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Choreographic Lab with Colin Dunne

Call for Traditional Dance Artists who wish to expand their performance practice

Monday 15 -Friday 19 May 2023

This one-week intensive is open for up to 6 professional dancers across all styles of traditional Irish dance who wish to expand and re-focus their approach to dance-making and performance. It aims to inspire shared conversations around where traditional dance performance currently stands in relation to the broader dance scene in Ireland. 

The laboratory will incorporate: 

  • Morning class and warm up focusing on the release of muscular tension in the body
  • A daily practice in improvisation in both movement and sound making
  • A space for sharing of ideas for new work 
  • Exploration of processes, stumbling blocks, and new ways forward

This opportunity aims to:

  • Stimulate the participants’ movement practice and imagination
  • Give meaningful feedback and support on the artists’ creative and compositional methods
  • Allow a space for reflection on and development of each participant’s unique artistic voice

How to apply: 

Submit by email an Expression of Interest outlining why you feel this would benefit your practice, along with an Artist Statement and a link to one work you have recently created. Email jenny@dancelimerick.ie 

Applicants must have confirmed their availability for the entire period (15-19 May). 

The call closes on Thursday 27 April. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 3 April. Email Dance Limerick at leonor.miralles@dancelimerick.ie with any further questions. 


COLIN DUNNE is a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance. He collaborates across dance, music and theatre performance platforms in Ireland and internationally. 

His first solo show Out of Time (2008), was nominated for a 2010 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in dance, and toured internationally until 2016 including performances at the Biennale de Lyon, Barbican, London and Baryshnikov Arts Centre, NY. His most recent solo show CONCERT, based on the music of Irish fiddle player Tommie Potts, received the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award for Music Collaboration in 2018, and a Bessie Award Nomination in 2020. 

Recent collaborations include: 20 Dancers for the XX Century (2015 Boris Charmatz, at the Tate Museum London),Edges of Light (2016 commissioned by Music Network), Whitby(2017) with Joan Sheehy, and Session(2019) with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

15 May 2023
19 May 2023

Dance Limerick Performance Space
John's Square Limerick


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