€5.00 on the door


€5.00 on the door


19:00pm to 20:30pm


Thu 31 Mar '16


Dance Limerick Space (St John's Church)

Thurs 31 March | Dance Limerick Space
Duration 75mins, followed by post-show talk

In the Bell’s Shadow is a collaboration between dance artist and director Mary Wycherley and contemporary dance pioneer Joan Davis.

Vivid imagery, heightened by Jürgen Simpson’s striking original score, featuring the Irish Chamber Orchestra, provides audiences with a unique and thought provoking cinematic experience. With stunning performances by Joan Davis, Maggie Harvey, Henry Montes, Mary Nunan, Nicholas Twilley and Simon Whitehead, the film weaves body and symbol through vast and intimate landscapes in a sensuous interplay of humanity and nature. Poetic turns and abstract narratives intensify as this surreal episodic journey vividly explores cycles of life and decay in a world defined by the senses.

With reference to the film's title, Mary Wycherley explains "the film deals with cycles of life and death, themes of decay, renewal, beauty and the grotesque. The bell references a distinct practice used during the filming (and inherent in Joan's work) where a bell was rung to signify the beginning and end of each authentic movement/dance piece. The shadow signifies time - the passage of time. The bell also became a musical feature in a percussion section of the score".

The screening at Dance Limerick will be followed by a post-show talk, chaired by Dr Pippa Little, Assistant Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council.

Director of Photography: Eleanor Bowman
Producer: Niamh Mac Cárthaigh

In the Bell's Shadow was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and score presented with funding from the Arts Council Music Recording Scheme.

Mary Wycherley is the Dance Artist-in-Residence for Limerick and the Co-curator of Light Moves Festival of Screendance.


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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