The Limerick Dance Collective, an exciting group of Limerick based professional dance artists, will present a series of new works at Dance Limerick on Thursday 30 April at 8pm. Entitled “Sum of Parts”, this performance event is the culmination of a collaborative project and a wonderful opportunity to experience the diversity of the professional contemporary dance community in Limerick in the atmospheric surroundings and discrete spaces of St John’s Church. Featured artists include Lisa Cahill, Mark Carberry, Lucy Dawson, Kristyn Fontanella, Megan Kennedy, Lisa McLoughlin, Siobhan Ni Dhuinnin, Isabella Oberlander, Nina Pongratz, Nora Rodriguez and Angie Smalis. Tickets €12/€10 (scroll down and click link on right)
The Limerick Dance Collective was formed when Megan Kennedy, Limerick’s Dance Artist-in-Residence, extended an invitation to dance practitioners based in Limerick to come together to develop a collaborative project during her tenure. The vibrancy and diversity of the dance community in Limerick is reflected in the resulting Collective, which includes artists from Mexico, the US, Greece, Austria and Scotland, as well as Ireland, each of whom wishes to create new dance movements and to share them with the people of Limerick. The artists come from a wide variety of dance backgrounds and have many years of choreographic and performance experience nationally and internationally with such prestigious companies as Liz Roche Dance Company, Volksoper Wien, Coisceim Dance Theatre and Riverdance. Many of the artists are graduates of the MA in Contemporary Dance at the Irish World Academy at UL who have chosen to remain in Limerick and carve out professional dance careers in the Mid-West.
“Sum of Parts” is inspired by the notion of the constituent parts of a whole. Megan Kennedy describes the collaboration as being like a nut joining with a bolt: “There are certain relationships between a part and the whole by which the entire whole can be moved by moving that part”. The notion of collaboration has been evident throughout the rehearsal process as the rehearsal space has been shared between the artists while individual choreographic decisions have been made. A first of its kind, “Sum of Parts” aims to be a catalyst for future such collaborations.
Commenting on the project, Jenny Traynor, Director of Dance Limerick, said “We’re delighted to support professional dance artists in Limerick through the Limerick Dance Collective. This is a really exciting initiative and a wonderful opportunity for some of the top contemporary dance artists based here to work together, to learn from and inspire each other and to show Limerick audiences the calibre of work being created on their doorstep”.
“Sum of Parts” is devised under the Limerick Dance Artist-in-Residence programme, currently held by Megan Kennedy. The Limerick Dance Artist-in-Residence Scheme is a partnership between the artist, Dance Limerick and Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council and is funded by the Arts Council. The residency is based at Dance Limerick.
Collective: Lisa Cahill, Mark Carberry, Lucy Dawson, Kristyn Fontanella, Megan Kennedy, Lisa McLoughlin, Siobhan Ni Dhuinnin, Isabella Oberlander, Nina Pongratz, Nora Rodriguez, Angie Smalis.
Thurs 30 April | 8pm | €12.00 / €10.00
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