Daghdha Space
16 Apr | Junk Ensemble | Falling Song | Lime Tree Theatre
27 May | Sadler's Wells/Russell Maliphant | Still Currant | Lime Tree Theatre

See calendar pages for further information

Four female dancers with heads down


last: Wed 20 Nov '13

Open Call for professional dance artists. Closing date 20 November 2013.

Professional dance artists and ensembles are invited to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed at the studio, or the performance space, depending on the nature of the project. Residencies are open to dance artists in all genres and may last between one and four weeks. We are particularly interested to hear from artists wishing to work collaboratively as part of their practice and artists wishing to develop new work to premiere at Dance Limerick.

Visiting artists are encouraged to interact with local artists by providing a weekly class for the local professional community and through informal presentation of work on the culmination of the residency.

As part of the residency Dance Limerick can supply
Studio Space
Performance Space for one performance
Technical Assistance for performance
A contribution to travel costs
Accommodation in apartments and/or artist friendly houses for up to 4 Artists
A small contribution toward production costs

Both studio and performance spaces are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Proposals will be assessed by a panel on the basis of the quality of the proposal and the available budget.


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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