Collectively Shaping the Future of Dance in Ireland
In July 2020, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, and Dublin Dance Festival hosted a series of Dance Think Tanks: in-depth conversations with 29 artists and industry professionals working across different areas of the dance sector on the island of Ireland. This research was facilitated by Dr Aoife McGrath who has compiled this report (found here).
The Think Tanks highlighted that the dance sector has enormous potential for growth, and the ideas for innovation and sustainable development offered by artists in this report provide an exciting roadmap for the sector’s future.
These conversations were convened both in response to the immediate difficulties experienced in the sector following the onset of the global pandemic, and also in response to more long-term, ongoing issues that are of importance to the sector’s survival and sustainability. Three broad themes were explored:
Making Dance Performance - Challenges and solutions around how artists can continue to make work.
The Dance of Interdependence - Considering the overall dance ecology nationally and internationally.
Shaping Sustainability - Exploring how to build resilience as a sector and be equipped for the future.
The report draws attention to the complexity of dance artists’ position within the performing arts landscape and how dance policy and funding schemes need to address this complexity in order to provide effective support.
It calls for increased visibility and representation of dance across educational structures and cultural platforms, and for equity in funding provision for dance. It identifies key areas of opportunity for the sector, including career development, the wellbeing of artists, equality and diversity, and sustainability in the arts.
The report is intended to inform the design of a shared strategy to support the future development of dance on the island of Ireland.
Further Information/ Media Contact:
Emer Casey, email@example.com
Communications and Programme Manager, Dance Limerick
ABOUT THE CO-HOSTS
Dance Ireland is the national development organisation for dance in Ireland. We support the work of our Members, and the dance sector through artistic development opportunities, advice clinics, advocacy work, commissioning and networking opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. Our training and residency programmes for professional dance artists, our Youth Dance partnerships and public engagement programmes enable the development of dance as an art-form, as an activity to be accessed and enjoyed, as well as working to progress professional practice. We manage DanceHouse, located in central Dublin, a working base for dance practitioners and a hub for the wider dance community. We use all the opportunities afforded by DanceHouse, our own expertise and connections alongside those of our national and international partners to create a programme of work that engages the public and supports the professional, crossing the boundaries of age, experience and genre. Dance Ireland is an active member of EDN, and has participated in key EU-funded network projects, including modul-dance, Communicating Dance and LEIM. Dance Ireland is a registered charity and receives Strategic Funding from the Arts Council. Additional funding comes from Dublin City Council and grant-aid for project initiatives comes from a wide variety of national and international sources, including Culture Ireland, Creative Europe and Erasmus+.
Dance Limerick’s purpose is to inspire curiosity, creativity and connection through dance. We believe dance empowers and enriches us as individuals, as communities and as a society. Our ambition is for Dance Limerick be a place for dance and a hub of creativity for our artists and for all those with whom we engage. Through dance we support artists and the public alike to be curious, to be creative and to connect with each other and to what matters in the world about us. With this in mind, our mission is to champion and enable dance creation, participation and appreciation and to be a creative community connecting people and ideas through dance. We do this through a specially curated programme of supports for artists, and through our public facing programmes of classes, and performance platforms which encourage artistic dialogue among artists and audiences. Two such platforms include the What Next Festival and the Light Moves Festival of Screendance .
Dance Limerick is a presenting partner of the Aerowaves Network of European Dance presenters and EDN, the European Dance Network of dance houses.
Dublin Dance Festival (DDF) brings artists, audiences and communities together to create and share exceptional dance experiences. We present live, digital and collaborative dance opportunities year-round for the widest possible audience. We showcase the best Irish and international dance and act as a vital platform for artists and the creation of new work, culminating in an annual festival each May. We generate opportunities for artists, locally, nationally, internationally and virtually, through residencies, commissions and partnerships and by encouraging artistic collaboration, experimentation, risk-taking and innovation in dance. We are a key platform for dance year-round, committed to increasing the profile, role and enjoyment of dance across Irish culture and society since our first Festival in 2002.
Think Tank Participants
Think Tank 1: Making Dance Performance Hosted by Dance Limerick, 3rd July 2020.
Participants: Anne Maher, Benjamin Perchet, Carina McGrail, Catherine Young, Emma Martin, Gwen Van Spijk, Jenny Traynor, Liam Scanlon, Nicholas Nwosu, Peter Jordan, Sheila Creevey, Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín.
Facilitated by and summarised by Dr Aoife McGrath.
Think Tank 2: Dance of Interdependence Hosted by Dublin Dance Festival, 17th July 2020.
Participants: Michael Barker-Caven, Jazmin Chiodi, Louise Costelloe, Sheila Creevey, Nicola Curry, Colin Dunne, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Rita Marcalo, Carina McGrail, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Benjamin Perchet, Liz Roche, Jenny Traynor, Mufutau Yusuf.
Facilitated and summarised by Dr Aoife McGrath
Think Tank 3: Shaping Sustainability Hosted by Dance Ireland, 29th July 2020.
Participants: Michelle Cahill, Louise Costelloe, Sheila Creevey, Ruairí Donovan, Megan Kennedy, Carina McGrail, Lisa McLoughlin, Cian O’Brien, Liv O’Donoghue, Tobi Omoteso, Benjamin Perchet, Jenny Traynor.
Facilitated and summarised by Dr Aoife McGrath.
Think Tank Facilitator and Report Author
Dr Aoife McGrath is Senior Lecturer and Subject Lead in Drama at the School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast. After a professional dance career as a performer in Germany and Ireland, Aoife has worked as a choreographer, dance critic, and as Dance Advisor for the Irish Arts Council. Publications include the monograph, Dance Theatre in Ireland: Revolutionary Moves (Palgrave, 2013), and the co-edited collection (with Dr Emma Meehan, CDaRe, Coventry), Dance Matters in Ireland: contemporary processes and practices (Palgrave, 2018). Recent choreographic work includes Please (NIMHAFF, 2017), Within: Body+Time (Accidental Theatre, 2018) and Let Down (Being Human Festival, Breastival, Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival, 2018). Aoife is Co-President of the Irish Society for Theatre Research, Co-Convenor of the IFTR Choreography and Corporeality Working Group, and a performer/choreographer member of Dance Ireland.
Step Up Dance Project 2021 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. She is the Dance Director of the Dance Company at Theater Osnabrück, Germany. She is also the founder and director of Donlon Dance Collective, a project company based in Berlin.
Step Up aims to enhance young dancers’ professional networks, by connecting them to the Irish and international contemporary dance community, thereby improving professional opportunities for young dancers in Ireland and abroad. The eight-week programme is open to dancers who have completed their professional training within the last three years and who hold an EU passport.
This year’s eight-week programme combines:
- Creation of new works with leading choreographers
- Learning repertoire from renowned international companies
- Personal coaching
- Performances in Limerick, Longford and Project Arts Centre, Dublin
CREATION & PERFORMANCE OF NEW CHOREOGRAPHIES
David Bolger, Choreographer (Ireland). Based in Dublin, David is Artistic Director and co-founder of CoisCéim Dance Theatre. He has directed and choreographed over 25 original productions for the Company, many of which have toured both nationally and internationally – garnering international recognition and prestigious awards for their innovation, performance and choreography. More info coisceim.com
Lucyna Zwolinska, Choreographer (Poland, Germany). Lucyna has performed with many internationally acclaimed companies including The Forsythe Company, Ballet des Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken and Company Susanne Linke. Her own choreographies have been presented by Stuttgarter Ballett, TANZtheatre INTERNATIONAL and Tanzcompagnie Gieβen among others. More info lucynazwolinska.com
LEARNING REPERTOIRE & METHODOLOGY WITH LEADING CHOREOGRAPHERS
Marguerite Donlon, Choreographer (Ireland, Germany). Based in Berlin and Hagen, Marguerite has created choreographies for dance companies worldwide. Her work has been performed most recently by prima ballerina Svetlana Zacharova and the Bolshoi Ballet. She has also created for companies such as the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT), the Stuttgart Ballet, Berlin Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago, Rambert Dance in London, the Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB) Portugal, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich, Musiktheater im Revier (MiR) Gelsenkirchen and The One Grand Show, Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin. Most recently she has created works for Visceral dance Chicago, BalletX Philadelphia, Theater Basel and Staatsballet Karlsruhe. Her own project company Donlon Dance Collective has performed extensively in Dublin, Longford, Siegen, Neuss, Leverkusen, Houston and Berlin. More info donlon.de.
Roy Assaf Dance, (Israel). Roy began formal training at the age of sixteen, when he joined a dance group led by Regba Gilboa at the community center in Kiryat Gat. In 2003 he met the internationally recognized choreographer Emanuel Gat and made his mark touring worldwide with Gat as both performer and choreographic assistant from 2004-2009. Since 2010, he has created work independently. His work has been performed renowned venues and festivals including the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Jacob’s Pillow, Bolzano Danza, Pavillon Noir, Biennale di Venezia and the 17th Biennale de la Danse in Lyon. More info royassafdance.com.
REHEARSAL DIRECTORS / TEACHERS
Eoin Mac Donncha, Ballet master / Co-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.
Laura Macken, Co-Rehearsal Director (Ireland). Laura Macken trained at The Irish National College of Dance and joined Dublin City Ballet as a student member at the age of 15. Dancing with the company for several years Laura danced corps de ballet and solo roles in ballets such as Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, and Gisele. Laura teaches company classes and has worked as rehearsal director for John Scott Dance for several projects. Laura has taught on past Step Up programmes in 2013 and 2018, and in 2020 and 2021 took on the role of Rehearsal Director. More info lauramackendance.com.
In addition, participants will have opportunity to do class with the Choreographers leading the individual programme elements and with a number of guest teachers based in Ireland.
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
- Personal Coaching with Rivca Rubin (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. More info rivcarubin.com.
- Connecting with key personnel within the dance field in Ireland
- Connecting with Step Up Alumni to hear their experiences since participating in Step Up
TIMEFRAME / KEY DATES
The full training / rehearsal / performance period runs from Monday 5 July – Friday 28 August 2021, 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 and touring to three-four venues including Backstage Longford and Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Covid Protocols | All participants will be required to provide a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours of joining the programme. Participants will be accommodated together so as to form a bubble or working pod and will be required to maintain contact only within the pod for the duration of the programme.
Rehearsals will take place 10.00 – 6.00pm Monday to Saturday for the duration of the rehearsal period. Some additional hours in the evening or on Sunday will be required, at the discretion of the choreographers.
6 Selected dancers will receive a full Step Up 2021 Scholarship which includes:
- Free access to the full programme.
- Accommodation Sunday 4 July – Friday 28 August inclusive.
- A weekly stipend toward day to day living costs.
- Travel expenses during the tour.
Participants must be available on an exclusive basis for the full programme.
What’s Not Covered:
- Travel Expenses to and from Ireland / Limerick
- Accommodation outside of the dates above
- Health Insurance
- Covid Testing in advance of joining the programme
We are seeking applications from exceptional young dancers who will graduate prior to Summer 2021 or who have graduated from professional level dance training within the past three years.
Please send your CV and a personal statement outlining your motivation to be involved in Step Up along with web links of recent live dance footage, on stage or in studio, made at home or outdoors to include:
- An excerpt of a dance solo
- An excerpt of improv
Applicants should submit one pdf, as an email attachment, to include cv, personal statement and web links. Please note individual video files and documents linked to Google drive cannot be accepted.
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 30 April to firstname.lastname@example.org with Step Up Application in the subject line.
A shortlist of applicants will be invited to audition in in mid-May and letters of offer will be sent in the week immediately following the audition.
Queries on the application / process can be addressed to Jenny Traynor, Programme Director at email@example.com.
Step Up Dance Programme is a partnership between the Arts Council, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick and the Irish World Academy for Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
Light Moves Festival of Screendance is excited to announce the opening of submissions for itd 6th festival taking place 23 – 26 September 2021 in Limerick, Ireland. The Open Call closes on 10 May 2021.
Open Call Notice for Film Submissions
Light Moves invites filmmakers, choreographers and video artists to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2021 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme. The festival will take place in Limerick, Ireland in venues across the city indoors and outdoors and online.
Light Moves welcomes works which embrace dance and all forms of movement through the art of film and video art. Submissions that attend to the unique potential of choreography, performance, cinematography and sound, as well as forms such as animation and computer modelling will all be considered. Unless otherwise stated, submission to the festival approves Light Moves to screen either in cinematic or online contexts.
Light Moves will award a range of prizes to both established and student works for films submitted. Prize categories include: Festival Prize for outstanding overall work, Most innovative use of Sound/Music (sponsored by Contemporary Music Centre), Outstanding choreography and/or performance (sponsored by Dublin Dance Festival) and Best National/International Student Work (sponsored by Irish World Academy of Music and Dance).
Closes 10 May 2021 | More info here.
Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon have announced details of an innovative new online series designed to support the wellbeing of arts professionals in Ireland, with particular relevance to the present Covid-19 pandemic. Entitled Surviving or Thriving?, the series of panel discussions, workshops and podcasts, which is open to all those working in the arts in Ireland and is free of charge, aims to strengthen resilience, restore confidence and promote connectedness across the arts sector.
Surviving or Thriving? takes place over three weeks from 15 March - 1 April 2021, with podcasts and other online resources available ongoing.
A special Dance Panel Exchange, chaired by Dr Maureen Gaffney, will take place on Thursday 25 March as part of the series, speakers include; choreographer David Bolger, choreographer and dance artist Catherine Young, and choreographer and dance artist Fearghus Ó Conchúir. A workshop facilitated by Dr Jenny Elliott, dance artist, Artistic Director and CEO, Arts Care, will take place on Friday 26 March.
Each element of Surviving or Thriving? seeks to inspire and support, while acknowledging current challenges and realities. Recognising the need to break through the saturation of online events available and to offer real value to the target audience of arts professionals, WHAT has been liaising with national and regional art form and development organisations who have offered their expertise and guidance in developing the programme and putting together a high calibre line up of speakers. These organisations include Music Network, Visual Artists Ireland, Theatre Forum, Words Ireland, Create, Age and Opportunity, Minding Creative Minds and Dance Limerick.
For info on the Dance Panel Discussion click here.
For info on the Dance Workshop click here.
For full details of the Surviving or Thriving? programme click here.
DL. BRIDGE is a new pilot programme which aims to strengthen Dance Limerick’s role within Limerick city and promote civic dialogue. Supported through the Arts Council’s Capacity Fund for one year initially, the programme seeks to provide new pathways for individuals and communities to engage with dance, and to extend social and artistic exchange that fosters opportunities for people to develop art that is relevant to their lives and environment.
It is envisaged that these diverse, creative experiences will impact positively on people's lives and wellbeing, and help celebrate and strengthen a sense of place and cultural belonging. The aims and values of DL.BRIDGE are supported by Dance Limerick's Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
Curator of the programme Philippa Donnellan says: I'm thrilled to be joining Dance Limerick to lead this new programme, DL.BRIDGE. I believe this unique venture offers great potential in expanding opportunities for people to engage in dance and the arts - and in building Dance Limerick's wider community. I look forward to starting!
Individuals, groups and community organisations are invited to get in touch with Dance Limerick if you are interested in being part of a DL.BRIDGE project, or if you would like to know more about the programme. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line DL.BRIDGE for more information.
About Philippa Donnellan
Philippa Donnellan is an independent professional dance artist and choreographer based in Dublin. Her creative practice is collaborative and multi-disciplinary and focuses on exploring themes and stories that respond to the place and time in which we live, by engaging with varied communities of age, experience, culture, and location.
No stranger to Dance Limerick, Philippa has choregraphed several works in last number of years including: Here’s Looking at You Kid (2016) and Choral Moves (2017) as part of the Over 50s Dance Project, and Sofa Stories (2019). She also worked with a group of local women in 2019 during a 2-week research residency.
Studio Light Moves is an initiative of the Light Moves Festival of Screendance, aimed at investing in and nurturing creative process and inquiry in dance, technology and screen-based dance practices. In partnership with Dance Limerick, The Digital Media and Arts Research Centre UL, Studio Light Moves is delighted to announce its 2021 development programme, Open Futures.
Open Futures 2021 is a test ground and critical exchange residency-based platform for dance artists and media artists interested in collaborating to explore the intersection of dance with media and screen-based practices. The project will enable 8 artists, consisting of 4 collaborating pairs, from the fields of dance and the digital arts, to investigate and explore the potential for interdisciplinary exchange that encompasses practices for the stage, gallery, installation, and outdoor settings. With an emphasis on creative process, the project will facilitate experimentation and exploration of methods and approaches. This process will occur within a mentored and technically supported environment.
Applications are welcomed from individuals or proposed duo partnerships between a dance artist and a media artist at any career stage. Successful individual applications will be matched with corresponding partners.
Open Futures 2021 is designed around a two-week creative process residency for 4 dance and media artist pairs, peer exchange and facilitated discussions with practitioners working in dance and technology and a €5K continuity bursary awarded to one selected artist pair to continue beyond the residency period.
Open Futures 2021 supports dance artists and media artist’s time, space, and equipment to work in collaboration over 2 weeks. Applicants may either propose their own collaborator or request to be partnered with one working in their area(s) of interest. (In this instance Light Moves and consultants will match collaborators in relationship to interest and experience.)
Open Futures 2021 aims to focus on collaborations in between dance and digital media practices including: video mapping, real-time image capture and/or generation, motion sensors, cinematography, coding, immersive video, game engines, real-time/interactive sound, generative audio and moving image installation methods. Applicants will be asked to describe the area(s) they wish to explore, what access to the related technologies and software they already have to hand and to specify what may be additionally required for this research process. It is anticipated media artists will have access to their own laptop and related software. All dance genres are welcomed.
Open Futures 2021 residency artists are encouraged to build a relationship with Light Moves Festival and residency artists will participate in sharing their experiences arising from their exploration at the Festival event hosted in September 2021. Following this event, a €5,000 continuity bursary will be awarded to one artist or artist pair to act as a spring-board towards further developing their work and to aid in acquiring funding.
Closing Friday 5 March.
For Full Open Call info and Application Details see lightmoves.ie.
Fun, Fitness & Wellbeing
Our Adult Dance Classes continue this Spring with a new term from 16 March 2021. You will develop the skill and confidence to dance with ease over the course of 6 weeks. The energetic sessions are suitable for all ages and levels of fitness, and are a great way to get in shape, develop flexibility, improve your mindset and enjoy yourself.
The classes are led by our highly experienced and inspiring team of tutors with years of experience teaching both beginners and professionals. Designed for total beginners, those with some experience and dance artists, our Adult Dance Classes, presented live via Zoom, will teach you key principles of dance in an encouraging and fun environment. If you miss a class, you can catch up a with a recording!
MARCH 2021 CLASS SCHEDULE
Booking & Info for Over 50s Dance Project rolling dates | Click here.
Booking & Info for Contemporary Dance Classes starting 16 March | Click here.
Booking & Info for Ballet for Beginners starting 17 March | Click here.
Booking & Info for Ballet for Improvers starting 17 March | Click here.
Booking & Info for Professional Classes rolling dates | Click here.
Dance Limerick invites applications for a Dance Artist/Curator to shape and deliver a new pilot programme, Dance Limerick Connects.
Established in 2013, Dance Limerick is a support and development organisation funded by the Arts Council and Limerick City & County Council. Our mission is to champion and enable dance creation, participation and appreciation and to be a creative hub connecting people and ideas through dance. Through a combination of performance platforms, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures, Dance Limerick advocates for artistic dialogue and exchange. In collaboration with dance artists across a range of practices, we promote the creation of new and innovative work alongside a programme of classes and short performance projects for young people and adults.
Some of Dance Limerick’s ongoing activities include The Step Up Dance Project, the What Next Festival, the Light Moves Festival of Screendance and the Percolate Residency programme.
In 2021, Dance Limerick wishes to expand its civic role, relevance and reach within Limerick. In support of our new policy around Diversity & Inclusion we are seeking to develop new pathways for the public to connect with dance through participation, discussion and performance. We are now seeking to appoint an Dance Artist/Curator to co design and deliver the new pilot programme, Dance Limerick Connects.
The Role of the Dance Artist/Curator will be both developmental and delivery focused as follows:
• Research and nurture new partnerships that will extend participation in and participation and
engagement with creative dance among communities currently under served by Dance Limerick
• Cement partnerships with 2-3 key organisations who work with communities of place or interest
• Work with partners or communities directly to co-design or co-author a series of taster projects (2-3) using the tools of movement and participatory arts; and lead on delivery of these projects.
• Foster open communication and diverse participation through collaborative creative processes
• Develop reciprocal relationships where the voices and creativity of all participants are included
• Create work that explores social issues, context and challenges that are relevant to individuals/groups, either directly or indirectly and which promotes civic dialogue
• Feed into funding applications which can augment the scope of the programme
• Feed into evaluation processes and reports for funders
The resulting programme is intended to go beyond the usual goals of an outreach programme, often focused on bringing people into the venue. Rather, it seeks to extend Dance Limerick’s work beyond its own venue with the development of projects and artworks that are rooted in and of the communities where they are conceived. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape this new project and to foster and grow participation in and appreciation of dance as an art form.
The Dance Artist/Curator will be supported by Dance Limerick in the co-ordination of this pilot project: recruitment of participants, sourcing and overseeing any freelance facilitation, technical requirements, marketing and promotion. The Dance Artist/Curator will be responsible for the delivery of the programme and will be required to ensure that all policies and procedures including Child Safety and Health & Safety are adhered to. [Covid-19 pandemic policies – or public health advice etc.]
Person Specification / Essential Skills, Experience & Qualities:
• Experience in dance teaching and learning, ideally vocationally trained or equivalent.
• Experience of leading dance and participation projects.
• Experience of working inclusively with people of different ages and abilities through dance.
• An ability and genuine passion to work with communities in a variety of settings and with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
• Good partnership skills and the ability to build close working relationships with community groups and other organisations.
• Excellent English language written and verbal communication skills.
• Well organised with a flexible and proactive approach to work and the ability to deliver work within a timely and efficient manner.
• Willingness and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
We are particularly interested to hear from Dance Artists who have an established socially engaged practice.
Terms & Conditions
Timeline of role: As this is a pilot project, the role is offered for a period of 12 months: March 2021 – February 2022, on a contract for service basis and the Dance Artist/Curator will be responsible for his/her own tax reporting.
Fee: Dance Artist/Curator Fee is €17,000 (this equates to approximately 2.5 days weekly, though time can be blocked into discrete periods as appropriate for delivery of individual projects).
Additional personnel and production materials budget: €5,000.
Travel & Accommodation Budget: €3,000 (if artist is not Limerick-based). The Artist will ideally possess a full current category B Driving licence without any endorsements and have access to own vehicle.
Reports to Director at Dance Limerick.
Please send one PDF document to include:
Current CV (max 3-4 pages) along with a cover letter (up to 2 pages) outlining your experience / track record, the
kind of work you like to create, and your approach to the Dance Artist/Curator role.
Closing Date: Applications should be received by 12 noon on Monday 1 February 2021, via email to the Director, Jenny Traynor at email@example.com.
Shortlisted artists will be invited to an online interview/discussion on Thursday 4 February.
Informal conversations/discussion about the role in advance of making application are very welcome.
Step Up dance project celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2020 and has commissioned three past participants to make a new solo work to present at What Next Dance Festival in 2021.
The commission, open to all 58 previous participants of Step Up from 2011 – 2020, offers the successful artists support in developing a new solo work in collaboration with another dancer from the programme.
The three commissioned artists and their collaborators are:
The artists will receive a commission fee of €5,000, a week-long production residency at Dance Limerick and will present their new work as part of a special Step-Up Platform at What Next Festival in Limerick in April 2021.
About Step Up Dance Project
Step Up dance project is a partnership between Dance Limerick, Dance Ireland, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and the Arts Council, which aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice in Ireland.
It is an annual, intensive programme of training, rehearsals, performance and development for emerging dance artists who have completed their professional training within the last three years. Step Up enhances these dancers’ professional networks by connecting them to the Irish contemporary dance community and improving their professional opportunities in Ireland.
Dance Limerick became a member of the European Dancehouse Network in 2020.
European Dancehouse Network is a network of trust and collaboration between 45 European dancehouses from 25 countries in Europe sharing a common vision regarding the development of dance art across borders, something we can’t do alone.
EDN believes that dance art is valued as an integral component of our everyday lives and culture, creatively contributing to the wellbeing of society and movement in itself, as the fundamental tissue of relatedness and empathy.
Together we aim to:
▪ Coordinate support for the mobility of artists, dance presentations and cultural production in Europe.
▪ Offer a broad range of opportunities for productive alliances with artists, producers, audiences and new publics.
▪ Progress and sustain the professional development for dance professionals and creative producers.
▪ Foster intercultural work and develop creative and social skills in multicultural teams.
▪ Create strong working tools for the future of the sector.
▪ Define an action plan towards the necessities of development, collaboration and recognition of dance as an art form.
▪ Develop the dialogue between EDN and EACEA/EU funding bodies and advocacy for dance in Europe.
▪ Develop research, knowledge and practices for audience engagement.
▪ Develop dialogues with dance houses and dance ecologies beyond Europe.
Updated 26 March 2021
Professional Morning Classes with Mia DiChiaro
This class draws on practices such as somatic researching, energizing self-massage, guided writing, yoga, contemporary dance vocabulary, and solo contact improvisation, to explore the wisdom within.
From Wed 24 March | More info here.
Dance Ireland: Expression of Interest for Choreographer
Di are leading the Let’s Dance project for Creative Ireland’s Strategic Call to Action 2021 for Cruinniú na nÓg. As part of this they are seeking to commission a choreographer with experience of working with young people to design an easy to access online resource (s).
Closing 1 April | More info here.
Dance Ireland: HATCH 2021 Open Call
In 2020, in response to a changed environment, DI have re-imagined the shape of their Hatch Award to encourage resilience, connection and creative breathing space. The award will focus on investing in time for artists to think, reflect on and re-imagine their creative processes.
Closing 12 April | More info here
Step Up Dance Project 2021 Open Call
Step Up aims to enhance young dancers’ professional networks, by connecting them to the Irish and international contemporary dance community, thereby improving professional opportunities for young dancers in Ireland and abroad.
Closing 30 April | More info here
Light Moves Festival of Screendance 2021: Film Open Call
Light Moves is excited to announce the opening of submissions for our 6th festival taking place 23 – 26 September 2021 in Limerick, Ireland. The Open Call closes on 10 May 2021. Light Moves invites filmmakers, choreographers and video artists to submit screendance works for consideration for the forthcoming 2021 programme of dance film and video art with movement as a central theme.
Closing 10 May | More info here
Surviving or Thriving? | Waterford Healing Arts Trust & The Arts Council
Surviving or Thriving? is a series of panel discussions, workshops and podcasts, which is open to all those working in the arts in Ireland. It is free of charge and aims to strengthen resilience, restore confidence and promote connectedness across the arts sector. A special Dance Panel Exchange and Workshop take place on 25 and 26 March.
15 March - 1 April 2021 | More info here
Instant Dissidence...As If Trying Not To Own The Earth
Watch and participate in a new dance & food activism project by Instant Dissidence.
April - May 2021 | More info here.
Professional Morning Classes | With Catherine Young
This Feb/Mar we welcome Catherine Young back to Dance Limerick. Catherine joins us as our second guest teacher of 2021 for Professional Morning Classes.
From Wed 24 Feb | More info here
Open Call: Studio Light Moves | Open Futures 2021
Open Futures 2021 (brought to you by Light Moves Festival of Screendance and Studio Light Moves) will enable 8 artists, consisting of 4 collaborating pairs, from the fields of dance and the digital arts, to investigate and explore the potential for interdisciplinary exchange that encompasses practices for the stage, gallery, installation, and outdoor settings.
More info here | Closing 5 March
Open Call: Residencies for Irish based dance artists with Tipperary Dance Platform
Tipperary Dance Platform’s International Residences Exchange programme is designed to support dance creation and the development of international links in the dance sector in Ireland. It provides creation residences and facilitates the encounter between Irish-based artists and our International partners Trois C-L in Luxemburg and Grand Studio in Brussels. The 2021 programme will support two projects from Ireland, and host one project from each of TDP's international partner venues.
More info here | Closing 5 March
Applications Open | Dublin Fringe Festival 2021
Applications are now open to artists to perform in the 2021 Dublin Fringe Festival.
More info here | Closing 11 March
2021 Funding Opportunities Announced | Arts Council
The Arts Council has announced more than 30 awards and funding schemes for 2021, designed to give to a wide range of artists and arts organisations the opportunity to apply for support. Included is a new ‘Agility Award’, an open and flexible grant scheme designed around the needs of professional artists and arts workers.
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Aerowaves is a network of partners from 33 countries across Europe, Dance Limerick joined the network in 2018. The partners represent and provide insights about their local and national dance scenes and the emerging talent there. At home, they promote Aerowaves opportunities within their dance community.
Aerowaves holds an annual open call for emerging choreographers working in geographic Europe who want to become one of the Aerowaves Twenty. We are delighted to announce this year's selected Aerowaves Twenty21 choreographers:
- Alexandros Stavropoulos with Cinderella's, Greece
- Anastasia Valsamaki with Body Monologue, Greece
- Adriano Bolognino/Anghiari Dance Hub with Gli Amanti – Anghiari Dance Hub, Italy
- Cécile Da Costa/ProFitArt with Roselyne, Czech Republic
- Emese Cuhorka & Csaba Molnár with Masterwork, Hungary
- Jenna Hendry & Matilda Bilberg with I U M I’ Switzerland/Sweden
- Lois Alexander with Neptune, The Netherlands
- Marta Cerqueira with SubLinhar, Portugal
- Laura - The Light of All and Go Go Dance Group Hot Tubes with Blondes, Finland
- Moritz Ostruschnjak with Tanzanweisungen (it won't be like this forever), Germany
- Poliana Lima with Things move but do not say Anything, Spain
- Ramona Nagabczyńska with Body Parts, Poland
- Rebecca Journo with La Ménagère – La Pieuvre, France
- Renae Shadler & Collaborators with SKIN, Germany
- Rhys Dennis & Waddah Sinada/FUBUNATION with Ruins, United Kingdom
- Rudi Cole & Julia Robert/Humanhood with Torus, United Kingdom/Spain
- Sabina Bockova & Johana Pockova with The Lion's Den, Czech Republic
- Su Güzey & Evrim Akyay with Kitty Kitty, Turkey
- Sung Im Her with Nutcrusher, United Kingdom
- Tereza Lenerová (Hradilková)/Floex and coll with Don’t stop, Czech Republic
Read more about the Twenty21 Artists and Aerowaves here.
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